Situated in the south east corner of Australia, Sydney enjoys a warm yet temperate climate all year round due to the sea's proximity.
Sydney's temperate climate provides warm and occasionally hot summers peaking in January with an average daily maximum of 27.4 °C.
The contrast between the seasons is relatively minimal with mild winters falling usually no lower than an average of 17.4 °C in July.
Similarly, the amount of sunshine throughout the year is relatively consistent. The sunniest time of year is between August and January with an average of 8 hours per day. Even throughout the autumn and winter months though there is still plenty of sunshine to enjoy with days on average still seeing 6 hours of sun.
Autumn is the wettest time of year in Sydney with April being the wettest month with 140 mm of rain, however this rainfall tends to fall in concentrated bursts (often thundery) so rainfall generally only falls on around 13 days in the month.
Rainfall is though relatively evenly spread throughout the year though September is generally the driest month with just 70 mm rain.
Thunderstorms are a relatively common phenomenon in Sydney with around 30 occurring each year, most common towards late Spring.
2013 was an exceptional year when temperatures soared to the highest levels since records began with a sweltering temperature of 45.8 °C recorded in January.
People often associate Sydney with the beautiful Harbour Bridge and Opera House - one of the most iconic buildings from the last century. Surprisingly, the Jørn Utzon designed Opera House was not opened until 1973, despite construction beginning in 1958. Sydney Harbour is a facet of Port Jackson, and the harbour reaches out to some of the world's most famous beaches. Historians will be familiar with Botany Bay - the location where Captain James Cook landed - which is just up the coast from Port Jackson/Sydney Harbour.
Manly Beach and Bondi Beach are on either side of Port Jackson; and there are numerous other beach locations making for a welcome diversion from the city.
One of the attributes that seems to separate Sydney from many other leading world cities is its pleasant open spaces. The Royal Botanic Gardens enjoy a central position near the Opera House and is adjacent to the Domain Park.
Many visitors enjoy strolling from the park to the Opera House on the well thought out promenades and walkways. Hyde Park is another favourite amongst visitors, being named after the original version in London.
Sydney's central business district sits just behind the Opera House, with Sydney serving as Australia's financial and economic hub. HSBC and Deutsche Bank both have premises here, but dominating the skyline you are sure to notice Sydney Tower.
Crossing the harbour on the opposite side of the central business district are attractions such as Taronga Park Zoo which is popular and a good place from which to survey the panorama that is the Sydney Harbour.
Most of us are aware of Australia's undying affinity with the game of cricket and there are several important cricket stadia in the city; the ANZ Stadium and the Sydney Cricket Ground are the two most notable. The city is set to be a prestigious venue in the 2015 Cricket World Cup, joint hosting with New Zealand.
Last updated: 26 May 2016
Melbourne is famous for its changeable weather often claiming to have 'four seasons in one day' and experiences a temperate climate.
New Zealand has a mostly temperate climate with a relatively small temperature range. Its large coastline means temperatures are generally kept quite mild but does mean the weather can change rapidly as fronts or tropical cyclones impact the islands.