Large verandahs. Traditional Queenslander House. Some traditional Qld homes the large verandahs go all round the house. These were specifically designed to keep the homes & people cool in the hotter Qld weather. Just yesterday the temperature in Bris/Qld was 37 degrees. Yes, very warm, so having cool verandahs up high especially when there is a breeze(even better-sea-breeze), and a cool drink makes life in a warmer climate more appealing.
Why I love a weatherboard house - the classic shadow line created by weatherboards make these houses so much more receptive to colour than a one dimensional rendered surface, ensuring they are a designer's dream.