New South Wales Weather Information

No matter what time of year it is, Australia is incredible in every season. New South Wales brings the beauty of all four seasons to life; unlike in the northern states, where the tropical climate brings summer nearly all year round.


To plan your trip, firstly determine which part of the state you will be travelling to, and then consider how the weather at the time of year will influence your stay. Australia's seasons are opposite to the Northern Hemisphere with summer from December to February. During summer, it's a great time to enjoy the beaches along the east coast with the water temperatures sitting between 22 to 24 degrees. With the heat comes high humidity sitting at around 65% in Sydney. Light clothing is enough for summer and always bring your swimmers with the plethora of beaches on offer.


In the city, of course, the shoulder seasons like autumn and spring are the best time to visit, the beautiful clear sunny days make it the perfect weather to enjoy city life. You'll also still be able to swim at this time and make the most of the outdoors due to the humidity dropping significantly. From the beginning of autumn, you'll see humpback whales migrating south from May to August along the coastline too.


In the winter, the snow season begins in June, and the only areas that will experience snowfall are the Snowy Mountains and some regional parts like Orange, Upper Hunter and the Blue Mountains. Throughout New South Wales, July is the coldest month and considered to be the heart of the Australian winter. Wear layers in winter and pack a coat for the evenings as in Sydney the temperature can drop down to 8 degrees. Continue further inland and it becomes even colder. For the coastal cities, locals often continue to swim on the warmer days in the winter however bring a wetsuit for surfing.


Finally, in Spring from September to November, the days begin to warm up without the humidity, making it the perfect time for bush walks and visits to the incredible waterfalls surrounding. The Hunter Valley is excellent at this time of year, for a bike ride and wine tasting adventure too.


New South Wales observes daylight savings from October to April which means the time zone changes to UTC+11. The longest day of sunlight brings light from 5:30am to 8:00pm at night.


Enjoy the beauty of a hot summer and chilly winter in New South Wales, with rainfall varying throughout the region. There are plenty of sunny days throughout the state, which means it is easy to plan your trip and experience the very best sites on offer. Depending on if you're visiting to experience the snow season in the Snowy Mountains or the long summer days along the East Coast, plan your trip accordingly and choose the best time of year to suit your adventure.