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How to escape the heat in Melbourne

For those days when it’s just too hot, here's where to cool down around Melbourne

Rebecca Russo
Adena Maier
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Rebecca Russo
Adena Maier

Sure, Melbourne's weather is typically unreliable, but when it's hot, it's hot. If the A/C at home isn't cutting it and you're at a loss for what to do to beat the heat, we've got you covered. The next time the sun is really putting the "burn" in Burn City, try these tried and true ways to keep your cool and still have a great time.

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 or see a film?

Ten ways to beat the heat this summer

  • Art
  • Galleries
  • Southbank

This grand modernist building on St Kilda Road lays claim to Australia's oldest and most popular art museum, the NGV. That title has been won thanks to the gallery's top-notch and diverse permanent collection, its fantastic visiting collections and an ongoing series of additional events aimed at locals and tourists alike. All visitors to the NGV must pass the water wall upon entry, and yes, it is hard to resist touching it on a super hot day.

  • Travel

Your house might not have air conditioning but your car probably does. Fill up your tank and go for a four-wheeled adventure in air-conditioned comfort. Wherever you're headed make sure to take plenty of water and keep an eye on fire warnings in the area. 

  • Attractions
  • Libraries

Whether you got a new book for Christmas or are looking for something different to read, heading to your local library will keep you out of the heat. You could even bring your laptop and catch up on some work, listen to music or (if you’re heading to the State Library) take a tour.

See a doco at IMAX
  • Film
  • Carlton

There’s nothing quite like an air-conditioned cinema in the middle of summer. IMAX Melbourne not only keeps its cinemas cool and dark, but it also has a knack for picking films that transport you to a completely different time and space.

  • Kids
  • Play spaces
  • Melbourne

Calling all kids, parents, and kids-at-heart: did you know that there is a huge theme park less than an hour's drive north from Melbourne? Well, you do now. Funfields, located in Whittlesea, opened in 1985 and has since become one of Melbourne's best-loved attractions. Your entry ticket gets you access to 22 rides, plus a water play area for kids and barbecue area.

  • Health and beauty
  • South Yarra

Have you heard that plunging your body into sub-Arctic temperatures is the coolest new health trend? It's also excellent for a super hot day. You can try it at Alchemy's state-of-the-art freezer (ahem, cryotherapy chamber) in South Yarra.

Scoop up a frozen dessert

Or go for a dip


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