Beat the heat | The best ice cream parlours in Australia

Ice cream is the perfect after-dinner treat, or cool snack on a hot day.


And these amazing ice cream parlours across Australia are taking it to a whole new level, with innovative flavours and decadent dining options.


Cow & Moon © Destination NSW

Cow and Moon

Located in Enmore, Cow and Moon has won many awards for their amazing ice cream, and it’s not hard to see why. They make their desserts in house every day, concocting interesting flavours such as raspberry cheesecake and lamington. And, if that wasn’t enough, they also serve delicious coffee to wash down your sweet treat.



Aqua S

Aqua S is the company reimagining soft serve in Melbourne. They became famous for their aqua blue ice cream, with a unique sea salt flavour, but now offer a variety of tasty and colourful choices. They’re passionate about bringing smiles to their customers’ faces, bringing only the best to you and your family. You can even add toppings to your dessert; anything from fairy floss, to popcorn, the choice is yours!


Gelato Messina, Bondi © Destination NSW



Gelato Messina is a national sensation spread across several venues in Sydney. They’re known for their unique flavours, as well as decadent gelato cakes which they make to order. Messina even owns their own dairy farm, which supplies them with super creamy milk, and all their chocolate is also hand made. Plus, they offer gelato classes so you can see what goes on behind the scenes with their top chefs, and try your hand at making some gelato.



Jock’s ice cream

Found in Victoria, Jock’s Ice Cream is a community institution, with lines often stretching around the block. They first opened their doors in 2001, and have been delivering quality ice cream with the same integrity ever since. Their desserts are made from scratch in store, and include some family favourites like Hokey Pokey. Anyone in the Albert Park area needs to give them a try.


48 Flavours © South Australian Tourism Commission


48 Flavours

A family-owned business from Adelaide, 48 Flavours makes their gelato using only the best South Australian produce. Their award-winning range of gluten-free and dairy-free options will have you questioning everything. And, with over 100 varieties to choose from, there’s always something to try. Dig in to a cup of coffee and pretzel, or maybe berry shortbread. The choice is yours.




Gelocchio is located on the beachfront in Cairns, making them the perfect post-swim snack on a hot Summer’s day. They provide quality Italian ice-cream, and their friendly staff is happy to help hungry customers. You can even try a giant Ferrero Rocher treat, with Ferrero Rocher ice cream coated in milk chocolate and tossed in hazelnut.


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Daintree Ice Creams

With a beautiful location on the edge of the Daintree Rainforest, Daintree Ice Creams serves gelato with a twist. Their selection is made from wild and exotic fruit, including flavours such as wattleseed, coconut, mango, and starfruit. All produce is organically grown on site, and their ice cream is made with no syrups or artificial sweeteners. You can enjoy your ice cream in their stunning orchard, and rest easy knowing part of the property goes to rehabilitation efforts for the rainforest.


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