Averages for Sydney in August
The capital of New South Wales, Sydney is one of the largest cities in Australia, with an area of over 12,000 kmÂ² and over 4 million people. This vibrant city sits on a picturesque harbour, where the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge give it an iconic look. Combining world-class attractions, beautiful beaches and wonderful weather, Sydney is a dream holiday destination.
Australia is located in the southern hemisphere, so the season...
The capital of New South Wales, Sydney is one of the largest cities in Australia, with an area of over 12,000 km² and over 4 million people. This vibrant city sits on a picturesque harbour, where the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge give it an iconic look. Combining world-class attractions, beautiful beaches and wonderful weather, Sydney is a dream holiday destination.
Australia is located in the southern hemisphere, so the seasons are reversed. This means August is still winter season in Sydney, so the climate is much cooler than at other times of the year. There is also a greater chance of rain. However, with a subtropical climate, Sydney enjoys pleasant conditions in general throughout the year, so visitors should not be deterred from visiting the city in August.
Throughout August the average daytime temperatures in Sydney are a temperate 14°C though it can get quite cold, especially in the evenings. Average minimum temperatures generally tend to hover around 9°C, so carrying warm clothing would be advisable at night. However, despite it being winter, high temperatures in the city still regularly hit 18°C.
Sydney in August enjoys a fair amount of sunshine, as you would expect from Australia. On average, there’s around 9 hours of sunshine per day in the city and a 41% chance of a sunny day.
The chances of rain are about 32%, with an average of 99mm spread over 10 wet days throughout the month.
Impressive view of Sydney Harbour Bridge
For those who want to go for a swim in the sea, or perhaps learn to ride the waves, beware that the average temperature during August drops from the warmer temperatures experienced at other times of the year. The shores are still pleasant and warm enough to swim comfortably though, at 18°C.
If you want to see Sydney’s famous attractions without the sweltering heat of summer, August is an excellent time to visit the city.
Where to stay
If you’re planning a trip to Sydney, you’ll need a place to stay. Luckily, the city has an abundance of amazing accommodation options to suit every budget.
The Langham Hotel is a renowned five star hotel that’s ideal for those looking for a special stay in Sydney. Located in the historic Rocks district of the city, it is within walking distance of many major attractions including Darling Harbour and Circular Quay. Rooms at the Langham are stylishly decorated with mahogany furniture and marble bathrooms. Facilities for guests to enjoy include a day spa, a hot tub, a tennis court, a swimming pool and a restaurant and brasserie serving high quality cuisine and drinks.
If you’re looking for something a little more affordable, the Central Railway Hotel offers simple and comfortable accommodation at a great price. Nestled on a tree-lined street, this hotel is just a 12 minute walk from Central Station, so guests can be at Sydney’s famous harbour front in minutes.
City Surf Run, Sydney. Photo by Adam Kent
Things to do
Sydney is an exciting and vibrant city, with plenty to offer its visitors throughout the year. Whichever month you plan your trip for, there will be a range of things to take advantage of including concerts, exhibitions, galleries and museums. There also a number of famous landmarks that should not be missed if you're visiting the city, including the easily recognisable Opera House and the beautiful Botanic Gardens.
August is an ideal month to travel to Sydney if you like outdoor activities, as the cooler temperatures mean you can enjoy sports outside the blistering heat that can make thing uncomfortable in the summer time. One of the best ways to see Sydney and keep fit at the same time is with a bike ride around the city. There are many bike rental facilities such as Sydney Cycleways which allows you to pick up bikes all over the city and suburbs.
If running is more your thing, the City Surf Run is held in August, on the second Sunday of the month. The event is a 14km ‘fun run’ participated by more than 50,000 competitors, both competitive runners and those raising money for charity. Whether you’re running or cheering on the crowd, it makes for a fun day out in Sydney.
August also hosts Sydney Design Week, which is a week dedicated to celebrating design in Australia. Exhibitions, forums, tours and master classes are held over this week, at various venues across the city.
Hit the beach
With consistently great weather, the beaches of Sydney can be enjoyed all year round, even in winter. Which is great, because Sydney has some of the most beautiful beaches around. One of the most famous, known around the world, is Bondi Beach, a golden strip located to the east of the city. This beach is a popular surfing destination for locals and is home to some great surf schools where holiday makers can have a go at riding the waves. However, if you prefer a more relaxing pace, you can simply soak up the sunshine on the sand or enjoy a cocktail at one of Bondi’s beachside bars.
Bondi Beach at night, Sydney
Eating and drinking
Sydney is a food-lovers paradise, with a huge choice of eating and drinking options to satisfy your appetite.
If you’re looking for a bite to eat close to Sydney’s major attractions, the Opera Kitchen sits under the sails of the famous Opera House. This prestigious restaurant may need to be saved for special occasions, with some of the best food in the city. The spectacular location is worth the somewhat high prices though, as the restaurant offers unrestricted views of the harbour and the famous Harbour Bridge.
Experience a real taste of Sydney at seafood restaurant, Fish at the Rocks. Located in the charming and historic Rocks area of the city, this eatery serves up delicious dishes such as fresh scallops, whole rock lobster and whole baked barramundi.
For beach-side dining with a difference, Hugo’s Restaurant is a trendy night-time spot located in Manly Wharf. Premium cocktails are served alongside wood-fired pizzas which guests can enjoy on the stylish outdoor terrace overlooking the beach. A perfect place to spend an evening in Sydney.