Best Time To Go
To dodge peak season (around Christmas, New Year, and early January), visit from late September to early December or February to April. You’ll still enjoy sublime weather, but with fewer crowds. Sydney’s winter low season (June-August) brings cooler days but hotter hotel deals.
Sydney has user-friendly public transport spanning trains, buses, light rail, and ferries. Pick up a free Opal smartcard online (opal.com.au) or at newsstands. Fares are calculated by distance, but on Sundays you can travel all over the city for just $2.
January is the hottest month, with an average temperature of 73ºF (23ºC). July is the coldest month, with an average temperature of 55ºF (13ºC).
Know Before You Go
Time your visit to catch one of Sydney’s fabulous festivals. Prices and minimum-stays spike at hotels for the city’s famous New Year’s Eve fireworks, but Vivid Sydney’s outdoor illuminations (late May to mid-June) or the Biennale art show (March to June, even-numbered years) are equally inspiring.
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