February Weather Averages for Sydney

What's the Weather Like in 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...

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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 8 hrs
  • Rainfall Rainfall 126 mm
  • Rainfall days Rainfall days 14 days
  • Sea Temperature Sea Temperature 23°C 73°F

What's the Weather Like in 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. 

Temperature

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.

Average Sunshine Hours

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.

Average Sea Temperature

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.

Rain

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.

Sydney Hotels in February

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 commands views of the harbour, the city and 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 boutique accommodation, you should make the Old Clare Hotel your first choice. Handily situated round the corner from Central Station, this charming hotel comprises a variety of stylish suites that come equipped with all the conveniences and creature comforts. Sun yourself by the rooftop pool and savour the gourmet dining of the hotel's two onsite restaurants. 

Travellers on a budget should check out the Australian Heritage Hotel, which really lives up to its name and stands out as one of the city's best wallet-friendly accommodations. Located in the historic Rocks neighbourhood, the hotel occupies an old 19th-century tavern and encompasses a history that would give other hotels in Sydney a run for their money. 

Tech-savvy travellers who aren't prone to claustrophobia should book the Capsule Hotel, which offers accommodation like no other. Deriving from the Japanese concept of "pod hotels", this hotel is the first of its kind in Australia and trades in traditional rooms for compact capsules, which are kitted out with a range of mod cons and gadgets. 

Sydney Beach for February

Sydney strikes a perfect balance between 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 to the 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.

Within close proximity to Manly you'll find Freshwater Beach. Two headlands shelter the beach and give it a secluded feel, despite its fairly central location amid the North Shore coastline. The beach laps up good currents, making it ideal for surfing and bodyboarding at this time of the year, while its bespoke rock pool accommodates less adventurous or experienced swimmers. 

Bars and Restaurants

The dining and drinking scene in Sydney is simply world-class and there's an enormous range of options to choose from, no matter what your budget or palate requires. Located in the Bondi neighbourhood, the Icebergs Dining Room and Bar enjoys a coveted position overlooking the ocean and serves up mouthwatering seafood with flair and style. This makes a great place for a light lunch or evening meal after a day enjoying the beach. 

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.

For special occasions, book a table at Est Restaurant. Located in the heart of the city, the restaurant represents gourmet dining in its finest form, with an emphasis on contemporary Australian cooking and French influences. The restaurant has a string of awards for culinary excellence under its belt and stocks an impressive wine list to accompany the dishes on offer.

If you're looking to satiate your sweet tooth, head to Enmore's retro-heavy Doughbox Diner. This quirky, kitsch cafeteria brings a feel of 1950s Americana to Sydney and serves a formidable range of sweet treats such as crepes, waffles, sundaes and shakes. There's a burger menu for diners in search of something savoury, too, although the desserts are the big draw here. 

Things to do in Sydney in February

Animal lovers should head to Taronga Zoo, which is a mere 12-minute ferry ride from the city and open every day of the year. 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.

Another family-friendly option is the iconic Luna Park, located on Sydney's North Shore. A short ferry journey from Circular Quay, this theme park has been entertaining adults and children alike for over 80 years. The park has managed to retain much of its old-school fairground charm, while harbourside location forms an amazing backdrop to its various rides and attractions. 

History buffs must visit the Hyde Park Barracks Museum, which offers a fascinating view into the colonial history of Sydney and Australia. Dating back to the early 1800s, this well-preserved site was the first port of call for the country's notorious convicts and many modern Australian began their new lives here. Today it stands as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is a great place to learn about the country's history. 

Dates for the diary

One of Sydney's defining events in February is the Chinese New Year. During this time, China Town is festooned with decorations and there's a host of activities taking place across the city, with processions and dragon races for travellers to witness.  In addition to 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.

February events in Sydney

Sport

General Pants Bowl-A-Rama

1st February 2019 to 28th February 2019

Bowl-A-Rama is Australia's biggest and best skateboarding competition, with defending champions returning to defend their titles. Due to overwhelming popularity, Bowl-A-Rama is now being held over two days, with an extra day for epic skating. Last year's Bowl-A-Rama had amazing celebrity visitors like Tony Hawk. 2019 dates to be confirmed.

Website:

http://www.bowlarama.com.au/australia/index.html

Annual Event

Chinese New Year Festival

16th February 2019 to 4th March 2019

To celebrate the beginning of the year of the pig, join in Sydney's Chinese New Year Festival. With Lion and Dragon dance troupes, huge lunar lanterns, music and food, this is a Chinese New Year Celebration that you will not want to miss! Watch the biggest Dragon Boat Racing competition in the southern hemisphere, do tai chi in the Chinese Garden of friendship, or watch a performance.

Website:

https://whatson.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/major-events/chinese-new-year-festival

Parade

Sydney Mardi Gras

16th February 2019 to 2nd March 2019

The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is a fun-filled celebration of LGBTQI pride. It usually attracts over 20,000 local and international visitors every year. There will be an exciting line up of shows and entertainment, as well as the iconic parade. There are a variety of events occurring in various venues throughout the city. Dates to be confirmed.

Website:

http://www.mardigras.org.au/

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