There’s nothing like Sydney in summertime. But warm weather is one thing … a heatwave is quite another. Sweltering temperatures can become dangerous (think heat stroke and dehydration).
Here’s how to stay cool when temperatures reach the high 30s and above.
Find some air-conditioning!
The best thing to do in a heatwave? Step inside one of the many free, air-conditioned public spaces in Sydney.
Need an excuse to do a little retail therapy? You just got one.
Westfield Sydney is the biggest shopping venue in the city centre, with 250 stores over multiple levels. That’ll keep you busy for a while.
Within a stone’s throw, you’ll find the Queen Victoria Building, the Strand Arcade, World Square and plenty of boutique retail spots.
The City’s libraries are air-conditioned and offer much more than books. Most of the branches are now open to study, work, access free computers or browse and borrow from the collection. Find out about available library services and opening hours to plan your visit.
Galleries and museums
There’s so much incredible art and culture happening every day in Sydney. There’s no time like now to soak it up.
Please check the gallery and museum websites before you visit as bookings may be required.
Want to catch the blockbusters? Head to Event Cinemas on George Street. Film buffs have plenty of options for something a little more offbeat – try Dendy in Newtown, the Palace Verona in Paddington, United Cinemas Opera Quays or Golden Age Cinema in Surry Hills.
Cool off in the water
Head for the water, but don’t forget to slip, slop, slap, seek and slide.
Just keep swimming. A refreshing dip in one of the City’s 5 swimming pools is just what the doctor ordered.
Whether you’re looking for a place to practise your laps indoors or outdoors, each pool is perfect for all levels with plenty of shade.
Not a good swimmer? Not a problem! Each of the City’s pools offer classes for all ages and abilities where you can develop your water survival skills. Learn a skill for life this summer.
Splish splash! Take advantage of interactive water features in our playgrounds. You can find them at the following parks:
- Mary O’Brien Reserve, Tilford Avenue Zetland
- Tumbalong Park, Darling Harbour
- Pirrama Park, Pirrama Road Pyrmont
- Redfern Park, Redfern Street, Redfern
Stock up on that H2O – you need it more than ever. Did you know there’s a map to help you find the closest water bubbler in the city?
Have a plan
If all else fails, stay indoors out of the heat. And be sure to take care of yourself, your pets, your family and friends.
Find out more about how to stay safe in a heatwave.