Feeling Like A Local During An Australian Summer

Today’s Culture with Travel post is by Brittnay Sharman

Everyone thinks about sun, love and the beach when it comes to summer. But what can Australia offer you in the summer months? Grab a pen and make notes, because here are five best things to do during summer, Down Under!

Witness The Wildflowers

Wildflowers are abundant in Australia and it’s almost unbelievable that something so beautiful could grow from its own volition without any help from man. Witness the beauty of the wildflowers that are unique to this wonderful country.

Wildflowers on Rottnest Island Western Australia (Photo credits: Wikimedia.org)
Wildflowers on Rottnest Island Western Australia (Photo credits: Wikimedia.org)

Most of Australia’s best wildflowers are found in Western Australia; which is what’s so remarkable about these little guys. Despite Western Australia being notorious for some of the harshest weather and climate in the whole of Australia, the wildflowers found in WA are strong enough to withstand the tough conditions – thus it perfectly displays the Aussie battler spirit.

While Australia’s wildflowers are the best during spring, they’re still going strong throughout summer. So quickly visit them before they disappear during the autumn and winter months!

Watch the Aus Open with The Locals

January in Melbourne is all about the Australian Open. Everyone gets involved and you can’t do anything without hearing about it. Tickets for the main courts can get very pricy very quickly. Live like a local and grab a ground pass. This pass allows you to visit all the outdoors courts.

We’ve been early on during the tournament and watched the likes of Andy Roddick, Lleyton Hewitt & Roger Federer playing. Your next move should be towards the lawns. You will find some beautiful gardens with a big screen set up. As the days progresses you will get the Aussies getting into the spirit. Before you know you will be cheering along with some new best mates.

Have A Weekend Barbie on A Grassy Knoll with Some Locals

No matter time of the year or temperature locals always flock to Bondi Beach. The locals complain it full riffraff and overpriced coffees but it doesn’t stop them heading down.

There are only a few remaining spots too set up a true Aussie BBQ. If you head down the northern end of the beach there is a grassy knoll, where you can fire up a coin operated gas barbecues.

You will find a huge congregation of locals here every Saturday and Sunday and well pretty most other sunsets to eat, drink and mingle. It’s a good chance to integrate yourself with a cheery local and get some insider knowledge. It might find that it does get turn into a pretty heavy drinking session. Taking this into account makes sure you always have your wits about when lighting up a gas barbeque in the park. Follow gas smoker safety or you may be jumping on that plane home a little bit earlier.

Go Cliffside for A Few Kms

The coastal track from Coogee to Bondi is a picturesque pleasure. Not only will it the 6km track help you burn off the excessive beers, lattes & seafood it is packed with so much to do. There are plenty of rock pools, hidden beaches, parks & picnic stops to stop. Most of the walk is cliffside pathways. Finish off our walk with a true Aussie lunch, fish and chips on the beach, just don’t forget the tomato sauce!

The Bondi To Coogee Walk (Photo credits: www.flickr.com/photos/karlnorling/12041207675)
The Bondi To Coogee Walk (Photo credits: www.flickr.com/photos/karlnorling/12041207675)

Grab a Beer and Head for Barefoot Bowls.

You may have heard that Australians love their sport. This one isn’t physically demanding it more of a get together for a laugh and a beer. Bowls clubs were originally just reserved for the senior citizens however in recent years barefoot bowls has become the summer activity of choice.

You will find that most bowls clubs will have designated times that you and some friends just drop by for some barefoot bowls. You just slip off your shoes, grab a drink (at prices from the 1970s) and try to not let the alcohol affect your game.

Australia is a playground for those you love the great outdoors, from the beaches, to the rainforest to having a picnic cliffside along the Coogee trail. Ditch the tour bus and find out what us locals get up to. It is best way to really get amongst an Aussie Summer.

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