Averages for Sydney in January

Weather lowdown

Located on the east coast of Australia, Sydney is the capital city of New South Wales and one of Australia’s largest cities. Defined by its picturesque Pacific coastline and the landmark Sydney Opera House standing in the harbour front, Sydney is a beautiful city that draws visitors all year round thanks to its lively atmosphere, idyllic beaches and wonderful Australian weather; Sydney has a typical subtropical climate.

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  • Temperature Temperature 23°C 73°F
  • High Temperature Holiday Weather 26°C 79°F
  • Low Temperature Holiday Weather 19°C 66°F
  • Sunshine Hours Sunshine Hours 9 hrs
  • Rainfall Rainfall 131 mm
  • Rainfall days Rainfall days 16 days
  • Sea Temperature Sea Temperature 23°C 73°F

Averages for Sydney in January

Weather lowdown

Located on the east coast of Australia, Sydney is the capital city of New South Wales and one of Australia’s largest cities. Defined by its picturesque Pacific coastline and the landmark Sydney Opera House standing in the harbour front, Sydney is a beautiful city that draws visitors all year round thanks to its lively atmosphere, idyllic beaches and wonderful Australian weather; Sydney has a typical subtropical climate.

Due to its location in the southern hemisphere, January is summer time in Sydney and attracts lots of tourists who want to enjoy the perfect weather. Throughout this time, the weather is largely warm, sunny and consistently fine. Luckily, the sea breeze keeps things more comfortable than the sweltering temperatures further inland. In January the average daytime temperature in Sydney is generally around 23°C while high temperatures can reach up to 26°C. The average minimum temperature hardly ever drops below a pleasant 19°C. Travellers will be most comfortable in light layers and short sleeves in Sydney in January, but do take care to wear plenty of sunscreen. In terms of sun, on average, there will be 9 hours of sunshine per day in Sydney throughout January with a 19% chance of a sunny day.

The chance of rain is quite high during January at 43%, causing a lot of humidity. Tourists visiting Sydney can expect to see rain for about 12 days of the month and the average monthly precipitation for January is about 131 mm.

One of the most popular activities to do in summer in Sydney, when it isn’t raining of course, is to visit one of the city’s beaches. While there, holiday makers can cool off with a dip in the sea. The waters around Sydney are lovely and warm at this time of year, with an average temperature of 23°C.

Bondi Beach, Sydney

Where to stay

As one of the biggest cities in Australia, Sydney boasts a wide range of accommodation options. For a luxurious stay, one of the best rated hotels in the city is the InterContinental Sydney. Located in the centre of the city, this five star hotel offers stylish, air conditioned rooms, a private heated pool and an international buffet restaurant. However, one of the best features of this hotel has to be the views. The hotels pool area and many of the rooms overlook the iconic Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge.

While luxury accommodation is available, Sydney is a popular location with backpackers and those on a budget. As a result, the city has some great affordable hotels and hostels. Maze Backpackers is located in a listed building in the heart of the city’s Central Business District. Though bathrooms and TV areas are shared, guests can enjoy some quiet time with private bedrooms. Maze has a lively and social atmosphere with free activities regularly organised.

Things to do

January is a busy time in Sydney, with many public holidays and festivals which tourists can take part in. At the start of the month is New Year’s Day on the 1st of January. If you’re in Sydney at this time of year, the city holds some fun outdoor New Year’s Day parties and fireworks. There’s also a public holiday on the 3rd of January.

New Years' Fireworks in Sydney

Sydney Festival is held every year in January. This major event lasts for around 3 weeks and showcases a variety music, dance, theatre and visual art performances by local and international artists, throughout the city. Most of the events are free and generally performed outdoors.

Sydney International Tennis Tournament is also held in mid-January, with international tennis stars travelling to Sydney to take part.

On January 26th, or Australia Day, you can witness the spectacular sights of The Great Ferry Boat Race (or Ferrython). During this event, decorated ferries race from Harbour Bridge to Manly and back again. Many Sydney locals pack a picnic and gather by the harbour to watch the race and cheer on their favourite boat.

Hit the beach

With some of the best weather of the year, January is a great time to hit the beach in Sydney. Australia’s laidback lifestyle is built around the beach. One of the best, and most well-known beaches in the city is Bondi Beach. Although it can get crowded, Bondi is a fantastic place to spend a relaxing day, swimming in the sea, sunbathing on the soft golden sand and enjoying lunch at one of the many great restaurants and cafés nearby. Of course, no trip to Australia would be complete without trying out the city’s most popular water sport – surfing. Most of the beaches including Bondi and Manly offer surf lessons all year round.

Iconic Ferry in Sydney Harbour

Eating and drinking

Sydney has a world-class dining scene, with everything from gourmet dining to delicious fast food joints. Many of the city’s best restaurants can be found sitting on the harbour front, such as Altitude Restaurant. This eatery is located on top of the Shangri-La Hotel where diners can enjoy amazing contemporary cuisine and cocktails with panoramic views over the city.

Sydney in January is ideal for outdoor dining. If you want to eat al fresco, head to Café Sydney in Circular Quay. This restaurant is renowned for its superb menu of fresh, local seafood served alongside amazing harbour views from the outdoor patio.

Finally, when visiting Bondi Beach, don’t miss The Bucket List. This trendy joint by the sea is famous for its simple but satisfying dining style where guests can enjoy buckets of beer and prawns. There’s also a great range of cocktails, seafood dishes, burgers and salads. The colourful outdoor patio is a perfect place to sit by the beach and soak up the sun.

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