Whether you believe in climate change or not, there’s one thing we can all agree on: summer in Brisbane can be a tad on the sultry side.
So how do you stay chill when temperatures turn stratospheric? Easy. Here are 5 ways to get your “cool” on in Brisbane this summer.
Gelato Appreciation Classes
According to the fabulous Italians, eating ice cream is actually an art form – one that has the delightful bonus of bringing your body temperature way, way down.
So, here’s the scoop: the team at Gelato Messina in South Brisbane offer a regular Gelato Appreciation Class. Find out how their house-made, all-natural ice cream is made; have a crack at creating your own classic flavour, and dig into a delicious gelato degustation. Monthly classes start again in 2019 from February.
Iceworld Olympic Ice Rinks
If a couple of cubes in your drink just don’t cut it, how about a football field-sized block of ice?
Slip on your skivvy, lace up those skates and hit the indoor ice-skating rinks at Iceworld in Boondall and Acacia Ridge. For 3 decades, Iceworld has been bringing a touch of brrrrrrr to sub-tropical Brissy.
And if you take to skating like a duck (or penguin?) to water, Iceworld is home base to four skate schools and a variety of sports clubs, including synchronized skating, ice hockey and curling.
Make a Splash
Most of us love the beach in summer – but if you’d rather swerve the sunscreen-slicked crowds and loathe finding sand in places you never knew you had, there are alternatives.
Chuck the towel in the car and head for Cedar Creek & Rock Pools at Samford. Just 10 minutes’ drive from the village, turn left onto Cedar Creek Road and follow the bitumen through gentle countryside to Andy Williams Park. Find a shady picnic table and mosey on down to the creek for a splashing good time. Further along the road, you’ll discover rock pools and waterfalls – cool and quiet havens wrapped in natural bushland. Best visited after summer rain.
A little closer to the city, you’ll find Enoggera Reservoir at The Gap. Brisbane’s oldest dam adjoins Brisbane Forest Park – and boasts its own swimming zone and paddle craft launch point. For purists, a sandy beach is supplied – or you can stretch out on the grassy bank and watch the kayakers slip by.
Chill at a Pool Bar
Throw on a floaty summer dress – or collared shirt and shorts – and join the cool kids lazing by the pool at Soleil in South Brisbane.
This stylish bar at Rydges South Bank overlooks Grey Street and is the perfect setting for sipping a bespoke cocktail or two. Peckish types can tuck into a poolside Garden Tea of delicious share plates, washed down with a refreshing Pimm’s. Very civilized.
Best of all, Soleil kicks on after that pesky summer sun turns off – with DJs pumping out the tunes until the early hours.
Moreton Bay is that big, blue, breezy playground on Brissy’s doorstep – and a perfect escape from summer’s sizzle.
Why not get a group of friends together and set sail with Moreton Bay Holidays Afloat? Hire a custom sailing or motor-powered catamaran for a magical, multi-day holiday at sea. Skipper it yourself (aye, aye Captain) or enlist an experienced yachtie to chauffeur you around the briny deep.
Imagine living in your boardies or bathing suit; dropping anchor for a casual snorkel or swim off one of the bay islands; and kicking back on the deck with a cocktail as the summer sun melts into the horizon. One word: cool.
Written by Carole Horne