Weather in December in Australia

Many people wonder what kind of weather they can expect in December in Australia. Is this month a good time to go to Australia? To answer that question we created this page with all the information you need.

What is the weather like in Australia in December?

The weather conditions in Australia in December range from poor to perfect depending on the destination. It is a summer month.

During December in Australia, the average temperature ranges from moderate in Mount Buller with 15°C (58°F) to very high in Halls Creek with 38°C (100°F). Minimum nighttime temperatures generally drop to 25°C (77°F) in Halls Creek and 6°C (43°F) in Mount Buller.

Precipitation in December ranges from almost non in Carnarvon with an average of 1mm (0inch) rainfall to heavy in Weipa with 287mm (11inch). It is also generally a sunny month with an average of 265 hours of sunshine in Melbourne during the whole month.

We invite you to have a look at the map below to find out more about the different weather conditions per location in Australia.

Where to go in Australia in December

Find the average weather conditions in December for the most popular destinations in Australia on the map below. Click on a destination dot for more detailed information.

Legend perfect weather pleasant tolerable unpleasant poor
Perfect weather is subjective. On this map perfect weather has been defined with temperatures between 20-29ºC / 68-84ºF and not too much precipitation (less than 90mm / 3.5inch a month).

Popular destinations in Australia

What is the weather like in December for the 5 most popular destinations in Australia?

Average weather in Melbourne

In December Melbourne generally has high temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 25°C (77°F), minimum nighttime temperatures around 13°C (55°F) and moderate monthly rainfall. So on average the conditions are perfect that month.

Melbourne
Max temperature Max temp
Min temperature Min temp
Monthly sun hours Sun hours
Monthly rainfall Rainfall
Monthly rainy days Rainy days
Weather conditions Weather
23°C / 73°F 
11°C / 51°F 
225 hours 
61mm / 2.4inch 
10 days 
25°C / 77°F 
13°C / 55°F 
265 hours 
55mm / 2.2inch 
9 days 
January   >> January
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27°C / 81°F 
14°C / 58°F 
276 hours 
40mm / 1.6inch 
8 days 
Climate in Melbourne

Average weather in Sydney

In December Sydney generally has high temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 26°C (79°F), minimum nighttime temperatures around 18°C (65°F) and moderate monthly rainfall. So on average the conditions are perfect that month.

Sydney
Max temperature Max temp
Min temperature Min temp
Monthly sun hours Sun hours
Monthly rainfall Rainfall
Monthly rainy days Rainy days
Weather conditions Weather
24°C / 75°F 
17°C / 62°F 
243 hours 
91mm / 3.6inch 
8 days 
26°C / 79°F 
18°C / 65°F 
257 hours 
72mm / 2.8inch 
8 days 
January   >> January
>>  
27°C / 81°F 
20°C / 68°F 
233 hours 
92mm / 3.6inch 
8 days 
Climate in Sydney

Average weather in Gold Coast

In December Gold Coast generally has high temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 28°C (82°F), minimum nighttime temperatures around 21°C (69°F) and high monthly rainfall. So on average the conditions are pleasant that month.

Gold Coast
Max temperature Max temp
Min temperature Min temp
Monthly sun hours Sun hours
Monthly rainfall Rainfall
Monthly rainy days Rainy days
Weather conditions Weather
27°C / 81°F 
19°C / 66°F 
249 hours 
115mm / 4.5inch 
8 days 
28°C / 82°F 
21°C / 69°F 
250 hours 
135mm / 5.3inch 
9 days 
January   >> January
>>  
29°C / 84°F 
22°C / 72°F 
230 hours 
126mm / 5inch 
9 days 
Climate in Gold Coast

Average weather in Brisbane

In December Brisbane generally has high temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 30°C (86°F), minimum nighttime temperatures around 21°C (69°F) and high monthly rainfall. So on average the conditions are tolerable that month.

Brisbane
Max temperature Max temp
Min temperature Min temp
Monthly sun hours Sun hours
Monthly rainfall Rainfall
Monthly rainy days Rainy days
Weather conditions Weather
29°C / 83°F 
19°C / 66°F 
273 hours 
92mm / 3.6inch 
8 days 
30°C / 86°F 
21°C / 69°F 
265 hours 
130mm / 5.1inch 
9 days 
January   >> January
>>  
30°C / 87°F 
22°C / 71°F 
268 hours 
143mm / 5.6inch 
8 days 
Climate in Brisbane

Average weather in Perth

In December Perth generally has high temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 29°C (85°F), minimum nighttime temperatures around 17°C (62°F) and low monthly rainfall. So on average the conditions are perfect that month.

Perth
Max temperature Max temp
Min temperature Min temp
Monthly sun hours Sun hours
Monthly rainfall Rainfall
Monthly rainy days Rainy days
Weather conditions Weather
27°C / 80°F 
14°C / 58°F 
318 hours 
23mm / 0.9inch 
7 days 
29°C / 85°F 
17°C / 62°F 
354 hours 
9mm / 0.4inch 
5 days 
January   >> January
>>  
31°C / 88°F 
18°C / 64°F 
355 hours 
19mm / 0.7inch 
3 days 
Climate in Perth

Is your destination not in the list? Have a look at other destinations in Australia.

Is December the best time to go to Australia?

In our opinion December is one of the best times to visit Australia with commonly perfect weather in Melbourne. However, the weather conditions may vary depending on your destination.

On average the best time to visit Australia is in January, February, March, April, October, November and December with generally perfect weather in Melbourne. The worst months are June, July and August that can have tolerable weather conditions.

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