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7 Ways To Beat The Sydney Heat

7 Ways To Beat The Sydney Heat

So, it’s pretty damn hot out there – and if we know Sydney, we’re going to be in for a few more of these in the near future. So while you’re sitting there desperately seeking some kind of relief from the sweaty, sticky mess you’ve become, AWOL have got you covered. First things first, down a few litres of cold water and get out of that hot oven you’re confined in – here’s seven of the best spots around Sydney to sit back, relax and chill out in (literally).

#1 Take the ferry to Manly

(Photo: Kim/Flickr)

Some people call this their daily ‘commute’, but for most of us, heading out on this harbour cruise could just be the easiest way to avoid the crowds of people trying to cool off in the CBD. Snaking its way through Circular Quay along Port Jackson and Sydney Heads until it safely harbours at Manly Cove, the ferry delivers you right next to the gem that is Manly Beach. What a beaut – all aboard me hearties!

#2 Take a dip in a public pool

Everyone loves a pool – even better when they’re cheap and local. If you want to escape the stampede of people heading to Icebergs, why not give a few of these a try? Skip the surf and head to the Dee Why Rockpool in the northern suburbs for a dip with a view. There’s the North Sydney Olympic Pool right beside the Harbour Bridge which is perfect for a cheeky Instagram before your swim, as well as the Bronte Baths, down from Bondi. No car? No worries – inner city locals can hit up the Prince Alfred Park Pool right next to Central station, which is the ideal location to recharge your overworked and hot batteries after a day out in the sun.

#3 Drink a frozen margarita

(Photo: Daniel San)

Cool off with a tasty bevvie in a sweet location. Our first pick is the Tommi San frozen margarita from Daniel San in Manly –Don Julio Blanco tequila, beer agave, lime juice and wasabi salt. Seriously amazing and goes down a treat with a side of fresh sashimi and steamed buns. Second is the tasty jalapeno margherita from El Loco at the Excelsior Hotel in Surrey Hills. This guy is filled with Olmeca Altos Reposado tequila, Cointreau, homemade jalapeño syrup and fresh lime juice. Thirsty yet?

#4 Leave work early and go to a swimming hole

Possibly the best scenario in this equation is your boss realises how damn hot everyone is and offers you all the afternoon off. Score! If you are this lucky, your smartest move would be to head a little out of the CBD and soak up some rays beside a hidden swimming hole. Your closest option is the freshwater stream at Kingfisher Pool, found right at the top of the Royal National Park and close Waterfell train station (bonus). There’s also Simmo’s Beach in Sydney’s south-west near Macquarie Fields, and Nellies Glen a little further south – worth it for the mini waterfall nearby in Budderoo National Park. You’ll be itching to take a cool dip – the water’s very nice.


#5 Meet some mates at a rooftop bar

(Photo: The Old Clare Hotel/Facebook)

After-work drinks never looked so good. For anyone in need of a cheeky dip or a cocktail after a hard day at work, The Old Clare Hotel just opened their rooftop pool to the world – and boy is it a stunner. There’s also the Coogee Pavilion rooftop bar that offers guests a beautiful panoramic look at Coogee beach below. FYI there’s grilled haloumi and charred octopus on their Mediterranean-inspired menu – possibly the best antidote to the summer heat is enjoying classic Euro-centric dishes, like they do in Greece.

Sydney is no stranger to a rooftop bar however, so take a wander over to Sweethearts Rooftop BBQ in Potts Point, Corridor in Newtown, Ivanhoe Hotel in Manly, as well as Taylor’s and Darlo Bar in the CBD.

#6 Hit up a museum or library

While heading inside on a super hot day seems kind of counterproductive, we do have a reason for this. Did you know most museums and libraries are air-conditioned? Yep, they’re like a soothing cool escape from the fiery pits of Sydney’s hot sun – and bonus: you can learn something while you do it.

Hitting up the cool concrete cave that is the Museum of Sydney is like diving head first into a soothing lake – a coloured and cultured lake, but a lake nevertheless. You can even try cosying up next to a dozen or so architectural textbooks at the State Library of Sydney for a relaxing chill out session on your lunch break. Either way, your red hot burnt skin will thank you for the shade break.


#7 Get the hell out of here


Fly to Melbourne with Qantas. Melbourne’s inconsistent weather often means while Sydney’s sweating it out in the mid-40s, Melbourne’s got their brollies and coats out for a balmy 22.

(Lead image: Coogee Pavillion/Facebook)

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