Sydney winters has its own charm. The warm colourful clothes, the city lights and the fresh flowers seen during the winters are absolutely amazing. The winter season in Sydney last for 3 months and are in the months of June, July and August. The temperature ranges between 8 to 17 degrees centigrade in winters.
Note: The month of June is a wet season and we have frequent rains during the month.
Things to do in Sydney winters
There are a lot of activities one can do during the Sydney winters. The city is so vibrant and lively that it caters for indoor and outdoor activities during the winters.
- Up-to-date information can be found on the Transport for New South Wales (NSW) website.
- For the public transportation in the city, the fares can be paid using Opal transportation or credit/debit cards.
- Do not forget to tap on and off while entering and exiting a public transport or a train station.
- For recent information on the cost and availability of tickets, refer to the respective websites.
Milky way season
One of my best thing to do in winters is watching the Milky Way. The winter season in Sydney is the Milky Way season and is the time of the year where one can see the dust in the sky. The skies and the starry nights are amazing to look at and feel, like a part of a Disney movie.
- Venue: Various; Refer 10 places to see Milky Way in NSW for all the locations.
- Cost: Free.
Christmas in July
In July, we show off wearing the red and green jumpers matching with our happy socks by celebrating Christmas in July. It is an unofficial holiday and it is celebrated at the peak of winter.
- Venue: Across Sydney. Some of the pubs in the CBD have Christmas in July celebrations.
- Cost: Free or sometimes pubs and bars do charge a small entrance fee.
Remember that the seasons are reversed in Southern Hemisphere when compared to Northern Hemisphere? So we do not have Christmas in December.
Wild flowers at Muogamarra Nature Reserve
The wildflowers in Muogamarra Nature Reserve are open to the public only for 6 weeks in a year annually and is open in the month of August. The wildflowers in its full bloom can be viewed during August.
- Venue: Muogamarra Nature Reserve.
- Cost: There is an entry fee and it costs about AUD 15 per vehicle. Note: They accept only cash.
- Nearest train station: Cowan.
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Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival
We, Sydneysiders, have our own cherry blossom festival here in Sydney. It starts in the mid of August.
- Venue: Auburn Botanical Gardens.
- Cost: There is an entry fee and it costs about AUD 7.
- Note: They accept only cash.
- Nearest train station: Auburn.
Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA)
Opened in the year 1991, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) is the collection of contemporary art from Australian and around the World. It is a great place to see the art from various artists showcasing the different art ranging from paintings to photography, sculptures to images.
- Cost: FREE.
- Nearest train station: Circular Quay.
Hot chocolate in Lindt
What better way to spend a cold day or a night! Sipping a hot chocolate in the famous Lindt Cafe must definitely be on your list of things to do in Sydney winters.
- Venues: Martin Place or Cockle Bay Wharf.
- Cost: Based on the order.
- Nearest train station: Martin Place or Town Hall.
Audio tour at Sydney Opera House
Everyone in the World has definitely heard of Sydney Opera House. It is one of the most famous landmarks that did make it to the UNESCO World Heritage structures in the World.
- There are standard tours that are run everyday, which costs around AUD 42.
- Visit the official website for more information on the tours.
- Nearest train station: Circular Quay.
Humpback whales migrate every year from South to North and back. The migrating season is from May till October. It is pretty amazing to see them up close. There are whale watching tours that are conducted where one is taken on a boat to see these gentle giants. Read Whale watching in Sydney for more information and pictures.
During the winter season, the city prepares itself with ice rinks that are set up in the Sydney Central Business District (CDB), especially at the Darling Harbour. One can go do the ice skating with artificial ice. It is definitely very cool activity to do.
Note: There are some permanent ice rinks such as the Macquarie Park ice rink that are open throughout the year.
The 9D experience and bowling are both at the Harbourside shopping centre in Darling Harbour.
- Nearest train station: Town Hall.
- Website: http://www.9dactioncinemas.com.au/
- Cost: AUD 15 per person for a movie.
- Website: https://www.kingpinbowling.com.au/activities/bowling
- Cost: approx. AUD 17 per person for one game.
Shopping at Paddys
The most popular and the sasta (cheap) place to find souvenirs, clothes, bags and other random things in Sydney is the Paddy’s Market in Haymarket. It is a great place to find many stuff for very cheap price. The place is open from 10 AM till 6 PM everyday.
You can also purchase gifts online from Gifts Australia website.
- Address: 9-13, Hay Street, Haymarket, Sydney 2000.
- Nearest train station: Central station.
- Food: The market is right beside the Chinatown that has plenty of options to eat. And there is also a food court right above the market.
Want to see snow?
The best places to see the snow during the Sydney winters is to either go to the Blue Mountains or to the Snowy mountains. The Snowy mountains is definitely a place to visit for skiing and/ or snowboarding during winters.
I love this pretty city that is beautiful in all the seasons. The winter season gets its own glamour into the city and the locals definitely cherish and enjoy the cold months between June and August.