Averages for Melbourne in December

December is the start of the summer season in the southern hemisphere and that makes Australia and Melbourne the ideal place to visit in order to escape the cold winters on the northern half of the globe. This is also the time of the year when tourists begin to flock back to the region and as a result prices and crowds both begin to increase. As a result, it is important to plan ahead and be sure to book a room as early as possible.

While it is still chilly in the early morning hours,...

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  • Temperature Temperature 19°C 66°F
  • High Temperature Holiday Weather 24°C 75°F
  • Low Temperature Holiday Weather 14°C 57°F
  • Sunshine Hours Sunshine Hours 10 hrs
  • Rainfall Rainfall 58 mm
  • Rainfall days Rainfall days 10.4 days
  • Sea Temperature Sea Temperature 16°C 61°F

Daily averages for Melbourne

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Day 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
°C 19 19 18 17 17 17 18 19 18 18 17 18 17 18 19 19 19 18 19 18 20 19 19 19 17 17 17 19 20 20 22
°F 66 66 64 63 63 63 64 66 64 64 63 64 63 64 66 66 66 64 66 64 68 66 66 66 63 63 63 66 68 68 72

December is the start of the summer season in the southern hemisphere and that makes Australia and Melbourne the ideal place to visit in order to escape the cold winters on the northern half of the globe. This is also the time of the year when tourists begin to flock back to the region and as a result prices and crowds both begin to increase. As a result, it is important to plan ahead and be sure to book a room as early as possible.

While it is still chilly in the early morning hours, the afternoon temperatures are beginning to resemble summer-like conditions. Average afternoon highs will climb to 24°C (75°F). While a cool snap is not out of the question, temperatures remain fairly consistent for the most part. However, it would still be wise to take a jacket if you're out and about early in the morning with average overnight lows of 14°C (57°F). Overall, the average daily temperature is 19°C (66°F).

In the summer many visitors will want to head to the beach. The good news is that water temperatures are much warmer and can be enjoyed with a wetsuit. The average sea temperature for this time of the year is 16°C (61°F). Visitors can enjoy an average of 10 hours of sunshine per day making this the perfect time of the year to catch some rays.

Of course, rain also remains a possibility for this time of the year with an average of 58mm of precipitation expected over the course of the month. This rain will fall over an average period of 10 days. Keep this in mind when planning your outdoor adventures while on holiday in the area. Of course, it is still a good idea to check the extended forecast before leaving home in order to make sure that you are packing the right items for a perfect trip.

Where to stay

The Stamford Plaza Hotel is the perfect choice if you are looking for luxury for a December holiday. Each of the rooms is considered to be a suite and offers all the amenities that you will find at home and then some. Guests also have the option of dining and drinking on site at two high-end establishments. With all the major attractions nearby, booking a room at this hotel is an easy decision.

The staff at the Hilton Melbourne South Wharf treats you like family from the moment you walk in. Ready to assist you in any way and make your trip one to remember, the staff add to the overall excellence of the hotel. Each of the rooms at the hotel has been individually designed to offer all the comforts of home, as well as exquisite views overlooking the city below.

The Royce Hotel Melbourne offers contemporary style at its best in this sleek and modern hotel. Known as one of the city's best boutique hotels, the hotel features 100 rooms and suites. Guests can take advantage of the award winning restaurant and chic bar right on the hotel property. 

Hit the beach

Elwood Beach is another great beach just a little bit further away from the center of the city than St. Kilda. This is a wonderful spot for the whole family as the water is perfect for swimming and there is a lot of space to take the crowds. There is the option to go windsurfing or, take it easy and enjoy a lazy walk along the beach. If hunger strikes there are several good restaurants located close by. Just be prepared that there might be the occasional rain showers at this time of year. 

Eating and drinking

Serving modern Indian food, Tonka is one of the most popular restaurants in the city. With an award winning wine list, the dinner menu aims to inspire and delight.  

For the best Cantonese food in the city, be sure to head over to the Flower Drum.  Even though it has been open for several decades, the staff and chefs continue to meet high expectations day after day. A winner of several restaurant of the year awards, be prepared to be spellbound by the dishes set in front of you.

The Emerson consists of a club, cocktail bar and rooftop area spread over three floors and allows plenty of options for those looking for a late-night party. Day or night, this is a great place to visit and enjoy a combination of fun and elegance at the

same time. Here, you can eat, drink and play well into the early morning hours. 

Things to do

With water temperatures finally warming up in the month of December, let Dive Victoria show you some of the underwater beauty just off shore. You can dive reefs, wrecks and more during your underwater adventure. Diving in Australia is not just limited to the Great Barrier Reef and Melbourne is a great place to explore what the underwater world has to offer.

Get into the Christmas spirit with the Melbourne Christmas Festival. With fun for the whole family, the city is transformed into a winter wonderland with trees, music and more. Be sure to check out the entire schedule of free events in the city.  

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