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Sydney in August

Finally the last month of winter! By most peoples standards a Sydney winter is pretty mild but if you are travelling here this month you will want to pack a warm coat or jacket.

There is plenty happening this month from peak whale watching to our favourite road race, the City to Surf.

Accommodation prices are good and crowds are lower this month than June and July so it’s a perfect time to enjoy Sydney.

Average Temperatures: 18-9°C (64-48°F)
While each year varies the last August saw only four days of rain.

New events and updated content are added to these pages as it becomes available.

Annual Events this month

  • Sydney International Boat Show
  • City2Surf
  • Malaysia Festival
  • Mudgee Wine and Food Fair, Balmoral Beach
  • Wildlife Photographer of the Year
  • Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival
  • History Week

Current Major Exhibitions

Auburn Botanic- Gardens Cherry Blossom Festival

For 2 weeks each August, Auburn Botanic Gardens turns Japanese with a stunning display of Cherry Blossoms. Add to this Japanese food, culture and music and a visit here can make you think you have found yourself in Tokyo in April.

When: Aug. 18-27
Where: Auburn Botanic Gardens
Cost: $5
More: check the website for details.

Markets, Fairs and Festivals

Ferragosto Street Festival 

Fivedock is home to some of the best of Italian culture and this festival has it all. Fantastic food, with a strong focus on cooking and more than 300 stalls selling everything you could possibly need in an Italian kitchen.

When: 10am-4pm, 20 Aug.
Where: Great North Road, Five Dock between Lyons and Queens roads
Cost: Free
More: Get more details here.

Sport and Outdoor


City2Surf Run, the city’s favourite fun run draws more than 80,000 people. Runners and walkers) make their way along a 14-km route from Hyde Park to Bondi Beach.

Where: Hyde Park
When: Second Sunday in August
Cost: $65
More: Check the website for training schedules and more

Bledisloe Cup

Head to a pub and enjoy the friendly rivalry between Aussies and New Zealanders – Bledisloe Cup, a famous rugby match where the Wallabies take on the New Zealand All-Blacks in a three-match series.

Where: 2020 fixture not yet available.
When: Mid August start

Food and Drink

Sydney Tea Festival

Learn to blend tea, make cocktails from it and join a tea tasting masterclass at the Sydney Tea Festival.

Where: Carriageworks
When: approx 3rd Sunday of Aug.
More: Check the website for details.

Art and Design

Smash! Sydney Manga And Anime Show

Smash is the annual Japanese popular culture convention organised by SMASH Inc, a non-profit volunteer-run association.

When: Usually the second weekend in August.
Where: Rosehill Gardens Racecourse
Cost: Saturday $40 / Sunday $35 / Weekend Pass $55
More: Find out more here

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