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When to Go


Christmas is part of the long summer school vacation and during December and January you can be forgiven for thinking that half of Australia is on holiday. This is when accommodation is almost always booked out. National holidays peculiar to Australia include Australia Day (January 26), which celebrates the arrival of the First Fleet, and Anzac Day (25 April), which commemorates the landing of Australian and New Zealand armed forces at Gallipoli in 1915.

The Weather

The Climate High/Low Travel Seasons

There are a couple of things to keep in mind when deciding when to travel to Sydney. The first, of course, is the climate. Because seasons are created by the earth tilting on its axis, when countries in the Northern Hemisphere have winter, Australia and the Southern Hemisphere have summer, and vice versa. And, unlike in the Northern Hemisphere, the farther south you go in Australia, the colder it gets. Temperatures in Sydney are pleasant year-round. If you visit in the Australian summer (December, January, and February), you can take full advantage of the beaches. March, April, and May are the rainiest months.

Next, you will need to take into account the high and low travel seasons, which will determine when you’re most likely to get the best deal on airfare. Surprisingly, the low season for flights to Australia from the United States corresponds to Australia’s high season. Airfares on U.S. airlines are lowest from mid-April to late August, or, in other words, from the middle of Australia’s autumn through the winter.

weather.jpg (37563 bytes) Lying in the temperate zone of Australia, Sydney experiences four distinct seasons with summer running from December to February and winter from June to August. Average temperatures range from around 12 degrees Celsius (53 degrees Fahrenheit) in the winter to 24 degrees Celsius (75 degrees Fahrenheit) in the summer with occasional days exceeding 30 degrees Celsius (90 degrees Fahrenheit). Being close to the ocean, hot days are often tempered by cooling sea breezes and balmy evening temperatures. The sea temperature ranges from 16 degrees Celsius (60 degrees Fahrenheit) in the winter to 22 degrees Celsius (70 degrees Fahrenheit) in the summer and rainfall is lowest in the spring at 74 millimetres (three inches) per month and highest in the autumn with 126 millimetres (five inches) per month. 

Sydney's Average Temperatures (F) and Rainfall

Jan Feb Mar Apr May June
Max 78 78 76 71 66 61
Min 65 65 63 58 52 48
Days of Rain 8.3 9.1 12.3 12.5 12.3 11.0
July Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec
Max 60 63 67 71 74 77
Min 46 48 51 56 60 63
Days of Rain 11.0 8.4 7.9 7.7 7.9 7.2


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