Sydney is Australia’s largest and most well known city. It is home to beautiful beaches, historic buildings, iconic landmarks, award-winning restaurants and a vibrant blended of Australian and International culture. From the breathtaking views of Sydney Harbour to the sweet tranquillity of Hyde Park, Sydney has something for every tourist or worldly traveller. Its climate would be best described as warm to hot in Summer and mild to cool in Winter with rainy days evenly spread across the year.
- Summer Climate
Sydney in Summer is warm to hot. The areas close to the sea and harbour tend to be moderated by the ocean with Sydney’s Western suburbs being often much warmer. The average temperature in Summer ranges from daytime highs of 28°C to overnight lows of 19°C. In summer you can experience days that reach into the high 30′s so bring sunblock, a hat and drink plenty of water.
There is so much for visitors to see and do in Sydney in Summer providing they can drag themselves away from the spectacular Harbour…Head to the Growers’ Market, everything from fresh fruit and vegetables to rare-breed pork and seafood to Pyrmont Bay Park, the Sydney Morning Herald Growers’ Market has been a tradition for the last 14 years.
The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia on the edge of Sydney Harbour, overlooking the world-famous Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge, is a Museum well worth taking the time to visit. Head to the beaches and bask in Australia’s glorious sunshine and have a surf or swim in any number of places on the coast. Walk from Bondi to Bronte along the spectacular sea cliffs or relax in a beer garden with harbour views in Watsons Bay. Take the ferry to Manly where the Australian Open of Surfing Festival combines world-class athletes, artists and fans at Manly Beach – the birthplace of modern surfing, this is a free event which runs for nine days and attracts more than 125,000 spectators. From February the world famous Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival’s live entertainment including cabarets, comedy, music and theatre kicks into gear…leather gear that is. The celebration Includes the Mardi Gras Film Festival, showcasing international and local gay and lesbian films. Watch the Sydney to Hobart yacht race start on Boxing Day, December 26, the race is an iconic part of Australian summertime, the best place to see it is from the stunning Sydney Heads where the harbour meets the ocean.
- Autumn Climate
Sydney in Autumn is very comfortable. Autumn is when Sydney tends to experience most of its rain leading into winter with an average of 13 Rainy days per month compared with 12 in Summer and 11 in Winter. Daily maximum temperatures tend to range from 24ºC in March down to 19ºC in May. The overnight lows are starting to drop from around 17ºC in March to 11ºC in May. It is still possible to get some very hot days in March and April with occasional temperatures over 30ºC.
One of the must see experiences for visitors to Sydney In Autumn is the grandeur of a world famous opera performed amongst the backdrop of the Sydney Harbour with amazing views over the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge all performed on a giant glimmering stage which is built especially for the occasion on Sydney Harbour. Late Summer early Autumn around the beginning of March see’s the glamorous and vibrant Gay and Lesbian Mardis Gras Parade. Autumn is a great time to see Sydney’s early convict days come alive in “The Rocks”, a jumble of cobblestone streets and cul-de-sacs just five minutes from Circular Quay. You only have to step off the harbour foreshore to find the sandstone terraces and cottages and some of Sydney’s oldest pubs and historic buildings. With the temperature cooling down a little now it’s a good time to Climb the Harbour Bridge for some amazingly spectacular views, an unforgettable experience.
- Winter Climate
Sydney In Winter is cool, sometimes cold yet can have some sunny days among the wintry backdrop. In winter, temperatures rarely drop below 5°C in coastal areas. The coldest month is July, with an average range from a low of 8°C up to 16°C as a daytime high. Snow does not occur around Sydney however it does sometimes happen in the ranges to the west know as the Blue Mountains. For Skiing in Australia you will need to head further South and inland to Southern NSW and Victoria. In fact for Sydney, July and August can be some of the driest months of the year.
A crowd favourite for Sydney in Winter abounds in warm pubs with hearty fare and fine wine. Though if you are want to be a little bit more physically active, join in Sydney’s 14 kilometre “City to Surf” foot race which is the world’s largest timed running event, attracting more than 75,000 entrants in August. The route winds from Hyde Park in the Sydney CBD to iconic Bondi Beach through some of Sydney’s most exclusive suburbs, before finishing at the edge of the Pacific Ocean.
Each year the city of Sydney is transformed into a spectacular canvas of light, music and ideas when Vivid Sydney takes over after dark. Vivid Sydney paints the city with creativity and inspiration, Vivid Sydney highlights include the hugely popular illumination of the Sydney Opera House sails and performances from local and international musicians at Sydney Opera House.
The Sydney Film Festival is one of the world’s longest-running film festivals and is a major event on the New South Wales cultural calendar. The 12-day festival screens more than 100 feature films, documentaries, short films and animation from more than 50 countries around the world and in almost as many languages. Films are shown at venues across the city
- Spring Climate
Sydney in Spring sees the temperatures move from cool to warm the further through the season. Spring is both drier and sunnier than the Summer, with lower humidity and less rainfall meaning that Spring is often targeted as the period in which to hold festivals, concerts and other major outdoor events. The weather is usually very pleasant and sunny. Overnight lows average around 13ºC and daytime highs are around 23ºC. November can see people really starting to gravitate back to the beaches with enthusiasm.
With so many must see events in Sydney in Spring it is a busy season with plenty of choices for locals and visitors alike. The Sydney Marathon is held in September as part of the Blackmore’s Running Festival. You can take part in a full, half marathon, the Bridge Run over the Sydney Harbour Bridge or a Family Fun Run. Art & About Sydney – Experience Sydney through art in unusual spaces. Located in various venues across Sydney. Art & About Sydney is a collaborative arts festival which sees both the artist and the general public use the city as a canvas for creation and story telling. This dynamic annual festival, is now in its 11th year. The end of Spring and the beginning of summer brings Sydney’s streets alive with the sounds of the roaring V8 Supercars and the final race of the season on the Street Circuit at Sydney’s Olympic Park. Crave Sydney is an International Food Festival. Crave Sydney is a month-long celebration of the city’s food scene and promotes premium local produce from regional New South Wales as well. Throughout October, food lovers will be able to explore Sydney’s small bars and vibrant food precincts; attend large scale food events, as well as savour dinners cooked by some of the world’s leading chefs.
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