The best time to go to Sydney

Is there a best time to go to Sydney?

At Not In The Guidebooks we weren’t sure about the seasonal differences in Sydney. So we asked Steve our Sydney Ambassador for more information on the best time to go.


Sydney in the Spring (September to November)

If you visit Sydney in the Spring (September to November), you’ll find the days are warm and less humid than in the Summer. On the first Sunday of October each year Sydney moves to Daylight Saving Time. This makes the lovely evening light and sunsets an hour longer.

From early October, female humpback whales and their calves can be spotted close to shore, as they make their way south to the Antarctic feeding grounds. It is also wildflower season, and a wonderful time to join Jenny from Not In The Guidebooks on a guided Balls Head Nature Walk.

Spring is also a great time to visit the Hunter Valley north of Sydney. Justly famous for its quality wines, the valley comes alive in spring with festivals, concerts and markets.


Summer in Sydney (December to February)

Many ‘Sydneysiders’ think the summer time is the best time. Join the mass exodus to the beach to enjoy the best of what Australia has to offer – long, warm days full of sunshine. Sydney air temperatures are regularly 25 degrees plus and water temperatures rise to approx. 22 degrees! It’s a great time to join us on an active Discover Bondi adventure.

New Year’s Eve is the highlight of the Sydney summer season. The famous fireworks display on the harbour getting bigger and bolder every year. This is immediately followed by the annual Sydney Festival, a three-week long celebration of Australian culture, music and arts. In 2017 the Sydney festival featured more than 450 performances and 150 events. A must see for lovers of all things cultural. Capture the spirit of Sydney for yourself by jumping on our Sydney Street Photography Adventure.


Sydney in the Autumn (March to May)

Embrace the cool change (relatively) that the start of Autumn brings to Sydney. For us the Blue Mountains come alive with the seasonal hues in the many exotic trees. Explore the Blue Mountains National Park on a full day bush walk.

Sydney welcomes the Comedy Festival in March, with numerous well-known comedians from Australia and overseas attending. And for lovers of jazz, the Thredbo Jazz Festival is a must. A day’s drive from the city in the stunning Snowy Mountains, this three-day festival is also a celebration of good food and wine.


Is Winter in Sydney OK? (June to August)

Winter sees the temperatures drop to cool (July average day approx. 13 degrees) in the daytime and chilly at night. But the days are generally sunny and visitor numbers are light. This makes winter great time to visit, with no queues or big crowds as you explore the tastes of Chinatown.

The whales are back as they make their way north to their tropical calving grounds. Humpback sightings were up 50% in 2017!

For lovers of the big screen June is the best time to be in Sydney, with the annual Sydney Film festival, celebrating cinema from Australia and around the world. The Vivid Festival also brings a showcase of light, music and ideas, and is a highlight of the Sydney calendar, for locals and visitors alike.


So is there really a best time to go to Sydney?

At Not In The Guidebooks we would probably recommend the Spring. But it’s clear that there are always great activities and experiences to be enjoyed at any time of year in this wonderful and iconic city.