ACCORDING to the Bureau of Meteorology, 2016 was Queensland’s hottest year on record. With all these global warming alarms, beating the heat just keeps getting harder and harder – especially on the sunny Sunshine Coast. Luckily, we have mapped out 20 ways to survive summer on the Coast. Don’t climb Mount Coolum at lunchtime
Hot air rises, so don’t go climbing a mountain in the middle of the day. In fact, doing any kind of strenuous physical activity outdoors between 8am and 4pm is not going to end well. Supersize your water bottle
Hydration is key, but for many, refilling your glass eight times becomes a chore. Go big and carry a 2.2L bottle from The Big Bottle Co. One bottle per day, it is H2O easy. www.thebigbottleco.com.
Get a dose of Frozen Sunshine
Taste summer with an icy cold treat from local company Frozen Sunshine. Using raw ingredients like organic coconut milk, seasonal fruit, Belgian chocolate and real vanilla beans, the team at Frozen Sunshine blend, juice, poach and roast, caramelise and toast, mix and snap-freeze ingredients into delicious and nutritious ice blocks. www.frozensunshine.com.au. Go fresh
Not only is fresh water a few degrees cooler, there are plenty of shady rainforest creeks to explore on the Sunshine Coast. Our picks: Gardener’s Falls in Maleny, Kondalilla Falls in Montville or Coochin Creek in Beerwah.
Swap cappuccino for frappuccino
Get your caffeine fix without the sweats.
Slip slop slap, organically
Protect and nourish at the same time with Noosa Organic
Skin Care. This locally-made product contains the finest organic and wild-crafted medicinal-quality herbs available. Doubling as a sunscreen and moisturiser, get more bang for your buck and wear your beautiful, healthy skin with pride. www.noosaorganicskincare.com.au.
Protect your pout
Locally made from a home kitchen in Currimundi, Organic Lip Balm is the perfect partner to fight off sunburnt, cracked lips. Using only certified organic ingredients and the very best antioxidants, these purse-sized wonder-sticks contain their own natural antibacterial, antifungal enzymes and SPF. www.organiclipbalm.com.au.
Eat your SPF
Rockmelon, olive oil and consuming vitamins C and E together all show evidence in boosting the skin’s resistance to UV damage.
Sip on red
Sitting at the Boat Shed sipping a glass of white wine is refreshing but red wine is healing, thanks to a naturally occurring phenol found in the skin of red grapes called resveratrol. This special ingredient has the power to decrease redness from acute sunburn.
For a zinc that sticks, get your cheeks under some Surfmud. After experimenting for six years and more than 100 different formulas, Surfmud is handmade on the Sunshine Coast by local surfers for surfers around the globe. Creating an unmatchable cover and hold in the harshest of tropical conditions, the Surfmud formula substitutes chemical ingredients for natural ones so you can focus on getting barrels not blisters. surfmud.com.
Invest in a quality swimsuit
Go from beach to bar without having to visit the change room. Indrah Swimwear is a locally-based business and made for the Sunshine Coast lifestyle. Combining style with quality, the stunning range of reversible one-pieces provides the easiest outfit – just throw on some shorts or a sarong and hit the streets. Or reverse it and you’ve got a completely different look. www.indrahswimwear.com.
Step out in style
Summer shoes don’t have to always be flip-flops. Add some sparkle to your feet and stand pretty in Ankalia’s stunning sandals. www.ankalia.com.
Have a smoothie for breakfast and start your day on a refreshing and healthy note.
Try a face spray
It’s like a shower in a bottle. For an instant refresher, spritz and go.
Take up swimming
Or surfing, water skiing, kite surfing… any water-based sport and get fit while keeping cool.
Because it’s too hot to hit the steamy stalls mid-Sunday morning. Caloundra Twilight Markets are on Friday, January 20, from 5–9pm.
Avoid heating the house with the oven and fire up the barbecue.
Brew a sunburn remedy
Mix three tablespoons of plain yoghurt, three tablespoons of aloe vera gel and three drops of lavender essential oil. Apply to sunburn and leave on for 20–30 minutes. Rinse with cool water and repeat daily until the burn settles.
Sleep in 100% cotton
Due to its unique fibre structure, cotton is a natural and soft material that allows the skin to breathe.
Keep your pets cool
Complaining about the heat? Think about your four-legged friends with an extra coat of fur. Keep them cool by topping up the water bowl, provide ice blocks or a frozen water bottle for your pet to play with, fill a small paddling pool with cool water, never leave your pet alone in the car, cool your pet down with dampened towels and only walk in early mornings or evenings.
Pablo, a staffordshire bull terrier, knows when to take a splash.
Indrah Swimwear’s Isla Rose reversible one-piece in Peacock.
Noosa Organic Skin Care doubles as a sunblock and moisturiser.
Surfmud sunblock sticks when it’s needed.