Bondi Beach was packed with hundreds of Sydneysiders and tourists just months after similar scenes sparked its sudden month-long closure.
Hundreds flocked to the world-famous beach on Sunday to soak up the winter sunshine as New South Wales battles to avoid a Victoria-style second wave of coronavirus infections.
The concerning crowds came on the same day Melbourne was forced into stage four lockdown after 671 new cases and seven deaths were recorded in Victoria on Sunday.
The carefree crowds appeared to show little regard for social distancing guidelines as they mingled and sat together in large groups on the grass at the northern end of the beach.
Hundreds soaked up the Sydney sunshine with beachside picnics at Bondi Beach on Sunday
Bondi Beach was packed with Sydneysiders and tourists, some who showed little regard for 1.5m social distancing guidelines
As Melbourne went into a stricter lockdown, Sydneysiders took advantage of their freedom as they flocked to the beach on large social gatherings
Those unable to snare a park bench packed the grassy hill to enjoy the view in large congregations, as many more strolled along the promenade as the temperature reached 19C.
Some revellers were in party mode as they enjoyed a few drinks with their mates.
There appeared to be no police or council rangers ensuring restrictions were being obeyed. The beach is supposed to be restricted to 500 visitors at a time, according to the Waveley Council website.
Very few face masks were seen, despite a plea on Sunday from NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian urging everyone to wear one in public settings.
Many congregations were close to the capped government limit of 20 for public gatherings.
Board riders, surfers and swimmers also flocked to the water in large numbers.
Waverley Council's latest update states its beaches and ocean pools, including Bondi are open for all activities.
'Visitor numbers at beaches are still restricted to 500 people,' the website states.
The water was swarming with board riders and surfers at Sydney's iconic Bondi Beach on Sunday
As NSW battles to control a second wave of infections, hundreds flocked to Bondi Beach
Bondi Beach turned into party central with hundreds of picnicking revellers on Sunday afternoon
This woman was enjoying the buzzing vibe at Bondi as she and her