Gold Coast in December

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Australian Gold Coast in December

December is first month of SUMMER!

One of the best things about December, is that everyone is busy with end of school year and preparing for Christmas, so theme parks and attractions are often quite quiet until our Summer holidays start after Christmas.

Christmas on the Beach!

Summer has definitely arrived! Thoughts turn to Christmas parties and summer holidays!

The Gold Coast is a great place for a very different Christmas holiday. Spend Christmas on the beach or be pampered in one of the great resorts that cater for families.

An early December holiday can save you on accommodation and also give you better access to the theme parks and attractions. I recommend you pick accommodation outside of Surfers Paradise - Broadbeach is a good choice, because there are still some schoolies around.

Check when the local school holidays start, as it is generally pretty quiet until then! Once the school holidays start it's peak season till the end of January. So book accommodation early.

Many hotels and some restaurants offer Christmas lunches and dinners, these need to be booked early as they are limited. Here are some more ideas for Christmas in Gold Coast.

To finish off the month New Years Eve is the biggest party night on the Gold Coast! I've put together some ideas for NYE for families, fireworks, formal balls and general parties.

December is very hot and very humid, you can do just about everything the Gold Coast offers, except there is no whale watching. During this very hot month, make sure you drink plenty of water and pace yourself if you are not used to the heat.

Read on to find out more about visiting the Gold Coast during December. All the information below is updated each year to keep it current. I recommend, if you haven't already, that you get a copy of my planning cheat sheets. Use the information on this page to fill them in, to help plan your holiday.

December Q & A

There's lots of information on this webpage about visiting the Gold Coast at this time of the year. However, sometimes there are questions that you are just itching to ask...

About Holidays In December

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Christmas in Australia Fair Shopping Centre - awaiting Santa's arrival!

Christmas Decorations
In Australia Fair at Southport

Weather in Gold Coast in December

In the table below are averages for various weather indicators for Gold Coast in December. Click here for current weather information in Gold Coast.

Season Summer
Average Temperatures 19°C to 27°C (66°F to 81°F)
Possible Extreme Temperatures 6°C to 40°C (43°F to 104°F)
Average Sea Temperature 23°C (73°F)
Average Humidity 69%
Daylight Hours
Beginning of Month to End of Month Approx.Times
Daylight Trend: Longest daylight hours of the Year
Sunrise 4:40am - 4:53am
Sunset 6:30pm - 6:46pm

Daylight Saving &
Time Zone Information
Qld is GMT +10 hours
(Australian Eastern Standard Time AEST)
Queensland DOES NOT observe daylight saving.

Please Note: NSW is on Australian Daylight Saving Time (ADST) at this time of the year and will be one hour ahead of Queensland. This means that you need to factor this in when visiting attractions and towns in Northern NSW such as Tweed Heads, Kingscliff, Byron Bay, Murwillumbah etc. ADST starts 1st Sunday in October and runs to 1st Sunday in April each year.

Typical Weather

Warm to hot humid days and balmy nights.

Humidity is high.

Rain falls mostly as tropical storms that build during the day and give spectacular lightning shows late afternoon and early evening.

Public and School Holidays in December

School Holidays
These dates are a rough guide to holidays in both NSW and Qld which have most influence on holidaying in the Gold Coast.

School Summer Break until late January

2019 - 14 December 2019 to 27 January 2020

2020 - 12 December 2020 to 26 January 2021

Public Holidays

2019 Christmas Day - Wednesday 25 December 2019
2019 Boxing Day - Thursday 26 December 2019

2020 Christmas Day - Friday 25 December 2020
2020 Boxing Day - Saturday 26 December 2020
Boxing Day Holiday In Lieu - Monday 28 December 2020

What's On In The Gold Coast In December?

More events and dates for December events on Gold Coast.

Tips for Travelers to Gold Coast in December

For Australian Visitors

Early December is often really quiet, particularly the theme parks. The locals are still at school or shopping for Christmas!

This changes as soon as the Qld State schools break up for summer holidays. Then everywhere gets busy, so book accommodation early especially for Christmas.

Air-conditioned accommodation is highly recommended.

For Visitors from Overseas

If you want a totally different experience then Christmas in the height of Australian summer is definitely something quite unique - I would venture to say the best christmas vacation ever!

The funniest thing is, that even though it is extremely hot and humid, you still see Australians wanting the full roast turkey lunch. We cannot help being traditional to our northern hemisphere roots!

But there are also many more that opt to throw another ’shrimp on the barbie’! Christmas day on the beach, now that is something to brag about to your northen hemisphere friends!

You must book ahead at this time of year. Air-conditioning for both rental cars and accommodation is essential.

If you want to be pampered during this period the top hotels are the best pick to make this the best Christmas vacation.

Things to do in Gold Coast in December

Evening Entertainment

Your Questions About Gold Coast in December?

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