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Published November 6th 2016
Easy ways to stay cool in Cockburn in summer
It's no secret that Perth summers are hot, sometimes even stinking hot. Luckily, there are plenty of places to cool down when the mercury rises. Cockburn, located 20 minutes south of Perth, has around 20 km of coastline for locals and visitors to enjoy if you love to head to the beach on a hot day, but it also boasts a heap of other activities to help beat the heat. Here are the top ways to cool down in Cockburn on a stinking hot day.
Cockburn Ice Arena Cockburn Ice Arena in Bibra Lake is the coolest place in town. Perth's largest and newest ice-skating rink offers public skating sessions, lessons, birthday parties and ice hockey matches. You can hire skates at the venue and enjoy a bite to eat at the Frostbite Café or the on-site restaurant, Cabin 401. Entry fees start from $18 for adults and kids aged three and four are $12, while kids aged five to 17 will cost $18. Check the website for public skating session times. Address: 401 Progress Drive, Bibra Lake Phone: 9411 0300
Adventure World A trip to Perth's premier theme park, Adventure World, is a truly awesome way to cool down. There are fantastic water slides and rides to enjoy, including Kraken, the longest, steepest and tallest funnel slide on the planet, swimming pools and one of 12 poolside Luxury Cabanas for hire, if you want to cool down in style. The park is open between September and April and entry fees start from $53 for adults and from $48 for kids. Address: 351 Progress Drive, Bibra Lake Phone: 9417 9666
Adventure World is an awesome place to cool down (pic: Adventure World Facebook page.)
Woodman Point in Coogee is considered one of the best places in Perth for kite surfers due to the consistent winds and calm and shallow waters, making it ideal for beginners. If you're a bit more experienced, head around to the Northern side of Woodman Point for some offshore winds.
Woodman Point is also a popular spot for windsurfing due to its favourable wind conditions. Either way, being out on the water is a glorious way to spend a hot Perth day. Address: 132 Cockburn Road, Munster
Windsurfing is a favourite way to cool down at Woodman Point (Pic: Windsurfing WA Facebook page.)
Scared of sharks invading your swimming spot? Coogee Beach Reserve is home to the state's one and only shark-proof barrier. During the summer months, the barrier contains a pontoon – perfect for sunbathing or jumping into the water. You can also snorkel around the area – you may be lucky enough to see a dolphin or even a sea lion. Address: Powell Road, Coogee
Coogee Beach is a lovely place for a shark-free swim.
Cockburn Splash Pad This free interactive water feature in the heart of Cockburn Central has special interactive sprinklers, meaning a totally free and easy way to cool down. The Splash Pad is undercover and it's a great spot for kids (or adults) to escape the heat. There is Mooba coffee shop close by, as well as lots of other small little shops where you can stock up on cold drinks and snacks. Address: Junction Boulevard, Cockburn Central
Water playground at Port Coogee With a little man made beach and a cool water playground, Port Coogee has summers covered. There are undercover picnic and barbeque areas but the interactive water park is definetly the easiest way to cool off on a hot day. Address: Maraboo Wharf, North Coogee Website: cockburn.wa.gov.au
South Lake Leisure Centre South Lake Leisure Centre has swimming pools for all ages, including a summer outdoor area, a leisure pool, shaded toddler pool and water slides. This area opens in late November. Indoors, you will find a lap and leisure pool, spa and sauna, including disabled access. Address: 90 South Lake Drive, South Lake Phone: 9411 3355 Website: cockburn.wa.gov.au
Go Snorkelling at McTaggart Cove McTaggart Cove in North Coogee not only boasts some awesome native marine life, but you can also snorkel around a shipwreck off the coast. This area is also ideal for swimming and diving. Address: McTaggert Cove, off Cockburn Road, North Coogee
Visit the Gate Bar and Bistro The Gate Bar and Bistro has a great outdoor garden bar with shaded areas and best of all – a mist cooling system that sprays sporadic, refreshing droplets onto the patrons below. It's heaven on a hot day and just one of the reasons this Cockburn pub is so popular in summer. Address: 816 Beeliar Drive, Success Phone: 9499 3399 Website: the gatebarandbistro.com.au
The Garden Bar at the Gate (Pic: The Gate Facebook page.)