When to go to Sydney

Sydney Harbour Bridge
Sydney Harbour Bridge

Sydney by seasons

Sydney is a wonderful year-round destination, with warm summers and mild winters, and plenty of sunny days in which to enjoy all those outdoor activities. There’s no one ‘best’ time to visit the city; each season brings its own attractions and events, so when to go depends on your own interests. To help you choose your ideal month to travel, we’ve split the year into its four seasons:

Jacaranda trees in Sydney
Spring

September to November

Spring is a lovely time to visit Sydney. Days are warm and sunny with low humidity. Temperatures range from 11 to 23°C, so we recommended packing a jumper or two, just in case. Sydney comes alive in springtime with the blooming lilac hues of jacaranda trees brightening up the street scene. Now’s an excellent time to hit the beach too, before the full-blown heat of summer kicks in.

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Festival of the Winds: In September, be sure to visit Bondi Beach for this kite-flying extravaganza, featuring kite acrobatics, kite making and some of the craziest kite designs you’ll ever see.

Sculpture by the Sea: Taking place from October to early November, this artistic event sees the coastal walk between Bondi Beach and Tamarama Beach transform into a temporary sculpture park with over 100 pieces by artists from Australia and around the world.

Fireworks above Sydney City
Summer

December to February

As temperatures creep up to the mid-twenties, summer in Sydney is when temperatures heat up and the humidity peaks. This is the perfect time of year to laze on Sydney’s beaches, with water temperatures ranging from 21 to 23°C, and the sea breezes bringing welcome relief from the humidity. Christmas is a popular period for visitors in search of the winter sun, while Sydney’s New Year celebrations are some of the best in the world.

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Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras: in late February, the party to end all parties takes place in Sydney during this celebration of LGBTQI pride, which features pool parties, drag races, a film festival and a colourful parade.

Australia Day: On 26th January, join the Sydneysiders for a celebration of all things Australia. Events include indigenous ceremonies, races, markets, concerts and plenty of beer.

Autumn trees in the Blue Mountains
Autumn

March to May

Autumn is a glorious time to visit Sydney. Temperatures reduce back to the teens and low twenties, the air is fresh and crisp and the sky is bright, creating the perfect conditions for coastal hikes and strolls. Best of all, the gorgeous reds and golds of autumn appear on the trees, and are best observed in the Botanic Gardens and in the forests around the Blue Mountains.

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Taste of Sydney: Fan of food? Then head down to Centennial Park in mid-March for samples of Sydney’s finest restaurants and artisan producers, accompanied by music and live entertainment.

Sydney Comedy Festival: laugh your socks off at this popular festival involving various stand-up shows and awards nights held at venues across the city between April and May.

Whale in front of Sydney
Winter

June to August

Although it’s cooler than the rest of the year, Sydney’s winter can’t really be described as cold. It does get a little chilly, with temperatures down to a low of 9°C, but they can also stay up in the high teens on warmer days. Winter is a great time for coastal walks and watching the sunrise, which falls after 7am. Rainfall is a little more likely in winter though, so bring your brolly.

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Vivid Sydney: Held all over the city from late May to mid-June, Sydney hosts a selection of night-time illuminations set to music, in a much-loved festival of light, music and ideas.

Whale watching: Humpback whales migrate north along the New South Wales coast between May and August, so head down to Sydney’s beaches and see if you can spot their slapping tails.

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