Here are 10 ideas for things to do during the epidemic
10 Fun Things to do in SEQ During a Coronavirus Pandemic The most annoying thing about epidemics of infectious diseases is that they close public places, such as theatres, sporting venues and even restaurants. But this doesn't mean that you have to lock your doors and shutter your windows, moping around in the dark until it is all over. Instead here are some great ideas to keep yourself busy in South East Queensland down during Coronavirus.
Coronavirus is continuing to spread globally and within Australia
There are a range of suggestions in this article. Some are good if you are stuck at home in isolation and others are appropriate for when most public venues, schools and even workplaces are shutting down. You should also follow the directions of health authorities, but leaves plenty of opportunities for things to do.
One of the most popular activities in South East Queensland is to go for a walk. This includes romantic walks, coastal walks and walks that get out into nature. Even during an epidemic, you can go out for a walk because there are plenty of places where you can walk and encounter few people. Avoid the more popular places and head to smaller or less well-known parks, as well as just walking through the suburbs.
There are lots of paths around the suburbs Brisbane suburbs where you can walk
To keep safe you want to avoid using public water fountains and of course touching things like handrails, benches, toilets and other public use features. You might carry a mask which you put on whenever you run into people, though it is generally considered safe if you keep your distance and don't spend more than a few minutes around other people.
If you really want to get away from people, then head off into the wilderness for a hike. Even in normal times on many hikes, you won't see many other people and the more secret, remote or hard the hike, the fewer people you will encounter. The most popular hikes tend to have a lot of people, so this is the best time to try some new walks.
Get away from the crowds and there will be less chance of infection
Remember, if you do meet people say hello from a distance. After touching anything where other people might have touched, such as handrails or picnic tables, make sure you wash your hands. Better yet, avoid touching public facilities.
If you want a holiday where you are not getting up close and personal with strangers, then the solution is to go camping. The ideal spot would be a remote camping site where there are no shared toilets or showers or other facilities like that. The best sites for this are Bribie Island and Beach Camping on North Stradbroke Island. There are plenty of other campsites close to Brisbane or spread across South East Queensland. Of course, there is also remote bush campsites that you need to hike into.
A good campsite will give you plenty of space to spread out
The main issue is keeping your distance from others and not touching share facilities like showers, toilets, picnic tables and other facilities. Once again, the main thing is to wash or disinfect your hands whenever you use public facilities and bring as much of your own equipment as you can, including showers, chemical toilets and so on.
Find a spot in a campsite far from others to be safe and sure
South East Queensland is full of great beaches along with lots of coastal walks. Some places, such as Surfers Paradise and South Bank's artificial beach attract the crowds, but there are always beaches or parts of beaches where it is easy to get away from others. The best ones that come to mind are Main Beach on the Gold Coast as you head up towards The Spit and Bilinga Beach down the other end of the Gold Coast. On the Sunshine Coast, it would be Red Beach on Bribie Island. There might be people around the various access areas for the beach, but walk a little way and you are away from the crowds. Another great one on the Sunshine Coast is Mudjimba Beach.
Taking a solitary walk on Bilinga Beach on the Gold Coast
The secret to staying safe from Coronavirus on a beach is a combination of finding out of the way places with few people around. Saltwater does act as a disinfectant so the issue of picking up and transmitting Coronavirus by touch is reduced, not eliminated, it. So avoid public facilities such as drink taps and showers at the beach. Though some beach showers can be operated easily enough with an elbow or knee.
Long walks on lonely beaches are a great way to spend a pandemic
If you are worried about going to a restaurant and you don't want to stay at home and eat, then the next alternative is to head outdoors. While there are some very popular parks for picnics and barbecues, you don't have to restrict yourself to those, but rather find a local park that is seldom visited. I really enjoy fish 'n' chips at the beach or even a takeaway meal in a local park. You can, of course, self-cater, but I would avoid public barbecues and instead bring a picnic lunch or dinner.
Here are some things to remember when doing this. First, you want to avoid touching anything before or while you are eating. If you do use toilet facilities, then wash your hands thoroughly with soap afterwards. Put a table cloth or rug on picnic tables. Other than that, there is really no harm in heading to your local park.
There are so many nice places to picnic around Brisbane
Getting on a plane or train can be a formula for exposing yourself to the Coronavirus. Instead, you can jump in a car and head to see some of South East Queensland's great local attractions or even stay overnight or longer. Country regions all across Australia have suffered through drought, fire, flood and now a slump in tourism. So a trip to visit these regions is not only a great way to get out of the house but will also provide a boost to their local economies.
Your flight abroad is cancelled, so it is time for a local road trip
Wherever you stay you may want to take some household cleaners and give the place a good scrub down. You can also self cater, have food delivered or get takeaway meals which you can eat out in nature. Of course, carry hand sanitiser and some emergency masks.
Many cabins and country accommodation are happy to provide hampers for your dining needs
Overall you want to avoid towns and attractions where there might be lots of people. Instead, you might try and visit the best lookouts or waterfalls in South East Queensland. Remember that a lot of these places have handrails, benches and picnic facilities. These are things you want to avoid touching and you should wash your hands or use hand sanitser after visiting each place.
South East Queensland has many lookouts, waterfalls and other scenic spots to visit
I asked my friend who is living in China what she is doing during the Coronavirus closures in her city, especially as her job in a bank was on hold. She sent me a picture of all the books she planned to read.
Yes, you can self-study, just learn programs that you want to master or, like my friend, read books to increase your knowledge. You can also head online to take on a range of skills. Short online courses can be a great way to improve particular skills. Classic ones include people skills such as conflict resolution, managing difficult people, customer service, sales and so on. Or you can learn a specialised skill related to your job or career.
You can also start on some serious online study, such an official certificate, diploma or degree. But remember that you will probably not be locked in at home for the months or years required to complete a degree, so you want to find something flexible that will meet your changing schedule.
Take up a hobby
If you are stuck at home with nothing to do, then a hobby gives you purpose and focus. It has been shown that people with hobbies tend to be happier than people without. Of course, during an epidemic, you need a hobby that is not social. Maybe you will build the ultimate Lego creation, hand-make your own furniture, master Photoshop, make videos or write that novel you just know is inside of you.
When I talked about hobbies not being social, in fact, there are whole communities of people online for every possible hobby. So not only is a hobby a great way to have a purpose and preserve your sanity, but it gives you a way to connect with others around the world about.
The main issue with a hobby is getting what you need. One impact of Coronavirus is disruption of supply lines and of course, if you can't go into work and you are not being paid, an expensive hobby is not a good idea. Don't forget, you want to avoid too much time shuffling around shops and shopping centres looking for the things you want either. Instead, find something simple and easy to do with few resources needed.
Start a side hustle
A lot of people now have a side hustle, whether it is trading items on eBay, making YouTube videos or selling handmade items such as jewellery or soap. Being stuck at home with not much to do is a great time to start your hustle or ramp up one you are already doing.
Remember of course, during a global pandemic, some businesses are not going to do as well as they would normally do. Of course, some areas are booming, including people selling face masks online, while other areas, such as the tourism industry, are struggling. Others have increased demand but find their supply chains disrupted.
You might be creating something that is very targeted for the current market, or alternatively, you might focus on getting things ready for the recovery of the global market after the pandemic ends. Either way, if you have free time, this is when you can do more.
There is nothing wrong with just chilling. Having time might your chance to read that book, binge-watch the TV series that you wanted to watch but didn't have time, or play a computer game or two that you avoided because you prefer sleeping.
Not all chilling has to be solitary. If you are at home with loved ones you can spend time together. You know, dust off the old board games, teach your kids to play chess or even remember all those old card games you used to play.
Scrabble, it is like the offline version of Words with Friends
Then there are lots of things you can do while at home. Sort through and organise your house, clean under the sofas you haven't cleaned under in years and maybe even toss out stuff you have in the garage. For some people cleaning is even better than chilling.
Hopefully people will ake lists like this and follow through rather than just vegging in front od the TV. I am fortunate as I live in a regional town in Victoria near to beaches and whith access to many nature areas. I was walking in the conservation reserve in town this week and noticed only two people in two hours in what is normally a heavily frequented park. It is sad to see it so quiet. I did come across a copperhead though, right across the path, necessitating a change in route.
Just to update these recommendations in the face of the latest lockdowns
- Your greatest risk comes from crowds or public places. So beaches, walks and picnics are good when you are away from people. Calling up 20 friends to party at surfers paradise is, as the government and health authorities have pointed out, a stupid idea.
- Local travel is one you have to handle with discretion. The WHO reminds us of the value of doing things to keep the economy going. On the other hand cafes, resraurants and museums will be closed. But self catering in an isolated cabin in the forest is pretty low risk. Also farmers have spent their entire lives dealing with biosecurity. To quote the people who run Stockton Rise Country Retreat in the Lockyer Valley, it is just common sense (but then common sense is not common, and for most people, it doesn't make sense).
- When going out, be obsessive about hand washing and other hygeine. It isn't insulting any more to wash your hands after doing a handshake.
- Do I have to say it. Keep away from people that you don't know.
- Finally, keep up to date with alerts and follow them.