Melbourne Weather December Averages, Australia
What's The Weather Like In Melbourne in December?
December is the start of the summer season in the Southern Hemisphere. This makes Australia and Melbourne the ideal place to visit in order to escape the cold winters on the northern half of the globe.
What's The Weather Like In Melbourne At Christmas?
Tourists flock to Melbourne at Christmas in search of sunshine. And with an average of 10 hours of sunshine a day, Christmas is the perfect time of the year to catch some rays. The city gets decked out in festive lights and Christmas trees and you can swap your traditional Christmas roast for a barbecue on the beach. The water temperatures are 16°C, attracting swimmers into the sea.
The Christmas Day average temperature for 2019 was 21°C and sunny and 2018 was 19°C and sunny. 2017 was 17C and 2016 was a scorching 27°C. Temperatures for all four Christmas Days would have climbed in the afternoon.
How Hot Is Melbourne In December?
Afternoon temperatures in December are beginning to resemble summer-like conditions. Average afternoon highs climb to 24°C and average overnight lows will hover at 14°C. Overall, the average daily temperature is a pleasant 19°C.
Does It Rain In Melbourne in December?
There's an average of 58mm of precipitation expected over the course of the month, falling over a period of 10 days.
Hotels for Melbourne 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.
St. Jerome's - The Hotel
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.
Mantra St. Kilda Road
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.
Beaches for December for Melbourne
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.
Restaurants and Bars for Melbourne in December
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.
Melbourne City Balloon Fight
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.