How to keep cool in Queensland’s Summer months

Australia is the sunburnt country.
The land of red dirt, glittering coastlines and balmy nights.
For the same reasons we all love Queensland, it can be a challenge to keep cool during the particularly sweltering Summer months.

Check out below for some ideas on how to keep it cool in the throes of a Queensland Summer.

Take a dip at Streets Beach, South Bank

There is nothing that says “Brisbane Summer” more than a day spent catching rays at South Bank’s iconic Streets Beach.
Australia’s one and only inner-city manmade beach has crystal blue waters, soft white sand and there’s plenty of shady spots to be found under the sky-high palm trees.
A spot of tropical paradise in the middle of the city, Streets Beach is accompanied by two additional water park spaces – the Boat Pool and Aquativity.
Best of all, Streets Beach is totally free for everyone to enjoy.  

Travel with Airtrain from the Brisbane Airport to South Brisbane and get first pick of the picnic spots.

Seek out air-conditioned travel

The Australian government’s health information service, healthdirect, recommends taking measures to keep your body as cool as possible to avoid heat-related illness.

When traveling on-foot or via transport that isn’t adequately equipped with air conditioning, you can be putting yourself at risk of a range of heat-related health impacts and harmful levels of sun exposure.

Airtrain’s Next Generation Queensland Rail trains are fully air-conditioned to make your journey as cool and comfortable as possible. With some Brisbane Summer days creeping over 40°C, it’s important to choose the transport that will keep things cooler.   

Dive into the action at one the Gold Coast’s water parks

Protecting yourself against Summer’s harsh temperatures doesn’t have to be all hard work and no play. The Gold Coast has a range of action-packed water parks for the whole family to enjoy. Some of our favourites include:


As Australia’s #1 water park, you can trust that your day out at Wet’n’Wild is going to be filled with excitement, adventure and a whole lot of fun in the sun. We recommend Calypso Beach for a relaxing float in between the sliding, splashing and squealing through the other Wet’n’Wild rides and attractions.

To reach Wet’n’Wild from Brisbane Airport, travel with Airtrain to Helensvale Station. From Helensvale, jump on the TX7 to Wet’n’Wild.

WhiteWater World

What was once the little sibling of Dreamworld is now a much-loved attraction in its own right. WhiteWater World is brimming with rides and experiences that the whole family can enjoy.

To get to WhiteWater World from Brisbane Airport, simply travel with Airtrain to Helensvale Station. From there, catch the TX7 to Dreamworld.

The Rockpools, Broadwater Parklands

The Rockpools at Broadwater Parklands are the totally free water park attraction for the whole family. Splash under the artificial waterfalls or cool off in the specially designed creek bed.

To get to the Rockpools @ Broadwater Parklands, purchase your Airtrain and Tram tickets online at the Airtrain counter. Travel from Brisbane Airport to Helensvale and change to the G:link tram service. Hop off the tram at Broadbeach South and The Rockpools are just a hop and a skip away.

Keep hydrated

Drinking water is the number one way to stay hydrated when the weather heats up. According to, “Staying hydrated in the heat can be more challenging than in cooler temperatures because we lose a significant amount of fluid through our skin in the form of sweat”.

When the temperature begins to rise, so too should your water intake.
Fill up your water bottle for free at the Airtrain Domestic Station or at any of the Brisbane Airport terminals before you embark on your holiday.

An important note to remember: if you’re doing any outdoor activity, it’s important to remember to be sun safe. The Bureau of Meteorology offers a UV index service to provide current and vital UV information. We recommend consulting with the UV index and protecting yourself accordingly. 

For more handy travel tips and advice on how to get more from your Airtrain journey, check out our other posts over at the Airtrain Blog.