Thousands flock to beaches to

Photo: WaverleyCouncil/Twitter

Thousands flock to beaches to celebrate Australia Day in Sydney

Officials and local police ensured people follow all public health orders and relevant health advice when visiting public spaces on Australia Day.

Thousands flock to beaches to

Photo: WaverleyCouncil/Twitter

Thousands of Aussies packed the beaches on 26 January 2021 to celebrate Australia Day as temperatures soared across the country.

It is said that Australia Day is the official national day of Australia. Observed annually on 26 January, it marks the anniversary of the 1788 arrival of the First Fleet at Port Jackson in New South Wales, and the raising of the British flag at Sydney Cove by Arthur Phillip. And so, to celebrate in 2021, pictures show locals crowded onto scenic beaches in Sydney with large groups ignoring social distancing rules.

Celebrating Australia Day

According to reports, all beaches in the Mosman area were at capacity by 10:00 with the council asking locals to stay clear of the area.

“Help Mosman stay safe by rethinking your trip to the beach during peak times, avoiding large crowds, maintaining physical distancing and hand hygiene and don’t forget to stay sun smart and water safe too,” the council posted to social media.

Meanwhile, Waverley Council also tweeted that the iconic North Bondi beach was nearing its capacity at midday.

Waverley Council also urged people to remember coronavirus restrictions and to stay 1.5 metres a part from other beachgoers.

“This Australia Day, we urge the community to not be complacent about COVID-19. Remember to maintain social distancing, check in with businesses, wear a mask on public transport, wash your hands and get tested if you have any symptoms,” the council said further.

Beach car parks across Sydney including Balmoral Beach and the Royal National Park were closed in a bid to deter locals from hitting the beaches. Signs were plastered across car parks asking beachgoers to rethink their plans.

Appeals to stay at home came in a bid to keep new cases of coronavirus at zero in Australia. On 26 January, Queensland, NSW, Victoria and South Australia recorded no new cases of the virus.

Buckingham Palace shares photo of Queen visiting Australia in 1954

The Queen also celebrated Australia Day. In fact, Buckingham Palace also shared a photo of The Queen’s visit to Australia in February 1954, just one year after her coronation, to mark Australia Day.