4. Fewer tourists
Winter is also off-peak tourist season in Sydney which means less crowds and overseas visitors to get in the way of your picture-perfect photos or just generally getting in your way. Popular spots such as the Bondi to Coogee clifftop walk will be busy anytime of the year, but less so in winter. With fewer people around, this gives you more time to enjoy those spectacular Sydney harbour views or carefully listen to the trilling of Rainbow Lorikeets or New Holland Honeyeaters around you.
5. Less rainfall
Did you know that in Sydney, the least amount of rainfall occurs during the winter months? July to December typically has the lowest amount of rainfall which makes for perfect walking conditions. There’s always the chance that it will rain though, so make sure you check the weather beforehand, bring a waterproof jacket and trousers or just a good old fashioned brolly. There’s nothing worse than being caught off-guard and ending up soaked to the skin, particularly if you’re out walking in the bush, so it’s best to be prepared.
6. No annoying bugs and insects
A walk during the winter months in Sydney means there are less bugs about to annoy you. This includes mosquitoes and flies buzzing around your head as well as ticks, leeches and spiders. Winter also means less chance to see snakes and lizards basking in the sunshine on the path ahead, particularly good if you’re afraid of those slithering cold-blooded reptiles.
7. Warms you up
There’s nothing quite like a fast walk to help warm you up and get the blood pumping. Walking in winter also means you get to wrap up in your favourite coat, gloves, scarf and woolly hat, particularly if you’re headed to the Blue Mountains where it’s typically colder than compared to nearer the coast with a greater chance of snow. If camping’s not for you, then why not head to the Southern Highlands to Bowral or Berrima and enjoy a variety of day walks, before coming home to your rental cottage, complete with roaring log fire.
8. Lower bushfire risk
Speaking of fires, walking in winter also poses a lower bushfire risk, compared to the hot, dry summer months when temperatures in Sydney can soar past 40˚C. I recommend checking fire warnings especially when hiking in the bush and always know your way out. If you’re camping in winter, then there’s also less chance for there to be a total fire ban, so you might be able to light that cosy campfire and toast marshmallows above the crackling flames. Just double check with the campsite first whether open fires are allowed.
9. You burn more calories
Walking for fitness or weight loss? Then you’ll be pleased to know that walking in winter can actually burn more calories. As your body generally burns more calories when it’s cold due to your body fighting to keep you warm, a walk in winter can help you lose some weight. Plus, walking daily outside in the cooler air will help your body build up resistance to winter germs, strengthening your immune system.