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The 9 Best Things About An Australian Summer

by Melinda Jennings on Thursday 5 December 2019

 

What’s your best Aussie summer memory growing up? Cooling off under the sprinklers in the backyard, racing to eat an icy pole before it melts, or getting scorched by a car seatbelt that’s been left to bake in the sun?

Australian summers are special. With the days getting warmer and longer, there are plenty of things to get excited about.

1. Heading Down to Some of the Best Beaches in the World

It’s an undisputable, scientific fact: Australia has the best beaches. White sand and clear blue waters await throughout summer, just make sure that you slip, slop, slap and slide (and watch out for jellyfish).

Whether you’re relaxing on the sand, playing a game of beach cricket, or tackling the waves, there’s endless free entertainment to enjoy.

2. Aussies Know How to Do BBQ 

Australians might not be well-known for our culinary prowess, but there’s few delicacies better than a snag charred to within an inch of its life and smothered in tomato sauce. There’s always a sense of pride being stationed at the Barbie, tongs in hand and cooking up a feast.

3. You Feel More Motivated to Sweat it Out

Neglected your fitness routine during the cold harsh winter? Don’t stress, we’ve all been there. Summer brings new opportunities to get out and get fit.

Not to mention, there are plenty of great mental health benefits to exercising, plus more daylight hours to suit both morning and after-work routines. All in all, it’s a great time to revisit your fitness goals. Virgin Active has great deals and plenty of (air conditioned) locations all around Australia – find out more about our memberships now.

4. Did Someone Say Road Trip?

Aussies love a road trip, and why not? We’ve got such a diverse and widespread country to explore. Summer is a great time to hit the road and go on an adventure, whether it’s just to head a few hours down the road for a daytrip, or to take a longer drive to see as much of our golden soil (and wealth for toil) as possible.

5. School’s Out (For Summer)

While the northern hemisphere has their time off in the middle of the year, Australia’s summer holidays coincide with exciting events like Christmas and the New Year. Schools and universities break for the summer, giving students plenty of time to get out, enjoy the sun, and maybe do some holiday shopping for gifts.

6. There are Beautiful Hiking Trails to Explore

From the Larapinta Trail in Northern Territory, to the Bay of Fires Lodge Walk in Tasmania, Australia is full of incredible, world-famous tracks. With daylight hours to spare, summer is a great time to finally check out that hiking trail that’s been on your list forever. Just remember to stay hydrated and be sun smart!

7. It’s Easy to Be a Good Sport

The Australian summer is a smorgasbord for great sporting events. The cricket takes over the television, and the Australian Open heats up in January. There’s also plenty of surfing, basketball, soccer, golf, and more for fans to get behind.

8. There’s Plenty of Opportunities to Get the Picnic Rug Out

No matter where you live around the country, chances are there’s a park, beach, or at least strip of grass nearby where you can set up a picnic. Pack all your Aussie favourites – think Vegemite sandwiches, lamingtons, and some fresh summer fruit – and soak up the beautiful weather!

9. You Can Make your Summer In-tents

Camping is another favourite Aussie summer pastime. Not only is it an affordable holiday option, it’s also a great way to see the country. Not to mention, struggling to set up a tent is always a great bonding experience with your friends or family.

Looking to shake off winter and get fit and active before summer hits? Explore Virgin Active’s many clubs and classes now.

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