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Six Ways to Stay Cool in Brisbane this Summer

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by Julie White / Pictorial Girl (subscribe)
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Published January 15th 2017
Cool it baby
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The heat is on, the temperatures are high and 'heat fatigue' can slow you down. Living in Brisbane for a number of years I still get affected by the 'heat hit'. This got me thinking about how to go about 'keeping your cool' during the summer months.

1: Pool it together

Utilise your local pool or water playgrounds on your side of town. These are usually located in parkland or beach areas allowing you combine a 'swim and picnic' package with your family or friends.

Some examples include;
Redcliffe Settlement Cove Lagoon
Located at the base of Redcliffe's cliffs, this large tropical seafront pool is a favourite for families with children. And as adults, we can also enjoy a splash and paddle these shallow waters on a hot day. Appealing environment as you can easily step along to the beach front from here.
Cool it off in Brisbane's water parks. Redcliffe Lagoon image courtesy of

Southbank: Streets Beach
Located in Southbank Parklands this is Australia's major inner-city man-made white sandy beach lagoon and surrounded by sub tropical plants. For information on when lifeguards are patrolling this beach call Southbank (07) 3156 6366.
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Streets Beach Southbank Brisbane image courtesy of Tourism Queensland

Wynunum Manly Wading Pool and Park
Located on the Wynnum Esplanade at the end of Edith Street you can catch the ocean breeze during the summer heat at this parkland wading pool.
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Wynumm Wading Pool. Image courtesy of
2: Shift to Shade
Whether that be a comfortable spot in your backyard or a local green park with lots of trees it's the number one instant spot on a hot day. Brisbane has a range of beautiful parks, one of my favourites being the lovely New Farm Park on the River with its large glorious trees. Take a cool and breezy ferry ride to the park from your closest ferry terminal.

3: Find a Forest
Head bush with a picnic or take a book. Mount Cootha being the 'central choice is fabulous. Plenty of trees, picnic lawns and gardens to stroll and seek a beautiful 'cool' spot. As an added bonus you can head to the lookout, a high spot where you will also find a cafe. There are nice lawns up here to sit and catch a good breeze from this height.

4: Beach and Breeze
Many people flock to the beach to escape the summer heat. North Coast or South Coast, Redcliffe Peninsular, Sandgate, Brighton, Shorncliffe region or Cleveland, Manly area. Spoilt for choices so take your pick.

5: Eat Cool
Keep your body temperature regulated with iced teas, iced coffees, cold water with lemon, gelato or sorbets, the old fashioned ice block and eat colourful tasty 'cool' salads.

6: Backyard Basics
If you are definitely not wanting to go too far, just chill out under your own shady tree, breezy backyard or delightful undercover deck. Laze around in a tree hammock, splash pool or under hose spray. Whatever it takes to get you back on the 'cool track'.

Yes, of course, you can always just stay indoors and put the air conditioner on, however with so many simple, fun, free or cheap ways to 'cool it', give these ideas some consideration.

If you have any other great ideas for the 'cool effect' please feel free to add in the comments section.
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When: During summer or any heated moments
Where: Brisbane and your own backyard
Cost: Utilising free options to keep your cool
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