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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

Melbourne in summer
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Sure, Melbourne's weather is typically unreliable, but when it's hot, it's hot. When 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?

Beat the heat this summer

Gravity Cryotherapy
Health and beauty

Try your hand at cryotherapy

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

A malted milk soft serve covered in sprinkles
Photograph: Graham Denholm
Restaurants, Ice cream and gelato

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.

Or go for a dip

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