Finally, there is an end in sight.
Daylight saving in NSW comes to an end this Sunday, April 2 at 3am.
When you go to bed on Saturday night don’t forget to put your clocks back one hour.
If you forget you’ll be out of sync with the remainder of the state and find yourself turning up an uncomfortable one hour early for midday lunch with the in-laws.
From Sunday we’ll lose an hour of sunlight in the evening but pick it up in the morning. At least we will until winter comes around and then everyday we’ll see less sunlight.
If you win or lose all depends on whether you’re a morning or evening person. If you wake early and like to get things done before work you’ll be cheering Sunday on.
If you like to sleep a little longer and get into the garden after work or go for an evening stroll in the light you will be longing for October to come around and the start of another daylight saving period.
South Australian’s will also be winding back the clock on Saturday evening but due to the different time zones in Australia they’ll remain half an hour behind the eastern states due their observance of Australian Central Standard Time.
Daylight Saving ends also in the ACT and Tasmania this weekend.
Western Australia, Queensland and the Northern Territory do not observe daylight saving.
Daylight Saving was extended to seven months each year in NSW in 2007 and becomes a water cooler topic in households and workplaces at least twice each year, in October when it starts and at the beginning of April when it finishes.
Originally four months daylight saving wasn’t always so confusing. When it first came in during World War I it was applied in all states.
It was used again during the Second World War.
A drought in Tasmania in 1967 led to the reintroduction of daylight saving in that state during the summer, and has been repeated every summer in Tassie since then.
In 1971, New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia, and the Australian Capital Territory followed Tasmania by observing daylight saving.
Western Australia and the Northern Territory saw no need for it and Queensland abandoned daylight saving time in 1972 before giving it it one more try in the late 1980s and early 1990s.