Melbourne’s weather can be a blessing or a curse, depending on who you’re asking. With the summer season approaching at a fast pace, it’s only a matter of time until the first Melbournian scorcher will hit us unexpectedly.
Here are Melbourne’s top seven places to escape from the heat.
1. Beach Therapy
Stating the obvious first, hanging out at the beach is probably the most “ozzie” way to spend a hot summer’s day. Pack up your beach towel and umbrella, esky and anything else your heart might be crying out loud for whilst braving Melbourne’s waves.
Some of our favourite options to enjoy a day at the beach are St Kilda Beach and Williamstown Beach. St Kilda Beach is great with its central location and plenty of cafes and little eateries to choose from. Williamstown Beach is Melbourne’s first sea port and another great choice. It’s developed into a trendy suburb with a village feel and offers plenty of café and restaurant options to keep you cool.
2. Pool Party
If you’re one of the poor souls who doesn’t happen to have a pool in their backyard, you’ve got two options. Become close friends with someone who does or find the perfect public pool.
Hawthorn Aquatic and Leisure Centre (HALC) is a great contender for the perfect pool. HALC offers a 50 meter heated outdoor pool with nine full-sized lanes. What makes it even better is the fact that Swinburne students and staff members get to swim here for free. If nature is more your thing your other option would be to head to St Kilda Sea Baths. The natural power of the city’s famous seawater pool will help you cool down and gain new energy.
3. Find some Art
Escape the heat by heading into a beautifully air-condition art gallery and relax your body and mind whilst there.
If you’re looking for a more niche gallery, make sure you check out Sutton Gallery in Fitzroy. They’re only displaying one artist at a time featuring anything from paintings and photography to sculptures and videos. Otherwise, a second good option to stay cool and stimulated is the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) currently showing Triennial, an exhibition featuring 100 artists from 32 countries.
Discover your inner child and escape Melbourne’s heat at Scienceworks. While people often assume this is only a place to take your children to, make sure you stop by for a visit as an adult (especially if you have come here when growing up).
Tickets start from $15 base rate for adults, but you can bring along a child for free.
5. Ice Bar, Baby
If the weather is really getting to you and you could do with an ice cold drink in an even cooler environment, head to Brunswick’s Ice Bar. Melbourne’s coolest bar remains at arctic temperatures all year round and serves refreshing cocktails in a glass actually made of ice.
The experience is on the rather expensive end of the spectrum with tickets starting at $39, including one cocktail and snow gear.
6. The State Library
Possibly another fairly obvious choice, the State Library is one of the coolest places Melbourne has on offer on a hot summer’s day. The library holds more than 2 million books and 16,000 serials and houses some of the original armour of Ned Kelly.
With loads to read and discover, a day at the State Library is easily filled. It opens at 10am and closes at 9pm daily and is free of charge.
7. Skate on Ice
For the ultimate cooldown while also exercising, head to the Docklands’ O’Brien Group Arena, Australia’s largest ice skating rink. With a temperature of 16 degrees all year round, you will certainly find the relief you were looking for.
If you’re new to ice skating you can learn the basics in a 15-minute free session before venturing the ice on your own. Otherwise, they also offer themed nights like Tight Ice Tuesday, RnB Night on Friday, Neon Saturday and Sunday Funday. Tickets start from $22.