When to go to Sydney: climate, best time and months to avoid

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Martí Micolau

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Are you thinking about a holiday in Sydney, and want to know what is the best season to visit it? A standard answer does not exist, as it varies according to what interests you, the experiences you intend to have and, obviously, how much you want to spend. So let's start by analyzing the climate and temperatures, and then get to the activities that can be done during the four seasons.


  1. Climate, Average Temperatures and Precipitation
  2. When to go to Sydney: the cheapest period
  3. Sydney in Spring
  4. Sydney in the Summer
  5. Sydney in Autumn
  6. Sydney in Winter
  7. User questions and comments

Climate, Average Temperatures and Precipitation

  • Best time: Sydney can be visited all year round, but from December to March (austral summer) you can also do beach life and the city comes alive with festivals
  • Period to avoid: From April to May, that is in autumn, temperatures are mild and pleasant, but it is the wettest period of the year, and rainfall can also take on a stormy nature.

Sydney is located on the south east coast of Australia in the southern hemisphere of the globe. This leads the city to have the seasons reversed compared to Europe, with winter lasting three months, from June to August, spring from September to November, summer from December to March and autumn, only in the months of April and May. The rains approach 1.200 mm per year and there is no real dry season while the wettest is autumn. The climate and the atmospheric situation in the city are generally good but, thunderstorms and heavy hailstorms can also occur while, the wind is frequent especially from October to April.

When to go to Sydney: the cheapest period

The cheapest time to visit Sydney is during the austral winter, i.e. in the months from June to August. In this period the accommodation costs are lower and often available even without paying the deposit but, pay attention to avoid the Queen's Birthday holiday, which falls in June, and the school holiday period which affects the month of July: in these periods of time, finding accommodation is impossible to say the least. Autumn is also a fairly economical period, but also much quieter. Beyond some of the annual celebrations, little remains of Sydney to "experience", and much of what to "see" and visit.

Sydney in Spring

In this phase of the year the temperatures begin to rise, and oscillate around 13 ° C at night and 22 ° C during the day. This, combined with the almost total absence of rain (it is the driest season) make the spring is the best time to go out in the open air, visit one of the natural parks and, of course, relax on one of the magnificent beaches of Sydeny, perhaps opting for some sport.

Sydney in the Summer

Australian summer begins in December and ends in March, and according to some it is the best time to visit Sydney: the city is filled with new life, thanks to the numerous holidays and festivities. On December 26, for example, the dangerous Yacht Race kicks off from Sydney Harbor, while the Sydney Festival takes place throughout January.

Sydney in Autumn

Autumn in Sydney is characterized by cool temperatures, ed it's the season of the shows. Sometimes the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, which officially starts in February, ends right in the early days of autumn, with the night parade triumphing throughout the city. And again, autumn is the season of Sydney's St. Patrick's Day, which falls in March and is also characterized by a parade, and the festivities of Easter and Anzac Day, which falls on April 25th. Despite being fresh, the weather is still suitable for going to the beach to practice sports, especially on the beaches to the east, and allows you to visit the city on foot.

Sydney in Winter

Sydney's winter isn't harsh, quite the opposite. Temperatures are still pleasant, and allow you to visit the city or go hiking. The ski slopes are very close to the city, and it is also possible to admire the migration of the barriers to the north. And if you want to experience the thrill of Christmas in July, complete with decorations and songs, you can go to the Yulefest in the Blue Mountains.

How to dress: what to pack

  • Spring (September to November): the climate is mild or warm and generally not very rainy. Therefore, it is good to bring light clothes with you, packing some sweatshirt or long-sleeved shirt.
  • Summer (December to March): summer clothing, some raincoat or windbreaker in case of sea breeze or cloud coverings that become showers even with a stormy nature, albeit short-lived.
  • Autumn (in April and May): the temperature is mild but it is a very rainy season so pack a few more changes, as rainfall can be very abundant, and you need to shelter from the rain.
  • Winter (June to August): it is not excessively cold (the coldest month is July with a minimum of 12 °), it is recommended to dress like an "onion". Rainfall is abundant especially in early June, so it is good to have a raincoat and umbrella.


  • Population: 5.131.326 inhabitants
  • Area: 12.368 km²
  • Languages: English and Italian
  • Currency: Australian dollar / Exchange rate: € 1,00 = Australian dollars 1,56
  • Documents: valid passport and tourist visa, which can be obtained via the internet and is called "e-visitor visa". It is valid for 90 days. Italian citizens, under the age of 31, also have the possibility of obtaining a twelve-month working holiday visa.
  • Time zone: +9 h compared to Italy. The time zone will be between late March and early October +8 hours because there is summer time in Italy and between late October and late March +10 hours due to Australian summer time.

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