If you’re an Aussie local you’ll already have a wardrobe full of denim shorts, singlets, and swimmers and a home with a recently installed air-conditioner, but for those of you that aren’t accustomed to this, at times, unbearable weather, then you could do with a few tips. Summer in Australia is a picture of pure perfection and the chance to experience it is something not to pass up. Just be warned, if you plan to travel up north be prepared for some next level heat!
Here are 11 easy and awesome ways to beat the heat this summer and embrace the beautiful weather Australia has been dealt.
5. Sweat it out with a hike
There are a number of great hiking trails located around the country that will help you sweat it out like a boss. Depending on your hiking/tramping level you can embark on these on your own or with a guided tour.
For Queenslanders dwelling on the Sunshine Coast, the Mount Coolum summit track is always a popular option with a great reward once you reach the top. Another popular climb in southeast Queensland is the Mount Warning climb near the Gold Coast. This is a popular hike at sunrise, however you can embark on a guided climb with an overnight stay to make the most of your journey up the mountain.
Heading south to Tasmania, hikers will be in heaven with the amount of tracks just waiting to be conquered. These include the Dove Lake Circuit and Overland Track at Cradle Mountain, and the Freycinet National Park hike to Wineglass Bay. If you’re looking for the expert leadership of a local guide, you can embark on a 4-day journey through the Bay of Fires staying at lodges along the way.
4. Drink the heat away in a cellar door
What better way to beat the heat then by staying indoors? Thankfully Australia is home to a number of world-class wine regions housing various different cellar doors. Bunker yourself down for the day in one of the cellar doors and drink away the unsettling heat. If the beauty of the vineyards lure you away don’t worry, you’ll hopefully never be too far away from a nice cold glass of Sauvignon Blanc or Reisling.
You can visit the wineries and their cellar doors on your own or you can take a guided tour to a single or multiple wineries and taste some of their best wines without having to worry about limiting yourself.
3. Explore a luscious tropical rainforest
A trip to the rainforest is a great way to escape the heat. The luscious, moist forest is a refreshing relief from the unbearable heat outside. Cape Tribulation and the Daintree Rainforest in Far North Queensland are two viable options for visitors to the country. The best thing is, is that there are a number of awesome activities to take part in and enjoy in the rainforests that make basic self-guided hikes seem boring.
A popular choice for visitors is Jungle Surfing in Cape Trib. Linked up to a flying fox system that weaves its way around the rainforest, you’ll be able to take in the beautiful views of the forest, try and spot some local wildlife and simply enjoy the ride.
2. Go full Crocodile Dundee in the Aussie Outback
The Red Centre is a whole new level of summer, so be prepared for sweltering days, rising temperatures and almost no relief from the heat. There’s no beating the heat, you just have to embrace it. Don the khakis and akubra and head out to the Australian outback to admire the country at its beast. With the sun shining high in the sky and the red dirt sweeping around town, international visitors will be beside themselves at the amount of natural beauty the outback possesses.
There are so many things to see and do in the outback, especially in the Northern Territory. Home to the biggest population of saltwater crocodiles and one of the country’s most recognisable landmarks, you can spend your time cruising along rivers spotting wild crocs or trekking around Ayers Rock learning about the area’s rich history and culture.
One of the major standout activities in the Red Centre is a camel ride. Taking the hassle out of walking around the outback yourself, you can climb onto a camel and casually stroll around the base of Uluru at sunrise or sunset, or morning or afternoon.
1. Try and find Nemo on the Great Barrier Reef
The Aussie summer heat can only be beat by jumping into the crystal clear waters of the Great Barrier Reef. Be it with a day trip from the mainland, an island hopping pass or an overnight cruise, there are numerous ways to experience the beauty and refreshing nature of the Great Barrier Reef.
With tours departing from as far south as the Gold Coast to as far north as Port Douglas, no matter where on the Australian east coast you’re located you’ll be able to experience a taste of the reef for yourself.
The Whitsundays is my old stomping ground and a great place to explore some of the reef’s most breathtaking and stunning islands. Home to the popular, commercialised hot spots Hamilton Island and Daydream Island as well as one of the most recognisable beaches in the world; Whitehaven Beach on Whitsunday Island.
Heading further north, Cairns and Port Douglas are popular launching points for tourists looking to head to the outer reef, surrounding islands and off shore bommies. There are a number of different operators running day trips and overnight cruises from the mainland on a daily basis, giving you more than enough choice when deciding where to go and who to go with.
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