Escape the Sydney Heat

Baby, it’s hot outside. Here’s our round-up of places to go if you still want to make the most of your summer without feeling the burn.

Summer in Sydney can be a double-edged sword. On the one hand, this coastline-hemmed city comes into its own when the sun is out. But on some days, when the thermometer rises beyond the limits of comfort, the last thing you want to do is step outside to roast like a leftover Christmas ham. There are plenty of fun activities to do in the city that will keep you cool outside the hotel’s air-conditioning. Here are just a few of the Sydney venues where you can keep the temperature down and the enjoyment levels high.

Raging Waters Sydney

With more than 30 rides and attractions, Raging Waters Sydney is Sydney’s biggest water park—and is home to the largest kids’ water park area in Australia, Nickelodeon Beach. Located in the western suburb of Prospect, roughly a 40-minute drive from the CBD, this one is definitely a day-trip option. In fact, between the world’s tallest double SkyCoaster, a shark-free “beach” complete with sandy shores, endless waterslides of varying intensities, and shopping and dining options, there’s easily enough
activity to fill an entire weekend.

Ivy Pool Club

Once you settle into a deck chair at Ivy Pool Club, there’s very little reason to leave. The rooftop area of one of Sydney’s most revered bars presents a combination of cocktails, pizza, live music, cosy seating and a luxurious, crystal-clear lap pool. Little wonder this is where the city’s style set choose to while away their summer days. 

Museum of Contemporary Art

An architectural masterpiece filled with artistic masterpieces, Sydney’s waterfront Museum of Contemporary Art is the perfect vantage point for both cutting-edge modern art and panoramic views of Sydney Harbour. After you’re done browsing the formidable permanent collection and the constantly surprising temporary exhibitions, head up to the rooftop sculpture terrace, where you can have a coffee or a cocktail while drinking in iconic Sydney sights

Golden Age Cinema

No ordinary cinema, Golden Age Cinema in Surry Hills harks back to exactly what its name would suggest: an era of quintessential Hollywood glamour, complete with glitzy interiors, an intimate bar area for pre- and post-film cocktails (not to mention free live music every Saturday night), and a single theatre where you can see both new-release arthouse films and nostalgic classics.

Kirsty Sier
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Editor of WhereTraveller Australia (Sydney and Melbourne).