Averages for Sydney in December

Weather lowdown

With world-class culture, dining and architecture combined with beautiful beaches and an abundance of sunshine, Sydney is a bucket-list destination for many travellers. Located on the east coast of Australia in New South Wales, it is often referred to as the Harbour City thanks to its advantageous location.

If you're lucky enough to be holidaying in Sydney in December, you can expect great weather. Unlike other parts of the world where the weat...

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  • Temperature Temperature 22°C 72°F
  • High Temperature Holiday Weather 26°C 79°F
  • Low Temperature Holiday Weather 18°C 64°F
  • Sunshine Hours Sunshine Hours 9 hrs
  • Rainfall Rainfall 85 mm
  • Rainfall days Rainfall days 14 days
  • Sea Temperature Sea Temperature 21°C 70°F

Weather lowdown

With world-class culture, dining and architecture combined with beautiful beaches and an abundance of sunshine, Sydney is a bucket-list destination for many travellers. Located on the east coast of Australia in New South Wales, it is often referred to as the Harbour City thanks to its advantageous location.

If you're lucky enough to be holidaying in Sydney in December, you can expect great weather. Unlike other parts of the world where the weather is cold and wet, December in Sydney is the start of summer. This means the temperatures will rise and there will be lots of sun. Sydney experiences more than 300 sunny days a year in general, which is one of the reasons why it is such a popular holiday destination.

In the month of December the average daytime temperatures are generally around 22°C with average minimum temperatures that never drop below 18°C. High temperatures can reach a balmy 26°C on some days, but luckily, sea breezes from the waterfront ensure that the city never feels too sweltering.

Sydney is a sunny city in general, but December sees a good amount of sunshine. The city usually experiences an average of 9 hours of sunshine per day throughout the month and there's an 18% chance of a sunny day.

While December tends to be warmer and sunnier then its preceding months, Sydney also receives quite a lot of its rain during the summer. You can expect an average of 85mm of rain throughout the month with around 14 wet days and a 45% chance of a rainy day.

Should you want to take a dip in the sea in December, you will be able to do so comfortably. The average temperature of the sea is a warm 21°C which is the perfect temperature to go for a swim or take up surfing.

Celebrating Christmas in Sydney

Where to stay

Sydney is filled with amazing accommodation options to suit every traveller, from luxury five-star hotels to budget-friendly backpacker hostels.

Swissotel Sydney is a contemporary, twenty-five storey hotel housed inside the historic Grace Bros. building in downtown Sydney. If you're looking for stylish accommodation within a great setting, it's a great choice; rooms here are elegant and comfortable while its central location means that many of Sydney's attractions such as Hyde Park and the Sea Life Aquarium are within short walking distance. The hotel also has pedestrian links to two of Sydney's most popular shopping centres, the Pitt Street Mall and the Queen Victoria Building, perfect for picking up some last minute Christmas presents.

For beach-side accommodation that allows you to enjoy Sydney's summer weather, book your stay at Manly Paradise Beachfront Motel and Apartments. This relaxed hotel is located right on Manly Beach but the city is just a short boat ride away. Rooms here are bright and comfortable with flat-screen TVs and Wi-Fi, while facilities include a rooftop pool and sundeck.

Things to do

As a thriving and bustling city, there's always something to see or do in Sydney. Apart from the usual tourist attractions such as the Sydney Opera House, Harbour Bridge and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney hosts many festivals and events throughout the year. The Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race is held in the month of December. This is one of the most popular and awaited yacht events which starts at the Sydney harbour on Boxing Day and finishing in Hobart, Tasmania.

Stunning fireworks display over Sydney Harbour

If you happen to be in Sydney over New Year's Eve, then you are very lucky as the city's festivities for this holiday are famous. The magnificent and spectacular fireworks display on the New Year's Eve is popular and well know all over the world, with a breath-taking backdrop of Sydney harbour and the Harbour Bridge. It is not something to be missed if you are in the city over this time.

In December you can also enjoy Carols by the Candlelight, a popular annual carol service that's been running for over 70 years in the city. This family-friendly event will get you in the festive mood, even if it is 25 degrees outside!

Hit the beach

It may seem strange to non-Australians to be on the beach in December, but the scorching summer weather makes it the perfect time. In fact, many Sydney locals celebrate Christmas Day with a barbecue on the beach. Sydney has many amazing golden beaches, one of the most famous being Bondi Beach, of course, but if you wish to explore further, head to Sydney's northern beaches.

Just an hour or less out of the city, the northern beaches of Sydney include Manly Beach, Shelly Beach and Palm Beach which was used in the Home and Away TV show. These beaches are generally more peaceful and quieter than Bondi Beach, making them a great place to relax on the golden sand and top up your tan under the warm summer sun (just don't forget the sunscreen!).

Picturesque Shelly Beach in Sydney. Photo by FotoSleuth

Eating and drinking

Sydney is a world-class destination when it comes to dining. The city is home to a huge range of bars, cafés and restaurant that vary in style and price.

For an unforgettable experience, nothing beats waterside dining on Sydney's harbour front, overlooking the famous Harbour Bridge and Opera House. If this sounds like your kind of thing, head to Waterfront Restaurant. This venue offers guests fine dining in an iconic location. The menu is a little pricy, but it's worth shelling out for the spectacular views and the amazing cuisine, especially if you're celebrating a special occasion.

If you're craving something a little different, Sake is a contemporary Japanese-style restaurant with fun and funky surroundings, located in The Rocks. Here, diners can enjoy delicious sushi and sashimi dishes as well as a range of creative cocktails.

Last but not least, Bourke Street Bakery should be on your must-visit list when you're in Sydney. This Surrey Hills institution is loved by locals and visitors alike, with lines that regularly spill out onto the street. The boulangerie serves a selection of delicious croissants, tarts and artisan breads that are divine.

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