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The best of Sydney in Winter in 1 day

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We all know Sydney is gorgeous at any time of the year, however, for most though visiting this beautiful city in the warmer months is much more appealing. Although Sydney is known for fabulous beaches, we tend to forget that Sydney is so much more. Check out what I believe is the is the best of Sydney in Winter in 1 day.

Sydney in winter

Things to know before spending Sydney in Winter

Sydney in Winter Weather

The average temperature during Winter get down to as low as 8 degrees Celcius (46 degrees Fahrenheit) during the day so ensure you bring your jacket. The mild climate (well compared to some places across the world) is perfect for some of the walking tours that are far too hot during summer.

Transport in Sydney in Winter


Whatever type of car you choose to travel in, this mode of transport can be expensive. Do not be tricked into peak hour rates because the ride can cost you more than triple during these times.

Opal cards

Pick up your opal card when you arrive in Sydney, you can pick them up from at any train station or convenience store. Trains and buses will not allow you to pay cash, so this is the only way to ride Sydney’s transport system. Download the app for the convenience of topping up your opal card when needed.


Travelling by train is the quickest way to get around Sydney. Although the journey in Winter is more pleasant be mindful not to be caught up during peak hour when this means standing room only.


I do love the ferry rides in Sydney, but Winter months can be too cold to snap photos outside on the deck.

Sydney in winter
Sydney Ferries

Accommodation in Sydney in Winter

Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel at Circular Quay

Remember to ask for a room overlooking the harbour as there is nothing quite like waking up to Sydney’s own iconic Opera House. The location is walking distance to great restaurants, the infamous ferry pier and the incredible Opera House itself. We have stayed here on many occasions and have always been more than happy with our time here.

Morning Walk in Sydney in Winter

The Coogee to Bondi Coastal Walk

We have all heard of this walk, haven’t we? So there is no question that It overcrowded in the summer months. So it doesn’t make it ideal because there are too many people on the trail and it can get boiling. During the winter months, you see only the locals walking and running this strip, and for that alone it becomes more enjoyable. If you can’t get enough, then keep walking to Maroubra where you will find some great little cafes at the end.

Coogee to Bondi Walk
Coogee to Bondi walk

Lunchtime activity in Sydney in Winter

Ice Skating in Bondi

This pop-up ice skating rink is for three weeks of the year. The skating rink is usually set up at Bondi Beach Pavilion from late June to mid-July. Who knew Bondi could be so much fun without even stepping foot in the water.

Afternoon Activity in Sydney in Winter

Whale Watching 

Whale watching is a winter-only activity, so this is a must-do during this time of year. There are many tours that up and down the coast of Sydney but if you are in and around Bondi then I would advise sticking within the Bondi and Watsons Bay area.

Night time event in Sydney in Winter

Sydney Vivid Light and Art Show

This excellent light exhibition that is only displayed during May and June lights up the city like nothing else. Everyone has seen how pretty Sydney harbour is at night, but not many have seen it on display quite like this. A must-see on your things to do in Sydney in Winter.

Vivid Sydney

Food and Beverages


Little Jack Horner

Why not start the morning right by enjoying a healthy breakfast before heading out on the coastal walk. This cafe in Coogee is in a great location to sit and watch the world go by as you eat a delicious meal. Great place, excellent service, delicious food and a sensational view. My recommendation would be Jacks Vegetarian Breakfast with mushroom, roast tomato, crispy potatoes, halloumi ( my favourite), baby spinach, asparagus and baked beans with a coffee to get you going for the day.


Icebergs in Bondi

During summer this place is busy with a breathtaking view of the infamous Bondi Beach. However, during Winter, the lines are short, but the view is still just as gorgeous, so why not? I feel like if you are by the ocean, you probably should try the seafood, so I recommend the pot of mussels with a cheeky Bellini (you are on vacation after all) what better way to spend a day in Sydney in Winter.

Bondi Icebergs
Bondi Icebergs


Danjee Korean Restaurant in Sydney

If you like Korean BBQ, then this restaurant is the place to be, central location with great food, fun atmosphere and fantastic service. There are many Korean BBQ restaurants around this area, but this one feels genuinely authentic (yes, I lived in Seoul a few years back).

Danjee Restaurant


Cruise Bar

Whether you choose to risk the elements or huddle inside at this time of year, the cruise bar is the place to be for a quick (or long) drink. As an ideal location to take in all that Vivid has to offer; this place is an excellent choose day or night.

cruise bar
cruise bar

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