It’s that time of the year again; when Queenslanders stock up on sunscreen, buy packs of lemonade ice-blocks and retreat to the cool interior of their heavily air-conditioned homes, or, for the lucky few, their backyard pool.
But you don’t have remain trapped in your house to beat the heat this summer. There are plenty of cheap and fun places around Brisbane that are guaranteed to chill you out in no time. Here are our top five.
1. Streets Beach
This is no ordinary swimming pool. Streets Beach is Australia’s only man-made, artificial beach, making it a hit tourist attraction. The beach has a sparkling, crystal-clear lagoon and beds of white sand, all surrounded by palm trees, pebble creeks and exotic, leafy plants. For those wanting an extra burst of cool, there are several ice cream shops just a short walk away. Streets Beach is perfect for families or anyone wanting a relaxing afternoon out.
Location: South Bank
Yes, you heard right. Brisbane is home to two Olympic sized ice-skating rinks, one on the North side and one on the South. Iceworld has public ice-skating sessions seven days a week and caters to all skill levels, so whether you’re a beginner or a world-class ice-skating champion, you’re guaranteed to be entertained for hours. Both rinks have fully stocked skate shops and cosy cafes in case the cold gets too intense. So grab some friends, grab a jacket and get prepared to zoom across the ice!
Location: Boondall and Acacia Ridge
Price: From $11
3. The Queensland Museum and Sciencentre
For those lovers of history and discovery, the Museum and Scieencentre are two well-known Brisbane favorites. You can stroll through the Museum at your own pace and explore the fossils, beetles and bugs, all in the comfort of full-building air-conditioning. The Sciencentre is a huge hit with kids, featuring exciting interactive displays and shows. For those who like to keep things cool, classy and educational, the Queensland Museum promises an engaging day out.
Location: Corner of Melbourne and Grey Street, South Brisbane
Price: General admission to the Museum is free, but charges apply to the Sciencentre and for special events. See the website for more details.
4. Wynnum Wading Pool and Waterpark
Built during the 1930s Depression as part of the Unemployment Relief System, the Wynnum Waterpark is now a much-loved destination for a chilled day out. The pool is right next to the beach and fills with seawater during high tide, making it an ideal swimming spot for the kids whose parents prefer them not to venture out into open water. Beside the Waterpark is an adventure playground and a number of electric barbecues and picnic tables, so bring the family, have a splash and celebrate summer in true Aussie style.
Location: Wynnum Esplanade
5. Sir Thomas Planetarium
With a cool, dark interior and fully reclining seats, why not chill out for a cool spot of star-gazing at the Brisbane Planetarium? It features a wide range of entrancing and educational shows for adults and children alike, including Black Holes: Journey into the Unknown, Cosmic Collisions, Dark Universe and Tycho to the Moon, to name a few. You’ll be so captivated on your astrological journey, you’ll completely forget that it’s thirty-five degrees outside.
Location: Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt Cootha
Price: Adults $15, children (3-14 years) $9.20, concessions $12.80 (group discounts available)
Words by Catherine Sherwood
Image by Visit Brisbane