Boxing Day in NSW
You’ve celebrated Christmas Day, but that doesn’t mean the fun is over, there are plenty of great ways to spend Boxing Day in NSW. Head for the mountains, swim in ocean pools along the coast, pick juicy cherries or visit the animals at the zoo.
Blue Mountains and Hunter Valley
A short drive or train ride from Sydney, the Blue Mountains is the perfect Boxing Day escape. Ride the Scenic Railway into the Jamison Valley and glide 270m above it on the Scenic Skyway at Scenic World. Then refuel with lunch at Echoes Restaurant or the Wintergarden High Tea at the Hydro Majestic.
In the Hunter Valley, the annual Christmas Lights Spectacular at Hunter Valley Gardens will still be on display with over three million lights, rides, entertainment and food. A number of the wineries will also be open on Boxing Day, so you can sample the famous local semillon under the Summer sunshine.
How about some animal encounters? Meet meerkats, lions and giraffes at Mogo Zoo in Eurobodalla. Get up close to koalas and wombats at Symbio Wildlife Park in Helensburgh before cooling off in the Splash Park. Join a tour to Montague Island and snorkel or scuba dive with playful seals.
Near Kempsey, you can join hundreds of eager runners in the Hat Head Trig Marathon – or just cheer them along from the sidelines. For racing of a different kind, dust off your best dress or your sharpest suit and get your place trackside at the Ballina Boxing Day Races or Newcastle Boxing Day Races.
In Port Stephens, many of the best wildlife and adventure activities will be running over the holidays. Head out on the water in search of dolphins, zip over vast sand dunes on a quad bike or ride a camel along the beach. Meet more animals at the Australian Reptile Park on the Central Coast or at the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital.
Cherry season is in full swing in December – take a road trip to Orange or Young to pick your own (or just eat your fill). The residents of Taronga Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo will be waiting for visitors. Take a safari truck through the Lion Pride Lands, walk through the Wild Herds exhibit and relax in the new Waterhole precinct.