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Fun Winter activities in Adelaide
Posted 18 June 2018
The winter woollies are out, your scarf hook is likely sagging with the weight of your resurfaced beanies and neck attire, and there’s tupperware full of soup in your fridge to last you the complete hibernation period until spring shows its face again.
Sound like you? Yeh, we get it.
While everyone loves a snuggly night in throughout the chilly months, gone are the days that the Adelaide winter calendar takes a back seat. There’s plenty of events, free activities and community happenings around the city and suburbs.
The good news? We’re here to give you a few of our favourites. Get the diary out, you’ll need it.
Sip a local drop
It doesn’t get much better than sampling a drop of red by the fire in winter time, and luckily here in South Australia, we’ve got a few beautiful local wineries to choose from. Take your pick of the regions, from North in the beautiful Barossa Valley, south by the coast in McLaren Vale, amongst the leafy streets in the Adelaide Hills, or even further afield in Clare or Langhorne Creek.
Here are a few of our favourites:
Elderton – Barossa Valley
Having recently refurbished their old estate home into a stunning cellar door, Elderton is well worth a visit. There’s a fireplace, comfy couches, and plenty of wines on the list to sample, all inside this charming vine-covered historic homestead.
Beresford – McLaren Vale
Beresford is a relatively new addition to the McLaren Vale winery family, with their new Tasting Pavillion built just over two years ago. It’s an architectural marvel, with sweepin 360 degree views and a variety of tasting options. You can pair your wines with some small bites, or enjoy a cheese platter on the couch by the floating fireplace. Yes, that’s right – floating.
Longview Vineyard – Adelaide Hills
As the name would suggest, people come to Longview for the views, but it’s the new Tasting Room and food at the Cucina we’re excited about. The cosy wood and stone finish of the building is enough to make you want to settle in for a few hours on a chilly winter’s day. Trust us, you certainly can (we have). Start off with a little wine tasting, move into some food at the Cucina and soak up those misty winter Hills vistas.
During the month of August each year, the state comes alive with incredible artworks from local artists as well as those further afield at SALA. With exhibitions and events happening in all corners of the state, check the website for more details and plan a visit to a few venues you’ve never been to before. What better excuse and get out there and explore SA?
Rug up with your team scarf and beanie, grab a couple of mates and a few frothies and head on over to Adelaide Oval to watch some good ol’ AFL. An Aussie winter favourite, there’s nothing quite like warming your wintery cockles with thousands of excited fans and a whole lot of team spirit. The energy will keep you going all week. For a list of matches, and what’s on next at Adelaide Oval, visit the website.
Explore Adelaide’s hidden laneways
After the footy, SALA, or any night of the week really, Adelaide’s laneways are a hive of activity. Bar hop along Peel street, Leigh street and Gresham street in the city’s West End, or explore the popular wine bars of the East End. Our favourites? Mississipi Moon is a hidden gem on Gresham with a collection of moonshines all the way from the USA, while Bibliotheca is a superior European cocktail bar with a list so long you’ll have to play eenie meenie miney mo. Clever Little Tailor is a perfect little cosy spot for a wine and a cheese plate in the West, as is East End Cellars or Mother Vine in the East. For food, you’re spoilt for choice, with delicious favourites the likes of Gondola Gondola (try the fried eggplant) or Peel Street (fresh, filling perfection). Take a wander, you can’t go wrong.
A whale of a time
While you might be skipping that south coast beach swim you look forward to in summer, you can still head down the Fleurieu Peninsula to Victor Harbor for something equally exciting. Winter is whale season along this part of the coast, with the beautiful creatures often settling in for a few weeks, many with calves. The season runs from about May to October, but can vary depending on a variety of factors. The Whale Centre in Victor Harbour is a great starting point, with information on whales and other sea life in the region, and tips and tricks on how to spot them. They also have recent whale sightings listed on their website.
Ice, ice, baby
We needn’t be jealous of the Northern Hemisphere and their glorious winter sports any longer – the Ice Hockey Classic comes through Australia and New Zealand in June/July again this year. Visiting Adelaide Entertainment Centre on July 5th, teams from the USA and Canada will battle it out on the ice, giving us a taste of this action-packed winter sport. Re-live the Mighty Ducks days and snap up tickets to this edge-of-your-seat experience.
Let the music play
Adelaide’s thriving music scene comes to life in winter, with the arrival of Umbrella: Winter City Sounds. The festival runs from July 13th – July 29th, with a variety of musicians popping up in venues across the city. For the full program, visit the website (below). If you’re hungry for more tunes, why not head to one of the Cellar Door Sessions run by the crew at The Porch Sessions – a roving music company putting on beautiful acoustic shows around the state (and interstate now, too). Throughout the winter months, the Porch Sessions settle into their home at Hither & Yon cellar door in Willunga. The cosy heritage building plays host to a small crowd of music-lovers around every fortnight for a relaxed evening of wines, tea and tunes. These sell out fast, so snap ‘em up.
The great outdoors
Get out and about and enjoying our beautiful national parks this winter. It might be chilly, but it’s nothing a good ol’ beanie and puffer jacket can’t fix. After all, some of the most stunning sunrises and sunsets happen in that golden light of winter. A hike up Mount Lofty won’t see you so sunburnt or sweaty as the summer months, and better yet, you can enjoy a hot cuppa at the top to cheers your successful climb. Remember to pack a thermos, some extra layers, and somewhere to warm up at the end. Some other favourites include Morialta Falls, Adelaide Botanic Gardens, Onkaparinga National Park and further south – Deep Creek National Park. The best part? The kangaroos are out and about a lot more in the winter months, so you might spy yourself a skippy.
>> For more walks and trails, see our article here.
In need of some physical activity, but the rain won’t stop? Adelaide has a collection of choices for indoor sporting venues where you can let off some of that stir-crazy winter energy.
If you’ve got little ones, Bounce is a must-visit, with endless floor space made of trampolines and a number of different classes and activities on offer. Health Partners members can snap up a general access pass for just $11.50, while the family passes are a steal at $53.50^.
Another great one for little kids (and big kids, too) is Pumpt – the indoor skate and scooter park. With all their own bikes, scooters and skateboards, you simply have to bring yourself. There’s specials and workshops on offer, as well as an in-house cafe so you can munch on a burger after all that action. Health Partner’s members receive 20% off hourly sessions#, so get rolling.
In the kitchen
There’s no doubt, wintry weather seems to make us hungrier. So what better time to get in the kitchen and learn some new tricks of the trade than now? We all have our few favourite receipes we make for friends and family, but secretly wish we were wizards in the kitchen, whipping up delicacies to surprise and delight people at our table. Sprout Cooking School can help, with their popular classes catered to all sorts of needs – from vegetarian, winter warmers, kids meals and sport nutrition. Better yet – Health Partner’s members receive a free signed copy of their book Quick.Easy.Healthy when you buy two tickets to a cooking class~.
^Terms and conditions apply. Limit one free book per customer. The book must be collected at the cooking class. This offer is valid for public cooking classes only. Only valid for current Health Partners members. For more information click here.
#Discount is available on hourly sessions only and cannot be redeemed for The Store or Parties.
~$11.50 Fixed price general access valid Monday – Friday (excluding school holidays) using the code HP10. $53.50 Family Pass (4 persons – max 2 adults) valid school holidays and weekends only using the code HPFAMILY. Excludes socks. See here for more information on Bounce Inc.