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.
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.
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.
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.
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.