Averages for Sydney in October

Weather lowdown

Located in New South Wales on the east coast of Australia, Sydney is one of the biggest, and one of the most famous cities in Australia. A dream destination for many travellers, it combines vibrant city culture with beautiful beaches and brilliant, subtropical weather all year round.

In the southern hemisphere, the seasons are reversed, so October is the middle of spring in Sydney. The weather at this time of year is increasingly warm and sunny...

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  • Temperature Temperature 18°C 64°F
  • High Temperature Holiday Weather 22°C 72°F
  • Low Temperature Holiday Weather 14°C 57°F
  • Sunshine Hours Sunshine Hours 9 hrs
  • Rainfall Rainfall 88 mm
  • Rainfall days Rainfall days 13 days
  • Sea Temperature Sea Temperature 18°C 64°F

Weather lowdown

Located in New South Wales on the east coast of Australia, Sydney is one of the biggest, and one of the most famous cities in Australia. A dream destination for many travellers, it combines vibrant city culture with beautiful beaches and brilliant, subtropical weather all year round.

In the southern hemisphere, the seasons are reversed, so October is the middle of spring in Sydney. The weather at this time of year is increasingly warm and sunny. Throughout October, the average daytime temperature in Sydney has risen to around 18°C while high temperatures are also heating up, at an average of 22°C on the warmest days. Temperatures do drop at night, but the average minimum average temperatures never feel too cold, and tend to hover around 14°C in October. You may need a jacket for evenings in Sydney though.

Just like the rest of the year, there's plenty of sunshine to be seen in October. The average amount of sunshine that Sydney should expect this month is 9 hours each day, with a 21% chance of a sunny day. 

If the warm, sunny weather makes you want to hit the beach in Sydney, swimming is a viable option in October. At this time of year, the average temperature of the sea in October is a comfortable 18°C.

Stunning skyline of Sydney City

Though there is a greater chance of rain in Sydney in spring, any spells of rain should clear up quickly and leave a mild climate once again. The average rainfall expected in Sydney in October is 88mm which tends to fall over 13 wet days. This means that there's a 40% chance of rain.

The combination of wind and warming weather can result in bushfires in the country's forested areas in October, but this shouldn't affect holiday makers visiting downtown Sydney and the surrounding suburbs.

Where to stay

Sydney is a popular backpacker's destination and therefore, has many affordable accommodation options throughout the city. The Sydney Harbour YHA is a budget-friendly and contemporary hostel in a fantastic location. Just a short walk from Circular Quay in the historic Rocks area, it makes a perfect base for exploring the city on foot. Guests can choose to stay in private rooms or shared dorms.

If your budget can stretch a bit further, find comfortable and stylish accommodation at the Park Hyatt Hotel. This upscale establishment sits on the harbour front for fantastic views and has been awarded a five star rating for its luxurious facilities. Rooms are equipped with modern furnishings and private balconies while there's a spa, a heated pool and 24 hour butler service available in the hotel.

Manly Jazz Festival, Sydney. Photo by Bernard Oh

Things to do

Whatever time of year you visit Sydney, there's always something fun to do in the city. Besides the famous Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge, one of the most popular attractions is Taragona Zoo which is open all year round. The zoo is located in the suburb of Mosman, just a short 12 minute ferry ride from the city and makes a great day out for the while family. Home to over 4,000 species of animals, you can see everything from gorillas to penguins and even have a go on Wild Ropes, a sky high series of obstacles and suspension bridges in the trees.

If you're visiting Sydney in October and you're a music lover, don't miss the Manly International Jazz Festival. Held in the first week of the month, the festival features numerous indoor and outdoor concerts with some of the best jazz artists in the world.

A couple of great motoring events are also held in October. The first is the Australian International Motor Show which showcases an array of cars from across the world, from vintage to new, cutting edge designs. Secondly, the Bathurst 1000 takes place in Sydney in October. Often known as the 'Great Race' this is a 1000km motor race for touring cars held on the Mount Panorama Circuit, which visitors can watch.

Hit the beach

As the weather starts to warm up in October, Sydney's beaches are a popular destination for travellers. The city has many beautiful stretches of sand to choose from, whether you want to relax and sunbathe or ride the waves.

Palm Beach, Sydney

While not as famous as Bondi Beach, Manly Beach is one of the best in the city. On of Sydney's northern beaches, it is easy to reach from downtown via regular ferry services which run from Circular Quay. The 30 minute journey offers spectacular views of Sydney Harbour. When you arrive, you can head straight to the beach and top up your tan, or visit the Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary which is home to sharks, stingrays, turtles and penguins. Manly Beach is also a popular spot for surfing. Why not book a lesson with one of the local surf schools and try your hand at it?

Eating and drinking

Sydney is a haven for food lovers, with cuisine from all over the world served in its many stylish cafés and restaurants. No visit to Sydney would be complete without trying some of the local seafood though. Sydney is renowned for its fresh catches from the surrounding Pacific Ocean. For the best seafood, head out to the north beaches of Sydney where you will find Doyle on the Beach in Watson's Bay. This seafood hotspot serves mouth-watering fish and chips overlooking the sea.

Sydney also has a great range of bars in the city, where visitors can spend a relaxed evening sampling a drink or two. One of the coolest is Mojo Record Bar. Nestled behind a record store, this speak-easy style bar serves a range of Australia craft beers and specialty cocktails in retro-inspired surroundings.

For a taste of the real Sydney, the Good Food Month festival is held in October. This event takes place over the month and features talks, workshops, fairs and markets to celebrate Sydney's cuisine. Don't miss the famous Asian-inspired Night Noodle Markets which pop up in the city.

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