The Beach is Getting Crowded

I remember it used to happen in England quite a bit, and, it seems it happens here in Australia too. What am I talking about? The Indian summer.

Well, at least that’s what I thought it was until I checked out the true meaning of the phrase. Apparently it only really applies in the northern hemisphere when there is unseasonably dry and warm weather following a cold autumn frost. I thought it just meant unusually warm weather during autumn.

So here in Australia, we are not having an Indian summer at all, but we are having unusually warm weather during autumn. Hot weather actually, it’s been around 30°C or more this week here in Brisbane.

So guess what?

We are going camping!

As you know, we’ve had an awful summer of rain and floods which led to the cancellation of our last proposed camping trip over at Rainbow Beach. But here we are rapidly approaching the end of the first month of autumn in Australia and, at last, we have camping weather.

So in the morning, I’ll be packing the tent into the back of the car and we’ll be heading for the beach. But we’re not the only ones heading for the beach. Swarms have turned up, but not of people.

Yes, it’s Friday and time for another YouTube. This one is not very funny. Not for people who are heading for the beach. This is really quite extraordinary….

That footage was taken at Surfers Paradise and, for the record, they’re water beetles. Entomologist professor Clyde Wild said “I haven’t seen anything like this before…” And I don’t want to see anything like it tomorrow when I’m camping!

Fortunately, we’re not going to the Gold Coast. We are heading for Coolum. Remember, I nearly went to the Coolum Kite Festival but I mowed the lawn instead? Anyway, Coolum is about an hour and a half north of Brisbane on the Sunshine Coast. I’ll tell you how that goes on Monday. Hopefully it will be beetle free!

Talking of beetles, we also get a species called the Rhinocerus beetle here. He’s ugly, looks like he works for the insect riot police and is as dumb as they come. From what I’ve seen, he spends his life flying into stationary objects before crash landing to the floor.

This activity ultimately results in his early death, as happened when four such beetles flew into my garage last month. And when it does happen, they all seem to die in the same position. With their legs in the air.



They Died with Their Legs in the Air

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  • BobinOz April 7, 2011, 1:55 pm |

    Hi Nikko

    I do very much appreciate the history lesson, that’s a much better description of the weather seasons than the 4 standard ones we generally use.

    But for it to take off, you’ll need to get the Australian Government on board, they still say March is autumn. 🙂



    • Nikko April 7, 2011, 7:27 pm |

      Hey its true, because the european scale doesnt work down here. Its good u have noticed that, Dont take long to realise these things haha. Well there has been talk of changing to 6 seasons but so far the gov still uses the 4. Well this site is awesome, and does help with people moving here.

      • BobinOz April 9, 2011, 1:18 am |

        Thanks Nikko, and if the Aussie government were ever to switch to 6 seasons, how fantastic would that be? living in the only country with 6 seasons? So cool.

        I’d vote for it.



  • Nikko April 7, 2011, 8:20 am |

    Hey bob. Stumbled on this article. The hot weather in march was nothing unusual. It still was summer. Autumn (even tho Brisbane doesn’t get a traditional autumn) starts in April. this is going off my ancestors seasons not the European 3 month type seasons which do not apply in Australia. My ancestors had 6 seasons, roughly translating to: 1. the cooler dry low sun period ( jun, jul), 2. Windy but warmer time ( aug, sept), 3. The build up to wet, hot (oct), 4. The wet and hot humid, stormy time (nov, dec) 5. Wet and flooding time, very hot n humid (Jan – mar) 6. Cooling period, drier, (apr, may) and to put a European type name to them it would be something like: 1. Winter, 2. Spring, 3. Pre summer, 4. Early summer, 5. Late summer, 6. Autumn. So there u go. Little history lesson ;). But u do well helping Europeans settle in.

  • BobinOz March 29, 2011, 12:01 am |

    Hi Karen

    I saw your comment just before we left, so we were thinking we’d be head-butting beetles all night long and not because we wanted to 🙂 But as you probably know, by Saturday night there were very few about. Probably something to do with the downpour we got instead.

    But no worries, we still had a great time. You can read more about our camping trip here, I mentioned you in the post too.



  • Karen Finch March 26, 2011, 9:34 am |

    Hey there,
    I stumbled across this page while googling where these bugs have come from and why there are sooooo many of the ugly buggers!
    I live in Coolum and these awful waterbugs are everywhere at night….I dont know why they are here but it seems theyre not going to go away any time soon. Hope they dont spoil your weekend in Coolum. Just dont camp under a light! Enjoy our wonderful Sunny Coast!!

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