There's a scorching Aussie summer on its way this year, and if the very thought of that makes you wilt like a week-old lettuce leaf, then it's time to learn the rules of keeping cool. Be warned though: the best ways to beat the heat don't usually go hand in hand with what your boss would consider to be productive use of time, so unless your workplace has high powered air conditioning or a relaxed attitude to nudity, you'd better hope the hottest days fall on the weekends or that you have plenty of leave up your sleeve to spend your summer chilling out.
Drink Frozen Cocktails Cool down from the inside out by sitting around sipping some frosty concoctions in the sun with your best mates. Try this Redskin Vodka recipe which can be made into an icy delight, or these super easy Smirnoff North Slushies.
What better way to cool down than to strip down? Take a look at our Top Ten Things to do Naked and see if you can't make summer a whole lot more refreshing. Whether you're writing an angry letter or pruning your shrubbery, you'll have a lot more fun doing it in the raw.
Chill in a Beer Garden The heat is no hardship with a bit of music, a seat in the shade and lots of beer. Check out some of Melbourne's Best Beer Gardens, or let us know where to go for a cool drink on a hot day in Sydney or Brisbane.
Hit the Beach Spend the afternoon at the beach doing to seaside to-and-fro: cool down in the waves, dry out on the sand, cool down in the waves, dry out on the sand. Repeat until dusk, and then make the most of the summer night sea breeze by having a luau on the sand. To help you find the perfect place, have a look at the WeekendNotes wrap on Australia's Best Beaches.
Get Some Summer Style If you can't escape the heat, you can always look cool by laying on the labels with some of the season's hottest trends. It needn't cost a fortune in cold hard cash though – simply rent the look you want for each summertime party with some hired style from Love Me & Leave Me.
Have fun in the sun this summer, but don't get so carried away that you forget to take care of your skin and end up looking like a psoriasis covered Elmo (i.e., a scaly red monster - definitely not cool). Be a responsible slip, slop, slapper, and for those who want to do the season starkers – yes, you can leave your hat on.