Spring in Sydney is simply a wonderful time. The days are sunny, the evenings longer, and the city is covered in bloom. The weather is warm, with temperatures reaching 23–degrees between September and November. It’s the best time to explore the Blue Mountains, enjoy the many outdoor festivals the city hosts, and of course, to hop aboard an open-top bus tour.

If you plan to be in Sydney in spring, we’ve rounded up our top picks of things to do:

Festivals galore

As the city warms up, so does festival season in Sydney. The Festival of the Winds is perfect for families, bringing together hordes of people to fly their kites on Bondi Beach. A sight you’ll want to capture and remember. The Sydney Running Festival caters for all fitness levels, with a half-marathon, full marathon, or just a fun run to join in. For those that love a bit of Jazz, there’s the Manly Jazz festival in October, lining up both contemporary and traditional performers. And many many more…

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Celebrate Labour Day

If you happen to be in Sydney in October, you’ll get to join in on the festivities of Labour Day. A long weekend for the locals, the city becomes a hive of activity. Aside from the festivals, you’ll see people barbequing on the beach, going for a swim or surf, cheering on their favourite team in the NRL Grand Final from one of the many drinking holes screening the game, and spending a sunny afternoon browsing a weekend market. Go join them!

Sculpture by the Sea

A highlight of being in Sydney in spring is the Sculpture by the Sea event. More than 100 sculptures from around the world transform the Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk, and over 500,000 people take part in the 2km stroll to enjoy it. The line-up of artists each year includes local talent to international artists, some unknown, some recognised. It’s a fascinating journey we highly recommend. And on your travels, be sure to keep an eye out for any whale-watching action at sea.  

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Bondi Route, Stop: Bondi Beach

Catch a game

Spring in Sydney marks the end of the rugby season, with the National Rugby League Grand Final playing out at the end of September at Sydney’s Olympic Park. The atmosphere in the city is electric. Find a local sports bar or pub and pitch up for a game just to enjoy the atmosphere. Or, if you can book early enough, why not go for the fully fledged experience by watching the game live.

Explore the Blue Mountains

Spring in Sydney is when the city is in bloom, so the ideal time to explore the Blue Mountain National Park. Escape the city for a day to enjoy waterfalls, walking trails and impressive gardens. 11,400 square kilometres of simply stunning landscape, it’s one for the nature lovers. There’s Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Breenhold Gardens, Everglades Historic House & Gardens, and the Leura Gardens Festival, all waiting to be discovered.

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Blue Mountains Explorer Bus Tickets

So there you have our must-do activities during spring in Sydney. A time when winter becomes a distant memory and the city celebrates the outdoors. And on a sunny day, you can grab a top-deck seat on a Big Bus tour, and we’ll take you to see the best sights and attractions Sydney is famous for. For more inspiration on how to fill the rest of your time, check out our guide to the Top 10 Things to do in Sydney.