Floating in the island's magnificent Lake McKenzie.
Floating in the island's magnificent Lake McKenzie. @tripinavan

SUMMER ESCAPE

Five ways to celebrate summer on the Coast

Hello summer - I see you waiting there, as we head into the home stretch with a frenzy of December deadlines upon us.

Hello to being wifi-free, away from the screens, running wild, and dancing like the world and their iPhones aren't watching.

Humidity and frizzy hair - I see you too but I don't care; here's to days full of sand, sunshine, and sweat moustaches.

Log off and dive into epic adventures over the silly season this summer.

Because life is for living, not scrolling.

Who's with me?

Let's go.... here's how you can have the most relaxing summer ever.

1. SUNSETS THAT STRETCH FOREVER

The royal fanfare in October has put the humble Kingfisher Bay Resort jetty on the international map. It's just a short ferry ride, but feels a world away when you have a drink in your hand and feet in the sand.

With the royal seal of approval, this is your go-to for a social getaway with the crew before Christmas.

2. FLOAT AWAY YOUR TROUBLES

Laze your days away at Lake McKenzie, with silica white sands and crystal clear water, this is the most instagram'able spot on Fraser Island (perfect for making your international friends jealous as they shiver their way through winter).

There are actually over 100 freshwater lakes on Fraser, so you may find your own piece of paradise all to yourself!

3. DIVINE DOWNTIME

Although it's tempting to spend your free time over summer binge-watching your favourite shows in front of the aircon, it's actually the perfect opportunity to strengthen the self-care rituals that sustain you during the year.

Deepen your religious or spiritual practices, try "forest bathing” (it's a thing!), read up on topics that nourish you, and create time for yourself away from family chaos over the festive season.

4. PRE-SILLY SEASON PAMPERING

Nobody has time to get a tan before summer, so why not schedule in your summer glow with a side of pampering?

The Island Day Spa at Kingfisher Bay Resort is renowned for relieving tired muscles, revitalising tired spirits, and removing stress. Say YES to summer bliss.

5. CELEBRATE GOOD TIMES

There's no point in starting 2019 without giving this year a proper send off!

Invite your friends to celebrate your successes together over sunset drinks (see 1. for the perfect spot) and give yourselves a pat on the back for all of your hard work.

Reflect on what you've achieved and dream up new goals that excite you, instead of rehashing resolutions.

After all, starting the year with a long list of "shoulds” certainly isn't going to inspire you - so choose your goals wisely, or you'll be feeling stressed before the year starts!


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