By the time July in Sydney rolls around, winter is officially in full swing, with it being the coldest month of the year and temperatures averaging a brisk minimum of 9 degrees (however lows frequently witness cold spikes that drop far below that number).
Sydney in July at a Glance
Public Holidays: None
Average Temperatures: 16.3 – 8.0 degrees Celsius
Compared to other worldwide major cities however, Sydney’s winters remain relatively mild, and during the day the clear skies can make taking part in outdoor activities particularly comfortable due to the lack of sweat. Those planning to visit Sydney in July would be advised to avoid the school holiday period that occurs during the first two weeks of the month. If this time is unavoidable prepare by booking accommodation far in advance as prices typically skyrocket during this time. Ideally, the second half of the month the best time to take advantage of the Sydney winter if possible.
During July-August, the ski conditions at the New South Wales ski fields and resorts are typically at their best. Destinations such as Perisher and Thredbo fill up with those in search of opportunities to ski and snowboard, not only locals, but those from the northern hemisphere looking for an extended winter as well!
Whale watching season continues its strong start during July as the humpbacks continue the beginning of their migratory period, while the cool conditions make activities such as walking, hiking and orienteering a popular pastime. While heading to the snow fields that are situated in the (appropriately-named) Snowy Mountains is an option, if you find the 6-or-so hour drive to be discouraging there is still plenty to do both in and around Sydney itself in July.
Some of the best and most popular things to do in Sydney in July include:
What to do in Sydney by Month
Possibly the best month of the year for a whale watching trip, cruise or tour in Sydney, July has one of the highest volumes of whales migrating northwards out of any month of the year, with many tour operators being so bold as to offer a “definite-sighting” guarantee that will provide you either with a refund or a second trip if no whales are spotted during your cruise.
A whale watching cruise from Sydney allows you to experience one of nature’s great migrations as both the Humpbacks and Southern Right Whales journey between Antarctica and the Great Barrier Reef all aboard a custom-built whale watching vessel with ample viewing decks to provide the best possible vantage point.
If dealing with the cold weather and the outdoors isn’t your thing, Sydney luckily plays host to many great indoor attractions as well – including two great aquariums that provide the perfect venue to while away a day.
Regardless of if you choose Sydney Aquarium or Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary, you will be entering a world-class aquatic facility that contains thousands of tropical, cold, fresh and saltwater fish, mammals and a myriad of other impressive ocean-dwelling creatures on display, with the ability to walk both through and under the various river and ocean environments while feeling and seeing the marine life swim beside and over you being a major treat.
The aquarium you choose will mainly depend on your current location in Sydney, however both of them are with easily accessible distance of the city CBD.
A great escape from the standard tourist trails, the Blue Mountains becomes even more scenic than usual in the winter time, and many chances are available for a range of hiking, trekking and bushwalking tours that aim to show off the natural beauty of the region in all its glory. Joining a hiking or walking tour in the Blue Mountains will ensure you are taken to some of the best and most remote locations in the area that many visitors never get access to.
The general operating procedure for these tours in July is to depart early and make the most of the daylight hours while returning before darkness falls and the cold sets in. Panoramic views of the mountains and their many scenic gorges are only further enhanced during the winter time owing to the crisp, clear and clean July air.
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