Eight ways to beat heatwave in Toowoomba

HEATWAVE conditions are expected across the Darling Downs this week so we have come up with a list of places to go to beat the heat. 

1. Shopping centres

Rosie Lloyd-Giblett looks for fashion bargains at Myer.
Rosie Lloyd-Giblett looks for fashion bargains at Myer. Kevin Farmer

HUNDREDS of stores, something for the whole family and air conditioned, why not head to Toowoomba's shopping centres and boutique stores in the CBD to beat the heat.

Stay as long or as little as you like, shop, have lunch, coffee all while staying cool.

Toowoomba residents are also lucky enough to have a new array of stores to check out, check them out here.

2. Movies

WHETHER you want to discover the love story between Mia and Sebastian in La La Land, take a trip into space with Passengers or go on an adventure with Moana, the movies will not disappoint.

Beat the heat in a cool cinema, in a comfy seat while watching some of the biggest summer blockbusters.

Go to Toowoomba Grand Central or the Strand for a full list of movies.

3. Ice Cream

Cold Rock Wilsonton assistant Zarah Carroll-Kelly.
Cold Rock Wilsonton assistant Zarah Carroll-Kelly. Bev Lacey

A SCOOP of ice cream is one of the best ways to stay cool and have a treat at the same time.

Choose from hundreds of flavours of ice cream in a cup, a cone, a cake and thick shakes to name a few.

Listen out for the Home Ice Cream van as it makes its way around town or head to some of the most well-known ice cream shops including Gelatissimo, Cold Rock and Baskin-Robbins.

4. Pools

Harrison Tzannes about to cool down in Milne Bay Aquatic Centre.
Harrison Tzannes about to cool down in Milne Bay Aquatic Centre. Bev Lacey

WE are not all lucky enough to have a swimming pool in our backyards, but the region also has public pools available to cool down in.

Toowoomba's Milne Bay includes a 50m outdoor pool, 25 metre heated indoor pool, children's wading pool and water spouts.

Highfields Fitness and Recreation Centre is another popular choice with an outdoor pool and toddler's pool.

There are also pools at Cecil Plains, Clifton, Crows Nest, Millmerran, Oakey, Pittsworth and Yarraman. For opening hours click here.

5. Parks

Visitor from Scotland, Margaret Tait with her Toowoomba friends Jenny and Merv Reilly in Queens Park. Enjoying summer in Toowoomba's parks. December 30, 2016
Visitor from Scotland, Margaret Tait with her Toowoomba friends Jenny and Merv Reilly in Queens Park. Enjoying summer in Toowoomba's parks. December 30, 2016 Bev Lacey

TOOWOOMBA has an endless supply of parks to go to including Queens Park, Laurel Bank Park and Picnic Point just to name a few.

If a little bit of hot weather doesn't scare you, having a rest or a picnic under the shade of a tree is a great way to enjoy the day.

6. Library

The new Toowoomba library. Photo Contributed
The new Toowoomba library. Photo Contributed Contributed

IF a comfy chair and a good book is more your style, then head to the region's libraries to take some time to yourself.

The new-look Toowoomba City Library only opened early last year and is just one of many across the region including Clifton, Highfields and Oakey.

For a full list click here.

7. Gym

IT MAY not be the most obvious or popular choice as a way to beat the heat but many of the region's gyms are air conditioned.

Many residents choose this time of year to kick off their new year's resolutions, so why not now?

Keep cool in the gym, get fit and remember to keep hydrated.

For a list of 27 of Toowoomba's most popular gyms click here.

8. Bowling

IF you still want to go and do something, but don't want to be outside, head to a bowling alley for a bit of friendly competition.

Throw a ball down a lane at one of Toowoomba's two bowling alleys, Garden City Lanes or Sunset Superbowl, with the aim of getting the highest score of 300 points.

It is a game for the whole family and one that is sure to keep you cool.


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