Australia Gets Cold! Here’s What To Wear in Sydney during the Winter

Wondering what to wear in Sydney during the winter? Here’s a packing list for Australia to help you out.

What To Wear in Sydney during the Winter

Before moving to Australia, I was cautioned about two things: its cost of living and its sheer size. “Budget extra time and money,” all the guidebooks warned. But guess what they all forgot? WINTER! So much for sunny Australia…ya girl is a popsicle.

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And, given that North American and European summer and Australian winter coincide, it’s likely that when you visit, it’ll be chilly, so here’s what to wear in Sydney during the Winter (so you’re not freezing like I am 90% of the time):


Winter in Sydney is eerily similar to “wear a sweater in the morning, but leave it in the car at lunch because you’re roasting, but you’ll turn into a popsicle at dinnertime without it” season in the Northern Hemisphere. Having a pullover is great option because you can slide it on and off throughout the day, depending on how you feel.

Here are a few to try out:


Tights have been lifesavers for me!

I brought lots sundresses and shorts with me, assuming that living in Australia would be like living in a perpetual oven. I was so wrong.

So, if your plan is to be in Sydney for a few days (or weeks!) and then trek to warmer parts of the country (like Cairns for the Great Barrier Reef or the Outback for Uluru), feel free to bring those warm weather clothes — just bring some tights to pop on underneath while you’re in the south.

Here are a few to try out:


Not just a fashion statement, when planning what to wear in Sydney during the winter, scarves are actually pretty functional. A fun scarf will not only keep you warm in the perilous wind tunnels of the CBD, but can also make the outfit you spent all day exploring in suitable for a night out in Newtown.

Here are a few to try out:

Camis for Layering

Layers y’all. All about the layers. Not only can wearing an undershirt keep you warmer on a rainy Sydney night, but they’ve also been known to help shirts fit better and (in the words of my fave, Tan France) “elevate your look.”

Here are a few to try out:


What to wear in Sydney during the winter? Not flip flops (or thongs, as the Aussie’s call them…lol) or your trusty Birkenstocks. That’s for sure. It’s cold. It’s rainy. You want to keep your toes from getting frostbite. I’ve been living in my boots since I arrived down under and would suggest the same for you if you visit in the winter months.

Here are a few to try out:

Dark Jeans

Sydney is this really weird mix of New York and California.

I thought it was going to be all about laid back surfer vibes, and bits of it is, but there’s still a thrumming intensity that echoes around the palm trees. Everyone in the CBD looks so important in their suits and pencil skirts, and since traveling abroad is all about embracing a new culture, you’ll want to bring a dark pair of jeans to fit in with the local fashionistas. Rocking your regular baby blue jeans will make you stick out like a sore thumb…a sore foreign thumb.

Here are a few to try out:

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  1. Kerry
    June 21, 2018 / 1:12 PM

    Good suggestion about the scarves. They’re nice because you can wear them in so many different ways!

  2. Regina
    May 7, 2019 / 1:46 PM

    Lovely post! I’m heading to Sydney this June for my birthday and it’d be my first ever solo travel and ooops plane rider and WINTER!!! Ahhhh your post is a lot of help.. am gonna subscribe now! Thanks heaps! Stay pretty! <3

    • August 30, 2019 / 9:46 PM

      Hi Regina! I hope your trip was soooo much fun : )

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