10 Reasons to Fall in Love with Sydney in Spring
Updated: May 5
For more countries, spring is a beautiful time of the year to visit. But for the most iconic city in Australia, it's the best time to visit. Think of mystical tunnels of elegant Jacarandas along the streets, mild and comfortable temperatures and sunny, vibrant days. There is no better time than spring to bask in the colours of Sydney.
Here is our list of things to do in Sydney in spring that will make you want to go back over and over again.
1. Bask in Sydney's mesmerizing Jacarandas
Just like how Japan is known for its cherry blossoms, Sydney has its tunnels of Jacarandas that line its streets in spring. The trees that bloom beautiful purple-blue flowers are native to the subtropical regions of South America but have grown in abundance in Sydney. A popular location to view the trees is at McDougall Street in Kirribilli where the trees lining the road creates magical canopy of soft purple hues.
At the end of October to early Nov, the annual Grafton Jacaranda Festival is usually held. It's one of the oldest family floral festivals in Australia, with the entire city casted in Jacarandas, float parades and firework displays.
2. Spring come alive at the Royal Botanical Garden
Spring basically sees Sydney come alive with colours as its myriad of floras around the city start to bloom. Embark on the Spring Walk at Sydney’s Royal Botanic Garden to see cherry blossoms, tulips, ranunculus and beautiful roses at the Palace Rose Garden. If you have the time, Hyde Park, the Chinese Garden of Friendship in Darling Harbour, Nutcote in Neutral Bay (a short ferry ride from Circular Quay), Vaucluse House (for the wisterias) and the Australian Botanic Gardens at Mount Annan are also worth the visit to experience more of Sydney’s blooms.
3. Discover hidden Beaches during a coastline stroll
The mild temperature of spring makes it the perfect time to explore Sydney on foot and enjoy the beautiful coastal views and spring blooms. You might even accidentally stumble on one of the many hidden beaches in Sydney.
One of the most popular coastal walks to take near the city is the Bondi to Coogee coastal walk. A two to three-hour walk is about 6.5km long, passes through Bronte Beach and Aboriginal engraving sites, and offers breathtaking views of the ocean and the towering sandstone cliffs. Pit stops are plentiful and one can make an day out of this one activity.
4. A Whale of a Time
Ever want to see a whale leaping from open waters? Well, this is the best time to do so in Sydney as May to November is the prime time to spot humpback whales migrating past Sydney’s coast! If you're lucky, you might be able to spot them from over 38 vantage points along the coastal walking trails. Otherwise, there are plenty of cruises that depart from Sydney Harbour that will allow you to get as close to the whales as you can get!
5. Soul Food to Warm the Belly
From scrumptious sweets to succulent seafood, spring eats in Sydney and NSW are tempting. Slurp hot noodles under city lights at Sydney Night Noodle Markets; gather armloads of scrumptious pastries, Pepe Saya Butter and native bush foods spices and fresh local produce at Carriageworks Farmers Markets, or dine on Insta-worthy desserts, pastries and coffee at The Grounds of Alexandria. Breathe in fresh sea air and have fish and chips right on Bondi Beach at The Bucket List.
Bookmark our Instagrammable Cafe list when planning where and what to eat in Sydney.
6. Run across the Sydney Bridge at the Blackmores Sydney Running Festival
Spring into action with one of the most scenic marathons in the world! The Blackmores Sydney Running Festival is one of the only days of the year you can run (or walk) across Sydney Harbour Bridge. Experience the wholesomeness of the city's hospitality as you take to the streets, passing by iconic landmarks and venturing into new neighbourhoods. Best of all, upon completion, you will granted with your finisher medal to commemorate this unique experience.
The run takes you past many of Sydney landmarks which you can read about in our article 10 Iconic Sydney Landmarks to look to look out for at the Blackmores Sydney Running Festival
7. Art Hunting with Sculpture by the Sea
For a unique experience, Sculpture By The Sea is a free outdoor art exhibition of extraordinary sculptures dotted along the Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk. The stunning beaches and cliff faces play host to 100 pieces by artists from Australia and across the world.
It’s a spectacular art display, just make sure you go either early in the morning or later in the day to avoid the crowds. Our tip is to go on the opening day as people tend to wait until towards the end of festivals when they visit them.
8. Fly a Kite at Bondi Beach during the Festival of the Winds
The Festival of the Winds takes place on Bondi Beach early September and is known as one of the largest kite festivals in the world. Bring the kids along as it’s a great day out filled with professional kite flying demonstrations, a circus zone, kids zones and much more.
9. Head up to the Blue Mountains for the Leura Gardens Festival
Let's venture out of the city a bit and ride the train all the way to the Blue Mountains. The Blue Mountains is such a spectacular place to visit near Sydney that you’ll never run out of things to do there. Even if hiking isn’t your thing, the spring season offers many things to see and do such as the the Leura Gardens Festival. The festival is the only opportunity to walk through some private gardens in the Blue Mountains. These breathtaking gardens contain many varieties of cool climate plants and flowers, such as azaleas, camellias and cherry blossoms.
10. Highland's excursion for Tulip Time Festival
Tulips are more famously associated with Netherlands but the famed Tulip Time Festival in the Southern Highlands has come a long way since 1961, when it began with just 500 tulips. Corbett Gardens, in the town of Bowral, is the centrepiece of the festival with over 75,000 tulip bulbs to rival its European counterparts. Visitors from all over the world descend on Bowral every year to marvel at the bright pockets of glossy tulips in red, yellow, mauve and white. In 2015, the festival won the World Tulip Award, voted by the World Tulip Summit Society and make it well worth a trip for.
There are a lot more reasons to visit Sydney and the region of New South Wales in the spring. With its vast flora and fauna, food scene, unique wildlife, rich culture and heritage, it's no wonder Sydney is one of the most diverse cities in the world. There is just something for everyone to enjoy be it for the young or old, in groups, couple or just by one's self.
Tip: Travelling to Australia during shoulder season (spring and autumn) is generally cheaper and less crowded, making it a great time to explore the country. Watch out for the school break period (late September to mid October for most states) as this is also when local families will head on their vacations.
Learn more about where to visit and great things to do across the country in springtime at https://www.destinationnsw.com.au/ or allow Sedunia Travel, a certified Aussie Specialist to handle your travel arrangements for when it's safe to travel once more.