Summer. It began in December, and very soon – on Feb 29 to be exact, ‘pow!’ it’s gone until next year. Bad news? Perhaps not for some, especially considering the tragic bushfires we’ve endured, but the good news – for those of us lucky enough not to have been directly affected – is that the best of the season isn’t over just yet, so get out, catch the last full rays of summer sunshine, and make the most of it!


The beach. It’s still there.

This is still a time of year that people can gravitate to the water. And with less really high temps in many parts of Australia, you can get into a broad array of water based activities without being burnt to a crisp. Try your hand at stand up paddle boarding if you’re feeling adventurous, or catch up on that summer novel you didn’t quite get to with sand squished between your toes.



While the temperature is high, hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.

One of the blessings of the last days of summer is the opportunity to catch up with friends and family in bright, beautiful conditions over an indulgent drink or two. Whether it’s cocktails, mocktails or a fresh smoothie at a juice-bar – the world is your oyster. Not to mention the outstanding café meet-ups, picnics, bbqs and sunset gatherings you can still tee up.


Add some miles to that road trip.

Every state in Australia has must-see locations. From iconic landmarks, to natural beauty, right through to events that bring the buzz. As our country recovers from bushfires, you can do your bit by taking your empty esky, filling it with local produce, spending in regional locations and doing a ‘Road Trip For Good’. Need accommodation? See what’s available at First National here. By choosing to stay in these communities and making purchases, you’ll be supporting countless individuals doing it tough.



Be a good sport.

This is the time of year when golf courses and tennis courts are in outstanding condition. Not to mention cycle paths, running tracks, ovals for kick-to-kick and more. Even if you’re not the super-active type, you can still take to the sidelines, and cheer on local teams as well as international greats at major events. So check out the calendar in your capital city and check out what’s on.


Use your summer days to get your ‘life-min’ in order.

Life-min is meaningful personal admin. The stuff that when done, makes life bearable again. Making the most of your precious days of holiday or sunny weekends to do those last-minute DIY items, or to prepare for the year of work or study ahead, as well as sorting out your new year clutter can be good for the soul. Trust us on this one!


Eat better food. Yes! Summer does it better.

There’s something to be said for fresh seasonal produce. And when it comes to the ripest, juiciest and most delicious, summer is both king and queen. From tropical and stone fruits, through to succulent tomatoes fresh from the vine – it’s an amazing time for budding chefs and foodies alike. In addition, the calmer seasonal conditions on the water often mean great seafood is all the more plentiful, which can make for excellent market prices.




Feel like catching those last grains of sand from your own summer hourglass? Don’t delay, the autumn leaves will be dropping before you know it. Take off and enjoy the long days and warm nights with those that matter most to you.

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