Aussies wake on Christmas morning in high spirits – and some with a few sore heads – as they prepare for another day of festivities
- Christmas 2022 in Australia focused on the beach up and down the east coast
- Revellers watched the sunrise, slept on the sand, hit the water for a warm swim
- People spotted enjoying the beach at Bondi, Newcastle and Broadbeach
- Surfer’s Paradise clubs were busy but Covid rules not obviously followed
Australian Christmas revellers hit the beach early across the nation to celebrate, undeterred by a few sore heads after staying up into the early hours.
From Queensland to New South Wales holidaymakers took advantage of fine weather and hit the sand on Christmas Eve, with some of them staying there all night and watching the sunrise over the ocean on Saturday.
The celebrations kicked off again on Christmas morning at beaches up and down the east coast, from Broadbeach to Nobbys in Newcastle, to Bondi – with the day starting out fine in most places.
The warmest sea temperatures in many months saw hundreds shaking off the cobwebs by heading into the ocean.
Australian Christmas revellers hit the beach early across the nation to celebrate, undeterred by a few sore heads after staying up into the early hours
The warmest sea temperatures in many months saw hundreds shaking off the cobwebs by heading into the ocean
A few revellers s were spotted still sleeping well after sunrise on Broadbeach on the Gold Coast
The celebrations kicked off again on Christmas morning at beaches up and down the east coast, from Broadbeach to Nobbys in Newcastle, to Bondi – with the day starting out fine in most places
Santa hats were favoured by beachgoers on Christmas morning despite the already warm temperatures
People hit the beach early up and down the east coast to hit the surf, to exercise, walk their dogs and for a few it was a chance to catch up on sleep lost the night before.
A few revellers s were spotted still sleeping well after sunrise on Broadbeach on the Gold Coast.
On Christmas morning groups were already staking out the best beach spots.
Plenty of surfers took their Christmas cheer into the surf as they caught some waves
Revellers watched the sunrise at Bondi, some exercising, and few still up from the night before
Holidaymakers decided the best place to spend Christmas was on Bondi’s famous beach
Santa hats are common even on a hot day at the beach in Australia as people look to spread Christmas cheer
In Sydney and Newcastle, temperatures are forecast to hit 30 degrees while on the Gold Coast was predicted to reach 27.
Afternoon storms including rain were forecast for the Gold Coast.
At the Gold Coast’s famous beaches, people lugged eskies down the sand early and setting up deck chairs as they enjoyed the sunshine and company.
The deckchairs were out early on Bondi Beach as revellers were keen to stake out a good spot early on Christmas day
On the Gold Coast the party migrated from the tourist mecca’s clubs to the sand
Gold Coast’s famous beaches were popular early on Christmas Day
In Sydney and at Newcastle, Santa hats were popular at Bondi, with a few surfers even wearing them into the water.
The water temperature at Bondi was an unusually warm 25 degrees by 9am, but swimmers and people still awake from the night before went in before the sun was even up.
Clubs at Surfer’s Paradise were busy on Christmas Eve as partygoers were determined to make the most of their festive Friday night.
Clubbers were keen to hit the dancefloors on the Gold Coast on Christmas Eve
Revellers on the Gold Coast were not obviously ready to don their facemasks and didn’t appear to be social distancing on Christmas Eve
Gold Coast’s clubs did busy trade on Christmas Eve
The clubs had long queues as revellers hit the dancefloors until the early hours, with not much obvious adherence to the state’s Covid-19 recommendations.
Worryingly not many revellers appeared to be wearing facemasks in the club queues.
Queensland still has a mask mandate and local police are issuing fines for non-compliance.
Masks are not required to be worn in hospitality venues or outdoors.
But ‘it is strongly recommended that you wear a mask when entering, exiting or moving around these venues’, according to Queensland Health.
Health officials in the state also strongly encourage social distancing, but that wasn’t in evidence in club queues either – with revellers bunched together as they snaked into clubs at Surfers.
Christmas 2022: Revellers wake in high spirits at Bondi, Gold Coast – some with a few sore heads