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Five ways to escape the heat in Melbourne

For those days when it’s just too hot, here are Melbourne’s most refreshing heat escapes

Flickr: Indigo Skies Photography

Sure, Melbourne's weather is typically unreliable, but when it's hot, it's hot. Don't hold out for the cool change or spend the day under the air conditioning unit – get out and explore the city's cooler spots.

For more cool ways to beat the heat, go for a swim at one of these pools, beaches and rivers. If you're too hot to move, why not go for a massage?

Beat the heat this summer


Go ice skating

Strap on your skates any day of the week and head to the O’Brien Group Arena in the Docklands. Slide your way across the ice to some refreshing beats, or prepare your best skating moves in time for Friday night’s RnB party.

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See a doco at IMAX

There’s nothing quite like an air-conditioned cinema in the middle of summer. IMAX Melbourne not only keeps their cinemas cool and dark, but is currently showcasing movies which explore the cooler, darker places of the world. Of their current exclusives, A Beautiful Planet will shuttle you into space, while Under the Sea will plunge you into the Great Barrier Reef’s refreshing waters.

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Head to an art gallery

The crisp white walls of this small contemporary art gallery in Fitzroy are sure to relax both your mind and body after a day in the sun. Displaying only one artist at a time, a visit to Sutton Gallery could hold paintings, sculptures, photography or even video displays. 

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Cool off at Ice Bar

Don’t forget a jacket when you make your way to Brunswick’s Ice Bar. The venue remains at Arctic temperatures, which means that glass made of ice won't melt in your hand as you drink a refreshing cocktail.

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Scoop up a frozen dessert

Melbourne's best ice cream and gelato

Nothing beats a scoop (or three) of ice cream or gelato for dessert, but not all frozen desserts are created equal. We've licked and scooped our way across the city in search of Melbourne's best cone artists.

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By: Time Out editors