Averages for Melbourne in December
What's the Weather Like in 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 ear...
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What's the Weather Like in 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, 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).
Average Sea Temperature and Sunshine Hours
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.
Melbourne Hotels in December
For uncompromising luxury accommodation in the heart of Melbourne, choose the Stamford Plaza. This high-rise offers 1 and 2-bedroom suites with kitchenettes, TVs and whirlpool baths. Choose the duplex Presidential Suite for floor-to-ceiling views over the city skyline. Other onsite amenities include a fine dining restaurant, fitness centre, sauna, indoor/outdoor swimming pool and a hot tub.
If you're looking for a truly unique accommodation in an optimal location, have a look at St. Jerome's - The Hotel. The last word in 'luxury camping', this unusual accommodation is actually a rooftop campsite which provides guests with views like no other from its premium canvas bell tents. Each tent features premium bedding and linen, throws and robes, split heating and cooling, a tablet loaded with films and a beers fridge. Other onsite amenities include 24-hour concierge, sauna and communal toilets and showers.
St. Kilda is home to a number of fashionable hotels and Mantra St. Kilda Road is no exception to the rule. Wedged between the beach and the Southbank arts precinct, this colourful and stylish hotel provides suites which are kitted out with all the creature comforts, along with exuberant artwork and private balconies. Other onsite facilities include a modern Italian restaurant and a fitness centre.
Melbourne Beach for December
With in summer in full swing by the time December comes around, now is an ideal time to escape the buzz of the city to one of its nearby beaches. Second only to St. Kilda is the immensely popular Brighton Beach, famous for its long stretches of golden sand and idiosyncratic bathing boxes (there are 82 altogether). The beach is a great spot for swimming and is well-guarded, meaning it's safe for children, and there are good opportunities for those who want to catch the surf.
Bars and Restaurants
Located down one of Melbourne's laneways, Tonka is the place to dine for fine Indian fare. Sister to the much-loved Coda, the restaurant has a number of awards to its name and has a big focus on using the freshest ingredients and imaginative combinations of flavour. The restaurant is also home to the Thali cocktail bar, as good a spot as any for some relaxed evening drinks.
Make your way to Flower Drum to sample some of the finest Cantonese fare in Melbourne. A staunch favourite of the Melbourne dining scene, this restaurant has been in operation for almost 40 years and serves Eastern-themed dishes to the highest of standards. Expect unwavering service and exceptional attention to detail at this fine restaurant; their seafood comes highly recommended, as does the crispy Peking duck.
For mouth-watering sweet treats and heavenly indulgence, pop into Dolcetti Bakery. Bringing a taste of Sicilian life to West Melbourne, this charming patisserie has been winning over locals and tourists alike ever since opening and offers up a range of biscuits and cakes which really are second-to-none.
Bar Americano may be one of your best options for elegant evening cocktails in Melbourne - despite its lack of space and location which is hard to find. Located down a quiet alley, there's very little room in this cosy bar, but that's compensated for by the cocktails which are out-of-this-world. Expect warm and diligent service from the bar's friendly owner who is more than happy to chat and provide recommendations for places to eat and things to do while your drinks are made.
Things to do in Melbourne in December
Melbourne enjoys its reputation as a shopper's paradise and this is especially true in December as the festive season gets underway. Throughout the city centre, the main thoroughfares and streets are decked out in a dazzling array of Christmas decorations and lights, and there's a plethora of Christmas markets to attend for food, drinks and festive trinkets.
Architecture aficionados should join a tour of the historic Town Hall to experience the grandeur of one of Melbourne's most significant buildings. Proudly standing over the city since the 19th century, this building forms the architectural, political and social backbone of the town and is free to view. See the Grand Organ, the largest of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere, sit in the Lord Mayor's chair and stand in the spot where The Beatles once waved to the crowds.
Animal-lovers, on the other hand, will be entertained by a visit to the Melbourne Zoo, which houses over 320 species and makes a fun day out for all the family. Enjoy close encounters with animals from around the world, from the tigers, monkeys and orangutans to the elephants and indigenous Australian wildlife such as koala bears, kangaroos, wombats and emus.
For a truly unique perspective of the city, take to the skies with Melbourne City Balloon Flight. This 1-hour balloon ride flies above the Melbourne CBD and its main sights, departing in the early morning when visibility levels are at their best. Finish off your excursion in true style with a slap-up champagne as part of the package.