Best Time to Visit Sydney

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On this page, you will find information about the climate and the best time to visit Sydney. We created climate tables and charts for the location of Sydney. These contain details about temperatures, precipitation and more.

Furthermore, we analyzed all climate data and provide a recommendation about which months are best to visit Sydney for your holiday.

Climate Overview

Thermometer Symbol 9 °C to 27 °C
Waves Symbol 19 °C to 24 °C
Rainy Cloud Symbol 2.725.39 in (6 – 10 Days of Rain)
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Geographical location

Sydney is located in the southeast of Australia and is the capital of the state of New South Wales. According to the latest calculations, about 4.6 million inhabitants live in the city area, making Sydney the largest city in the country, ahead of Melbourne, Brisbane and Cairns.

Sydney lies directly on the Pacific Ocean and has Port Jackson (also called Sydney Harbour), the largest natural harbour in the world, where the world-famous Sydney Opera House is located alongside the Harbour Bridge. The entire metropolitan region of Sydney covers an area of more than 7500 square miles (in comparison: Berlin has around 560 miles²) and is divided into 40 local administrative districts.

The city stretches from southern Botany Bay to the Hawkesbury River in the north, from the Pacific to the edge of the Blue Mountains in the west. The hill plateau Hornsby to the north of Sydney Harbour is striking, while the landscape in the south is rather flat. The parks and beaches near the city centre are extraordinary, especially the popular surfing beach Bondi Beach.

Climate in Sydney

Sydney Opera house celebrating Jessica Watson (Pavel)  [flickr.com]  CC BY 
License Information available under 'Proof of Image Sources' The weather in Sydney is determined by distinct seasons, which run exactly opposite to Europe. So the Australian summer is in the European winter months and vice versa. Sydney has a subtropical climate, which is more moderate due to the immediate proximity to the Pacific Ocean and therefore usually bearable even in high summer.

The months after the turn of the year are particularly warm, January and February usually have day temperatures between 26 °C to 28 °C in the shade, while even at night approximately 20 °C are usual. In July, the winter in Sydney reaches its peak, but during the day average values of around 13 °C are still reached. Frost is an absolutely exceptional phenomenon and is only possible at altitudes.

The historic lowest temperature in Sydney is 2 °C, rarely does the thermometer drop below the 5 °C threshold in winter. However, the region is quite humid with over 47.24 in of rain during the year. Most precipitation falls between April and June, the driest time is in September. Snow is very rare in Sydney, because of the temperatures it doesn’t stay there anyway.

Best Time to Visit Sydney: Overview

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When to visit Sydney?


Due to the pleasant climate, the high temperatures and a water temperature between 21 °C to 25 °C, the holiday months November to mid-April are recommended as the best travel season in Sydney. Especially from Christmas to the end of January, many locals travel to the surrounding beaches such as Bondi Beach, Palm Beach or Manly Beach. It is a sometimes wuzzy, but always friendly and cordial atmosphere. Barbecuing in the parks, tanned bodies now present themselves under the Australian sun and the metropolis shows its most beautiful side.

But the rest of the year is also suitable as a travel season, especially the autumn from mid-March to the end of May is still mild and the humidity is now pleasantly low. At this time of year, the national parks are particularly popular, and there are also ideal conditions for hiking. A visit to the Sydney Mardi Gras or the colourful Sydney Festival in March are also among the highlights.

The best time for whale watching on the coast off Sydney is between May and November, i.e. during the Australian winter. Tours start right in the harbour on Circular Quay, and the National Rugby League (NRL) is now in full swing in Australia, providing plenty of entertainment. With around 340 sunny days, Sydney is one of the sunniest cities in the world and also wonderful to visit in winter.

Climate Chart Sydney

Climate Chart Sydney
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Source of Data: German Weather Service (Offenbach) and Wikipedia

Climate Table Sydney

In the following, you will find the climate table for Sydney, containing information about Temperatures, Precipitation, Water Temperatures, and Hours of Sunshine.

Temperatures, Precipitation, Sunshine

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature27°27°25°23°21°18°17°19°21°23°24°26°
Night Temperature20°20°18°15°13°10°10°12°14°16°18°
Water Temperature23°24°23°23°21°19°19°19°19°19°21°22°
Precipitation (inch)3.785.384.315.394.634.643.183.612.723.244.133.13
Rainy days99109108866898
Hours of Sunshine877666688888
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Temperatures
The annual average temperature is 18.5 °C.

For comparison: London 11 °C, NYC 12 °C, LA 17.9 °C

Warmest month: January (23.1 °C)
Coldest month: July (13.1 °C)

The maximum water temperature is 24 °C. You can take a bath at these temperatures.

Months with water temperature of at least 17 °C (Limited bathing is possible):
all months

Months with water temperature of at least 21 °C (adequate for beach vacation):
January, February, March, April, May, November, and December

Precipitation
Overall annual precipitation: 48.13 inch on 100 rainy days

For comparison: London 24.06 in, NYC 41.57 in, LA 12.01 in

There is no rainy season (months with more than 6.9 in of precipitation).

You cannot expect snow in any month.

Sunshine
As our climate table shows, November is the sunniest month with an average of 8.2 hours of sunshine per day. Over the year, there are 7.1 hours of sunshine per day on average. For comparison: London has 4.1, NYC has 7 and LA has 8.9 hours of sunshine per day on average.

Highlights and Attractions


World-famous and one of Sydney’s absolute highlights is the Sydney Opera House. Since 2007, the building designed by Danish architect Jorn Utzon has been on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The 495 metre long Harbour Bridge creates a traffic connection across the city harbour. It is run over by more than 150,000 cars every day. Several providers have guided tours over the steel arches of the bridge in their programme – an experience with a real adrenaline rush!

The Australian Museum is Australia’s largest natural history museum, where, among other things, the history of the Aborigines is exhibited. Other attractions in Sydney include the cozy beach town of Manly, the Royal Botanic Gardens, the Paddy’s Market stands and an excursion to the neighbouring Blue Mountains. If you want to turn night into day, there are numerous party hotspots in the Kings Cross nightlife district.

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Current Weather and Forecast

Current Weather in Sydney (Station Balmain)
clear sky     clear sky, 17 °C
Clouds: 0 %       Wind: 25 mph W
Air Pressure: 1011 hPa       Humidity: 42 %
Last updated: 22nd Aug 2019, 12:20 am
The next days …
22nd Aug 201923rd Aug 201924th Aug 201925th Aug 201926th Aug 201927th Aug 2019
scattered clouds9 °C to 18 °Cfew clouds4 °C to 17 °Csky is clear5 °C to 23 °Clight rain7 °C to 19 °Clight rain10 °C to 15 °Covercast clouds9 °C to 14 °C
9 °C to 18 °C4 °C to 17 °C5 °C to 23 °C7 °C to 19 °C10 °C to 15 °C9 °C to 14 °C
Clouds: 26 %Clouds: 14 %Clouds: 0 %Clouds: 25 %Clouds: 80 %Clouds: 93 %
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Australia: Regions

Sydney is part of the holiday destination Australia. We analyzed the climate for additional regions, in order to provide you with information about the best time to visit and the expected holiday weather:

Sydney: Experiences of our Visitors

There are 3 reviews for Sydney holiday already. Average rating is 4.7 of 5 stars.
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    Jens, 42 years old was there in January

    very warm with the 2nd hottest day in history (47.3 degrees). Mostly a little hazy, but good to bear at the harbour and at the sea.

    Weather Rating: 4 stars – Good

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    Xenia, 63 years old was there in January

    I was in January 2018 near Sydney, great weather up to 43 degrees, always a slight cool breeze,
    Weather Rating Grade 1

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Gustav, 73 years old was there in February

    Sunny, comfortably warm – in 7 days half a day with rain! Recommended as travel time.

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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