Since several weeks, all I see is pictures of my friends hanging in the sun and enjoying the very hot summer. Well down under, it is the opposite. This is the middle of winter and it is oh so hard to go through… or not.
So how are Sydneysiders coping with Winter?
1. Sydney Winter is sweet & short
Everything is upside down. Some will say it is the wrong way, others will say it is the right way. Winter here starts on 1st June and finishes on 1st September. (For the reminder in France, it starts on 22nd December and finishes on 22nd March but usually it feels a lot longer!)
However Winter here feels more like two months with many sunny and warm days and few cold nights. There isn’t much rain either. To be honest, some days you will easily go out in tee-shirt, sunglasses and yes, maybe you will need sunscreen.
But beware at night, it can be bloody cold. Also, I haven’t seen many places with heating systems so bedrooms are also feel cold at night. Mine in the day can top up to 27 degrees but at night between 14 and 18 degrees max… You better have a warm blanket!
2. You don’t need big warm clothes
Forget about the gloves, very warm hats and coats - unless you are living in the mountains. While it may be cold in the morning or at night, it is usually way too hot in the day to wear super warm clothes. How many times did I overly dressed (too used to it) and felt so warm once walking… At least, it is the perfect weather to wear this mid-season coat that you could never wear in Europe.
There are in my opinion two types of Australians. Those who really hate Winter and feel cold and wear warm clothes and those who literally don’t give a damn about it. You'll see so many people at night who will be dressed the same whether it is 10 or 30 degrees outside - and without even complaining of the cold.
That said, if you go in the mountains, be ready! Especially at night, it can get really cold. Warm clothes inside are also welcomed at night as heaters are not that common around here. But the scenery is definitely worth it!
3. You got funny winter activities
Ice Skating in Bondi Beach anyone?
Few winter activities are organised each year. Sadly, I didn’t get time to go to each of those but you got lots of festivals like Cool Yule in Darling Harbour, Winter Garden in Hyde Park and Bondi Magic Winter in Bondi Beach. This is the perfect excuse to pretend like it is really cold, drink hot chocolate and see if your ice skate level is still on point. Ps: Yule is an ancient name for Christmas.
If you feel like you really miss the snow, you can also try skiing few hours away from Sydney. I made the experience and loved it, read it here.
4. Christmas in July is a real thing
As my first year in Australia, it sure felt super weird to celebrate christmas in a hot humid weather. I actually didn’t feel like it was christmas - at all. Now that we are near to the end of winter in Sydney, I still feel lost with the seasons. iI doesn’t feel like August at all but somewhere like March. Well in Sydney, some people got nostalgic about this winter feeling from the Northern Hemisphere and especially the christmas celebrations. So they thought, “why not having a Christmas in July?” From making the best christmas food to dressing in the Christmas theme, this is totally real and people love it.
Usually between July and August, the Blue Mountains celebrate Christmas with Yule Fest. They describes themselves on the tourism website as a “Winter Wonderland” for Christmas.
5. Winter has the best sunsets (but we all want summer quickly back please)
As soon as winter comes around, sunsets are incredibly beautiful. A great way to end each day.
Even though it is not - that - cold, I personally and I know lots of other Sydneysiders can’t wait for summer to be back! The easiness of not wearing many clothes, the warmth of nights and the longer days are coming in only a few weeks. Hang on Sydney, Summer is coming!