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Gold Coast Winter in July

  • July 3, 2015
  • By 50 Shades
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Gold Coast Winter in July
Winery at Mt Tamborine

Winery at Mt Tamborine

Depending on where you live in Australia, Winter in July differs. If you happen to live in South Eastern Australia, winter will bring snowfall to the Alps and people flock to the slopes to ski or snowboard.  Otherwise, being avid football fans, they go along to support their local AFL football team donning their football jerseys and scarves. However if you live in the central to northern parts of Australia, like the Gold Coast in Queensland, Winter in July is an entirely different experience.

So what does one do in Winter in July on the Gold Coast?

  1. Go to the beach. Yes our mild winter temperature and warm sea water still allows us the luxury of taking a swim, surfing or kayaking at our beautiful beaches. In fact it is probably a lot safer to venture out into the sunshine during winter as the UV rating is a lot lower and you don’t sunburn as quickly.
  2. Enjoy Bushwalking or Mountain Biking. I consider winter to be the best time to explore our wonderland of mountains and rainforests during the winter months as the temperatures are more comfortable for undertaking physical activities. Whether you do this on foot or under pedal-power is optional , but there are plenty of walking trails that are only a short driving distance from where I live.

    Bushwalking in Numinbah Valley

    Bushwalking in Numinbah Valley

  3. Learn to Surf. Winter is the best time to try your hand at surfing the magical waves at our surf beaches as the swell decreases and the small waves are ideal for beginners. If you really must you can do this wearing a wetsuit or a long sleeve sunshirt to keep the chill off your body.

    Learning to Surf at Burleigh Heads

    Learning to Surf at Burleigh Heads

  4. Visit the Wineries. There is nothing more enjoyable than a day or a weekend visiting some of the fabulous vineyards in South East Queensland. There are wineries nearby at Mt Tamborine and the wine producing region of Stanthorpe in the Granite Belt. These areas are sometimes a few degrees cooler than the coast so you can enjoy a real winter experience by partaking in a lovely glass of wine by a roaring open fire.
  5. Whale Watching. Winter is the perfect time on the eastern coast of Australia to watch the spectacle of the Humpback Whales as they migrate to the warmer Queensland waters to give birth to their young and frolic in the sea. You can either do this from the many vantage points dotted along the coastline or get out there amongst them on a whale watching boat cruise.

    Whale Watching on the Gold Coast

    Whale Watching on the Gold Coast

  6. Be a Football Fan Fanatic! We have three codes of football in Australia; Australian Rules Football; Rubgy League or Union Football; and Soccer. Choose your code and get along to watch Australia’s finest football players at either Metricon Park or Cbus Stadium on the Gold Coast.
  7. Savour Christmas in July. Many people take advantage of the cooler temperatures of winter and indulge in an early traditional Christmas feast. That means roast turkey, gravy, roast vegetables, plum pudding and custard! Normally it is far too hot to eat this type of food on Christmas Day in summer in Australia.

Unlike our Northern Hemisphere cousins, our winters downunder are rather unique. Whilst they are enjoying summer holidays, we are also enjoying winter sunshine and mild temperatures here. However when they are snowed in during winter, we are sweltering and dreaming of maybe just once, having a “White Christmas”. I guess the world would be a boring place if it were all the same!

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By 50 Shades, July 3, 2015 Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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50 Shades

Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.

10 Comments
  • Michelle Weaver (@pinkypoinker)
    July 3, 2015

    The house we’re moving to in Mt Tamborine is within walking distance of a winery Kathy! You and your husband will have to drive up and come with us one day :)

    • Kathy
      July 3, 2015

      That could be dangerous Michelle! Lol. We would love to visit a winery with you and partake in a couple of vinos. I really enjoy a drive up to Mt Tamborine. :)

  • Rae Hilhorst
    July 3, 2015

    Spring and Autumn I love, jury is out on winter. It’s okay for the first week or so. Summer 40 degree days here you can keep those to xxx

    • Kathy
      July 3, 2015

      I look forward to some cooler weather, but our house is not really equipped for chilly temperatures. We have no heating or air conditioning and sometimes we freeze during winter. Fortunately we get a lot of sunny winter days. :)

  • Johanna
    July 3, 2015

    I’m like Rae, love Spring and Autumn but get pee’d off with the iron like heat of summer pretty quickly. Winter is a lovely time over your side, isn’t it. You’ve just reminded me that a visit is wayyyy overdue ;)

    • Kathy
      July 3, 2015

      Yes summer can get very oppressive here as well. We get so much high humidity and that makes it feel a lot hotter than it actually is. I must admit I do look forward to cooler temperatures and lower humidity so that you can actually enjoy exercising outdoors without just lathering up into a sweat. However right at the moment it is a little too cool! I have been seeing your beautiful photos of England and notice that they have had a heat wave over there?

  • budgettraveltalk
    July 7, 2015

    Winter is great in N.Q. as well. It is still hot during the day up here. :) The Goldie would be lovely right now.

    • Kathy
      July 7, 2015

      Hi Jan, I think the thing I like about winter is the low humidity. After months of high humidity and feeling sweaty all the time it is a nice change. The Goldie has been rather mild for winter. The days have been glorious.

  • Nancie
    July 8, 2015

    Hi Kathy. I think having turkey dinner in July is a great idea. I can’t imagine eating that heavy a meal in sweltering heat. All of the activities you’ve listed sound great. I would love to see the humpback whales. Thanks for linking up this week. #TPThursday

    • Kathy
      July 9, 2015

      Thanks Nancie. We are very fortunate to have such mild winters and warm sea temperature here on the Gold Coast. It’s funny though, that we all swelter on Christmas Day and wish we were in the Northern Hemisphere experiencing a ‘White Christmas’! Christmas in July in Australia is definitely a fabulous tradition.

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