Best Times to Visit Sydney
The best times to visit Sydney are September through November and from March to May. These months skirt Sydney's high and low seasons, offering visitors comfortable temperatures and manageable tourist crowds. Plus, airline prices fall during these shoulder seasons, making it more affordable to visit in the spring and fall. Thanks to Australia's location in the Southern Hemisphere, Sydney's warmest weather and peak tourist season falls between December and February (winter in the Northern Hemisphere). Consequently, the region's low season starts in May and lasts through August.
Weather in Sydney
Data sourced from the National Climatic Data Center
You'll have the city slightly more to yourself this time of year, since these months come right before Sydney's peak season – but only slightly. The city's year-round warm weather is pretty sublime, and spring is no different. Average daytime temperatures range from the low 50s to the mid-70s.
Sydney's high season, which coincides with the Northern Hemisphere's winter, sees average temperatures climbing into the upper 70s. As you can imagine, visitors flood the city to take advantage of the warm weather. And with the influx of travelers comes higher hotel and airfare rates, making this an expensive time to visit Sydney.
Sydney's short fall season is another sweet spot for tourists. Many of the peak season travelers have retreated by now, leaving the city a little less occupied. Temperatures are slowly dropping as Australia's winter approaches, with highs reaching into the upper 60s by May. At times, temperatures will dip into the mid-50s, so pack a light jacket. Animal lovers may want to plan a trip for the end of fall as May is considered the start of Sydney's whale-watching season.
The months between June and August constitute Sydney's winter. Despite the lower temperatures (which hover between the high 40s and the mid-60s), winters in Sydney are relatively mild compared to many parts of the U.S. And since this is the city's low season, hotels offer their cheapest prices during this time of year (especially in June); exploring Sydney in a coat may well be worth the money saved. Whale-watching season, which usually ends in November, peaks in July and September.
Popular Times to Visit Sydney
Tourism volume is estimated based on in-market destination search query interest from Google and on travel.usnews.com in 2015-2016. Hotel prices are sourced from a sample of U.S. News Best Hotels rates through 2015-2016.
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