Clear blue skies, pristine beaches, majestic surf—Australia is a summer paradise if there ever was one. It’s the perfect weather for outdoor activities with plenty of things to do in Australia’s sweeping natural landscapes.
However, if you’re not used to high temperatures and strong UV rays, hot summers can also be quite dangerous. So, before diving into your bucket list of extreme sports and places to visit in Australia, take the time to read our general tips in staying healthy, energetic, and fresh in the country during the summer months.
Drink Plenty Of Water
Drinking water is important any time of the year, but it’s especially crucial in the extreme heat of summer. Without enough water in the body, it’s easy to get exhausted, weak, and even prone to passing out.
Make sure you hydrate with at least two liters of water every day, possibly more if you’re indulging in physical activities. It’s easier to remember to drink water if you keep a glass of water close to you, sipping constantly throughout the day. Invest in a good quality insulated stainless steel water bottles, so you can keep your drink cool and refreshing as you travel Down Under.
Slip, Slop, Slap
“Slip, slop, slap” is a popular Australian sun protection campaign that reminds the public to “slip” on a shirt, “slop” on sunscreen, and “slap” on a hat. In later years, the slogan was extended to encourage people to “seek” shade and “slide” on some sunglasses.
It may be a couple of decades old, but the public advisory is as relevant as ever. Protecting the skin, head, and eyes is important, especially during the stiflingly hot summer.
Go Outdoors Early And Don’t Stay Too Long
Summers in Australia can be unforgivingly hot, but there are certain hours of the day when the temperature is slightly cooler and more pleasant. Schedule activities like hiking, swimming, and running in the morning, around 6:00 AM to 8:00 AM when the sun isn’t quite so high or brutal. During the hottest hours of the day from noon to about 5:00 PM, opt to stay inside in an air-conditioned or airy space.
If you’re doing a prolonged outdoor or physical activity, take plenty of short breaks to rest under a shade, drink water, and catch your breath. These brief stops will encourage the body to cool down a little and help the muscles recover.
Check Heatwave Forecasts Before Every Activity
Before stepping out of the door for a hike, swim, or road trip, take the time to check the temperature and heatwave forecast for the day. By doing so, you know what to expect and how to adjust your schedule, water intake, and physical exertion accordingly to stay safe and healthy.
Keep in mind that extreme heat can affect not just the body, but the car as well. When the temperature hits 45°C or higher, the tire is much more likely to blow out—it’s actually quite a common occurrence in the Australian bush.
Know The Symptoms Of Heat Exhaustion
Heat exhaustion is a result of physical exertion, high temperatures, and inadequate hydration. It’s not as severe as a heat stroke, but it’s still quite serious and should be treated as early as possible.
Symptoms of heat exhaustion include nausea, headache, muscle cramps, excessive sweating, fatigue, dizziness, lightheadedness, and a weak, rapid pulse. It’s also common for those suffering from the condition to have cool, moist skin with goosebumps when exposed to heat.
Eat Light, But Right
A good diet can do wonders in keeping travelers strong and fit in Australia’s extremely hot seasons. Go for light, frequent meals, which allows your body to remain active while giving you a boost in essential nutrients and minerals. Skip processed junk that will only make you feel lethargic. Instead, choose healthier fare such as salads, fruits, mixed nuts, fresh juices, cold pasta, and rice dishes.
Stay Alert For Bushfires
Bush fires are much more likely to occur in the heat of the summer in Australia. It has happened frequently enough that there is a complete fire ban in most outdoor areas of the country during this season. So, if you’re going camping, think twice before starting a bonfire. It’s also essential to have a plan of action for a bushfire, whether you caused it or not. As a traveler, make sure you know the local emergency numbers before setting off for a camping trip.
Thinking of where to go in Australia during the summer months? There are endless options Down Under, but you really can’t go wrong with Sydney. One of the many things to do in Sydney is the Blue Mountain Day Tour, which takes you to the country’s amazing landscapes and breathtaking views.