May Weather Averages for Sydney, Australia

What's the Weather Like in Sydney in May

People head to Australia so that they can enjoy its amazing weather and laidback way of life. One of the country's most popular destinations is of course Sydney. Located on the east coast of Australia, this large city is the capital of New South Wales. Referred to as the Harbour City, Sydney is built around the Pacific Ocean and is home to many waterfront attractions includi...

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  • Temperature Temperature 16°C 61°F
  • High Temperature Holiday Weather 20°C 68°F
  • Low Temperature Holiday Weather 12°C 54°F
  • Sunshine Hours Sunshine Hours 7 hrs
  • Rainfall Rainfall 101 mm
  • Rainfall days Rainfall days 13 days
  • Sea Temperature Sea Temperature 20°C 68°F

Daily May Averages for Sydney

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What's the Weather Like in Sydney in May

People head to Australia so that they can enjoy its amazing weather and laidback way of life. One of the country's most popular destinations is of course Sydney. Located on the east coast of Australia, this large city is the capital of New South Wales. Referred to as the Harbour City, Sydney is built around the Pacific Ocean and is home to many waterfront attractions including the Harbour Bridge and the instantly-recognisable Sydney Opera House.

Sydney has a subtropical climate and is located in the Southern Hemisphere, so its seasons are reversed. May in Sydney is still autumn, so holiday makers should expect warm days and mild nights. Many tourists find this to be one of the more favourable months for travel to Sydney, as the weather is sunny and pleasant, but not as hot as in the sweltering summer months (December - February).

Temperature

If you're not used to hot weather, you should find Sydney in May to be more than adequate in terms of its climate.  In May, the average daytime temperatures in Sydney are generally around 16°C and hardly fall below the average minimum temperatures of 12°C. The peak temperature of the month can reach a pleasant 20°C.

Sunshine

Sydney in May is generally sunny and perfect for hitting the beach. The city will usually experience 7 hours of sunshine per day and there's a 35% chance of a sunny day.

Sea Temperature

The temperature of the sea in May is cooler than at other times of the year but is still warm enough to swim if you do decide to visit the beach. The waters around the coast of Sydney are 20°C on average in May.

Rain

There is still a fair chance of rain in Sydney during the month of May. The average monthly precipitation is recorded to be around 101mm and rain or drizzle can be expected for about 13 days for the entire month. Rain should pass quickly though, making way for the sunshine to return.

Hotels for Sydney in May

The Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel

History lovers should consider booking into the Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel. Dating back to 1841, this characterful building is to be found near The Rocks and is in fact the country's oldest continually licensed hotel. The hotel's suites and rooms bring together the best of old and new, coming equipped with all the conveniences you'd expect from a luxury city centre accommodation. 

Harbour Rocks Hotel Sydney - MGallery Collection

For a luxurious stay, check into the Harbour Rocks Hotel Sydney - MGallery Collection. This chic boutique-style hotel is housed inside an old industrial building and has 59 beautifully decorated rooms, along with a hip bar and restaurant. Located in The Rocks District, it is just a 15 minute walk from Sydney's major attractions including the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge.

ADGE Apartment Hotel

Self-catering accommodation can be a great option if you're visiting Sydney on a budget. The ADGE Apartment Hotel offers contemporary rooms that are fully equipped with an en-suite bathroom, cable TV, a private balcony and a kitchen where guests can prepared meals with fresh produce from the market. Alternatively, the hotel has an onsite restaurant serving tapas style dishes. The ADGE Apartment Hotel is located on the edge of the Central Business District.

Beaches for May for Sydney 

Manly & Bondi

Sydney is first and foremost a coastal city, and May makes a good time to pay a visit to the beach, as they're less likely to be crowded during the autumn months. Manly and Bondi are by far the city's most popular beaches and are within easy reach of the central Sydney. Swimming, surfing and bodyboarding are all options at these beaches, and there's a good range of facilities at hand. 

Shelly Beach

A beach worth visiting that's within walking distance from the main strip at Manly is Shelly Beach, while Tamarama is a similar distance from Bondi and similarly makes a great spot for bathing or swimming. One recommended itinerary would be to spend an afternoon at the beach before retiring to one of the nearby bars or bistros and eventually back towards the centre of town. 

Restaurants and Bars for Sydney in May

ARIA Restaurant

Whatever your taste or budget, Sydney is a city for food lovers and has something for everyone. If you're looking for dining with pizzazz, ARIA Restaurant is one of the most renowned restaurants in Sydney. A popular location with foodies and celebrities, this restaurant serves modern Australian cuisine by Chef Matt Moran in chic and stylish surroundings. The glass-walled dining room offers beautiful waterfront views.

The Two Good Eggs

For morning fuel, head to The Two Good Eggs in Surry Hills. This fashionable eatery is fast becoming popular among the locals and is known for its idiosyncratic decor and tasty breakfast favourites. True to its name, the eggs benedict are the cafe's biggest draw while the coffee is also delicious. 

Maestro & Co

Sydney is known for its Middle Eastern restaurants; Maestro & Co really stands out among its competitors in this category. Located in the Manly area, this serves as a great spot for a lazy lunch or or sumptuous dinner feast. The meze menu is great for sharing and you can expect Lebanese favourites such as falafel, halloumi, flatbreads and succulent grilled meats.

Alegrias Spanish Tapas

Alegrias Spanish Tapas is also a great place to dine with family and friends, thanks to its friendly atmosphere, sharing menu and Mediterranean flavours. Located in Balmain, the restaurant is known for serving generous portions and stocks a pleasing wine list alongside the food.  

Things to Do in Sydney in May

Sydney Tower Eye and SKYWALK

Visitors with a head for heights should try the Sydney Tower Eye and SKYWALK to take in the surroundings of the city. Lording over the city at a dizzying height of 250 metres, the Sydney Tower dominates the skyline and therefore its best viewing point. Marvel a the 360-degree views of the city and its environs, which stretch as far as 80 kilometres on sunny days. 

St. Mary's Cathedral

One of the hallmarks of Sydney's centre is St. Mary's Cathedral and its graceful interiors and impressive structure make it worthy of a visit. While it was only built in the 1930s, the cathedral is modelled on the style of an ancient European religious site and seems much older than it really is. A recommendation would be to stop by the cathedral before or after visiting the adjacent Hyde Park Barracks Museum.

Sea Life Sydney Aquarium

A great option for families is the Sea Life Sydney Aquarium. Lining the waterfront of Darling Harbour, the aquarium combines a variety of unusual and exotic sea creatures, which are divided into 14 zones. The Sydney Aquarium is home to a variety of creatures you'd be hard-pressed to find elsewhere, such as dugongs and platypuses. 

Dates for the Diary

Australian Fashion Week

Australian Fashion Week takes place in Sydney in May and is a must-see event for any fashionistas visiting the city. Held at the Circular Quay, the event is a week of different fashion shows featuring collections by a number of designers, and is an important event in Australia's fashion industry calendar.

Sydney Writers' Festival

Another event hosted by the creative industries in May is the Sydney Writers' Festival which takes place at a number of venues across the city. Writers from across Australia and from other parts of the world travel to Sydney to take part in the festival, which includes panel discussions, lectures and readings. 

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