Averages for Sydney in March
Sydney is the capital city of New South Wales on the east coast of Australia. Known as the â€˜Harbour Cityâ€™ it sits on the Pacific Coast and is home to the famous Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge.
Sydney receives millions of visitors every year, who are attracted by the vibrant ambience, beautiful beaches and the favourable weather. With sea breezes making it cooler than the inland deserts, Sydney has a subtropical climate wi...
Sydney receives millions of visitors every year, who are attracted by the vibrant ambience, beautiful beaches and the favourable weather. With sea breezes making it cooler than the inland deserts, Sydney has a subtropical climate with warm but pleasant weather all year round.
March is the beginning of autumn in Sydney and the lovely weather means it is one of the best times of year to visit the city. Many tourists find the weather in autumn is the most pleasant of all the year. It is also an ideal time to visit if you do not like to be in the city when the weather is too hot as it is in the summer months, as it is slightly cooler in March. Throughout the month of March, the average daytime temperatures are around 22°C in Sydney. Temperatures do vary but not greatly; high temperatures can reach up to 25°C whereas the average minimum temperatures only drops to around 18°C.
As you would expect in Australia, Sydney sees a fair share of sunshine in March. There’s an average of 8 hours of sunshine per day throughout the month and a 23% chance of a sunny day, so holidaymakers can enjoy the city’s beach life. Should you want to go for a swim whilst you are in Sydney, March is one of the best times to do so, as the sea is at its warmest. The average temperature of the sea in March is around 23°C.
Beautiful Sydney Harbour
Though warm and sunny, March is the wettest month of the year in Sydney. The average monthly precipitation for the month is around 164mm with a 49% chance of rain. You can expect to see rain or drizzle for about 15 days throughout the month.
Where to stay
If you’re looking for a place to stay in Sydney, you’ll be spoiled for choice. The city has hundreds of accommodation options to suit every traveller, whether you prefer luxury or affordability.
1888 Hotel is a boutique hotel that oozes style and sophistication. Located in a restored heritage building, the beautifully-designed rooms now have a contemporary feel with restored vintage furniture and exposed brick walls. Guests can enjoy the on-site eatery and bar, with a free drink for guests during happy hour between 5pm and 7pm each evening. The 90 room hotel is located just 5 minutes from the Darling Harbour and a short bus ride from the Circular Quay.
For accommodation in the heart of Sydney, the Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbour Hotel is a great option. Located just 500 yards from the Opera House, the rooms offer views of either the Harbour or the Royal Botanic Gardens, while also benefiting from a spa bath and a private balcony. The contemporary hotel features its own indoor pool and hot tub.
St Patrick's Day Celebrations, Sydney. Photo by Newtown Grafitti
Things to do
Autumn is a vibrant time of the year to visit Sydney, with many fun festivals and events around the city. In March, you can enjoy the Golden Slipper Festival, which is one of the most important horse races in Sydney. If you’re in the city at the time, get dressed up and cheer on the champions alongside the locals. Races are held in Rosehill to the west of Sydney.
St. Patricks Day is also celebrated on the 17th of March. The festival celebrations are very noisy but fun, starting in the early morning and going on until the early hours of the next morning. The Sydney Opera House is turned green to mark the occasion, which is a spectacular sight.
One of the most popular things for tourists do in Sydney is to take a boat trip around the beautiful harbour – a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience that provides some amazing photo opportunities. Sydney Harbour Cruises offer the best vantage point to see the harbour and its attractions. Some companies offer hop on/hop off harbour cruises where travellers can stop off and explore the area further.
Hit the beach
No visit to Sydney would be complete without a visit to the beach. The Australian coast is famous for its beautiful beaches, with soft, golden sand and perfect weather for sunbathing.
Balmoral Beach, near Sydney. Photo by Nadia
One of the best beaches in Sydney is Balmoral Beach. Located in the Mosman area of the city, the beach is easy to reach by ferry and makes a great day trip for the whole family, with plenty of bars, restaurants and attractions close by. Holiday makers can spend the day relaxing on the beach, snorkelling in the shallow waters or taking part in Sydney’s most popular water sport – surfing.
Eating and drinking
Whatever food you fancy, you’ll find it in Sydney, from typical Australian cuisine to international options. Farmhouse Kings Cross is a highly-rated restaurant located in the King’s Cross area of the city. This restaurant has a rustic appeal with communal tables and country-style décor, while the food is based around local produce, including fresh seafood and vegetables. With a small dining room, Farmhouse can get busy, so make sure to book a table.
Located in famous Bondi Beach, Sean’s Panorama has been a local favourite for years and is a must-visit when you’re in the area. The restaurant is located close to the coast and has a casual beachy atmosphere. The menu here features Australian dishes made with fresh, local ingredients and cooked in the restaurant’s open kitchen.
Perhaps one of the most fun restaurants in the city is The Rocks Teppenyaki. At this oriental eatery, guests can watch world-class chefs prepare their meal right before their eyes for an authentic Japanese dining experience. Popular dishes here include the Wagyu beef and Alaskan crab.