Best time to visit Sydney

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If it’s not the beaches, it’s the cultural scene — Sydney shines all year round. Steer clear of the busy summer season to enjoy lower prices and gentler sun rays on your skin, though.

March–May

While summer technically is over, you don’t have to bundle up. Instead, put on a swimsuit and recharge on Bondi Beach or Manly Beach, taking advantage of gorgeous days in the low-to-mid 20s. Confirming that it really is fall, ginkgo trees put on golden displays in the Royal Botanic Garden.

June–August

Opportunities for outdoor recreation abound during Sydney’s mild winter. With average highs between 16°C–18°C, undertaking the Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk or Spit Bridge to Manly Walk is blissful. Bring your binoculars: From late May through November, humpback whales swim, first north and then south, along the coastline — a favorite vantage point is Cape Solander in Kamay Botany Bay National Park. If you’re unlucky with the weather and hit a cold spell, simply allocate more time for Sydney’s cocktail of cultural (indoor) attractions.

September–November

Visiting Sydney in spring means you beat the summer’s tourist rush but still can relish adorable weather, with days consistently above the 20°C mark. Spring is, in fact, the year’s sunniest season, allowing for ideal conditions for lazing and sightseeing. If you want a change of scenery, consider capitalizing on the dry (and non-slippery) bushwalking trails in the Blue Mountains.

December–February

Celebrating New Year’s Eve with epic firework displays at Sydney Harbour is an activity admired around the globe. Add that school is out until late January, and you know you have to pay up to experience Sydney’s summer. Still, stunning warm days make it worth your while. Just be sure to seek shade or cover up during midday when the UV radiation skyrockets.

Average weather in Sydney

MonthHigh (°C)Low (°C)Rain (mm)Wet days
January26191019
February26191199
March251813210
April23151279
May20121179
June1791339
July168967
August189807
September2011687
October2214778
November2416848
December2518778
Source: Bureau of Meteorology.

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