Chaotic scenes on Bondi Beach and Manly as residents flock to Sydney beaches ahead of Freedom Day

Sydneysiders start the party early as picnic hotspots in Bondi and Manly turn into lavish moshpits ahead of Freedom Day – with officers forced to move the raging crowds on

  • Huge crowds gather on the beaches of Bondi and Manly days before Freedom Day
  • Police were forced to disperse crowds at Bondi beach on Saturday night
  • Residents risked fines for breaking Covid until the restriction was lifted Monday
  • From October 11, outdoor gatherings for 30 fully vaccinated people are allowed


Picnic hotspots have become lavish moshpits in Sydney’s eastern suburbs and northern beaches, as residents risk fines for celebrating Freedom Day early.

Hundreds gathered by the water at Bondi and Manly on Saturday night to party before the Covid restrictions were eased on Monday for residents with double stings.

Massive crowds flocked to ‘The Office’ in Manly – a popular spot by the harbor near the quay – where music blew up and an impromptu dance floor was set up.

Revelers were filmed crammed together and without masks as they cursed ABBA songs out with drinks in tow while some were reported to urinate.

Similar scenes took place on Bondi beach after police were forced to disperse huge crowds that began gathering all day.

A number of guidelines were given to residents while no fines were issued despite public health orders being in place until Monday.

Hundreds of partygoers flocked to Manly Beach on Saturday (pictured) just days before the state's planned Freedom Day

Residents were snapped up without taking social distance or wearing face clothing during the mass rally

Hundreds of partygoers flocked to Manly Beach on Saturday (pictured) just days before the state’s planned Freedom Day

Residents began to gather during the day at the popular picnic hotspot by the water in Manly (pictured)

Residents began to gather during the day at the popular picnic hotspot by the water in Manly (pictured)

Police were pictured moving the raging crowd just after 7pm with reports that festivals were drinking alcohol against the council’s restrictions.

Under Covid-19 restrictions, only groups of five fully vaccinated adults are allowed to gather outdoors until state home orders are eased on Oct. 11.

But residents were desperate to get a taste of normal life again when Sydneysiders marked 15 weeks living in lockdown.

Reaction was mixed on social media where photos and footage of the wild scenes were shared.

Hundreds gathered in Bondi Beach on Saturday (pictured) before being dispersed by police

Hundreds gathered in Bondi Beach on Saturday (pictured) before being dispersed by police

Police issued revelation directives to revelers just after sunset without allegedly issuing fines (pictured)

Police issued revelation directives to revelers just after sunset without allegedly issuing fines (pictured)

‘This is anarchy. Yes, alcohol can be consumed there, but the police are not powerless – there are also public health orders that can be enforced, ‘wrote the news publisher Manly Observer.

‘Where are the police?’, One local asked, while another slammed the bugs for being ‘selfish’ and ‘privileged’.

Others praised the large groups of young people for having a good Saturday night.

Sydneysiders were pictured streaming to Bondi beach days before the state's planned reopening on October 11

Sydneysiders were pictured streaming to Bondi beach days before the state’s planned reopening on October 11

Public health notices are still enforced until Monday, October 11, when only groups of five fully vaccinated adults are allowed to gather outdoors

Public health notices are still enforced until Monday, October 11, when only groups of five fully vaccinated adults are allowed to gather outdoors

‘This is what happens when humans are caged like animals,’ wrote one man.

‘Will 28 hours actually make a difference to the result?’, Pointed out another.

‘Let’s just put things in perspective. It has been a particularly awful few years for the young people. They are at the peak of their lives and are certainly very excited that the world is about to open up next week and they are in a heavily vaccinated LGA. Enough with the generation war, ‘reasoned another.

Scenes in Bondi show that the police quickly disperse the large crowd just after sunset

Scenes in Bondi show that the police quickly disperse the large crowd just after sunset

Residents turned up to celebrate Freedom Day early after NSW hit its 70 percent vaccination target this week

Residents turned up to celebrate Freedom Day early after NSW hit its 70 percent vaccination target this week

Double-vaccinated residents will be able to enjoy greater liberties from October 11, after NSW hit its 70 percent vaccination target this week.

From Monday, up to ten visitors will be allowed to gather in a home where all adults are vaccinated, while outdoor gatherings have a limit of 30 people.

Pubs, restaurants and cafes are reopening and beachgoers no longer have to just rely on picnics for food and drink.

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