Hello Explore readers! I can’t believe that it’s December already, I don’t know about you guys, but for me this year has just flown by. I’m also pretty excited, because it means that the warm weather is settling in. Summer in Australia is probably my favourite time of year. Here are some reasons why…
Peaches, nectarines, cherries and especially mangoes! There is no shortage of colourful and delicious fruit in season during the summer. Do yourself a favour and make a huge bowl of refreshing fruit salad – definitely one of the yummiest food options available for the season.
Summertime means the end of exams and the beginning of university holidays – and what better way to reward yourself for a trimester of long hard work than enjoying the Australian summer sun. Summer is the perfect time to catch up with friends, or relax by the pool with an excellent book. Or, if you’re feeling productive over the break, why not check to see if your program offers Trimester 3 courses.
One of the best things about summer is the extra hours of sunlight on offer everyday – often the sunset isn’t until after 7pm, which means you can fit heaps into your day – why not meet up with friends and go for a picnic in the park? Of course, summer is also the perfect time to head to one of the many beautiful beaches; you can soak up some vitamin D with a stroll along the sand and then take a swim in the flagged area of the ocean to cool off.
Brisbane really comes alive during the warmer months, and there are loads of fun and free activities and events to take advantage of in your spare time. You could browse the Collective Markets in Southbank before enjoying free live entertainment at one of the weekly ‘City Sounds‘ performances in the city or Southbank. If you’re feeling fit, you can take part in the weekly South Bank Parkrun on Saturday mornings. Or, if you’re looking to escape the heat, you could broaden your historical knowledge on the Brisbane Museum Highlights Tour, pop into the Art Gallery and Queensland Museum in the Cultural Precinct or do a spot of shopping in Queen Street Mall. Really, the possibilities are endless.
For many people in Australia, the lead up to summer is extra exciting because it means the countdown to Christmas can begin! In Australia, Christmas is generally a time to catch up with family and friends. Enjoying outdoor parties or barbecues are popular ways to celebrate, along with the exchange of a gift or two. Plus, because the weather is so warm, Christmas Day often includes a friendly game of backyard cricket, a swim in the pool or a trip to the beach.
Whatever you choose to do over summer make sure you remember your hat and sunscreen (average Brisbane summer temperatures are around 30 degrees celsius), stay safe – especially in the water, and most importantly have fun!