I'm a Canadian and will be going to Sydney and traveling a bit in Australia in January for up to three weeks.
While I enjoy a nice summer, I can't really handle super-heat well. Do you have advice on things to do or see that would not give me heatstroke?
How have other people dealt with Australian summer heat?
Make sure you wear a hat (please, no corks!), sunscreen (30+spf), a t-shirt, and drink plenty of water.
The average temp is 26 Celsius (79F), and we get a few days over 30 C and very rarely a day over 40. But if it gets that hot EVERYONE goes to the beach!
Just remember, January is peak season for drop-bears!
Phil at the safety hub. about 5 years ago
For a nice refreshing spot of cool green, one of my favourite places in Sydney is the Chinese friendship garden in Darling Harbour. http://www.darlingharbour.com/things-to-do/chinese-garden-of-friendship.aspx
It's also best to enjoy the beach in the morning or late afternoon. The sun really is very strong at that time of year between 11am and 3pm. Even with loads of sunscreen you will still be toast within about half an hour if you are on the beach in the middle of the day.
The other big recommendation I have for you, to get a taste of local Sydney life, is to get up early on a Sat or Sun to have breakfast and coffee at one of the many cute little cafes dotted throughout the inner west. Pick the busy and quirky looking ones and you will be in for a treat,especially if you love clean healthy food. made with love!
Don't worry too much about drop bears, you'll really only encounter them if you do some serious bush walking where there are tall trees. about 5 years ago
Sydney is amazing in january with much to do...yes it will b hot but its very liveable...
Must do's are everything outdoors and beach related as we are a beach and outdoor culture...
These include...manly beach sunrise and breakfast on a sat or sun morning take you swimming costumes and go swim with goggles off the point between shelley and manly beaches to see wild fish and sharks(not man eating1's) its truly amazing to see...
Bondi beach to be seen and see all the beautiful ppl of sydney...do the walk around to tamaramma its wonderful and very chilled out
Centennial park get a bike or walk and enjoy the grounds for hours...
Any cafe in back parts of paddington...walk the city as it flat and very pretty to see from broadway all the way to the rocks and yes see darling harbour and go to the fish markets for an aussie treat of fish n chips!!!
Do the harbour bridge climb,try to get to do it around sunset if possible...see a show at the opera house and tour it if possible...
And just enjoy the summer its amazing in sydney and be there for the 26th Jan somewhere near the harbour as its our aust day celebrations with fireworks and boat races and much celebrations...
All i can say is bring lots of money with you as its an extremely expensive city which i compare now to nyc or london on price!!! about 5 years ago
Hi! I'm from melbourne in Australia and in regards to the weather in jan- march, it can get super hot. Last summer ( 2014) was really hot. There was a few weeks when the temp did not go under 30 C and got as high as 45. And at night it remained 30 as well. Also, always wear SPF 30 or higher and reapply. The uv index here gets very high. Mid afternoon is not the time to go for a 5 km run, stay in the shade and hydrate a lot. I've been in Israel on a 40 degree day in the desert and it felt way gentler that the Aussie sun. I can not overstate, put sun block on, even in the early morning sun. Summer is an adventure here for sure,,,esp when the spiders are around lol. In the evening though, it can be very nice. Just look at the temp before you plan a day as a tourist and drink lots and lots. Drop bears can be especially angry on super hot days...the days when u want shade the most. Get good sunglasses also. I love the cold and snow of Canada...so a weeks worth of over 40 degrees here is traumatic for me lol, but that's because I live here. You might find it part of your adventure. Also, just in case you love nhl as I do, u will have to watch it on streamhunter or something as cable here covers only a few games a week. about 5 years agoAnswered by Sally via WorldNomads.com