Visiting Sydney in the Fall

Autumn is a great time to visit Australia

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The Australian autumn begins on March 1 and ends on May 31 when it's spring in the U.S. Generally, this is a quieter and less expensive time to visit Sydney than in summer. Australia's weather varies greatly depending on the part of the continent. The southern capital of Sydney is in a temperate zone with average temperatures in the mid-70s F during the day and the low-60s F at night. The number of days with some precipitation average 23 on March, 13 in April, and only six in May.

The weather in March and the early part of April is usually warm enough for visiting the beaches that line Sydney's eastern shore. Light jackets and jeans, plus a scarf for windy days are appropriate dress for the autumn weather.

Enjoy the Outdoors

Autumn in Sydney is a good time to take a walking tour of the city. Visit the Sydney Opera House, the Royal Botanic Gardens, Hyde Park, Chinatown, and Darling Harbour. Hit the water for surfing, windsurfing, hang gliding, and paragliding. If you'd rather watch others surf, the Australian Open of Surfing is an annual event that mixes the world's best surfers with music and skateboarding on famous Manly Beach.

For a fun evening out for the whole family, including friendly pooches, catch a flick under the stars at Moonlight Cinema. Food and drinks are for sale or you can bring your own. Movies are shown through the summer and the first month of autumn at Centennial Park in the Belvedere Amphitheatre.

Take a harbor cruise, especially during the Vivid Sydney Festival at the end of May to view the show from the water. Laser lights and interactive displays set to music are projected on landmark buildings around the city, including the iconic Sydney Opera House.

Take a day tour to the Blue Mountains and see the Three Sisters rock formations, get aboard the world's steepest passenger train to descend into an ancient rainforest, or see a panoramic view of the mountains from a glass-floored cable car.

See a Parade

The annual Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras celebration begins in February and continues into the first few days of March, ending with a huge parade and party. The nighttime parade winds through the city streets to Moore Park, presenting a spectacle not to be missed.

March is also the month of Sydney's annual St. Patrick's Day parade, which celebrates Irish culture and heritage in Australia. Everyone is welcome to the day's multicultural event that includes live music, children's activities, and food stalls.

Anzac Day is celebrated on April 25 with dawn services and the annual Anzac Day parade. The event honors those who served in Australia's military, as well as civilians who supported the troops and descendants of Australian veterans. At the conclusion of the parade, a service is held in ANZAC War Memorial in Hyde Park South.