Gold Coast weather in December

December is a good time to visit the Gold Coast, despite the hot and humid rainy season.

Summer has definitely arrived on the Gold Coast. You can expect hot, sunny days and high humidity with the occasional tropical storm in the late afternoon or early evening. Be prepared for thunder, lightning and heavy rainfall. It’s best to carry an umbrella or rain jacket.

How hot is the Gold Coast in December?
While maximum daytime temperatures in the Gold Coast in December may reach 33°C (91°F), usually they average a high of 28°C (82°F) with moderate heat and humidity, falling to an average night-time low of 20°C (68°F).

What does the humidity feel like in the Gold Coast in December?
The average dew point temperature in the Gold Coast in December is 20°C (68°F), which can feel humid and unpleasant. 

There are on average 16 days in November that may feel humid.

How sunny is the Gold Coast in December?
There are normally eight hours of bright sunshine each day in the Gold Coast in December – that's around 57% of daylight hours.

Sunrise & sunset in December?
Sunrise is around 4:45am with sunset around 6:30pm.

How warm is the sea in the Gold Coast during December?
The average sea temperature around the Gold Coast during December is 25°C (77°F).

Does it rain in the Gold Coast in December?
There are usually nine days with some rain in the Gold Coast during December; the average rainfall is 126 mm.

What to do in the Gold Coast in December?
December is a great time to enjoy the numerous theme parks, hinterland rainforests and Gold Coast beaches as well as surfing or just relaxing by the swimming pool.

Local holidays?
Christmas Holidays – 25th - 26th Dec.

Ideally, avoid the first week of December during the annual Schoolies Week. This Australian phenomena sees the Gold Coast crowded with graduating high school students – first from Queensland then New South Wales – for two weeks from mid-November to early December.

Mid-December onwards heralds the peak summer season on the Gold Coast – flights and hotel rooms need to be booked well in advance.

Gold Coast weather in December

Temperature icon High Temp: 28°C (82°F)
temperature icon Low Temp: 20°C (68°F)
sun icon Sunshine: 8 hours per day
Moderately hot icon
Daylight: 14 hours per day
rain cloud Rainfall: 126 mm per month
umbrella icon Wet Days: 9 days with some rain
Moderate heat icon Comfort Level: Moderate heat; ≤ 16 muggy days
Moderately hot icon
UV Index: Extreme
swimming icon Sea Temp: 25°C (77°F)
Gold Coast, Queensland

Best time to visit the Gold Coast

Anytime. The Gold Coast receives more than 300 days of sunshine each year.

Summer, from December to February, is generally the most popular time of year, even though humidity is relatively high and you can expect the occasional storm.

Autumn and spring are more pleasant with less humidity and still plenty of sunshine, while winter is pleasantly mild to warm with little-to-no rain.

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Source: Meteorological data for the Gold Coast is based on weather statistics gathered for the 32-year period 1992 to 2024 by the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) from the closest weather station: Gold Coast Seaway, located around 12km (7mi) from the Gold Coast CBD at the northern end of Southport Spit.

Advice on the best time to visit a particular destination is based on average local weather statistics, when the weather conditions are generally better than at other times of the year. We consider high and low temperatures, risk of rain (and thunderstorms, etc.), amount of sunshine and sea temperature. For general outdoor activities we favour clear, rainless days with a temperature range between 18°C (64°F) and 27°C (80°F); and for hot-weather activities we favour clear, rainless days with a temperature range between 24°C (75°F) and 32°C (89°F). Often, the best times to visit correspond to high season and therefore involve higher prices. Dew point temperature measures moisture content in the atmosphere: a higher dew point feels more humid, while a lower dew point feels drier.

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Latest update: Gold Coast Weather in December: 12 June, 2024

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