6 Tips for Traveling to Australia in the Summer

Australia, Australia/New Zealand/Pacific — By on December 20, 2010 at 6:00 am

By Brooke Schoenman
LG Tech & Gear Editor

If you’re located in the Northern Hemisphere and freezing your bum off at the moment, you’re probably going to hate what I have to share. The summer season has definitely come to the land down under, and to be honest, I find myself wanting to switch the fan on in the early morning hours because it is just plain hot.

No, I’m not trying to rub it in; I’m trying to entice you to the wonderful, massive island/continent of Australia! Now is exactly the time of year that tourists prefer to see this country, and if you are one of them, then you just might want to take note of the following tips:

1. Use sun protection

We all know how important it is to wear sunscreen when going out into the summer sun, but in Australia it is absolutely necessary. The perk of traveling here is that the skies are often filled with golden rays, but don’t let their pleasant warmth fool you: They are some of the strongest rays in the world. Be sure to have a hat, sunscreen, shades, and protective clothing on when you’re outside.

2. Book in advance

January and February are the hottest months of the year—and they also happen to be the busiest. If you’re traveling to the land down under in these months, I highly suggest you book your Australia accommodation—hostels, hotels, resorts—well in advance. Travelers who don’t plan ahead may miss out on cheaper rooms, or be forced to stay further outside of the city center. There aren’t just other travelers to think about—there are those on working holiday  and international students vying for a piece of the action.

3. Relax at the beach

Australia has miles and miles of beaches (It’s a massive island!), and they’re some of the best beaches in the world. You must spend some time enjoying the likes of Bondi Beach and Coogee Beach near Sydney, or Cable Beach over in Western Australia. My favorite, however, is the beach at Lake McKenzie on Fraser Island. Yes, we’re talking white sands and crystal-clear water in one of the world’s most unique places. Beaches are where it’s at in Australia!

4. Try surfing

Just one surf lesson up on the Gold Coast was all it took for me. Surfing is awesome, not to mention great exercise, and it is a true part of the Aussie culture. Plus, once you learn to surf, it is a free activity you can do even on less-than-perfect days. Just imagine riding the waves from the deep blue to the shores of the world famous Bondi Beach. Can’t wait to get back out there again…

5. Stay hydrated

Summer in Australia is hot! Even though you might find the idea of an icy cold beer refreshing on the hottest of days, do be sure to drink just as much water so that your body stays hydrated. It’s surprising just how much fluid we lose when taking part in water activities all day, so try to keep a bottle of water handy at all times. There’s nothing like a bit of sunstroke to ruin a holiday.

6. Be aware of the tropical wet season

The summer months in Australia bring the wet season to the tropical north. That means there is tons of humidity and the chance of cyclones hitting the shores in areas such as Cairns and Townsville. Of course, that doesn’t make it a no-go area; just be aware there is the chance of the weather being less than its best if you do. Sailing the Whitsundays is a popular activity in these parts. Oh, and be sure to pay attention to lifeguards and signage at the beaches as it becomes jellyfish season in the tropical summer months.

For more Australia travel tips, check out WhyGo Australia.

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