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8 Things I love about Summer in Australia

December 19, 2016
Summer in Australia

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

8 things I love about summer in Australia

Christmas & New Year

Summer in Australia

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.

Mangoes

Summer in Australia Mangoes

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

Summer in Australia

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!

Frangipanis

Summer in australia

 

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

Summer in Australia

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.

Afternoon Storms

Summer in Australia

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.

Holiday Reading

Summer in Australia

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.

Summer Sport

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.

Summer in Australia

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.

Summer in Australia

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?

 

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26 Comments

  • Reply Leanne December 19, 2016 at 12:46

    It’s funny how things are the same but different on our opposite coasts Sue. We don’t get tropical enough down here to get frangipanis in any quantity and mangoes are never all that flash. Not many afternoon storms either, but the beach is still amazing, and the lovely dry heat – and HOLIDAYS!!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 21, 2016 at 05:01

      I actually thought our weather was similar – not the tropics but the afternoon storms. I do know that WA beaches are spectacular and would love to see them one day plus a visit to my blogging friend would be perfect. Merry Christmas to you and your family, Leanne and enjoy Sophia at this special time. Have a fabulous New Year and I’m sure your blog will just keep getting better and brighter! xx

  • Reply Deborah December 22, 2016 at 06:37

    I’m not a huge summer fan as I hate the heat. I can’t remember it being so hot when I was young, but now am relieved I’ve got air conditioning (or sea breezes on occasions).

    I don’t mind the afternoon storms or rain however, as long as they aren’t destructive and we’re not caught out in them!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 22, 2016 at 17:28

      My husband has lived in Queensland for 60 years and still never gets used to the heat. I’m from Sydney originally but have been here almost 30 years. We are saved by airconditioning and yes sea breezes bring relief. Have a wonderful Christmas and fabulous New Year.

  • Reply Kathy Marris December 22, 2016 at 06:57

    Sue you have really captured the quintessential Aussie Summer in this post. I love all of these things about Summer as well, particuarly mangoes!I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year. 🙂 #teamlovinlife

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 22, 2016 at 17:26

      Thank you Kathy! It has been great connecting with you and who knows perhaps we can catch up for a coffee in 2017! Have a wonderful Christmas and an even better New Year!

  • Reply Amy @ HandbagMafia December 22, 2016 at 07:14

    There sure is a lot to love about an Aussie summer. For me, I love the relaxed feel and beach days as well as the spectacular sunsets.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 22, 2016 at 17:26

      Yes the sunsets are glorious and we are very lucky to live in Australia with all of its natural beauty. Thanks for stopping by Amy and have a wonderful Christmas and a fabulous New Year!

  • Reply Vanessa December 22, 2016 at 08:05

    Mangoes and storms are pretty good things! I always miss the QLD storms when I’ve lived elsewhere, even if usually I’m commuting home THROUGH the storm haha.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 22, 2016 at 17:25

      Yes Vanessa, I’ve been caught in a couple of hail storms on the way home but normally my favourite is being inside watching the storm approach. Have a lovely Christmas and a wonderful New Year!

  • Reply Sydney Shop Girl December 22, 2016 at 08:50

    That’s pretty much my list of favourites too. I also love lounging around for the day with wet hair after an early morning outdoor swim!

    SSG xxx

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 22, 2016 at 17:24

      Oh I love your idea – that really is Summer – a morning swim and then relaxing for the rest of the day xx

  • Reply Min@WriteoftheMiddle December 22, 2016 at 09:21

    Love your list of favourite things about an Aussie summer! Love them all too – except maybe the cricket. Just not a fan – I find it so boring. I understand that most Aussies love it though. I do find summer in Brisbane hard sometimes – SO HUMID – but with my pool and aircon – I can cope ok! Merry Christmas Sue and best wishes for a fabulous 2017! xo #TeamLovinLife

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 22, 2016 at 17:23

      Thanks Min! I don’t think the cricket is too popular with many females it mainly is for the hubbies while we lose ourself in a book or a bubble bath! I know what you mean about HUMID, Brisbane has been quite warm over the last week. Where would we be without the pool and airconditioning! Best wishes to you for a wonderful Christmas and New Year! xx

  • Reply Anne December 22, 2016 at 13:41

    Love everything on your list! I was hoping a storm was going to hit Perth yesterday but it missed us! Love it when it rains after a really hot day.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 22, 2016 at 17:22

      Thanks Anne! It does get pretty hot in Perth doesn’t it. I love the smell of the rain after a hot day and the steam from the water falling on the hot road. Have a beautiful Christmas.

  • Reply Lyndall @ SeizeThe Day Project December 22, 2016 at 14:51

    Personally, mangoes, frangipanis, long lazy days and beach walks are my favourite parts of summer too. I”m not a cricket fan – it bores me silly, but my hubby watches it sometimes while I read a book – yay! #TeamLovinLife

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 22, 2016 at 17:21

      I think my ideas are shared by many Aussies Lyndall. I can only take the highlights of the cricket test – 5 days is way too long for me. You have it organised well – cricket for hubby and a book for you!

  • Reply Denyse Whelan Blogs December 22, 2016 at 18:57

    What a lovely and refreshing read about Summer. We live closer to the coast now in NSW and do not miss the extra heat Sydney’s west gets. However, we still need our air con and wouldn’t be without it. Love your photo gallery too, such an Aussie feel! I hope you have a wonderful Summer. Catch you when you link up on Mondays and on IG I am sure. Thanks for being a supporter of my blog too! Denyse x

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 28, 2016 at 10:10

      Thanks so much Denyse and there is nothing like an ocean breeze on a hot summer’s day is there? Enjoy your summer and I look forward to more IG challenges from you xx

  • Reply budget jan December 22, 2016 at 19:40

    Hi! Your post and mine have some joint loves. Mangoes mean Christmas as far as I’m concerned. Love your photos.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 28, 2016 at 10:09

      You are so right Jan – mangoes do mean Christmas don’t they? Have a great New Year and a fabulous 2017. x

  • Reply Kat December 23, 2016 at 11:44

    Hahaha, so my post is pretty much your post, except switch it to “Things I miss about summer in Australia”. OK, they’re not quite the same. I’m going on about Christmas in Sydney and how cold Christmases are just not as good.
    But your blog made me feel even more homesick for summer sun and lazing around. Thank you! #TeamLovinLife

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 28, 2016 at 10:08

      Oh Kat I can imagine at the moment in the US you would be yearning for some hot Aussie weather! Happy New Year and have a fabulous 2017. x

  • Reply Janet aka Middle Aged Mama December 23, 2016 at 14:00

    I love a good storm, mangoes, long lazy days and holiday reading, frangipannis – when Miss 20 was little she called them “french pennies”! Actually I love everything here EXCEPT the sport part!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 28, 2016 at 10:07

      Oh how cute ‘french pennies’ I love that Janet! Enjoy the Summer and have a fabulous 2017!

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