Living in Sunny Queensland, Summer in Australia is a time for the outdoors, long lazy days, bbq’s and the beach! It is holiday time where we celebrate Christmas and the New Year and the school holidays last for six weeks!!
I wanted to share with you some of the things I love about Summer in Australia
Christmas & New Year
The Festive Season to me is the start of Summer, even though we officially start Summer on the 1st December. Leading up to Christmas life is full of decorating, preparation and a social whirl. To our Northern Hemisphere friends it seems incongruous to celebrate with a ‘traditional’ hot lunch of turkey and ham with all the trimmings. These days, a seafood platter of prawns, oysters, crab, smoked salmon and of course a glass of bubbly is more the order of the day.
This year I am also making sure that I enjoy the lead up to the Festive Season and Christmas with My 25 Day Countdown to a Happy Christmas. I’ll be using my Advent Calendar to bring me ideas each day to find happiness and well-being. I’d love you to participate with me so you can read more about it HERE.
Mangoes are the colour of Summer. Summer is mango season in Australia and once the first box is auctioned for charity we know Summer is well and truly underway and the holiday season is upon us. What would summer in Australia be without eating ‘messy’ mangoes, with juice running down your face?
Long Walks along the Beach
Like thousands of Aussies, I love escaping to the beach for Summer. We have an apartment the Gold Coast and I love the fact that within five minutes of arriving, we are in holiday mode. The smell of salt in the air, seagulls, the sound waves rolling onto the beach = perfection!
<span”>Whilst Jacarandas tell me Spring is here, the Frangipini in all it’s variations announce the arrival of Summer! Just looking at a Frangipani tree in full-bloom and smelling the heady perfume, immediately transports me to a South Pacific Island.
Long Lazy Days
The Summer solstice brings the longest day of the year. Summer in Australia is one of long, lazy days, soaking up the sun’s rays (with sunscreen of course!) and finally experiencing some relaxation, restoration and recuperation after a busy working year.
After a hot, humid and steamy day, we usually see a storm rolling in late in the afternoon to bring relief. Of course, sometimes they can be troublesome with damaging winds and hail but a ‘southerly change’ is always welcoming.
The Summer holidays are my favourite time to just read, read and read more. I save up books I’ve been wanting to read throughout the year but haven’t been able to fit in and just lose myself in a book each afternoon.
I’ve actually just finished the perfect holiday reading book by my friend and Aussie author, Joanne Tracey. It is called ‘Happy Ever After’ and I give it a 5 star rating. I couldn’t put it down but I also didn’t want the story to end and I never expected the twist midway through the book.
Aussies love their sport and after a hectic Christmas day can be found ‘recovering’ and watching their favourite sport. Boxing Day is the start of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race as well as the first day of the Cricket Test.
The start of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race as hundreds of yachts sail out of Sydney Harbour is amazing and the foreshores of Sydney are packed to capacity as people watch this historic race begin.
Boxing Day = Cricket. The Boxing Day Test is an Aussie tradition and is always held in Melbourne at the Melbourne Cricket Ground – the famous MCG.
So these are some of the things I love about Summer in Australia. What are your favourite things in Summer?
Let’s Keep Sizzling!
This post was originally written in December, 2016 but I’ve updated and Summer in Australia is always worth sharing again. x