Be forewarned; the infamous Melbourne winter is nearly upon us.
Although the cold season will hit the entire southern hemisphere, it is in Victoria that the hammer will fall hardest (well, perhaps with the possible exception of Tasmania - poor buggers never get a break). The days of packing up the chevy with sun cream, Mortein and very little clothing are over, replaced by running noses, numb ears and dogs scurrying wildly across the city due to the thunder and lightning.
Don't panic, however. Listed below are five certified tips that will get you through to spring.
PS: Don't listen to those folks who say Melbourne is too cold. It's common fact that all of the world's coolest cities - oh yes, pun indeed intended - are naturally chilly. Case and point? New York, San Francisco, London... need I go on?
Ok, so the idea of having a jog in a near-apocalyptic freeze isn't exactly warm-inducing. However, exercise strengthens the immune system which helps to fight off any winter nasties. Plus there's always the option to exercise indoors, perhaps at a gym or cross-fit centre.
Some even say walking in the Melbourne is rather relaxing, provided you have some thermals and a flame torch handy.
There's nothing much better than a mid-winter escape. Don't forget, there's a whole another hemisphere who's partying it up with pina coladas and 30 degree weather.
The one obvious downside to this is price. Our friendly airline cohorts tend to jack up the price when overseas peak season hits. If you do enough planning and research, however, you can find some reasonable deals. Trusty Expedia is the ticket (another ripping pun - I'm here all week). Lastminute is also worth a look, as is Wotif.
There's also the option to travel interstate (see tip 5).
Seriously, has there been a better item of unisex clothing than the humble scarf?
A scarf is not only warm, it's also adaptable and can be worn with basically anything. Depending on your mood you can unleash a Once-Around or even the trademark Parisian. Don't forget the clear fashion benefits, too.
The flu shot has become sooo in vogue lately. It's like, totally the hip new thing to do. And for good reason. Flu shots take up to about a fortnight to build up immunity. Once it does, it will protect you against most forms of influenza and takes the worry out of getting sick.
Move to Queensland
Queensland is beautiful place. For a visit. Two weeks should suffice.
Have any other suggestions? Feel free to list a thought or three below.