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The South Bank beach pool is a popular spot for people to escape the heat. - ABC

Staying cool and out of the heat will be the aim for many south-east Queenslanders this week as a heatwave continues.

Temperatures are set to peak on Saturday, with Brisbane to hit 36C and higher peaks in Ipswich expected.

Health experts are reminding residents to plan their day to avoid being in the sun at peak times.

"If you need to exercise or mow the lawn, then do it in the cooler part of the day," said Dr Liz Hanna, president of the Climate and Health Alliance.

"Be informed and understand how to protect yourself."

To help with planning, here are six things to do to avoid the heat in Brisbane.

1. Head to your local pool

There are 22 local council pools in Brisbane, with 16 locations also offering aquatic playgrounds.

Do a few laps, relax or also use the other facilities, including barbecues and play equipment that can be found at most pools.

You can search for a public pool near your suburb in the map above.

2. Lunch at the Bay

Bayside suburbs offer a sea breeze when things feel too hot in the city. Manly, Cleveland and Wellington Point all offer spots in the shade for a picnic.

The four-kilometre Cleveland Heritage Walk starts at the GJ Walter Park and passes heritage-listed buildings from the 19th century, including the Grand Hotel, Queensland's first licensed pub built in 1851.

The Redland Museum also has a well-curated collection of historical memorabilia worth making time for.

3. Visit Brisbane's Cultural Precinct

Staying in air conditioning at the Cultural Precinct is a sure way of staying cool during the hot days.

The State Library of Queensland has a full list of activities and events for children during the school holidays, as does the Queensland Museum.

For the adults, the Queensland Art Gallery and the Gallery of Modern Art currently features Sugar Spin: You, Me, Art and Everything, which features 250 contemporary artworks exploring light, space and the senses.

4. Join your local library

Check out a book or two or stay put in the air conditioning and read a paperback.

City Council has 33 libraries across Brisbane.

Libraries offer more than just books now, with activities and events including workshops for children and adults alike.

5. Swim at South Bank beach

Brisbane's closest beach at South Bank includes a sparkling lagoon with white sand and is patrolled by lifeguards all year round.

Families can use the man-made beach's Aquativity water-play park, which features a range of educational play elements that reference the Brisbane River, local catchments and animals.

The area also includes the Boat Pool, which is open for people of all ages and is also patrolled.

6. Enjoy Brisbane Botanical Gardens Mt Coot-tha

Stroll around in the shade of the 56 hectares at the Brisbane Botanical Gardens at Toowong.

Drop into the Tropical Display Dome, where water sprays to keep the water plants and pond hydrated.

Daily free volunteer guided walks can teach you more about the plants that feature in the gardens.

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