There are plenty of reasons to visit Sydney in winter. Along with the two most obvious reasons: less crowds and cheaper accommodations, we’ve put together a whole list of reasons to head out to Sydney in the winter!
1. The Weather
If you’re not a fan of the European summer, you can take refuge in Sydney during the worst of the heat. Sydney has a mild and sunny winter (the coldest it ever gets is around 9 degrees Celsius (47-48 degrees Fahrenheit) and it has the least rainfall at this time.
2. Great Indoor Attractions
Make sure you visit at least one of Sydney’s stellar indoor museums, art galleries or entertainment precincts. Venues include the Powerhouse Museum, The Art Gallery of NSW, Darling Harbour, The Museum of Contemporary Art and The Australian Museum.
3. Taronga Zoo
Fed up with viewing seemingly empty enclosures? Most of the animals you’ll see during a Taronga Zoo tour are more active in the cooler, winter months so your chances of seeing them out and about are greatly improved.
4. Whale Watching
Whales migrate north in the winter to breed and it is possible to see them swimming and breaching very close to the coast. Go on a Sydney whale watching tour for close up views of these majestic mammals.
Yes, it is possible to ski in Sydney! Well, not in Sydney city itself of course but in the Snowy Mountains at the ski resorts of Thredbo or Perisher. You’ll need to get up early or plan to stay overnight to make the most of your day – the resorts are a good half-day’s drive south of Sydney.
6. Cheaper Accommodation
Fewer tourists’ means lower prices and it is possible to scoop some really good deals during June, July and August.
Winter is the only time you can skate in the CBD on an open-air ice rink and enjoy ice shows and winter treats from around the globe. The Sydney Winter Festival takes place in mid-winter (beginning of July each year). Also, film buffs won’t want to miss the Sydney Film Festival (12 days in June each year).
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