WATER TRUCK WATERFALL: The Spinifex Transport truck kept the children cool in Birdsville in December.
WATER TRUCK WATERFALL: The Spinifex Transport truck kept the children cool in Birdsville in December. Contributed

WATCH: One truckie's plan to tackle 46 degree heat

WHEN it's 46 degrees outside, just how on earth do you keep cool?

Enter the "water truck waterfall".

The "water truck waterfall" is an International Eagle 9900 I, belonging to Francis Murray of Spinifex Transport.

The truck's driver, Ashley Coulthard, came up with the idea of filling up the truck and spraying the children of Birdsville to keep them cool on a ridiculously hot December day a few days before Christmas.

"We filled up the truck so we could spray the kids in the cul-de-sac in the street," Diamantina Shire Council's tourism officer Nadine Lorenz told Big Rigs.

It proved to be a fantastic idea.

All the children who were in the western Queensland town for Christmas "absolutely loved it", Nadine said.

"The kids loved it, they thought it was the best thing. Someone named it the 'water truck waterfall', they were very impressed," she said.

"There were lots of kids in town at that stage, it was just one of those spurs of the moment things.

"We all jumped on board and thought it would be a good idea."