Our beloved summer has finally arrived and with it comes not only longer days, clearer skies and balmier nights but endless possibilities too—which is certainly something to celebrate. From massive festivals and pool parties to blissful beach days and rooftop hangs—seriously, what’s not to love?
To welcome the glorious sunshine (and bid farewell to our winter Netflix binge sessions), we’ve teamed up with Paco Rabanne's Million Nation to curate your dream summer hit list. So, shake off those layers, grab the gang and tick them off one by one.
Relish A Rooftop Rosé
Rosé is summer in a glass and best enjoyed with your best mates soaking up the sunshine and stunning rooftop views. It’s also the perfect excuse to check out all the cool new openings in your city—we’ve already given you a headstart for Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast—and bar hop to every rooftop and patio you can find (because alcohol is best enjoyed at altitude). Come golden hour, you won’t want to leave.
Hit Up A Next-Level Festival
Summer is synonymous with festival season so we hope you’ve got your band tees and bucket hats at the ready. We’re spoilt for choice when it comes to big-name acts and stacked festival lineups and lucky for us, some of the best are set to the most beautiful backdrops in the world. With Falls Festival going down in Byron Bay this New Years, let it be the only excuse you need for a sneaky getaway with your nearest and dearest. We’ll see you there.
Throw A Nostalgic Pool Party
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For a massive dose of nostalgia, throw it back to your childhood this summer with a next-level pool party. Elevate it to legendary status with an Esky brimming with beers, a grazing table stocked with lamingtons and fairy bread, and of course, sausage rolls and meat pies fresh out of the oven. Toss some inflatables into the pool (cue doughnut and flamingo) and you’re ready for a balmy afternoon of guaranteed good times.
Bliss Out At The Beach
Plant the parasol and ride out the inevitable heatwave kicking back on Australia’s best beaches this summer. For the thrill-seekers out there, why not switch up your usual tan, swim, tan routine by snorkelling around the reefs, hiring a kayak and paddling around to secret coves or strapping on the leg rope and riding out the afternoon on the waves. If swimming isn’t your style, arm yourself with the latest best-selling novel and doze off listening to the waves crash onshore. Weekend, sorted.
Take The Movies Outdoor
Just because we’re seizing the day it doesn’t mean we have to miss out on the latest and greatest blockbusters. If you’re chasing your fix of romcoms without the guilt of spending your day indoors, put a summery spin on an old favourite pastime by hitting a summer outdoor cinema instead. Now, grab the popcorn and sprinkle those Malteasers on top because you deserve it.
As captivating as our beaches can be, you’ll find some seriously stunning scenes further inland. Head off on a gruelling hike over rugged terrain and through lush rainforests to be rewarded with a scene straight out of National Geographic. To help you out, we’ve round up the best hikes in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast. Snap that token waterfall pic, toss your shoes aside and dive beneath the crisp, cool waters. Is there any better feeling? We’ll wait.
Wake Up With Yoga
If you’re anything like us, there’s next to zero chance you’re pulling yourself out of bed to exercise during winter, but come summer it’s like we’re injected with newfound energy—and the best way to make the most of the warmer mornings is a sunrise yoga session. When the view is so amazing you forget you’re even exercising, that’s what we call a win-win.
Grab your gang and dare to do it all this summer, thanks to Paco Rabanne's Million Nation.
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