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8 Things I love about Summer in Australia

November 26, 2018

Living in Sunny Queensland, Summer in Australia is a time for the outdoors, long lazy days, bbq’s and the beach!  It is holiday time where we celebrate Christmas and the New Year and the school holidays last for six weeks!!

I wanted to share with you some of the things I love about Summer in Australia

Christmas & New Year

My 25 day Countdown to a Happy Christmas

The Festive Season to me is the start of Summer, even though we officially start Summer on the 1st December.  Leading up to Christmas life is full of decorating, preparation and a social whirl. To our Northern Hemisphere friends it seems incongruous to celebrate with a ‘traditional’ hot lunch of turkey and ham with all the trimmings.  These days, a seafood platter of prawns, oysters, crab, smoked salmon and of course a glass of bubbly is more the order of the day.

This year I am also making sure that I enjoy the lead up to the Festive Season and Christmas with My 25 Day Countdown to a Happy Christmas.  I’ll be using my Advent Calendar to bring me ideas each day to find happiness and well-being.  I’d love you to participate with me so you can read more about it HERE.


Summer in Australia Mangoes

Mangoes are the colour of Summer.  Summer is mango season in Australia and once the first box is auctioned for charity we know Summer is well and truly underway and the holiday season is upon us.  What would summer in Australia be without eating ‘messy’ mangoes, with juice running down your face?

Long Walks along the Beach

Summer in Australia

Like thousands of Aussies, I love escaping to the beach for Summer.  We have an apartment the Gold Coast and I love the fact that within five minutes of arriving, we are in holiday mode.  The smell of salt in the air, seagulls, the sound waves rolling onto the beach = perfection!


Summer in australia

<span”>Whilst Jacarandas tell me Spring is here, the Frangipini in all it’s variations announce the arrival of Summer!  Just looking at a Frangipani tree in full-bloom and smelling the heady perfume, immediately transports me to a South Pacific Island.

Long Lazy Days

Summer in Australia

The Summer solstice brings the longest day of the year.  Summer in Australia is one of long, lazy days, soaking up the sun’s rays (with sunscreen of course!) and finally experiencing some relaxation, restoration and recuperation after a busy working year.

Afternoon Storms

Summer in Australia

After a hot, humid and steamy day, we usually see a storm rolling in late in the afternoon to bring relief.  Of course, sometimes they can be troublesome with damaging winds and hail but a ‘southerly change’ is always welcoming.

Holiday Reading

Summer in Australia

The Summer holidays are my favourite time to just read, read and read more.  I save up books I’ve been wanting to read throughout the year but haven’t been able to fit in and just lose myself in a book each afternoon.


I’ve actually just finished the perfect holiday reading book by my friend and Aussie author, Joanne Tracey.  It is called ‘Happy Ever After’ and I give it a 5 star rating.  I couldn’t put it down but I also didn’t want the story to end and I never expected the twist midway through the book.

Summer Sport

Aussies love their sport and after a hectic Christmas day can be found ‘recovering’ and watching their favourite sport. Boxing Day is the start of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race as well as the first day of the Cricket Test.

Summer in Australia

The start of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race as hundreds of yachts sail out of Sydney Harbour is amazing and the foreshores of Sydney are packed to capacity as people watch this historic race begin.

Summer in Australia

Boxing Day = Cricket.  The Boxing Day Test is an Aussie tradition and is always held in Melbourne at the Melbourne Cricket Ground – the famous MCG.

So these are some of the things I love about Summer in Australia.  What are your favourite things in Summer?

8 things I love about summer in Australia

Let’s Keep Sizzling!


This post was originally written in December, 2016 but I’ve updated and Summer in Australia is always worth sharing again. x

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  • Reply Leanne December 19, 2016 at 12:46

    It’s funny how things are the same but different on our opposite coasts Sue. We don’t get tropical enough down here to get frangipanis in any quantity and mangoes are never all that flash. Not many afternoon storms either, but the beach is still amazing, and the lovely dry heat – and HOLIDAYS!!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 21, 2016 at 05:01

      I actually thought our weather was similar – not the tropics but the afternoon storms. I do know that WA beaches are spectacular and would love to see them one day plus a visit to my blogging friend would be perfect. Merry Christmas to you and your family, Leanne and enjoy Sophia at this special time. Have a fabulous New Year and I’m sure your blog will just keep getting better and brighter! xx

  • Reply Deborah December 22, 2016 at 06:37

    I’m not a huge summer fan as I hate the heat. I can’t remember it being so hot when I was young, but now am relieved I’ve got air conditioning (or sea breezes on occasions).

    I don’t mind the afternoon storms or rain however, as long as they aren’t destructive and we’re not caught out in them!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 22, 2016 at 17:28

      My husband has lived in Queensland for 60 years and still never gets used to the heat. I’m from Sydney originally but have been here almost 30 years. We are saved by airconditioning and yes sea breezes bring relief. Have a wonderful Christmas and fabulous New Year.

  • Reply Kathy Marris December 22, 2016 at 06:57

    Sue you have really captured the quintessential Aussie Summer in this post. I love all of these things about Summer as well, particuarly mangoes!I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year. 🙂 #teamlovinlife

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 22, 2016 at 17:26

      Thank you Kathy! It has been great connecting with you and who knows perhaps we can catch up for a coffee in 2017! Have a wonderful Christmas and an even better New Year!

  • Reply Amy @ HandbagMafia December 22, 2016 at 07:14

    There sure is a lot to love about an Aussie summer. For me, I love the relaxed feel and beach days as well as the spectacular sunsets.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 22, 2016 at 17:26

      Yes the sunsets are glorious and we are very lucky to live in Australia with all of its natural beauty. Thanks for stopping by Amy and have a wonderful Christmas and a fabulous New Year!

  • Reply Vanessa December 22, 2016 at 08:05

    Mangoes and storms are pretty good things! I always miss the QLD storms when I’ve lived elsewhere, even if usually I’m commuting home THROUGH the storm haha.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 22, 2016 at 17:25

      Yes Vanessa, I’ve been caught in a couple of hail storms on the way home but normally my favourite is being inside watching the storm approach. Have a lovely Christmas and a wonderful New Year!

  • Reply Sydney Shop Girl December 22, 2016 at 08:50

    That’s pretty much my list of favourites too. I also love lounging around for the day with wet hair after an early morning outdoor swim!

    SSG xxx

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 22, 2016 at 17:24

      Oh I love your idea – that really is Summer – a morning swim and then relaxing for the rest of the day xx

  • Reply Min@WriteoftheMiddle December 22, 2016 at 09:21

    Love your list of favourite things about an Aussie summer! Love them all too – except maybe the cricket. Just not a fan – I find it so boring. I understand that most Aussies love it though. I do find summer in Brisbane hard sometimes – SO HUMID – but with my pool and aircon – I can cope ok! Merry Christmas Sue and best wishes for a fabulous 2017! xo #TeamLovinLife

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 22, 2016 at 17:23

      Thanks Min! I don’t think the cricket is too popular with many females it mainly is for the hubbies while we lose ourself in a book or a bubble bath! I know what you mean about HUMID, Brisbane has been quite warm over the last week. Where would we be without the pool and airconditioning! Best wishes to you for a wonderful Christmas and New Year! xx

  • Reply Anne December 22, 2016 at 13:41

    Love everything on your list! I was hoping a storm was going to hit Perth yesterday but it missed us! Love it when it rains after a really hot day.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 22, 2016 at 17:22

      Thanks Anne! It does get pretty hot in Perth doesn’t it. I love the smell of the rain after a hot day and the steam from the water falling on the hot road. Have a beautiful Christmas.

  • Reply Lyndall @ SeizeThe Day Project December 22, 2016 at 14:51

    Personally, mangoes, frangipanis, long lazy days and beach walks are my favourite parts of summer too. I”m not a cricket fan – it bores me silly, but my hubby watches it sometimes while I read a book – yay! #TeamLovinLife

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 22, 2016 at 17:21

      I think my ideas are shared by many Aussies Lyndall. I can only take the highlights of the cricket test – 5 days is way too long for me. You have it organised well – cricket for hubby and a book for you!

  • Reply Denyse Whelan Blogs December 22, 2016 at 18:57

    What a lovely and refreshing read about Summer. We live closer to the coast now in NSW and do not miss the extra heat Sydney’s west gets. However, we still need our air con and wouldn’t be without it. Love your photo gallery too, such an Aussie feel! I hope you have a wonderful Summer. Catch you when you link up on Mondays and on IG I am sure. Thanks for being a supporter of my blog too! Denyse x

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 28, 2016 at 10:10

      Thanks so much Denyse and there is nothing like an ocean breeze on a hot summer’s day is there? Enjoy your summer and I look forward to more IG challenges from you xx

  • Reply budget jan December 22, 2016 at 19:40

    Hi! Your post and mine have some joint loves. Mangoes mean Christmas as far as I’m concerned. Love your photos.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 28, 2016 at 10:09

      You are so right Jan – mangoes do mean Christmas don’t they? Have a great New Year and a fabulous 2017. x

  • Reply Kat December 23, 2016 at 11:44

    Hahaha, so my post is pretty much your post, except switch it to “Things I miss about summer in Australia”. OK, they’re not quite the same. I’m going on about Christmas in Sydney and how cold Christmases are just not as good.
    But your blog made me feel even more homesick for summer sun and lazing around. Thank you! #TeamLovinLife

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 28, 2016 at 10:08

      Oh Kat I can imagine at the moment in the US you would be yearning for some hot Aussie weather! Happy New Year and have a fabulous 2017. x

  • Reply Janet aka Middle Aged Mama December 23, 2016 at 14:00

    I love a good storm, mangoes, long lazy days and holiday reading, frangipannis – when Miss 20 was little she called them “french pennies”! Actually I love everything here EXCEPT the sport part!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 28, 2016 at 10:07

      Oh how cute ‘french pennies’ I love that Janet! Enjoy the Summer and have a fabulous 2017!

  • Reply Janet Mary Cobb November 26, 2018 at 09:06

    Sue – love to read about your beautiful warm summers as we head into the cold dark winter. Kind of reminds me of the yin-yang symbol of balance and harmony. Being raised in California near San Francisco, we rarely got too cold or too hot – but now living in the midwest I appreciate the extremes of the seasons and knowing that if something doesn’t sit right with me now, I just need to wait a month or two. I’m going to check out your Advent plans too!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 26, 2018 at 16:46

      Yes it gets pretty warm here Janet! I suppose when I talk of Christmas and Summer the two don’t compute for you as you celebrate Christmas during Winter. I do enjoy visiting countries during winter to experience cooler climates but I’m sure the novelty would wear off if I had to spend too long with short days and cleaning pathways through the snow. xx

  • Reply Natalie November 26, 2018 at 09:45

    Hi Sue – So interesting to read what you love about summer in Australia. We have a few things that are similar in summer here, except our Christmas is in winter, frangipannis are not common (we have hibiscus and other flowers), and baseball is a huge summer sport. I love the easy living, outdoor concerts, bbqs, ice cream, abundance of fruits, boat races… in the summer. Enjoy the season and remember to take breaks from your MIL home decluttering tasks! #lifethisweek

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 26, 2018 at 16:50

      Hi Natalie I always feel an affinity with Canadians and yes we do share many things in common just at the opposite times of the year! We are making progess on the decluttering but yes I will be taking a break each week to spend time with my daughter and grandsons. xx

  • Reply Vanessa November 26, 2018 at 10:19

    Oooh mangoes and afternoon storms (unless I’m driving home through them) are the best 🙂

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 26, 2018 at 16:50

      They are the best, Vanessa and really are Summer to me. Have a great week! xx

  • Reply Donna November 26, 2018 at 13:30

    Hi, Sue – I must admit that this post made me a bit jealous about your summer weather. Here is our weather forecast for today. Nope = I have not embellished or exaggerated in any way! 🙁

    “An intense front will approach the south coast tonight bringing strong winds and heavy rain. Rain will spread throughout the south coast by this evening and become heavy overnight. Heavy rain is forecast to continue for most of Monday with total amounts near 80 mm by Tuesday morning. Localized flooding in low-lying areas is possible. Winds up to 80 km/h expected tonight. An intense front will approach the south coast tonight bringing strong winds and heavy rain. Winds are forecast to strengthen through the day today and reach up to 80 km/h over exposed coastal areas tonight. Winds will ease Monday morning off the west coast of Vancouver Island and by Wednesday afternoon for the inner south coast. Damage to buildings, such as to roof shingles and windows, may occur. Gusty winds can damage soft shelters, tents and awnings at outdoor events. High winds may toss loose objects or cause tree branches to break. ”

    Good think your post and photos made me feel warm and cozy!! Enjoy!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 26, 2018 at 16:54

      Oh my goodness, Donna! Please take care. I wish I was like Samantha in Bewitched or Jeannie in I Dream of Jeannie. I could wiggle my nose or fold my arms and nod my head and suddenly you would appear here in Brisbane to beautiful warm weather. I hope the storms don’t cause too much damage. I’m sending you a big hug xx

  • Reply Sanch @ Sanch Writes November 26, 2018 at 15:04

    Beach, reading, mangoes and cricket are things I love too about summer! And beer. All the beer! 😀 Must confess, I’m not a fan of Xmas but I do love the public holidays!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 26, 2018 at 16:54

      There is nothing like Summer in Oz is there Sanch?

  • Reply Debbie November 26, 2018 at 16:06

    I love your list Sue and many of these things are on my list too, I really enjoyed your post! I adore frangipanis and reading a good book on a summer’s day! I’ve just finished Jo’s book Happy Ever After too and loved it. I pinned your post to my group board on Pinterest. #Lifethisweek

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 26, 2018 at 16:56

      Hi Deb, I’m sure many Aussies would have the same list as I did. I loved Jo’s book but was expecting the twist. You will know what I mean as I don’t want to give the storyline away but it was a bit of a shock . It also reminded me of our visits to NZ and makes me want to return, especially after reading your post about putting NZ on our bucket lists. 🙂

  • Reply Leanne | November 26, 2018 at 17:01

    Hi Sue – I love how you’ve re-vamped this post and added in a few extra little things. Great that you loved Jo’s book and I’m dying to see what December is going to hold with your Advent posts 🙂

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 27, 2018 at 16:35

      Hi Leanne, yes I saw Denyse’s prompt and thought why not? Jo’s book is great so I would recommend it to you. Yes December and my project should be interesting and hopefully some fun. xx

  • Reply Sydney Shop Girl November 26, 2018 at 17:57

    So much yes in this post, Sue. Even the summer storms. The way they cut through Sydney’s sticky summer days is amazing!

    SSG xxx

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 27, 2018 at 16:38

      Yes SSG, when I grew up in Sydney we would have hot days and then the Southerly Buster (as we called it) would come through and cool everything down. x

  • Reply Gilda Baxter November 26, 2018 at 18:56

    I love the summer and particularly the long days we get here in England. Going out and sitting outdoors during the warm summer evenings with the sun still shining. I hate the darkness of winter, like now 4pm is already so dark 🙁

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 27, 2018 at 16:40

      Hi Gilda, I love that you have the long days and twilight in Summer in England. We don’t have that here in Brisbane but equally our winter days aren’t quite as short as yours. I have visited England during Christmas and I remember it was dark at 3pm!!! Stay warm xx

  • Reply Jennifer Jones November 26, 2018 at 19:24

    Love your list Sue.I’d add the Australian Open Tennis to the list. I also love being able to get outside very early in daylight

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 27, 2018 at 16:42

      Oh yes the Tennis I forgot that Jen. You also have daylight saving which we don’t have here in Qld and I wish we did. I grew up in Sydney so really missed Daylight Saving when I moved north. xx

  • Reply The Widow Badass November 26, 2018 at 22:18

    Sue, I’ll have to live vicariously through you on this one as we are heading towards the darkest and shortest day of the year, and finishing off a very dreary November. Nice to know that the sun is making an appearance somewhere!


    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 27, 2018 at 16:32

      Hi Deb, I’ll have to start posting more Summer shots on Instagram and Facebook 🙂

  • Reply Joanne Tracey November 27, 2018 at 06:20

    Thanks so much for your shout-out. I’m thrilled you loved the book. I’m off now to read about your advent calandar with a difference…

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 27, 2018 at 16:32

      Hi Jo, no problem, I love your writing and thoroughly enjoyed the book. I just read it too fast!!!

  • Reply Denyse Whelan November 29, 2018 at 13:31

    It was great to meander along this post again Sue with so many familiar events and happenings in my world of Summer. Thank you for linking up for #lifethisweek. Next week’s optional prompt is Taking Stock. Denyse.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 29, 2018 at 15:19

      Summer in Australia is a great time of year isn’t it Denyse and I was happy to republish this post for your link up. x

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