Averages for Sydney in November

Weather lowdown

Often referred to as the ‘Harbour City’, Sydney is a water front city located on the east coast of Australia. It is one of the largest cities in the country and the capital of New South Wales. A popular holiday destination, Sydney draws tourists from all over the world with its iconic architecture, beautiful beaches and year round sunshine.

Sydney has a mild, subtropical climate with pleasant weather all year round in general. L...

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  • Temperature Temperature 20°C 68°F
  • High Temperature Holiday Weather 24°C 75°F
  • Low Temperature Holiday Weather 16°C 61°F
  • Sunshine Hours Sunshine Hours 9 hrs
  • Rainfall Rainfall 116 mm
  • Rainfall days Rainfall days 15 days
  • Sea Temperature Sea Temperature 19°C 66°F

Averages for Sydney in November

Weather lowdown

Often referred to as the ‘Harbour City’, Sydney is a water front city located on the east coast of Australia. It is one of the largest cities in the country and the capital of New South Wales. A popular holiday destination, Sydney draws tourists from all over the world with its iconic architecture, beautiful beaches and year round sunshine.

Sydney has a mild, subtropical climate with pleasant weather all year round in general. Located in the southern hemisphere, any seasonal weather variations that do occur are reversed. As a result, November is the last month of spring in Sydney. The weather in November in Sydney is hard to predict, however it tends to be warming up as summer arrives. In November, the average daytime temperatures in the city are generally around 20°C and high temperatures can hit a balmy 24°C on some days which can feel rather hot. While temperatures do fall at night, they will never drop too low in November. The average minimum temperatures generally tend to stay above 16°C throughout the month.

Sydney also experiences a good amount of sunshine in November. There is an average of 9 hours of sunshine per day during this month and a 17% chance of a sunny day.

Spring time does bring with it a greater possibility of rain than at other times of the year and rainfall actually increases from October to November. The average amount of rainfall experienced in November is 116mm which occurs over 15 wet days throughout the month. There’s around a 49% chance of wet weather in November. However, if it does rain during this month, showers tends to clear up quickly and reveal sunshine.

Aerial Photo of Sydney

With increasing temperatures, many visitors to Sydney in November choose to visit the city’s many beaches. If you wish to take a paddle or ride the waves at the beach, the average temperature of the sea is slightly warmer in November than in the preceding months, at around 19°C. Perfect for a swim!

Where to stay

Make sure your visit to Sydney is special by checking into a great hotel. There are many amazing and affordable accommodation options in the city, such as Morgan’s Boutique Hotel. Just a short walk from Kings Cross Station in Darlinghurst, this hotel is a great base for exploring the wider Sydney area. Guests can choose from hotel rooms or apartments with kitchen facilities. One of the best features of this hotel, though, is the rooftop terrace which offers incredible views of Sydney Harbour.

Alternatively, for a truly unique experience, book a stay at Roar and Snore. Located in Taronga Zoo, this unusual ‘hotel’ allows guests to stay in safari-style tents within the zoo itself, in a camp that overlooks Sydney harbour. This once-in-a-lifetime experience includes camping activities, fire-side feasts and close encounters with the zoo’s animals. An unforgettable choice for families.

Things to do

The pleasant spring weather means November is a perfect time of year to enjoy outdoor activities in Sydney, as the temperatures have not yet risen to the point where you may find them too hot and uncomfortable. Exploring the city by foot will also be much more enjoyable during this time of year, before it gets excessively hot.

The Royal Botanic Gardens with views of the city

As well as a wide range of galleries, museums and exhibitions, there are a number of historic landmarks that Sydney is famous for that you should not miss if you happen to be visiting the city. The Royal Botanic Gardens are one of them. The spectacular gardens are one of the most famous sights in Sydney, offering an oasis of beauty within the buildings where tourists can learn about the many examples of wildlife on display. Located on the harbour front close to the Sydney Opera House, a trip to the Botanic Gardens can be combined with a visit to the Opera House for a great day out in Sydney.

One of Australia’s largest street festivals, the Norton Street Festa occurs every year in November. This festival is a celebration of all things Italian and takes place in the heart of Sydney’s ‘Little Italy’ area. Attractions include hundreds of food stalls, music, entertainment and children’s rides.

Hit the beach

November is the perfect time for a taste of Sydney’s laidback beach lifestyle. One of the most famous beaches in Sydney, and one you’ve probably already heard about, is Bondi Beach. Soft golden sands and clear blue seas meet at this bustling beach, where locals and visitors both hang out. The beach is known for its perfect waves, making it a surfer’s paradise. Why not book a few lessons and practise your technique?

In November, Sydney also hosts the Sculpture by the Sea Event in Bondi Beach, the world's largest annual free-to-the-public outdoor sculpture exhibition. This must-see attraction showcases local and international outdoor sculptures which transform the coastal walk from Bondi to Tamarama.

Sculpture by the Sea event, Sydney. Photo by Tim Gillin

Eating and drinking

Sydney has a fabulous reputation for its food scene, with amazing restaurants, cafés and bars to suit every taste and budget.

If you’re visiting Bondi Beach for Sculpture by the Sea or just to enjoy a spot of sunbathing, don’t miss North Bondi Fish. Ran by celebrity chef Matt Moran, this iconic beach-side restaurant serves up some of Sydney’s freshest catches, such as fish and chips, swordfish and prawn tacos. Take a seat outside and enjoy amazing views with dinner.

For a taste of New York’s Little Italy right in the heart of Sydney, Frankie’s Pizza will not disappoint. Located in the Central Business District, this fun Italian restaurant serves pizzas and a large selection of drinks in a cool, retro-inspired setting complete with black and white floor tiles and pinball machines. Slices here are just $5, making it a great budget-friendly option for dinner.

Finally, wine connoisseurs should head to Surrey Hills where they’ll find The Winery. This stylish bar has over sixty wines to choose from, including seasonal varieties and there’s also a contemporary food menu if you’re feeling hungry. With fun and funky décor, The Winery is a popular evening venue in the city.

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