When you visit Australia, you may be headed for the beach or go on a trek to the Australian Outback. For those destinations you'll need activity-specific gear. But in the towns and cities, casual wear is generally the way to go when you're visiting Australia. And if you are a backpacker, consider changing to cleaner, nicer clothing for the city.
You can go to the opera in jeans and no one will give you a second look, but this doesn't mean that everyone else will be wearing jeans, too. Some activities in Australia inspire people to dress up. In general, Sydney is a little dressier than other cities in Australia. If you are going out for a night on the town, here's the opportunity for women to wear those high heels.
Formal Wear in Australia
No one needs a tuxedo or a long, formal gown in Australia unless it's a really special occasion. And, a jacket and tie are not de rigueur for semi-formal occasions. The rule of thumb is: be comfortable with your choice of clothing for a particular occasion.
In most cases, jeans can be your wardrobe staple—you can dress them up or down depending on where you're going. You might want to pack some non-denim casual wear if you plan on visiting city restaurants, but you can leave most of the dressy clothes at home.
Some Dress Restrictions
That said, a few places have dress restrictions. Some clubs, such as Returned Services League clubs (RSL) and sporting clubs, have dress codes for general entry. No thongs, rubber shoes, jeans or collarless shirts are allowed for entry to the club’s formal dining room. A jacket and tie are required. The rules can vary from club to club and you must usually be signed in for entry, so check ahead with the place you plan to visit to be on the safe side. You don't want to arrive only to be turned away.
If you plan to visit any of Australia's casinos like Star Sydney or Wrest Point Hotel Casino in Hobart, jeans, except for really scruffy ones, and other casual wear is certainly acceptable.
Of course, you'll want to dress for the weather, too. Temperatures in Sydney range from the mid-forties to the lower fifties in winter, and from the upper sixties into the seventies in summer. Remember, summer months are December through February in the Southern Hemisphere. Winter is marked from June through August.
If you're visiting an area that's notably hot in summer, consider packing lots of clothing made with natural fibers. Don't forget sunglasses and a hat to help protect against the glare of the Australian sun.
Here's a summary of what you can expect temperature-wise. As far as rain, snow and other weather events go, these links can provide more information.
December: 17.5 degrees Celsius (63 degrees Fahrenheit) to 25 degrees Celsius (77 degrees Fahrenheit)
January: 18.5 degrees Celsius (65 degrees Fahrenheit) to 25.5 degrees Celsius (78 degrees Fahrenheit)
February: 18.5 degrees Celsius (65 degrees Fahrenheit) to 25.5 degrees Celsius (78 degrees Fahrenheit)
March: 17.5 degrees Celsius (63 degrees Fahrenheit) to 24.5 degrees Celsius (76 degrees Fahrenheit)
April: 14.5 degrees Celsius (58 degrees Fahrenheit) to 21.5 degrees Celsius (71 degrees Fahrenheit)
May: 11 degrees Celsius (52 degrees Fahrenheit) to 19 degrees Celsius (66 degrees Fahrenheit)
June: 9 degrees Celsius (48 degrees Fahrenheit) to 16 degrees Celsius (61 degrees Fahrenheit)
July: 8 degrees Celsius (46 degrees Fahrenheit) to 15.5 degrees Celsius (60 degrees Fahrenheit)
August: 9 degrees Celsius (48 degrees Fahrenheit) to 17.5 degrees Celsius (63 degrees Fahrenheit)
September: 10.5 degrees Celsius (51 degrees Fahrenheit) to 19.5 degrees Celsius (67 degrees Fahrenheit)
October: 13.5 degrees Celsius (56 degrees Fahrenheit) to 21.5 degrees Celsius (71 degrees Fahrenheit)
November: 15.5 degrees Celsius (60 degrees Fahrenheit) to 23.5 degrees Celsius (74 degrees Fahrenheit)