We all know Sydney is gorgeous at any time of the year; however, for most though, visiting this beautiful city in the warmer months is much more appealing. Although Sydney is known for its fabulous beaches, we tend to forget that Sydney is so much more. Check out what I believe is the best of Sydney in Winter in 1 day.
Things to know before spending Winter in Sydney
Sydney Winter Weather
The average temperature during Winter gets down to as low as 8 degrees Celcius (46 degrees Fahrenheit) during the day so ensure you bring your jacket. On the other hand, the mild climate (well compared to some places worldwide) is perfect for some walking tours that are far too hot during summer.
Transport in Sydney in Winter
Whatever type of car you choose to travel in, this mode of transport can be expensive. Do not be tricked into peak hour rates because the ride can cost you more than triple during these times.
Please pick up your opal card when you arrive in Sydney; you can pick them up from any train station or convenience store. Trains and buses will not allow you to pay cash, so this is the only way to ride Sydney’s transport system. Download the app for the convenience of topping up your opal card when needed. However, you can now use your debit or credit card to tap on and off public transport.
Travelling by train is the quickest way to get around Sydney. Although the journey in Winter is more pleasant, be mindful not to be caught up during peak hours when this means standing room only.
I love the ferry rides in Sydney, but the Winter months can be too cold to snap photos outside on the deck.
Accommodation in Sydney
Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel at Circular Quay
Remember to ask for a room overlooking the harbour as there is nothing like waking up to Sydney’s iconic Opera House. The location is within walking distance of great restaurants, the infamous ferry pier and the incredible Opera House itself. We have stayed here many times and have always been happier with our time here. If you want more recommendations, check out Sydney’s Staycations article here.
Morning Walk in Sydney in Winter
The Coogee to Bondi Coastal Walk
We have all heard of this walk, haven’t we? So there is no question that It is overcrowded in the summer months. So it doesn’t make it ideal because too many people are on the trail, and it can get boiling. During the winter months, you see only the locals walking and running this strip, and it becomes more enjoyable for that alone. If you can’t get enough, keep walking to Maroubra, where you will find some great little cafes. For some other hiking ideas, click here.
Lunchtime activity in Sydney in Winter
Ice Skating in Bondi
This pop-up ice skating rink is for three weeks of the year. The skating rink is usually set up at Bondi Beach Pavilion from late June to mid-July. Who knew Bondi could be so much fun without stepping foot in the water?
Afternoon Activity in Sydney in Winter
Whale watching is a winter-only activity, so this is a must-do during this time of year. There are many tours up and down the coast of Sydney, but if you are in and around Bondi, I would advise sticking within the Bondi and Watsons Bay area.
Night time event in Sydney in Winter
Sydney Vivid Light and Art Show
Vivid is an excellent light exhibition only displayed during May, and June lights up the city like nothing else. Everyone has seen how pretty Sydney harbour is at night, but not many have seen it on display like this. A must-see on your things to do in Sydney in Winter.
Food and Beverages
Little Jack Horner
Why not start the morning by enjoying a healthy breakfast before heading out on the coastal walk? This cafe in Coogee is a great place to sit and watch the world go by as you eat a delicious meal. Great location with excellent service, delicious food and a sensational view. I recommend Jack’s Vegetarian Breakfast with mushroom, roast tomato, crispy potatoes, halloumi ( my favourite), baby spinach, asparagus and baked beans with coffee to get you going for the day.
Icebergs in Bondi
This place is busy with a breathtaking view of the infamous Bondi Beach during summer. However, during Winter, Iceberg’s lines are short, but the idea is still just as gorgeous, so why not? If you are by the ocean, you probably should try the seafood, so I recommend the pot of mussels with a cheeky Bellini (you are on vacation, after all); what is a better way to spend a day in Sydney in Winter?
Danjee Korean Restaurant in Sydney
If you like Korean BBQ, this restaurant is the place to be, central location with great food, a fun atmosphere and fantastic service. There are many Korean BBQ restaurants around this area, but this one feels genuinely authentic (yes, I lived in Seoul a few years back).
Whether you risk the elements or huddle inside at this time of year, the cruise bar is the place to be for a quick (or long) drink. As an ideal location to take in all that Vivid offers, this place is an excellent choice, day or night.
Thanks for taking the time to read my blog. I hope this post has given you the information you need. If you have any recommendations, tips or advice, I would love for you to share them in the comment section below!
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