All cities in Australia will offer you tourist friendly brochures upon arrival. However, if you might want to see how a true Aussie really experiences summer. No, it not spent cuddling koalas for a quick picture or wandering around the Sydney Opera House, it much better and you will have you throwing your guidebook off the ferry.
Head to The Snowy Mountains
Some people won’t believe it but Australia does it an average snowfall of 3 metres. You need to head south of Sydney to the Snowy Mountain to experience it. It worth a visit in summer as well, there beautiful lakes and hikes to as well as horse riding. You can stroll to the highest point of Australia or head up into the mountains on horseback.
If you’re looking for a casual walk, why not climb to the highest point of Australia? First you catch a ski lift up 1900m. For there it is just an easy 45 minutes stroll to the top, where you won’t even break a sweat. At the top you can see for miles at the top and makes for some beautiful pictures.
In the valleys of the Snowy Mountains, are many places where wild horses or otherwise known “brumbies” are cared for. During the colonisation of Australia, the brumbies were used to help settlers claim land. There are many opportunities to jump in the saddle and see these rare creatures.
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.
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 some gas grill safety or you may be jumping on that plane home a little bit earlier.
Head to The Park for A Movie
In summer there nothing like heading to open-air movies. All the cities around Australia offer it however it variety of the locations is what makes it special. In Melbourne you have the option of sitting back on the grass of the Royal Botanic Gardens or taking in the sunset whilst at the rooftop cinemas.
We recommend a BYO beanbag or picnic rug to get comfy. Drop by the local supermarket and pick up some movie snacks and a bottle of wine, otherwise you can also grab something for the food trucks surrounding it
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 Rodicck, 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.
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!
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
Brittnay Sharman is an Aussie who lived in London for the past two years before making the move to Dublin. Her adventures of travel and house sitting is captured The Travelling House Sitters.