When is the Best Time to Visit New South Wales?
Anytime! Just steer clear of the summer school holidays unless you book way in advance and a happy to part with a large sum of money. February to April is ideal for a coastal holiday; head west from April to October.
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The best time of year to visit NSW
When is the peak or high season in Sydney & NSW
Sydney’s peak season kicks in from December through to the end of January with many people arriving to enjoy the NYE fireworks and long summer holidays. Accommodation prices and availability improve from early February until Easter.
If you plan to be in Sydney over New Year’s Eve, get your accommodation sorted early, and it’s worth noting many properties with views of Sydney Harbour have minimum stays (3 days usually) at this time of year.
The entire east coast is very busy over the summer months with a six week nationwide school holiday period. Inland areas are not as popular, but they are hot at this time of year, so it’s not an ideal time to head west.
Summer is the most expensive time to visit most of the state.
The next busy period for Sydney and the east coast is the Easter school holidays when locals try to grab the last days of beach weather. Easter’s public holidays usually combine with autumn school holidays and an extra public holiday on April 26 for Anzac Day can sometimes result in long getaways that see a rush on campgrounds and holiday parks throughout the state.
The only other busy time in NSW over the winter is during the Vivid Festival in Sydney and the ski season in NSW, which tends to kick off on the June long weekend.
Daylight saving begins in early October and continues until the end of April. This delivers an extra hour to your day for sightseeing!
The winter is the lowest season for prices and while you won’t want to be taking a dip in the sea, the days can be lovely with low visitor numbers and the lowest hotel prices.
When is the absolute best time to visit Sydney?
March to May and October to early December are our choice for a mix of weather and things to do.
For a summer visit that combines the best of the weather and accommodation prices, then early December or after school returns from the end of January is your best bet.
Weather in New South Wales
NSW is the large state that has a diverse range of climates. Spanning from coastal regions to inland areas and mountainous terrain, there is always somewhere in the state to find a temperature you will enjoy. .Here’s a general overview of the weather you can expect in different parts of NSW
The coastal regions, including cities like Sydney, experience a temperate climate. Summers (December to February) are typically warm to hot and humid, with average temperatures ranging from 20°C to 30°C (68°F to 86°F). Winters (June to August) are mild, with average temperatures ranging from 8°C to 17°C (46°F to 63°F). Rainfall is spread throughout the year, with slightly wetter conditions during the autumn months.
The northern part of the state, including coastal regions like Byron Bay and the Tweed, experiences a subtropical climate. Summers are hot and humid, with average temperatures between 25°C to 30°C (77°F to 86°F), while winters are mild with temperatures ranging from 12°C to 22°C (54°F to 72°F). Rainfall is higher in this region, and tropical cyclones can occasionally affect the area during the warmer months.
As you move further inland, the climate becomes more arid and can vary between temperate and semi-arid conditions. The summer temperatures can reach higher, sometimes exceeding 40°C (104°F) in the western areas. Winters are colder, and temperatures can drop below freezing at night.
The Snowy Mountains in the southeastern part of NSW experience alpine conditions with snowy winters. Snowfall is common from June until September.
The seasons in NSW
Summer (December to February)
Temperatures get progressively warmer as summer progresses. Most days will see temperatures above 25°C and by Jan these are likely to be high 20s. Humidity is at its highest in February and summer sees about 5-7 days of rain a month, particularly at the end of the season.
Autumn (March to May)
The weather at this time of year is still warm, and many locals are swimming until early May. Average temperatures range from 19-26°C. This is a very comfortable time to visit. The chance of rainy days increases towards the end of the season.
Winter (June to August)
While the temperatures drop and locals may describe it as cold by most standards, winters in Sydney and NSW coastal areas are cool rather than cold. Perfect weather for hiking and the best time to visit Outback NSW. There are 6-9 days of rain per month.
Spring (September to November)
Mid spring is one of the best times to visit NSW. Temperatures range from 20.1°C to mid-20s and there are about 7 days of rain per month.
Average Temperatures in Sydney by Month
|Average rainfall (mm)
New South Wales Festivals and Events
Some events may have their dates changed or be postponed, so please check individual links before making any plans.
- Tamworth Country Music Festival: 19-28 January 2024
- Guyra Lamb & Potato Festival: TBC
- Bangalow Film Festival
- Bathurst 12 Hour: 16-18 Feb 2024
- Supercars Newcastle 2024 TBC
- Blue Mountains Music Festival: 15-17 March 2024
- Byron Bay Bluesfest: 28 March – 1 April 2024
- Newcastle Food Month: TBC 2024
- Orange Food Week: 5-14 April 2024
- Hunter Valley SteamFest: 13-14 April 2024
- Lakelight Sculpture Festival: 6-9 April 2023 (Jindabyne)
- Narooma Oyster Festival: TCB 2024
- Tulip Time Festival: 4-12 May 2024 (Southern Highlands)
- Australian Celtic Festival: 2-5 May 2024 (Glen Innes)
- Henry Lawson Festival: TBC 2024 (Grenfell)
- Pie Time: TBC Usually the month of June (Southern Highlands)
- Peak Music Festival: 9-11 June 2023 (Perisher Valley)
- Hunter Valley Wine and Beer Festival: 14 June 2023
- Splendour in the Grass: Byron Bay 21-23 July 2023
- Snowtunes Festival: TBC (Jindabyne)
- Broken Heel Festival: 7-11 September 2023
- Tulip Time Festival: 19 Sep – 2 Oct 2023 (Southern Highlands)
- National Thunder Motorcycle Rally: TBC
- Let’s Dance, David Bowie Tribute Festival – TBC October long weekend (Carinda)
- Riverlights Multicultural Festival: 3-7 October 2023 (Maitland)
- Steampunk Victoriana Fair: 14-15 October 2023 (Goulburn)
- Floriade: 16 Sept-15 October 2023 (Canberra)
- Trundle Abba Festival: 14 Oct 2023
- Bitter and Twisted Boutique Beer Festival: 4-5 November 2023 (Maitland)
- Forster-Tuncurry Lakeside Festival 3-5 November 2023
- Crookwell Potato Festival: TBC
- National Cherry Festival: Young, NSW dates TBC
New South Wales School and Public Holidays
School holidays see prices go up and availability reduce. If you don’t need to be travelling at this time, you can save quite a bit by avoiding it.