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Our Guide to Outdoor Furniture in Sydney

Sydney is Australia’s most populous city, and is the site of the first British colonial settlement. The city was originally established as a convict colony by Captain Arthur Phillip, who remarked of Sydney Harbour that it was “being without exception the finest Harbour in the World”. A couple of centuries later, the place has grown up to become a glamorous and truly cosmopolitan place to live.

Sydney is an international symbol of urban outdoor living. Iconic structures like the Sydney Opera House, Darling Harbour and the Sydney Harbour Bridge are recognized throughout the world, photographed against a background of blue summer skies and clear sparkling water. Other well-known images of Sydney’s relaxed yet stylish outdoor life include yachts in Sydney Harbour and the beaches of Bondi and Manly.

But for Sydneysiders, there’s no need to trek out to the tourist traps to enjoy Sydney’s famous outdoor life! With the right setup, you can enjoy the same level of fashionable comfort from the convenience and privacy of your backyard.

Climate and Seasons

The Bureau of Meteorology places Sydney squarely in a temperate climate zone.

Sydney has four distinct seasons. Winter in Sydney is milder and has more hours of sunshine than they see in more southern cities like Melbourne and Hobart, but it’s still winter.

While it’s quite pleasant outdoors in Sydney much of the time, it’s also a good idea to prepare for the odd wet day here and there. With an average rainfall of 1223mm per year, and 10-13 rainy days every month, Sydney is well and truly the rainiest of Australia’s state capitals. Rain tends to fall a little heavier from January through to June, however Sydney’s rainy days are spread fairly evenly through the entire year. During the warmer months, it can still be quite nice outside even on rainy days, so long as you are well sheltered from it.

Planning an Outdoor Area in Sydney

The Greater Sydney metropolitan area covers an enormous section of land, taking in crowded inner city suburbs like Redfern and Darlinghurst to less densely packed suburbs like Lidcombe and yet further out. With population densities varying so widely throughout the city, so too do Sydneysiders’ outdoor areas: not just in size but in layout.

Though Sydney is famously rainy, the water supply for Greater Sydney and surrounding regions (like the Illawarra) is also spread fairly thinly amongst the five million or so people who live there. This has necessitated both permanent water restrictions and the construction of a desalination plant. For this reason, it can be a good idea to consider local natives and other plants that aren’t too thirsty. Alternatively, the high rainfall throughout the year makes Sydney a good place to consider rainwater tanks: so long as your tanks aren’t topped up with mains water, this water is exempt from water restrictions.

Trees, awnings and patios are great permanent shelter solutions, while umbrellas are ideal for something that can be set up or put away as needed.

Selecting the Right Outdoor Furniture for Sydney

Sydney gets a bit of rain, so plan for this when you’re shopping. Materials like polyethylene rattan/wicker tend to resist both rain and the UV light of summer very well, and dry off fairly quickly once the shower’s passed.

During those periods when your outdoor furniture isn’t going to be used for a while, it can be a great idea to get them out of the rain. You have two main options for this: you can cover it up or put it away. If you’re thinking of putting it out of the way, keep in mind compact storage solutions – especially if you’re living in inner Sydney and your space is limited. Cubed dining sets can be packed away very compactly when they’re not in use, making them a great choice for those who refuse to let limited space mean limited comfort or style.

Furniture Suggestions for Sydney

Umbrellas are a great way to keep the rain off.

Apartment living? You can still enjoy the outdoors. A stackable balcony setting could be your best way forward to extract maximum enjoyment from the available space.

Those decorating a courtyard or backyard might want to consider a cushion box. This makes storing your cushions when they’re not in use as simple as it is convenient: your cushions will last for years to come.

Furniture Delivery to Sydney

Sydney, the Central Coast, Wollongong and regional New South Wales — we'll deliver everything outdoors, everywhere.

With fast, economical door-to-door delivery to all metro and most regional areas PLUS an industry-leading 30 day money back guarantee, shopping for outdoor furniture with Outdoor Living Direct is a stress free transaction.

With incredibly cheap delivery to metro Sydney and the Central Coast, Outdoor Living Direct is the most cost effective choice for quality, contemporary patio and balcony furniture, umbrellas, dining settings, pool furniture and accessories.

So whether you're after an umbrella for Ultimo, a daybed for Dee Why, a beanbag for Bowral or a lounge for Lithgow you can shop with confidence at Outdoor Living Direct.

As you'd expect, our delivery does come with a few basic conditions. They're super simple and explained clearly on our Delivery terms and conditions page.