With the end of summer just around the corner, it seems those sunny days and long nights might be running out. Luckily there’s still a bit of time to enjoy the sunshine. Here’s how to make the most of summer before it’s all over!
1. Go On A Road Trip Adventure
You might not have the time or the money to jet off to an exotic island destination before summer ends but you can still get away for a little bit by going on a road trip. Australia is blessed with diverse landscapes and beautiful scenery meaning that on a road trip the journey can be just as breathtaking as the destination. Driving means you can find secluded spots, secret beaches and stop in rural towns you might miss if you got on a plane. The best thing about a road trip is that it doesn’t require too much planning - just pack a bag, some camping supplies (if that’s your thing) and make sure you have your maps app handy.
2. Take A Summer Cruise
If a spontaneous road trip or camping holiday isn’t your thing, then your solution for a pain-free end-of-summer holiday might be a cruise. You can explore beautiful parts of Australia in the sunshine without having to worry about organising an itinerary, where to eat or activities to entertain yourself or the kids. All you need to do is pick the cruise that suit your needs. Whether you only have a few days free, you feel like doing some island-hopping or you want a focus on great food or wine, you can find cruises that will satisfy that travel itch.
3. Picnic In The Park
Make the most of the summer sunshine and the long days by finding a good spot, grabbing a basket of tasty food and having a picnic. There’s nothing more relaxing than enjoying some quality time with friends and family while lying on a picnic rug. A picnic is a perfect way to detach from technology and appreciate the outdoors before it’s too cold to eat outside. It’s also a great way to get some vitamin D.
4. Get Gardening
Use these remaining summer days to get your green thumb on. If you use your space creatively, you can make gardens in even the tiniest of apartments. Try a vertical garden, find a local community garden, make a veggie patch or buy a bunch of pot plants to decorate your home. You can plant some fruits and vegetables that could help you stay healthy all year long. Gardening gets you outside, it’s mild exercise and if you’re a gardening novice, it’s a chance to learn something new and expand your plant vocabulary.
5. Watch A Game Of Cricket
Nothing says summer in Australia like watching a game of cricket in the sun with some friends and a beer. While the Ashes may be over, for now, thanks to Test Cricket, the Big Bash League, and the Sheffield Shield there’s still plenty of time to enjoy a game. Grab a few friends and head to a game in your city or alternatively round up enough people for an epic game of backyard cricket. Just make sure you’ve got a BBQ and some beers on hand to keep your players refreshed.
6. Go To An Open-Air Cinema
With the Oscars just around the corner, a great way to take advantage of the remaining long summer nights is to watch a movie outdoors. Around the capital cities, there are a host of different venues where you can grab a bean bag and some popcorn and enjoy the latest Hollywood flick in a great setting. Some venues include Sydney's Centennial Park, Bondi beach, the Melbourne Royal Botanic Gardens, Adelaide's Botanic Park, Brisbane's New Farm Park and Perth's Kings Park.
7. Start An Outdoor Fitness Routine
One way to make the most of the amazing summer weather before it ends and to motivate yourself for the rest of the year is to exercise in the great outdoors. Varied exercise outside helps to work your body in different ways and being around nature helps to improve your overall mood. Exercising outside the confines of a gym also makes you be more creative in your approach to your workout.