Get your coats, scarves and boots at the ready for these amazing Winter ventures.    

When it comes to Winter, many of us tend to hibernate, with the thought of staying warm and cosy taking precedence over leaving the house for social outings. However, not only can the fresh, crisp air do us the world of good but there are so many great things about winter in South Australia!

Adelaide City

Over the last few years Adelaide has really begun to embrace the wintery season and even celebrate it.  With the introduction of events such as The Winter Village in the heart of the city, this magical winter wonderland houses an Igloo Village, ice skating rink, food trucks and pop up bars, and they are fast gaining popularity. 2021 also sees Van Gogh Alive come to town from July 1, as part of Illuminate Adelaide, ready to transport you into a world where Van Gogh’s artworks come alive around you. A very exciting addition to the city this winter being the most visited multi-sensory experience in the world! Plus, visit the Adelaide Central Market, for an undercover foodie outing full of amazing produce, great coffee and hearty dining to keep you warm. Or embark on the must-do Adelaide Oval Stadium Tour (mostly undercover) for a personalised and insightful journey through this iconic landmark. 

Adelaide Hills

The cooler months are the perfect time to explore the picturesque Adelaide Hills, well equipped for the winter weather with roaring fires, intimate dining and inviting cellar doors. Head to the Mount Lofty Botanic Gardens for meandering walks through waterfalls and lush greenery spread over 97 hectares. Explore the main street of Stirling and its village lifestyle and enjoy a mouth-watering wood oven pizza by the fire at the gorgeous Stirling Hotel. Don’t miss the Stirling Markets, held each month, for stall after stall of pure goodness! Venture to the German settled town of Hahndorf for a ‘winter in Europe’ feel and stroll the main street’s unique shops as well as inviting cafes and dining, including rustic The Haus Restaurant.  If you enjoy a wine, or even just the stunning winery settings, then don’t miss Winter Reds weekend. Held annually in July, it’s one of the best times to enjoy the Hills, on a cold wintery day by the fire, listening to acoustic music, a glass of Shiraz or Pinot in hand and a warming meal in your lap.

Barossa Valley

With over 150 cellar doors in this historic and world-renowned region, a glass of red or port by a woodfire in welcoming surrounds is not hard to find. As the vineyards lay dormant for the winter, the famous Barossa hospitality continues to stand out beyond the vines. From seasonal feasts of local produce to longstanding community traditions such as the Barossa Farmers Market, held every Saturday undercover in beautiful Angaston, Winter looks good here. Tip: if you are visiting the market, do not eat beforehand, the food is amazing. Another great activity to try that’s indoors is Casa Carboni. This Italian cooking school is a must for anyone that enjoys rustic Italian cooking or eating! Led by native Italian chef duo, Fiona and Matteo Carboni, this is a masterclass of pasta making as you create a four-course feast inspired by local produce of the season. Nothing says Winter like a comforting bowl of pappardelle, paired with wine of course!

Flinders Ranges

June, July and August are the prime trekking or walking months for the Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park, with ideal day time temperatures compared to the rest of the year. Also, with the increased rains during Winter it brings the wildlife to the forefront of the flowing creeks and waterbeds. 2020 even saw significant snowfalls here, transforming the famous arid landscape into an alpine winter wonderland. Wilpena Pound Resort is the only accommodation located within the National Park and offers a variety of accommodation styles including glamping safari tents, being the perfect outback winter camping solution complete with their own private deck and fire pit.

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Image credit: South Australian Tourism Commission, Wilpena Pound, Iain Bond, Lewis Potter, Michael Waterhouse Photography, Play and Go Adelaide

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