The Best Time to Visit Sydney

Sydney Australia
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The wonderful thing about visiting Sydney is that the city shines through any season: there is always something to see, do and explore, regardless of the weather or climate.

That said, there’s no time like springtime – running from September to November – to enjoy Sydney’s spectacular scenes!

The city is beginning to restore to its former glory after a dark winter; the flora and fauna blossoms to the height of its beauty; and you also get to beat the hot summer that settles in from December.

The weather in Sydney is the mild and comfortable in the spring, but that isn’t the only reason you should hold out until September to visit. There are also many things to do in Sydney that are improved by the flourishing energy of this season of renewal.

Holiday Time

There are several holidays in spring to be aware of.

Many states and territories celebrate the Labor Day holiday long weekend in early October.

There are also two weeks of school holidays that generally take place in September. During this period, flights and accommodation may be more expensive.

Spring Weather

The average temperatures in the middle of the season generally range from 13°C (55°F) at night to 22°C (72°F) in the day.

The best thing about spring is that it’s Sydney’s driest season, so you’re far less likely to get caught in the kind of rainstorm that can spoil a day of touring. Generally, within a month, anywhere from 69mm to 81mm of rain is expected, though the weather can fluctuate due to climactic factors.

The temperatures tend to vary between the months. While September and the beginning of October tend to feature cooler conditions, late October and November is generally a lot warmer. If you are planning a beach holiday, visiting Sydney in late spring is the safer option, whereas the cooler temperatures at the beginning of the season are usually perfect for busy days of sightseeing.

More than anything else, the mild climate of spring makes the popular walking tours of Sydney much more enjoyable. From iconic landmarks to natural parks located within the city, you’re able to appreciate it all much more when you aren’t cursing at the cold and sweating from the heat.

Spring Accommodation

Outside of the holiday periods, accommodation should be readily available and reasonably priced.

Spring Activities

In Australia, the season of spring takes place from September until November, and during those three months, there are a number of activities are available to travelers.

Sydney beaches are among the most famous in the world, and while many assume that summer is the best time to visit them, the truth is that spring offers the kind of sunny weather that won’t burn your skin and beaches that aren’t packed to the brim with tourists.

This makes spring the perfect time to explore Sydney beaches (see pictures). Go surfing, learn windsurfing. Cruise the harbor, live a ferry tale, visit Manly or Bondi.

The most popular sights to see in Sydney include the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge, the Rocks, the Royal Botanic Gardens, Hyde Park and Chinatown. If you want to avoid the busier spots, spring is the best time to take a day trip out of the city to experience the north, south and western areas.

If you are leaving the city, you will see some of the most gorgeous sights imaginable driving down the South Coast before stopping to relax and go fishing. Stanwell Park offers hang-gliding and paragliding for the more daring travelers, and Royal National Park is the perfect place for bushwalking and whale watching for those who’d rather take it easy.

Edited and updated by Sarah Megginson