Some of Sydney's most famous beaches could be closed on Monday afternoon after tens of thousands of people flocked to the water, ignoring COVID-19 restrictions.
There was hardly any room to sunbake at Bondi Beach, with large crowds making the most of the 31C weather on the Labour Day public holiday.
Lifesavers at nearby Coogee Beach were warning beachgoers that unless a distance of 1.5 metres was maintained in the water and on the sand, the beach would close.
The massive crowds led to NSW Police patrolling the beaches in the early afternoon.
Similar scenes were a regular fixture along Sydney's eastern suburbs beaches at the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Some of Sydney's most famous beaches could be closed on Monday afternoon after tens of thousands of people flocked to the water, ignoring COVID-19 restrictions
There was hardly any room to sunbake at Bondi Beach, with large crowds making the most of the 31C weather on the Labour Day public holiday
Electronic signs at the beach warned visitors that the allowed capacity was close to being reached
The massive crowds led to NSW Police officers patrolling the beaches in the early afternoon
Police talk to beachgoers on the grass at Bondi on Monday afternoon, where vistors were told to 'swim and go'
Despite ten straight days of no community COVID-19 transmission in NSW, threats of beach closures remain.
'If people continue to come to Bondi Beach and crowds grow further, restricted access to the sand is likely to be implemented within the next hour 2-3pm,' Waverley Council said in a statement.
'If you haven't left for the beach yet, please rethink your trip and check on capacity later in the day.'
Randwick City Council, which controls Coogee and Maroubra Beaches, advised keen swimmers to make other plans.
'Many of our beaches are approaching capacity, so please make alternate plans if you're heading to our coastline,' the council tweeted on Monday.
'If you're already in the area, enjoy the warm weather at our beachside parks and reserves, or support local businesses by visiting stores in our town centres.'
One cheeky youngster was eager to have a real life look at the inside of a police car near Bondi Beach
Sun's up, fun's up! Bondi Beach heats up as crowds descend on the famous beach during New South Wales' public holiday Monday
Ahead of the warm weather, NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard said the state could not afford to let its guard down