Averages for Sydney in February
Often known as the â€˜Harbour Cityâ€™, Sydney is located on the waterfront overlooking the Pacific Ocean on the east coast of Australia. The city is the capital of New South Wales and home to the iconic Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge.
Sydney, and much of Australia, has brilliant subtropical weather all year round, with hot, sunny summers and mild winters. Due to its location in the southern hemisphere, the seasons are reverse...
Averages for Sydney in February
Often known as the ‘Harbour City’, Sydney is located on the waterfront overlooking the Pacific Ocean on the east coast of Australia. The city is the capital of New South Wales and home to the iconic Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge.
Sydney, and much of Australia, has brilliant subtropical weather all year round, with hot, sunny summers and mild winters. Due to its location in the southern hemisphere, the seasons are reversed in Sydney. February is still summer time, so the weather is hot and sunny with high humidity, caused by the chance of the occasional down pour.
In February, the average daytime temperatures in Sydney stay around the 23°C mark while high temperatures can hit a scorching 26°C on some days. The average minimum temperature rarely ever drops below 19°C which means that night times are still warm. February is the most ideal time to visit Sydney if you like very hot climates, as it is the one of the warmest months of the year in the city.
Manley Beach near Sydney
There’s also plenty of sunshine in Sydney in February. The month sees around 8 hours of sunshine per day on average and a 19% chance of a sunny day, which allows plenty of time for hitting Bondi Beach and soaking up the rays on the soft golden sand. February is also a great time to swim in the sea or learn to ride the waves of the Pacific. The average ocean temperature around the coast of Sydney is of 23°C which is more than comfortable.
Although it is summer, the chances of rain throughout the month of February are quite high; the average monthly amount of precipitation for February is around 126 mm with a 52% chance of rain. You can expect to see rain for about 14 days throughout the month.
Where to stay
Sydney has a huge range of accommodation options to suit every budget and traveller. For amazing views of the city, you can’t get much better than the Sydney Harbour Marriot Hotel. Each room is decorated in a contemporary style and has views of either the harbour, the city or the Opera House. Located in Circular Quay in the Central Business District, this hotel is just ten minutes’ walk from the Opera House and five minutes from The Rocks and the Museum of Contemporary Art.
For a more affordable option, backpackers and tourists on a budget can enjoy a stay at The Australian Heritage Hotel. Located in the historic Rocks area, the Edwardian hotel has comfortable rooms and family suites with free breakfast every morning.
Koala at Taronga Zoo, Sydney
Things to do
As one of the largest cities in Australia, there’s always something fun to see or do in Sydney, whatever the time of the year. The major event in February is the Chinese New Year. During this event, Sydney’s China Town area is beautifully decorated and festivities take place all over the city, with processions and dragon races for travellers to witness. As well as this, Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras takes place in February, with a parade concluding the month long celebration.
The Twilight Taronga Series continues in February and should not be missed if you’re in the city at the right time. This event features concerts and twilight performances held at the Taronga Zoo on Friday and Saturday nights.
Speaking of Taronga Zoo, it is open every day of the year and is just a 12 minute ferry ride from the city. One of the most famous attractions in Sydney, the award-winning zoo makes a great day out for families and is home to over 4,000 animals, from Australian natives to exotic species. Guests can also try their hand at Wild Ropes, a sky high series of obstacles and suspension bridges in the trees.
Manly Beach, Sydney
Hit the beach
Sydney is an ideal mix of urban city buzz and laidback beach lifestyle. Located on the coast, the city is surrounded by beautiful stretches of beach where you can enjoy the year round sunny weather. While Bondi Beach is perhaps the most iconic in the area, Manly Beach makes for a fun day out with the family. Located north of the city, regular ferry services run from Circular Quay to Manly Beach, where tourists can enjoy spectacular views of Sydney Harbour on the 30 minute ride. The beach is home to the Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary as well as many great restaurants, adventure activities, galleries and water sports facilities.
Eating and drinking
Whatever cuisine you like, you can find it in Sydney. The city has an array of eating and drinking options for visitors to indulge in. Iceberg Dining Room and Bar enjoys a coveted location in Bondi Beach, the second storey establishment suspended over the ocean pools, overlooking the ocean. This iconic seaside restaurant serves a delicious range of seafood dishes made with fresh, local produce and has a relaxed atmosphere, with hammocks and cushions to relax on.
The Bathers' Pavilion is another ocean front gem located across the harbour in beautiful Balmoral. This beachside café is housed inside a stunning 1920’s building just steps from the sand. The Bathers’ Pavilion serves up modern European cuisine with plenty of seafood alongside over 250 wine choices.
In the heart of the city, Est Restaurant is one of the best rated restaurants in Sydney, headed by award-winning chef Peter Doyle. The five star establishment is not for everyday dining but perfect for special occasions, with stunning Grecian décor, elegant chandeliers and a bright, airy atmosphere. Diners can enjoy a set menu of contemporary Australian cuisine that will tantalise the taste buds.