Summer in the inner west
Seven ways to cool off in the inner west
Who needs beaches when there are pools, bars and breweries? Leave the eastern suburbs to the tourists this summer, and instead, head to the coolest inner-west haunts to chill out like a local.
Take a dip
Victoria Park Pool has been helping Sydneysiders keep their cool since 1953, and is one of the city’s most iconic public pools. The Annette Kellerman Aquatic Centre in Enmore Park offers an indoor alternative, with three pools to choose from. For a splash rather than a dunk, Marrickville’s Steel Park is a summertime favourite. The waterpark and playground occupy a shady spot by the river and there’s a lengthy flying fox for a little wind-chill after you get out of the water.
Indulge in gelato
The inner west is officially home to the best gelato on the planet. Cow and the Moon on Enmore Road melted judges’ hearts with their almond affogato flavour during the Gelato World Tour a few years ago, trumping some of world’s top artisans. Once you’ve worked your way through the menu, there are more unique flavours to try at Pagoto Gelato & Waffle House in Marrickville. Whipped up with a unique Greek twist, flavours include watermelon and feta, and baklava and mastiha, made from the sap of a Mediterranean tree. When you’re walking along King Street, it’s hard to go past the unique flavour combinations on the specials board at Gelato Messina. (Listen out for their mobile van this summer.)
Paddle on the river
Make the most of daylight savings with a twilight paddle along the Cooks River. The Marrickville-based River Canoe Club welcomes beginners and new members to try out canoeing during midweek paddles and a monthly coffee paddle. It’s a refreshing way to exercise on a balmy evening, and allows you to experience the inner west’s southern reaches from a different perspective.
Escape to Polynesia
Step off Enmore Road into an unlikely oasis of Hawaiian shirts, lays and tropical flavours at Jacoby’s Tiki Bar. Share a giant clam-shell cocktail and the rush of nearby traffic will soon sound like lapping waves. Look out for news of the annual Charity Luau, held last year to support those devastated by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.
Chill out over lunch
Munching on cold cuts is a no-sweat alternative to a hot dish, and there are lots of options to whet the appetite at Newtown’s Continental Deli Bar & Bistro. Wander past the fire station on Australia Street, pull up a seat at the bar, and take your pick of charcuterie, cheeses and tinned seafood delicacies. Time on your hands? Enjoy a local tinned cocktail speciality – a Mar-tinny or a Can-hatten – batched and canned onsite.
Summer’s heat can make a leisurely stroll on the golf course feel like a high-intensity workout. For an on-par experience without the discomfort, tee off at Newtown’s indoor putt-putt bar, Holey Moley. Caddies will keep your icy drinks topped up while you test your skills on the 18 quirky holes.
Grab a coldie
Could there be anything more refreshing than an icy beer straight from the source? Cool your palate at one of the inner west’s craft breweries and head behind-the-scenes for a tour between the chilled tanks. Make a start at the Rocks Brewing Co in Alexandria, The Grifter Brewing Co in Marrickville and Camperdown’s Wayward Brewing Co.
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