Brisbane + Winter

= The Perfect Combo*

On this sunny winter’s day in Queensland, I feel motivated to write about the benefits of visiting Brisbane (the capital of Queensland) during this season.

Brisbane City Hall on a lovely sunny day in June.

On a typical winter’s day in many countries you need to wrap up warmly,  before you go outside, in order to stay warm.  However, Queenslanders don’t need to worry about that most of the time.  Often all they need to do is to throw on a jumper over their summer clothes and they’re ready for the day!  In fact, they sometimes need to remove clothing during the day as they can get too warm.  This is more likely to happen if they’re outside in the midday sun, which is still strong even in winter.

Lavender flowers all year round in Queensland.  Here’s some in front of the Old Museum in August.

Australia is a very big country and, depending on the area you visit, you’ll experience very different conditions within the same season.  Cities in the southern parts of Australia, like Melbourne, Sydney and, the country’s capital, Canberra, have cool or cold winters.  Brisbane, on the other hand, has a subtropical climate, so the winter months of June, July and August are usually quite mild with mean temperatures of 11-21°C.  Although nights and early mornings can be crisp, we rarely get minimums below 9°C.

Queensland’s cooler months occur at about the same time as Japan’s and Korea’s hot and muggy ones.  So, if you don’t like the heat and humidity, and you’re looking for somewhere new to visit next summer, why not ‘escape’ and enjoy some comfortable winter temperatures in the Sunshine State (i.e. Queensland)!

Have you already been to Brisbane or Queensland?  What time of year did you visit and what was the weather like?  How was your stay?  I’d love to hear your stories.

Brisbane’s South Bank (June)

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* Glossary:

combo – Australian slang for ‘combination’

capital –  the city or town that is the official seat of government in a country, state, etc.  E.g. ‘Tokyo is the capital of Japan and Seoul is the capital of South Korea.’

wrap up – to put on warm clothes

Queenslanders – people from, or living in, Queensland

throw on – to quickly put on clothes

on the other hand – in a way that is different from the first thing you said

subtropical – parts of the world that are directly south or north of the tropics (= the hottest areas) and have very hot weather at some times of the year.  E.g.  ‘Kyushu has a mostly subtropical climate.’

climate – the average weather conditions in a particular area over many years

mild – not extreme;  neither very hot nor very cold

mean – an average;  to calculate the mean temperature, you add up two or more temperatures then divide by the number of temperatures.  E.g.  21 + 20 + 24 + 24 + 25 + 26 + 24 = 164 ÷ 7  = 23.4285.  The mean maximum temperature for the last 7 days in Brisbane is 23°C.

crisp – cool, fresh and energising

muggy – humid

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