Keep your cool this summer

We all know the common sense tips of drinking plenty of water, wearing a hat, and using sunscreen, but have you thought of doing the following to keep cool this summer?

  • Catch a movie or do some retail therapy at one of 53 air conditioned shopping precincts in Boroondara.
  • Keep your home cool with simple energy saving tips. Visit the Australian Energy Foundation website or call the Australian Energy Foundation (formerly Positive Charge) for free, personalised energy advice on 1300 236 855.
  • Find some shade at one of our 5 libraries or our cool, airy art spaces, or consider chilling out at our local neighbourhood houses and youth centres. Why not take a dip in one of our 4 public swimming pools – there’s one near all of us. Read on for more about the different features and summer events that are on offer at each of them.
Two girls pose in front of an indoor swimming pool

Cool pools

Ashburton Pool and Recreation Centre

With an indoor and an outdoor 25-metre pool and two spas, there is no shortage of recreational choices at Ashburton Pool and Recreation Centre. Ashburton is home to a popular toddler pool, which is perfect to help build young children’s confidence around the water.

Boroondara Sports Complex

There are 3 pools at Boroondara Sports Complex for members and non-members to enjoy, including a dive pool – the only pool of its kind in Boroondara. The dive pool is open from now until the end of March. It features a 1m and a 3m springboard, as well as a 5m diving tower for the thrill seekers.

Hawthorn Aquatic and Leisure Centre

Hawthorn’s outdoor 50-metre pool is open 7 days a week. The pool is perfect for lap swimming, with 9 full-sized lanes. Patrons can also enjoy using the lounge chairs located around the pool to relax and enjoy the summer sun.

Boroondara Leisure and Aquatic Centres – Summer of Fun

From now until Tuesday 31 March 2020, Boroondara leisure and aquatic facilities invite you to enjoy fun activities for the whole family including inflatables, barbecues and entertainment. Visit Boroondara Leisure Facilities for up-to-date event information or call 9278 4797.

Kew Recreation Centre

Offering a great pool for kids over the age of 5 who are confident in the water. Open 7 days a week throughout the summer holidays, a visit to Kew Recreation Centre will make for a perfect school holiday outing for the whole family.

While you are there, find out what the plans are for the Kew Recreation Centre redevelopment, with construction due to begin mid-2020. 

For more information, including location and contacts for your local Boroondara leisure and aquatic facilities, see Leisure centres and pools.

Boroondara Library Service – dive in to our summer book lists

If you prefer sitting in air-conditioned comfort with a great book, Boroondara’s libraries are the place for you this summer. Our dedicated librarians have prepared some great summer reading lists for children and adults alike, with titles that are sure to entice.

90 days of summer – junior

Enjoy a summer of fantastic stories with the best new Australian fiction for kids. Discover cool new authors and new titles in your favourite series.

Try great stories like Lenny’s Book of Everything by Karen Foxlee and The Dog Runner by Bren MacDibble. Solve mysteries with new books Undercover by Jacqueline Harvey and Jinxed! The Curious Curse of Cora Bell by Rebecca McRitchie. Laugh out loud with Real Pigeons Nest Hard by Andrew McDonald and Ben Wood, Hopping Weird! by Anh Do or The 117 Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths.

For a full list of summer reads for kids, see 90 days of summer reading - junior titles or call 9278 4666.

90 days of summer – adult fiction

Choose from fast-paced action with Blood River by Tony Cavanaugh or The Collaborator by Diane Armstrong, or chill out with something a bit lighter like Star Crossed by Minnie Darke or The Sparkle Pages by Meg Bignell.

There is so much new Australian fiction to enjoy these holidays, and we have gathered 90 of the best titles to celebrate 90 days of summer.

For a full list of summer reads for adults, see 90 days of summer reading - adult fiction or call 9278 4666.