Australia Day 2024: The world of Bondi Beach is a far cry from how the national holiday was celebrated years ago

The scenes on one of Australia’s most famous beaches on Australia Day this year are a far cry from a few years ago in a subtle sign Australians are turning their backs on the national holiday.

While Bondi Beach was flooded with Australians trying to escape the scorching temperatures, the photos taken from Australia Day 2024 could be mistaken for any other summer day.

Aussie-themed bikinis, shorts, hats, flags and umbrellas are conspicuously absent – ​​the Australian colors of green and gold are also missing from the sale.

This year’s Australia Day at Bondi Beach looks a world away from what it has done in previous years

Two women are seen after swimming at Bondi Beach on Friday. No one on the beach was wearing Australian themed clothing

The images from Bondi Beach on Australia Day 2022 are worlds apart

Some Australians were more than happy to show their national pride during Australia Day two years ago

An Australian flag was raised over the promenade along Bondi Beach, but that was the end of most of the patriotism.

Photos from 2022 show a very different scene, with many women wearing Australian bikinis and hats, while others drape themselves in the national flag.

The change in stance comes after years of controversy surrounding the date of Australia Day and calls from First Nations Australians to change the day of celebration.

Crowds also turned out in Bondi on Friday morning for an Anzac-style Dawn Reflection service and smoking ceremony.

The indigenous La Perouse Gamay Dancers and Jannawi Dance Clan performed and elders held a smoking ceremony to mark the arrival of the First British Fleet in 1788.

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Thousands of Australians welcomed the dawn of a scorching hot Australia Day at Aboriginal beach and park ceremonies across the country (pictured, Bondi Beach on Friday)

Temperatures in Sydney were already hitting 30C at 7am as hundreds lined Bondi Beach in the eastern suburbs for the Dawn Reflection and Smoking Ceremony (pictured)

Indigenous La Perouse Gamay Dancers and Jannawi Dance Clan performed for the crowd (pictured)

The event was an opportunity to «commemorate our First Nations community,» Waverley Council said, and brought a large crowd of local residents, some carrying an Aboriginal flag, to the beach.

The council said the event would be “to recognize the resilience and survival of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their enduring connection to land and culture».

But in a nod to the more traditional Australia Day celebrations, the council also sat down to a beachside BBQ breakfast outside Bondi Surf Club immediately afterwards.

Countless Aussies also took part in various Invasion Day rallies across the country, demanding the date of the public holiday be changed.

Tens of thousands of people gathered in Australia’s major CBDs on Friday to march against the January 26 celebrations.

The public holiday comes on a steamy hot day with Sydney is forecast to reach a high of 38C on Friday, while some inland areas are set to drop to 50C, including the Queensland tourist town of Birdsville, which reached 49.4C on Thursday.

A change to the south beginning Friday afternoon will see temperatures drop as much as 10 to 15 degrees in many parts of the country.

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Beachgoers are seen in Bondi on Australia Day 2024

An Australian flag was raised over the boardwalk along Bondi Beach, but that’s where most of the patriotism ended

Australians are seen in Bondi on Friday morning

Many Australians choose not to wear Australian themed clothing in Bondi on the public holiday

As the heat continues further east, the NSW coast is set to warm up a bit more, with Newcastle and Taree forecast to reach 41C, while Grafton and Gosford will reach 40C.

Temperatures in towns across the Hunter, including Cessnock, Scone and Singleton, will also rise by 1-2C on Thursday’s temperatures, with Singleton expected to top 43C and Scone 41C.

The lower and upper west of the state will again bear the brunt of the heat with Bourke reaching 44C and Moree 42C.

Parts of the state could see thunderstorms roll through this afternoon and evening.

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