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Escape the heat this summer

Can’t think of anything worse than a sweltering hot day?

People playing in the water fountain at a a water park
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By Rebecca Zhuang

When the temperature peaks and you have sweat dripping down your back after one too many T-shirt changes, it's time to head indoors – or dunk yourself in salt water. Here's a list of places to go when it's too hot in Sydney. For more escapes, head to Sydney's best cinemas or our art galleries and museums.

Five ways to escape the heat

Movie goers in a cinema watching a movie
Photograph: Anna Kucera

Have a movie marathon at Dendy Opera Quays

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Take a seat on a red velvet chair with a box of popcorn in hand and we guarantee you’ll forget about even the most extreme heat conditions outside. The cinema is the perfect place to escape a sweltering day – it’s cool, dark and relaxing. If you find yourself getting square eyed, take a stroll to the nearby Royal Botanic Gardens where there’s plenty of shady places to sit down and relax.
Mahon Pool at the northern end of Maroubra Beach
Photograph: Anna Kucera
Sport and fitness, Pools

Take a dip in a secluded outdoor pool

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Located just a few hundred metres from Maroubra beach, this outdoor pool is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, has free entry and is secluded AF. Whether you’re looking for a midnight swimming spot, a place to complete early morning laps or you just want to get away from the main drag of Eastern suburbs beaches, Mahon pool is the perfect place to have a splash – you’ll definitely want to keep this one under wraps.
State Library interior
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Things to do, Exhibitions

Burrow your head in a book at the State Library

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Need to escape an overcrowded, stifling George Street? Take a stroll to the State Library where you can find a quiet corner to nestle into. Brush up on some general knowledge, get lost in a fantasy novel or check out what exhibitions or events are on. Whatever you decide to do, it’s guaranteed to be quiet, peaceful and airconditioned.
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Sport and fitness

Go ice skating

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Ice skating is usually a wintertime sport, but, for those in the know it’s a great way to escape the heat in mid summer, too. Head to Macquarie Ice Rink (found within Macquarie Shopping Centre) and strap on your skates for a day on the ice. Building up a sweat? Cool off by browsing the shops or getting a refreshment in the food court.
People playing in the water fountain at a a water park
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Attractions, Parks and gardens

Take the kids to a waterpark

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Struggling for ideas to entertain your kids in the warmer weather? Take them to James Ruse Reserve Water Park – a water playground covered by shade sails that has plenty of picnic tables and shelters. There’s also a skate park and dry playground equipment, too, so there’ll always be something to keep the little ones busy.

Ice, ice, baby

Woman holding gelato at RivaReno
Photograph: Anna Kucera
Restaurants, Ice cream and gelato

The best gelato in Sydney

Ice cream: there are a thousand places to get it – from the gummy, overly saccharine stuff, to smooth, silky excellence. Rest assured, though, that these are all in the latter category.