Located on Australia’s east coast, Sydney is the state capital of New South Wales and is the country’s largest city.
Sydney has a lot to offer with so much to see and experience. It has a stunning harbour, world heritage sites, iconic beaches, fantastic dining experience, awesome shopping, colourful festival, a multicultural population and good weather all year round.
Weather: Sunny climate with mild winters and warm summers with no extreme seasonal differences between the seasons.
Summer (December to February)
In summer, the average temperatures range between 18C and 26C (64F to 79C). During the day, Sydney would usually get dry heat with temperatures soaring above 30C (86F) before dropping to around 20C (68F) by nightfall. The average humidity in Sydney ranges from 69% to 75%.
Autumn (March to May)
Autumn in Sydney is wonderful with pleasant average temperatures ranging from 14C to 22C (57F to 72F), making the air fresh and crisp. Temperatures in autumn are generally more consistent and stable, compared to the spring and summer. Be prepared for rainfall towards the end of autumn.
Winter (June to August)
Winter in Sydney is mild with temperatures averaging between 8C and 17C (46F to 62F). July is the coolest month with average daytime temperatures of just 13C (55F). Snow in Sydney is extremely rare; snow could fall in regional parts of New South Wales including the Blue Mountains, Orange and the Upper Hunter. Continuing from end of autumn, Sydney’s rainfall is generally the highest in June with 132 mm (5.2”).
Spring (September to November)
Days in spring are warmer with average daily temperatures range from 11C to 23C (51F to 73F), with less humidity than summer. However, extreme, changeable and inconsistent temperatures are much more prevalent in spring than other seasons. Do check the weather forecast before heading out!
Note: The daily solar Ultraviolet (UV) radiation is quite intense in Australia. Visitors to Sydney are advised to use sunscreen (SPF30 and above) to protect yourself from sunburn. Usage of hat and sunglasses are also encouraged.
Time zone: Australia Eastern Time Zone (AEST) UTC/GMT +10 [2 hours ahead of Malaysia]
However, on the first Sunday in October, daylight saving begins at 2am AEST and Sydney will move to Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT) UTC+11. [3 hours ahead of Malaysia]. Daylight saving ends on the first Sunday in April at 3am Eastern Daylight Saving Time.
Photo: Daily Telegraph
Sunrise and Sunset: The month of December (Summer) has the longest hours of daylight with sunrise at 5:30am and sunset at 8:00pm. Meanwhile, the month of June (Winter) has the shortest hours with sunrise at 7:00am and sunset at 5:00pm.
Currency: Australia Dollars (AUD)
Getting around: Sydney’s public transport system consists of a comprehensive network of train, bus, ferry and light rail services. You can get a free smartcard ticket, the Opal card, to load funds for use on the public transports.
Plan your trip on the NSW government’s site. It helps to provide the best way to get from A to B, which includes fare and timetable information.
If you are just exploring Sydney Central Business District (CBD), you can just skip the public transports because the CBD is very walkable and mostly on flat land. Walking down George or Pitt Street from Central Station to Circular Quay, The Rocks or Darling Harbour will take about 30-40 minutes.
Where do I start: Take a 3-hour free easy walking tours with a knowledgeable local guide. The walk with “I’m Free Walking Tours” is at 10:30am and 2:30pm every day from Town Hall Square, between Sydney Town Hall and St Andrew’s Cathedral, on George Street. No booking is needed. This is a good start to get your bearings before you go exploring Sydney on your own. Do check out our Top 10 Things to do in Sydney.