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Sydney in August
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Sydney in august

by Experience Oz + NZ Staff

The final month of winter, August in Sydney gradually begins the upward temperature swing once again and is generally a good time to visit the city before the hoards of visitors begin arriving in the months leading up to summer.

Maximum temperature averages for August in Sydney hover around the 17-degree mark, although it is not uncommon for days in the mid-20's to occur, while minimums sit at a still-chilly average of around 9 degrees. August is also one of the windiest months of the year, so while the apparent temperature may indicate a warmer day out, the wind can quickly change that.

Sydney in August Sydney Tower SkyWalk

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August lies in-between two sets of school holidays and accommodation prices during this time typically drop accordingly, making a trip more affordable. Cool, clear and crisp days during August make for days where experiences involving physical activity are a great idea as you'll typically be comfortable enough to exert yourself without breaking too much of a sweat.

In terms of things to do, August is the middle of the whale watching season, so there are vessels departing the wharfs regularly to go into the open water. Unfortunately for some the water is too cold for many of the water-based experiences and activities, such as jet boating or swimming at the beaches, however, if you cn brave the cold you'll be treated to some great, emptier experiences.

Here we break down some of the best and most popular things to do in Sydney in August. See our full list here.

Sydney in August at a glance:

  • Public Holidays: None
  • Season: Winter
  • Average Temperatures: 8.9 to 17.8 degrees Celsius

Visit the Bondi Markets

Each Sunday throughout August, the popular Sydney suburb of Bondi comes alive with a bountiful array of marketstalls set amongst a lovely beachfront setting that will allow you to grab a bargain while soaking in enough sunshine to thaw out.

Running from 10:00am to 4:00pm each week, the markets make for a wonderful destination to get some fresh air while browsing for all sorts of odds and ends. You'll find everything from candles and soaps to jewellery and locally-produced art work.

Sydney in August Bondi Beach markets

The Bondi Markets have been running for more than 20 years and they serve as a showcase for local craftspeople to demonstrate their talents while providing a great destination for locals and visitors enjoy the beachfront.

The markets are held on the grounds of the Bondi Beach Public School and visiting in August means they typically won't be as crowded as they can get during the warmer months – which should demonstrate their lasting popularity. With live music also on offer and a few places to grab a bite to eat, you can't get much more of a Sydney experience than the Bondi Markets.

Cruise Sydney Harbour

August is as good a time as any to get out and explore Sydney's famous harbour, as while other activities may be somewhat limited due to cool weather, the Harbour is relatively sheltered from the strong winds that often crop up during this time of the year.

Sydney in August Sydney Harbour Cruise

A huge range of different Sydney Harbour cruises are available, each providing their own benefits - some emphasise specific buildings and landmarks, whilst others attempt to cram in as many essential sightseeing spots as possible into the one tour; which type you choose will be entirely dependent on your personal interests.

Regardless, the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge are obvious must-sees, and one of the best ways to take in the entire panorama of the harbour while saving your legs from the walk is by taking a cruise. You can choose a basic sightseeing cruise or combine your cruise with an onboard lunch. Depending on your allocated time, budget and travel preferences, you'll be able to find a cruise that's perfectly suited.

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Walk Along the Northern Beaches

While water conditions during August will most likely prove too cold for swimming, the beaches of Sydney are generally very scenic and worthy of paying a visit to in their own right. The greater Manly area, in particular, is a district that combines the best of both the natural and man-made, which is one of the higher-end testaments to the variety of spectacles Sydney has to offer in general.

Sydney in August Northern Beaches

Heading to the Manly area will let you take in the many gorgeous highlights ranging from the Manly Scenic Walkway to the Spit Bridge, both of which offer stunning views of the area's long, pristine sandy beaches as well as some Aussie bushland.

In addition to the region's inherent natural beauty, you'll be able to marvel at the extravagant waterfront properties owned by the rich and famous as well as their multimillion-dollar boats and yachts, or take a walk on the foreshore and soak in the fresh air and idyllic seaside settings.

The Sydney International Boat Show

Taking place in the first week of August, the Sydney International Boat Show is a must for those in the city who have even a passing interest in all-things-marine. Featuring both an indoor and outdoor component, the show has all manners of vessels on display, from the latest and greatest yachts and catamarans to lower-end dingys and tinnies.

It's not all just looking at boats for those with cash to spare, however, plenty of activities are held over the course of the event, with alternatives such as live presentations, cooking demos, theatres and the always-popular 2 Hour Boat Building Competition.

The Sydney International Boat Show begins on the 1st of August and will feature over 175 boats over various kind on the specially-constructed open water marina, with an additional 700 watercraft in the indoor section for you to peruse.

The show is held at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre and Cockle Bay Marina in Darling Harbour, and is reachable by bus (take bus 443), City Rail (Town Hall station is the closest exit point), ferry and the Metro Light Rail.

Whale Watching

While it's not one of the most renowned destinations for whale watching in Australia, Sydney can certainly be one of the most spectacular.

As mentioned, August is still right in the thick of things as far as Sydney's whale watching season is concerned, and the simple fact that you're able to get up close to these magnificent creatures while also surrounded by the famous landmarks of Sydney Harbour makes it a unique experience.

Sydney in August Whale Watching

The wide variety of whale watching tour operators who operate in Sydney can be a benefit for customers, as the range means you'll not only have a bunch of different departure times to select, but the competition also serves to help keep the prices down.

There are deals constantly being advertised on Experience Oz + NZ for various cruises in the Sydney region, so be sure to check online before booking to ensure you're getting the best possible deal.

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These are just a few of the most popular activities to participate in in Sydney in August - for a full catalogue of even more things to do in Sydney throughout the different months of the year, be sure to check out our main region page!

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