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When is the best time to visit Sydney?

Discover the perfect time to explore Sydney’s beaches and nearby national parks.

Is Sydney one of the destinations you’ve always wanted to tick off your bucket list?

Lucky for you we have researched the best times throughout the year to visit the picturesque harbour city so you get the most out of your holiday.

Best time to visit Sydney

September to November or March to May.


Why?

These months are the shoulder periods of Sydney’s high and low seasons, offering visitors comfortable temperatures, manageable tourist crowds and lower prices on accommodation and activities.


Overview

September in Sydney marks the beginning of Spring and brings along with it all the hallmarks that make this season so ideal. September is the month of the year with the lowest amount of rainfall and the days are consistently warm. Planning your trip to Sydney in September and the beginning of October also means avoiding the school holiday peak periods – an important factor given that Sydney’s accommodation can be expensive and crowds dense.

Travelling between March to May in Sydney means you can experience the best of the Autumn leaves and vibrant colours that ensue. Also visiting between March to May means avoiding the busy school holiday periods, while also being able to experience warm weather.


Weather and prices

Best time to visit Sydney for weather: If you’re looking to experience comfortable temperatures, visiting Sydney between September to November is best.

Cheapest time to visit Sydney: Visiting Sydney on the outskirts of the school holiday periods, between early September to early October or March to May, will mean accommodation prices are lower and tourist destinations are less populated.


Best time to visit Sydney for...

  • Beaches: If you’re looking to catch some waves at Sydney’s best beaches visiting between September to December is best as this marks the beginning of Spring and early Summer where the temperature is perfect for days out.
  • Vivid Sydney: If you are hoping to experience the Sydney festival scene travelling between May to June is ideal as Vivid Sydney takes place during this period and is one of the most beautiful ways to see the city.
  • Hunter Valley: If you’re looking to experience the best the Hunter Valley has to offer visiting during March to May is the most postcard worthy, when the Autumn leaves are their most vibrant and the temperature still warm.
  • Blue Mountains: Visiting the Blue Mountains during March to May is ideal as the Autumn leaves are at their most beautiful.
  • Climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge: If you want to climb the Harbour Bridge booking your trip during September is best as it statistically has the lowest rainfall during the year and offers comfortable climates.
  • Visiting the Opera House: If you want to experience the Opera House at its best picking a date during September through to November offers comfortable temperatures and the crowds won’t be too overbearing.
  • Luna Park: Visit out of the school holiday periods during September to October when the weather's still warm and comfortable.

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