Australia in December: Things to Do, Places to Visit & Events 2022

Places in Australia to Visit in December

Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, Blue Mountains National Park, Bruny Island, Canberra, Hobart, Lord Howe Island, Witness Penguin Parade on Phillip Island, The Moonlight Cinemas and many more.

Are you planning to visit Australia in December? You made the right choice. Nearly thousands of visitors each year visit Australia in December as being situated in the southern hemisphere, the temperature here is warm and cosy. However, the weather is quite varying in the country, so looking at it is essential before planning your visit to Australia this month. 

To give you an idea, here is a list of some top cities, with their average temperature, that one can find while visiting them in December:
- Adelaide, South Australia: 78 F (26 C) high/58 F (18 C) low
- Melbourne, Victoria: 75 (24 C)/57 F (14 C)
- Sydney, New South Wales: 78 F (26 C)/65 F (20 C)
- Perth, Western Australia: 84 (29 C)/59 F (15 C)
- Brisbane, Queensland: 84 F (29 C)/68 F (20 C)

Also, if you're travelling to the northern part, the temperature might soar up to 86 degrees Fahrenheit (30 degrees Celsius), so pack your stuff accordingly.

Weather and climatic conditions play a vital role in making your vacation fun and comfortable. There are some great things to do in Australia during December. You can spend your days hiking or lying restlessly over the beach without worrying about suntan for a relaxed day. Australia has rich wildlife as it has around 500 national parks, 10,000 beaches, and 8000 islands, and hence, this continent is a gem for travellers.

Since it's summer in Australia during December, it's advised to carry light and breathable fabric. Your list of things must include:

- Light and Breathable T-shirts
- Denim shorts or skirts
- Sunglasses
- Jeans
- Summer coats
- Easy breezy cotton dresses
- Sport shoes  
- Sunscreen
- Cap/hats
- Water bottles

Here is the list of places to visit and things to do in Australia in December:

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Great Barrier Reef Marine Park

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, listed as a World Heritage Site, is among the unique places to visit in Australia. The park abodes more than 3,000 coral reefs; 600 continental islands, 300 coral cays, 1,600 species of tropical fish, and mangrove islands.

Location: It is located on the northeast coast of Australia.

- This island has 1600 varieties of fishes that includes sharks, dugongs, dolphins, turtles, rays.
- The glass boat lets you, eye witness, the rich flora and fauna here.
- If you are in fear of getting wet, then you can visit the underground view zones.

Blue Mountains National Park

If you are a nature lover, then a visit to Blue Mountains National Park is one of the best things to do in Australia. This park sprawls over 26000 hectares and offers an incredible view of the nearby surroundings. In the centre of the park lies the famous Echo point, also known as the Echoes of the past.

Location: New South Wales, Australia

- The centre of attraction here is the three sisters' Rock Formation.
- Covered with a large number of Eucalyptus trees.
- It provides excellent trekking opportunities as thickets surround it.
- The waterfalls here add to the beauty of Blue Mountains National park.

Bruny Island

The best place to visit in Australia in December is Bruny Island. This island is known for its rare species like the White Wallaby, stunning Swift Parrot, and Forty-Spotted Pardalote. Apart from the rich wildlife, Burny Island is also known for its various adventures and splendid views.

Location: It is located on the south-east coast of Tasmania.

- Splendid View of The Neck from Truganini Lookouts
- Spot fur seals on Eco-cruise
- Taste the famous cheese and Cherries of the Island
- Enjoy walking tracks, swimming, surfing, and fishing.


If you are on vacation, this is the best place to visit Australia in December. The city is known for its colleges, museums, galleries, breweries, and modern architecture. Canberra, a city surrounded by mountains and valleys, is widely accoladed for its craft and culture, which adds to its beauty.

Location: It is located in southeastern Australia

- The city won an international award for its structure which comprises vast greenbelts and geometric shapes.
- Famous for its Floriade fest
- National Gallery of Australia is situated here
- The city is rich in Flora and Fauna.


Hobart is the most exciting place to visit in Australia in December. Known to be the second oldest city, Hobart is a collection of legacy, scenic vistas and culture. Situated below the kunanyi / Mt. Wellington, and is often covered with snow-capped mountains even in summer. This famous city was once known as the prison.

Location: Hobart is situated in Tasmania's south-east on Derwent River

- The Scenic view from kunanyi / Mount Wellington is beyond words
- If you're fond of art, then do pay a visit to Hobart's Museum of Old and New Art
- Enjoy the wine tasting

Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island, also referred to as Paradise, is one of the best places to visit in Australia. This island is known for its eye-catching surroundings. This island allows you to indulge in a number of activities along with the best beach vibes. Lord Howe Island is the home to a large variety of flora and fauna and would be a treat to watch.

Location: Lord Howe Island is located in the Tasman Sea.

- Enjoy the Serene Beauty of Nature
- Indulge in a glass-bottom boat tour and spot the rich Aquatic wildlife
- Feed the fishes
- Spot the rocky coves

Witness Penguin Parade on Phillip Island

Are you looking for what you can do in Australia in December during the Christmas season? Spare some time to witness a huge penguin parade on Phillip Island, we are sure you will be absolutely thrilled. 

Location: It lies on Australia's southern coast.


- Watch the penguins returning to their caves in a line during the dusk.
- Gaze at seals playing over the brim
- Try spotting whales in the sea
- Adore nature through a nature walk at Cape Woolamai
- The island offers adventurous activities such as Kayaking

The Moonlight Cinemas

If you love cinemas and want an offbeat experience, then a movie at the Moonlight Cinemas is the best thing to do in Australia. The cinema lets you enjoy the movie in an open-air setting. This place also has a number of eateries and drinks on its menu, including a list of alcoholic drinks to keep you thoroughly entertained.

Location: It is located in Melbourne.

- You get to watch the evergreen movies here, or if you're lucky enough to watch a few advance screenings too.
- Gaze at the open sky simultaneously or feel the fresh cool breeze hitting your face after a hard day.
- Get the luxurious feel along with nature in the Gold Grass package.

Go for BBQ Afternoons

During the afternoon, the best place to visit in Australia is Tasmania. Begin your day with breakfast from Farm Gate and roll over the buzzing streets till afternoon. Stop by any eatery for a special barbeque buffet, and taste the delicious staple dishes of Australia

Location: It is located in Tasmania.

- Australia has a lot of beaches and islands, so the seafood here is fresh and amazing.
- Along with the food, you can relish some exotic alcoholic drinks, including wines and beer.
- Know about the local culture and tradition.


If your enthusiast about the beaches or aquatic wildlife, then Kiama is the best place to visit in Australia during December when the temperature is a little warm. Make most of your day by indulging in a myriad of activities on the beach, and once tiered, stop by a cafe to beat the hunger.

Location: South of Sydney, in New South Wales, Australia.

- The largest blowhole on the planet lies here, which gushes up water to a height of 20mts.
- Rollover to treetop to get the mesmerizing view of nature.
- Beat the rapids and witness the white waters through surfing
- Get the best organic food at the weekly farmer market.

Barossa Valley

If you are a Gastronomist, then a visit to the Barossa valley is the best thing to do in Australia. This valley is known to be the hub for foodies. The valley is known for its fine wineries and breweries, making the best alcoholic drinks on the planet. Along with the food and beverages, the valley also offers multiple options for the adventurous.

Location: It is located in the northeast of Adelaide.

- The place has 150 plus wineries and 80 plus cellar doors.
- Multiple adventurous rides like bicycle, motorbike, vintage car, hot air balloon, or helicopter ride are offered to help you explore the city at its best 
- Live the life of a king in thickets.
- Enjoy the nature trail.


If you're a country lover, then the best place to visit in Australia is Woodford. The city is known for its rustic style shops, heritage hotels, majestic buildings and picturesque view. Woodford has a vast ground covered in thickets that serve as nature treks, Picnic spots and Campaigning sites.

Location: It is located in Queensland, Australia.

- The most special place here is the Australian Narrow Gauge Railway Museum.
- Suppose you're a nature buff and want some adventure along with the majestic beauty of nature. In that case, it has a lot to offer like camping, nature walk, picnic spots, etc.
- Get to eat freshly grown fruits like strawberries, bananas, pineapples, pawpaw.
- Mount Mee here gives breathtaking views.


Perth is the most beautiful place to visit in Australia during December. Life in Perth is a mixture of nature and urbanity. This city has a lot to offer: Picture-worthy destinations like Rottnest Island, walk-in leafy Kings Park, Swan Valley's vineyards, Aboriginal art, and local cuisine.

Location: It is on the Southwest coast

- Visit the beaches and indulge in swimming, snorkelling and surfing.
- Spot the quokka on Rottnest Island
- The nearby swan valley has the best wineries
- Spot the Humpback whales

Seventeen Seventy

This is the most serene village in Australia. It is surrounded by pristine blue waters on the three sides by the Coral Sea and Bustard Bay. Since waters surround the town on the three sides, it has a lot to offer, including fishing, swimming, paddle boarding, etc. Suppose you're a calm and serene person looking for some nature-gazing places. In that case, Seventeen Seventy covered in thick grass is the ideal picnic spot.

Location: It is located in the Gladstone Region

- Learn about Australian history at the historian market or at the captain cook memorial.
- The view of dusk and dawn is like a picture painted.
- Apart from the rich aquatic flora, the village has four nature reserves too.
- The best experience here is Reef fishing.
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  1. Is December a good time to go to Australia?

    Yes, visiting Australia in December is a good time as it lies in the northern hemisphere its summers here. The days are generally warm and pleasant so that you can explore the tiny bits of the city without any hassle.
  2. What is there to do in Australia in December?

    1. Hiking in the trails of Tasmania: Tasmania is known as the best summer destination to visit in Australia in December. It offers a great scenic view and lets you find tranquillity. The centre of attraction here is the lavender field walk over these pretty fields and, when tired, have a scoop of fresh lavender flower ice cream.

    2. Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef: If you're a water enthusiast or love exploring the rich wildlife underwater, this place is perfect for you. Try spotting the aquatic wildlife, which includes manta rays, whales, and turtles.

    3. Helicopter tour: Live the life of a king and take this luxurious ride over Uluru and Kata Tjuta. When tired, then have sunset dinner in view of Uluru. This area is the famous red desert of Australia. Witness stones changing their colour during the dawn and the dusk.
  3. Which are the best events held in Australia in December?

    1. Woodford Folk Festival: This is known as the largest Folk Festival on the planet. Artists from all over the world can be seen participating here. Few workshops are being conducted during the festival to learn a skill or two, so music buffs must visit this place as it's the best thing to do in Australia in December.

    2. Australian International Airshow: This is an annual Air Show that shows many helicopters and jet fighters fighting in the sky. You can also see the sky cloured with colourful smoke, which adds up to the beauty of the place.

    3. Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race: This yacht race is considered the best summer sport in Australia. This Yacht race is a very famous yacht Race on the planet. This yacht race starts from Nielsen Park in Sydney Harbour to Derwent River, Hobart.

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