Sydney Weather December Averages, Australia

What's the Weather Like in Sydney in December?

Sydney is a bucket-list destination for many travellers. 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, meaning the temperatures will rise and there will be lots of ...

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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

    Sydney Weather for December 2019

    What's the Weather Like in Sydney in December?

    Sydney is a bucket-list destination for many travellers. 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, meaning the temperatures will rise and there will be lots of sun. 

    What's the weather like in Sydney at Christmas?

    The weather is glorious at Christmas in Sydney, which is why it's a favourite location for people from colder climes to escape the winter gloom. 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.


    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.


    The city usually experiences an average of nine hours of sunshine per day throughout the month.


    Sydney 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.

    Hotels for Sydney in December

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

    Swissotel Sydney

    Swissotel Sydney is a contemporary, twenty-five storey hotel housed inside the historic Grace Bros. building in downtown Sydney. If you're looking for chic 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.

    Manly Paradise Beachfront Motel and Apartments

    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.

    Beaches for December for Sydney

    Bondi 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.

    The beach is home to the Macquarie Bondi to Bronte Ocean Swim, which takes place on the first Sunday of every December. Each year, thousands of swimmers take to the seas to make the 2-kilometre swim. Whether or not you feel like joining them, it makes a great event to watch thanks to its community atmosphere and sporting spirit. 

    Restaurants and Bars for Sydney in December

    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.

    Bennelong Restaurant

    For an unforgettable dining experience, reserve a table at the Bennelong Restaurant. Located within the Sydney Opera House, this gourmet restaurant enjoys its reputation as one of the city's best dining spots thanks to unrivalled cuisine and breathtaking views of the harbour. This makes a great place for a special occasion or romantic rendezvous. 


    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.

    Bourke Street Bakery

    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.

    Things to Do in Sydney in December

    Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race

    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 begins on Boxing Day. This popular and hotly-anticipated yachting event starts in Sydney Harbour and finishes in Hobart, Tasmania.

    New Year's Eve Fireworks Displey

    If you happen to be in Sydney over New Year's Eve, join the locals and celebrate the fesitivities in style. The magnificent and spectacular fireworks display on the New Year's Eve is arguably one of the most famous in the world and isn't to be missed if you're in the city during this time. 

    Quarantine Station

    For local history, head over to the Quarantine Station near North Head. Dating back to colonial times, the facility used to house any arriving convicts who were believed to have infectious diseases. Today the station forms part of the Sydney Harbour National Park and is worth visiting for the views alone. 

    December events in Sydney

    Annual Event

    The Lights of Christmas

    5th December 2019 to 25th December 2019

    The Ligts of Christmas is a spectacular light and sound show at St Mary’s Cathedral with choir performances every evening from 7.30 pm. Food options Aare also available including Christmas-inspired churros and artisan ice cream.


    New Year

    31st December 2019

    Enjoy a stunning firework display at Darling Harbour. There will be light shows and partying from 7pm, until the firework display at 9pm. There will be food and drinks available to purchase at the event, but this is a family friendly event, so no alcohol is allowed. Admission is free, but it is advisable to get there early to avoid crowds, and ensure a good viewing point.



    Christmas Day

    25th December 2019

    You won't see any snow in Sydney on Christmas Day -Christmas in the Southern Hemisphere is more about barbecues, peeling prawns, singing carols on Bondi beach and checking out the festive lights.



    L'Étape Australia by Le Tour de France

    29th December 2019 to 30th December 2019

    L'Étape Australia by Le Tour de France is a professionally run biking event for amateurs. The route is challenging, going through winding roads, and through the snowy mountains. The route is 170km long with a 3,000m height gain, and has four food zones, and two energy zones for the cyclists.


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