|One-way from||$498||One-way flight from Sydney Kingsford Smith (SYD) to Macau|
Macau has a humid subtropical climate, with an average yearly temperature of 22 degrees Celsius. Weatherwise, the time of year should not affect when tourists book flights to Macau.
Summers (May through August) are hot and humid, with temperatures on average between 24 and 32 degrees. This period sees heavy rainfall, and the typhoon season runs from April to October. Due to the heat, humidity, rain and threat from typhoons, May to October, is the low season in terms of tourism. However, if you do decide to travel to Macau during this time, you can take advantage of possible cheaper flights and hotel rates, whilst also enjoying one or many of the several major festivals which take place. These include the Macau Arts Festival (May), the Macau International Dragon Boat Races (June, date can vary according to lunar calendar), Macau International Fireworks Display Contest (September/October) and Chung Yeung Festival (October).
Winters (December through February) are mild, but not cold, with an average high temperature of 18 degrees and an average low temperature of 13. This season, as well as the shoulder months of November, March and April, is peak tourist season in Macau. Flights and hotel rates can be pricier during this popular period, so bear this in mind and book in advance. Although summer may seem like the festival season, Macau has a lively events calendar which runs throughout the year. Some festivals in the winter include, the Macau International Music Festival (October/November), Macau Food Festival (November), Macau Grand Prix (November), Macau International Marathon (December), as well as celebrations being held for Christmas, New Year, Chinese New Year and Easter.
Many Australians who take cheap flights to Macau are aware of the Crown connection (James Packer’s company) and come to gamble, but the territory (a Special Administrative Region of China, like Hong Kong) is a wonderful place to explore. It has a remarkable history, centuries of Portuguese rule and just a decade or so of Chinese rule. Away from the casinos, there is much to see.
It’s a tiny place and a home to half-a-million Macanese. The Macau Peninsula is the most northern part of the region, linked to the Chinese mainland. It’s here that most of the must-sees are concentrated – the ruins of St. Paul, Senado Square, Na Tcha Temple and the Moorish Barracks to name just a few.
Taipa is the island south of the peninsula. Three bridges link it to the peninsula. The airport is situated here but it’s also a major residential centre and a visit here is a great opportunity to see the everyday hustle and bustle of Macau.
Cotai is the Las Vegas-like strip, reclaimed land between Taipa and Coloane, site of gargantuan new casinos including The Venetian.
Coloane is the most southerly island, mountainous and consequently less developed although it is where you’ll find Macau’s first golf course. Coloane Village is charming. Narrow lanes are lined by brightly painted Portuguese-style buildings. There are two beaches – Cheoc Van and Hac Sa (overlooked by a Westin Resort) – and hiking trails in the hilly interior.
Macau has a humid subtropical climate. The average yearly temperature is 22 degrees. Summers are hot and humid, with temperatures between 29 and 35 degrees. Winters are mild; temperatures rarely fall below 5 degrees. The breezes blowing in off the sea keep conditions cooler than on mainland China. Typhoon season runs from April to October.
There are several ways downtown from Macau International Airport (MFM). The airport is situated on Taipa Island, 10 minutes from the COTAI Frontier Post, 15 minutes from the Macau Ferry Terminal and 20 minutes from the Barrier Gate. Depending on which hotel you are staying at there may be a pick-up service. Taxis are freely available and there are also bus services that serve the city and stop at all the major hotels.
If you’re flying to Hong Kong Chek Lap Kok International Airport there are plenty of ways to get over to Macau. Taxis and buses travel to the ferry terminal.
There’s no need to think about driving in Macau. The territory is small – just 28 square kilometres – and there are plenty of ways to get around. For sightseeing in the different districts of Macau (Peninsula, Taipa or Coloane), walking is best.
The major casinos and hotels operate complimentary shuttle buses for guests. The Terminal Maritimo is a stop for many shuttles and the really big casinos (The Venetian for example) travel to the Barrier Gate, Taipa Ferry Terminal and airport.
The bus service is efficient and air-conditioned.
Taxis are readily available. There are two types – black with cream roofs and yellow. Most taxis will have a destination guide that includes the names of the most requested destinations in English, Chinese and Portuguese.