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Published December 16th 2012
How Much Fun In the Sun Can You Handle?
You wake up one morning and you know it's going to be a hot one. There is no breeze and the forecast is for high temperature and humidity. Now what? Turn on the air-conditioning, put on a movie and pretend like you are in Canada in the middle of winter. That's one option. Another alternative is to embrace the beautiful weather and head out. Here are some great ideas to keep you cool in Sydney on a hot summer's day.
Sydney has some spectacular beaches and if you live close to the ocean, you probably spend a lot of time at your local beach. But have you ever tried surfing or body boarding? If not, then why not hire a boogie board or a surf board? Most surf beaches have hire places, so head down early to make sure they don't run out and, while you're at it, book a surfing lesson. You will have heaps of fun, keep cool and learn a new skill. Sydney's best surf beaches include:
Located near Penrith Panthers, this fantastic park has something for everyone including a great playground, giant jumping pillow, a basketball court and a volleyball court. But the main attractions are two lakes with cable skiing facilities. Suitable for adults and kids over the age of ten, both beginners and advanced wakeboards, cable skiing is a lot of fun and a great alternative to water skiing. All boarding and safety equipment is included in the entry fee.
If you have kids, then Manly Water Works is the perfect way to stay cool. For only $19, the kids can slide all day, while you relax at Manly Cove Beach, located next to the slides. There are several cafes for snacks, coffee, drinks and ice cream and plenty of tall trees that offer shade. Find out more about Manly Water Works or check out check out other great water parks.
If surfing or body boarding is not your thing and you prefer to just splash in the ocean, where there are no waves, you have plenty of beaches to choose from. Many of them have great amenities and kiosks/cafes, so bring a beach umbrella, sunscreen and lots of drinks. Great beaches without waves include:
Parsley Bay Reserve
Manly Cove Beach
Sydney has two great aquariums and if you don't fancy being outdoors, then why not stay out of the heat by visiting Sydney Aquarium or Manly Sea Life Sanctuary? There is plenty to see at both places and during school holidays, you will find extra activities. And if you are brave enough, book for one of their great diving experiences.
What better way to keep cool than to explore the underwater world? You can pick up masks, snorkles and flippers for under $40 at places such as K-Mart, Target or Big W. If you are feeling more adventurous then book a scuba diving session with a diving school. Great places to go snorkelling and diving include:
Little Manly Beach
Chowder Bay / Clifton Gardens
The ultimate way to keep really cool. Pull out your winter clothes and head to Macquarie Ice Rink. Skate hire is included in the entry price and each session runs for up to two hours. Find out more about Macquarie Ice Rink.
Being on the water is always going to be cooler than anywhere else, so either hire a kayak, canoe or jump on a ferry and enjoy cruising Sydney harbour. For a thrill ride, go jetboating or whale watching.
For a relaxing cool day, why not head to Sydney Tower to enjoy spectacular views and cold drinks? Stay for lunch and spend a few hours as the tower rotates 360 degrees. Make sure you bring your camera.
You don't have to go out to have a lot of water fun at home. Even with water restrictions in place, fill up large plastic containers with water, get your water guns, plastic cups and even balloons, fill them with water and let the fun begin!
So turn off the air-conditioner, put on some sunscreen and head out for a day of fun. After all, summer is going to be over before you know it, so make the most of it today. Make sure you keep hydrated and indulge in some delicious ice cream.