Sydney is a city built especially for summer. With an abundance of pristine sandy beaches, tranquil harbour bays and crowded water parks, as well as an indoor oasis or two, Sydneysiders are guaranteed to beat the heat in one way or another. Here are our top things to do on a hot day in Sydney, because you can be sure there are plenty of those coming!

Our Pick of the Top Things to Do on a Hot Day in Sydney

Picture this; you’ve got that unsightly line of sweat on your upper lip, you’ve already changed into your second sweat-drenched tee and stepping outside feels like you’ve stumbled into the Sahara Desert… and not in a good way.

Luckily, when it comes to Sydney summer activities, we’re spoilt for choice. Here are the best things to do on a hot day in Sydney so you can cool down, stat!

1. Find an outdoor pool

While Sydney beaches are beautiful, the long days of summer are the best moments to explore Sydney’s array of beautiful outdoor pools. Bondi Icebergs is a Sydney institution and lies a stone’s throw from the city centre. Relax by the pool, have a drink and don’t forget to snap a pic for the ‘gram! Entry to the pool is $6.50, and it’s open every day except Thursdays, however bookings are recommended.

Bronte Baths, a less popular option than its competitor, Bondi Icebergs, is FREE and always open to the public. The baths are sheltered from the ocean, and is big enough for advance swimmers to practice their lengths, and shallow enough for families to enjoy with their youngin.

2. Cool off on the ice

If you’re looking for things to do on a hot day in Sydney, this one takes the cake! You might have to go a little further afield but it’s not hard to see that skating around a huge slab of ice is a sure-fire way to cool off and have fun in the process. It’s a perfect activity for the kids, too! Head to Macquarie Ice Rink, Canterbury Ice Rink in the inner west or Ice Zoo in Alexandria to kick off the fun.

3. Try stand up paddleboarding in Manly

Looking for a unique way to beat the heat? Test your coordination skills and cool off at the same time by trying stand up (SUP) paddleboarding in Manly, just a quick ferry ride from Sydney’s Circular Quay. For the more athletically inclined, you can even test your balance by trying out a yoga class on paddleboards at flow mOcean, right by Manly Wharf.

Other gems where you can step up your SUP game include Bellamy Beach, Point Piper, Balmoral Beach in Balmoral, The Basin Campground in Ku Ring Gai Chase National Park and Gunnamatta Bay in Cronulla. These gorgeous locations are shielded from winds and big waves so you’ll have year-round perfect stand up paddleboarding conditions!

4. Find one of Sydney’s hidden beaches

If you’re looking for things to do on a hot day in Sydney, you’re in luck! The city and its surrounds is home to some of the best beaches in the world. But why not stray off the beaten path and find one of Sydney’s hidden beaches?

Try Collins Beach in Manly; simply head to the end of Stuart Street and go left down the path into the national park. After a short walk, you’ll be greeted by crystal blue waters lapping lazily on the shores of a quiet beach.

Or, for something on the east side of Sydney, try Milk Beach, in Vaucluse where you can snap a picture of this picturesque beach with the Harbour Bridge in the background.

Check out more Sydney beaches here.

5. Try a coastal walk

Cool off on the coast with an early morning walk. The Bondi to Coogee coastal walk takes you right by the sea, with jaw-dropping ocean views and plenty of spots to cool off along the way. Finish your walk with brunch at either end. Or if you’re feeling adventurous, challenge yourself to go there and back, which is about 2-2.5 hours all up.

Discover more Sydney walks here.

What are your favourite things to do on a hot day in Sydney? Tell us your secret spots to cool off!

At Boutique Property Agents, we’re Sydney experts; we love exploring everything this wonderful city has to offer. To discover more things to do in Sydney, contact us directly or check out more ideas here.

Tolga Ozer, Principal & LREA

Hyde Park’s most highly acclaimed property expert, achieving record-breaking outcomes for owners and investors. Having become the most sought-after agency for Sydney’s inner suburbs and CBD, my team and I take pride in our ability to deliver outstanding results.

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