Sydney’s winter months are from June to August. But the city’s year-round mild weather means that the temperature stays at a comfortable 14 degrees in the winter months. If you’re not a fan of the heat, it’s the perfect time to go and explore Australia’s best sights and attractions.

Here’s what you can get up to in winter in Sydney…

Do some whale spotting

Whale migration season in Sydney runs from May to November, and the best time to see them is in the last week of June and first week of July. You’re more likely to catch them in the morning, and you don’t even have to take a boat tour out onto the water – you can spot them on a coastal walk. Start off at Bondi Beach and do the Bondi to Bronte walk along the coastline. You’re likely to see dolphins and humpback whales breaching as they come close to the coast.

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Bondi Route, Stop: Bondi Beach

Tuck into Sydney’s best seafood

If you’re a seafood fan, you’ll be pleased to hear that the best seafood in Sydney is available in the winter months. It’s the perfect time to check out the city’s best seafood restaurants and dine like a king. Tuck into freshly-shucked oysters at The Morrison Bar & Oyster Room near Circular Quay, feast on king prawns at south Indian restaurant Banksii, or enjoy a portion of beer-battered fish and chips at North Bondi Fish.

Enjoy tourist-free sightseeing

Winter is Australia’s low season for tourism. This means you’re more likely to bag a great deal on flights and accommodation, and you won’t have crowds and long queues to contend with. It’s win win. Spend your time exploring the attractions and taking everything in. You can do a tour of the Opera House and explore the interiors of Sydney’s most iconic building – the architecture is equally as impressive inside. Or, you can do a Harbour Bridge climb if you’re not afraid of heights, or head up to the Sydney Tower Eye to see views of the city. Enjoy having Sydney’s best attractions pretty much all to yourself.

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City Route, Stop: Sydney Opera House
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Catch a wave

Sydney is known for being a top surfing city, and over summer tourists grab their boards and flock to the water in their droves. If you’re a keen surfer, you’ll love having the winter swell all to yourself and not having to compete with hundreds of other wave-hoggers. And if you’re a beginner, you can take advantage of discounted lessons and winter deals with surf schools across the city.

Be dazzled by Vivid Sydney

Sydney’s breathtaking festival of light and music runs for three weeks starting from the end of May and going into June. The entire event is held outdoors and features colourful high-tech light projections, illuminated landmarks, and immersive light shows. You’ll see the city’s famous landmarks, like the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House, transformed into a colourful canvas of art. There are also performances from local and international musicians during the event, plus creative workshops, public talks and debates from leading creative thinkers in the industry.

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Plan your Sydney holiday for Australia’s winter to make the most of discounted attractions and seasonal sights. Browse our Sydney bus routes to find out what else there is to do in this laid-back coastal city.