Sydney has four classic seasons with hot summers and cool winters. It doesn’t get the cold and wet extremes in winter though, making it a fairly pleasant city for year-round travel.
You will also find plenty of family-friendly activities occurring year-round, though there’s a lot more happening over the local school holiday periods (you’ll also find it busier – and hotel prices significantly higher).
If you are looking to avoid the peak crowds and extremes of summer and winter, the best time to visit is September to November (Spring) and March to May (Autumn).
Summer in Sydney (December to February)
Summers in Sydney can be hot, humid and crowded but also the best time for catching the amazing Carols in the Domain for Christmas, New Year fireworks, Australia Day and the Sydney Festival that all occur over the warmer months. Daytime temperatures average around 26 – 30c, making it perfect for hitting the beach and the extensive waterways that surround the city.
Don’t be surprised though as it can still rain during the summer months. You can see our full guide here on what to prepare for and pack for a trip to Sydney.
Summer in Sydney is also the most expensive time of year for hotels. If you are visiting in the summer you will want to book your hotel well in advance.
Autumn in Sydney (March to May)
The warm weather in Sydney can certainly still roll into March and April. You’ll probably need a sweater by evening but without stifling daytime temperatures and crowds, it makes it much more pleasant for getting around town. The Royal Easter show is one of the local highlights in March.
Another fun time of year to visit is in the late Autumn when the Vivid Festival is held. Sydney becomes spectacularly lit up at night and there are options from boat cruises to zoo nights to see the city from a new perspective.
Winter in Sydney (June to August)
In contrast, winters can be a bit chilly and wet, which can come as a surprise to some visitors who think Australia is basked in year-round sunshine and beaches!
It may not be as cold and damp as some of the more southerly parts of Australia in the winter, but you can get some pretty icy mornings! Winter in Sydney is when you are likely to pick up the cheapest airfares and hotel deals though and there’s still plenty of indoor activities if the rain does come in to spoil your day. Click here to see our top things to do in Sydney with kids for some ideas.
Spring in Sydney (September to November)
Similar to autumn, Spring daytime temperatures are mild while evenings are cool. Spring in Sydney is a great time for outdoor activities. As you edge toward summer you can definitely get some brilliant beach weather days and beach patrols tend to start around late October. In September the Sydney Fringe Festival is held, bringing a wonderfully colourful showcase to the city.
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