There’s never a bad time to visit Sydney with its year round fun and seasonal festivities, but the best time of the year to visit Sydney depends on your reason for coming.
There’s loads of festivals, sun and the friendliest people you’ll meet. There’s now even more direct flights from the US to the Land Down Under. No wonder Travel + Leisure named Australia the 2020 destination of the year!
THE BEST TIME OF THE YEAR TO VISIT SYDNEY
SUMMER December to February (remember the seasons are flipped for folks in the Southern Hemisphere!): It’s extremely hot so MUSTS are sunscreen, hat, light fabric clothing, sunnies and water, water, water. At times, Sydney can be pretty humid. The best time to take advantage of water activities – cruises, beaches, hanging out in the Harbour.
Although summer is peak season and crowded, it’s my favorite time as I love to attend the Australian Open (yes, I know it’s in Melbourne). But since I’m here, might as well hop over to Sydney right? With plenty of outdoor activities, don’t forget to Slip, Slop, Slap! Slip on a shirt, Slop on some sunscreen and Slap on a hat! – Cancer Council.
Summertime in Sydney hosts the Sydney Festival, Hobart Yacht Race, Field Day. It’s peak season so expect high prices and summer crowds. It’s also the most expensive time to get to Australia. But as we saw this year, Qantas will periodically have flight sales, then other airlines will jump on board!
AUTUMN March to May: Warm days and cool nights. Can be rainy. You may need a light jumper (sweater) and scarf in the evenings. The best time to take advantage of outdoor popular attractions – zoos, wildlife parks, hiking, wine trips and it’s the beginning of wale watching season.
Humpback whales head north towards warmer waters to mate and give birth from May to August. They return south in summer with their babies (awww!) to feed in Antarctic waters. Besides hopping on a boat tour, you can catch these impressive creatures from the shore as well, particularly at Byron Bay. Autumn in Sydney hosts Fashion Week, Vivid Sydney, Taste of Sydney, Parramasala, Sydney Comedy Festival.
WINTER June to August: Cold and wet. It doesn’t snow, but can get quite cold with high winds. Which means not the best for beach activities unless you’re an Iceberg, but you can find plenty of indoor activities – museums, Opera House.
Although I don’t think anyone goes to Australia for snow activities, it does snow outside of Sydney at Snowy Mountains or Blue Cow Mountains. And you can always ice skate at the Parramatta Winterlights. It’s low season so it’s the least crowded and cheapest to get to Sydney. But don’t worry, as you can see, there’s plenty to still do and see during the winter months. Winter in Sydney hosts State of Origin Series, Carriageworks Winter Night Markets, Sydney Film Festival, Sydney Science Festival and Good Food and Wine Show.
SPRING September to November: The blooms take effect and is the driest season. November is usually the sunniest month with warm temperatures, and not too hot. The best time to take advantage of outdoor activities – Harbour Bridge climb, day trips, cycling. Considering the cost of travelling to Sydney during spring is comparatively lower, this is the perfect time to avoid crowds and enjoy pleasant weather. Spring in Sydney hosts Festival of the Winds, Good Food Month, Sculpture by the Sea and Graphic.
I prefer the shoulder seasons – spring and autumn because of the comfortable temperatures, changing of nature’s colors and manageable tourist crowds. Also airline prices fall during these shoulder seasons. Whatever suits you best, go visit Sydney and make some magical memories.
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