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What to do in Sydney during a heatwave

Here’s how to stay cool when temperatures get hot.

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

Shopping centres

Shopping centres can be a cooler place to hang out when it's hot outside.

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.

Pitt Street Mall in Sydney


The City’s libraries are air-conditioned and offer much more than books. 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.

Green Square Library.

Galleries and museums

There’s so much incredible art and culture happening every day in Sydney.

Our top recommendations: Museum of Contemporary Art, Art Gallery of NSW, Powerhouse Museum, Australian Museum, White Rabbit Gallery.

Please check the gallery and museum websites before you visit as bookings may be required.

Museum of Contemporary Art.


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 or Chauvel 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.


You could take a refreshing dip in one of the City’s 6 swimming pools.

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.

Prince Alfred Park Pool.

Water playgrounds

Splish splash! Take advantage of interactive water features in local playgrounds. You can find them at the following parks:

Stay hydrated

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. Wildlife also needs hel

Find out more about how to stay safe in a heatwave.