15 May 2015
Brisbane weather is strange. Sure, some may laugh at our tropical version of winter, but the struggle is real – particularly if you happen to live in a draughty Queenslander. So crack out the cardi, make yourself a cuppa and warm your bones with some toasty winter facts.
Fun chilly facts that will impress your grandma
- The coldest temperature ever recorded was -123 degrees celcius at Vostok Station, Antarctica in 1983. The second coldest temperature is your toilet seat first thing in the morning from May through August.
- Southern Hemispherians experience a milder winter than our northern neighbours because of a difference in land to water ratio. There are fewer land masses down south leading to better beach weather all year.
- While some of us rely on chain-drinking tea to keep warm, many insects prepare for winter by creating their own antifreeze. During autumn they up glycerol production which allows their bodily fluids to drop below freezing without causing ice damage.
- Freestyle skiers Alisa Camplin, Dale Begg-Smith and Lydia Lassila, speed skater Steven Bradbury and snowboarder Torah Bright have each earned Australia two medals at the Winter Games. Begg-Smith and Bright have been the most successful, nabbing a gold and silver each.
Where to grab winter-warming nosh
Even with Brisbane weather being all sunshine and hot spots, local winter festivals are still all about good food. Warm your bones at the Caxton Street Festival on 7 June or head to the mountains for the Eat Local Week and Winter Harvest Festival in the Scenic Rim from 27 June to 5 July.
Look after your inner foodie at Regional Flavours at Southbank 18 & 19 July or head north for some fresh-off-the-boat deliciousness at the Hervey Bay Seafood Festival on 9 August.
Where to party
Splendour in the Grass ought to tide music lovers over until the summer festival season kicks off again. They’ll be cranking the tunes in Byron Bay from 25 & 26 July. Logan’s Musical Celebration is on 1 & 2 August, while the Goldy’s annual Blues on Broadbeach festival is back from 21 to 24 May. The Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival runs from 25 April to 20 June. For footy fans you’ve got the State of Origin to fight over.
What to eat
‘Tis the season for comfort foods, and the best thing about living in the sub-tropics is that even during the chilly months there is no lack of locally grown, seasonal fruit and veg at our front door.
All things citrus are going off until August so smash that vitamin C zestiness into your mouth. Blueberries, broad beans, Brussel sprouts, custard apples, leeks and strawberries are all being harvested until August, with papaya and snow peas available until September. Beetroot, macadamia nuts, pecans, spinach and cauliflower are available right through winter with the first of the pumpkin, squash, taro and zucchini being harvested in August.
The biggest party of all
Don’t forget the highlight of the chilly season – our mid-year graduation! We can’t wait to party with all our granduands on 28 and 29 July 2015.
Not stifled by Brisbane weather in the slightest? Check out what’s coming up on our events page.