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Escape The Summer Heat

Jan 22, 2016  ·  2 min read

By Jemma Mrdak.

It’s that time of year in Canberra where everything is hot and dry and the idea of spending the majority of the day inside in the frosty, delicious aircon sounds like the answer to all of life’s sweaty problems. I’m here to tell you that there are ways to escape the heat that don’t involve having to drive to your local shopping centre. Oh yes, my hot and bothered friend, listen up…

Head to Olympic Pool, Canberra City

More commonly known as Civic Pool, this is the place to be on the most scorching of days. With three pools, diving boards and kids swimming area, Civic Pool has been serving the Canberra community for over 60 years. Even if all seven hells boil over, head to the good ol’ faithful pool for a cool down.

Not into swimming, but still need the exercise? There’s a health club too!

Have a Sundae Session at Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinema

Ben & Jerry’s Sundae Sessions brings the festival vibe to you with live music, games on the lawn, a screening under the stars and FREE Ben & Jerry’s every Sunday throughout the season. On now until February 21… it’d be rude not too really.

Head down to Lake Burley Griffin (we don’t recommend swimming though)

Lake Burley Griffin is a glorious place to spend mid-summer mornings and early evenings. With plenty of trees, shade and a couple of cafes; you’ll find yourself spending the entire day wandering around, taking in the landmarks of Canberra’s city centre, or just basking on a grassy knoll. For the adventurous ones, there are kayaks and stand-up paddle boards available for hire.

Take a trip to one of our many museums or galleries

As we know, Canberra is well known for its museums, art galleries and exhibitions; and there are plenty of those this summer. Tom Roberts is currently on at The National Gallery of Australia, and Questacon is always a hit with the kids. Other places you might want to put on your list could be The National Library, Canberra Museum and Gallery, and the War Memorial. Get inside and defrost.


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