By Lana Guineay
It has been the coldest start to winter in Adelaide since 1943 – but there are plenty of ways to make the most of those crisp days and frosty nights without resorting to life in a blanket fort.
Here are just a few amazing ways to spend winter in SA:
1. Pubs + fireplace = good times
Find a pub with a cosy fireside, deposit yourself on a comfy armchair, order a chocolate stout so rich it practically constitutes dinner, and crack open a novel – the key ingredients for a perfect winter Sunday. For guidance, here are 5 great pubs with fires for the ultimate winter pub crawl.
2. Forage for mushrooms
The Adelaide Hills are renowned for their mushies, and the foraging pastime is on the rise. Wrap yourself up, check out this handy guide, and see why mushroom hunting is becoming a wintertime favourite.
3. Take a cooking class
Eating is great. Fact. Creating your own culinary masterpiece is possibly even better. Sprout offer cooking classes focusing on hands-on and healthy cooking, and their popular Winter Warmers class sells out fast – get on it.
4. See a show
Festival fun is not just for Mad March. Check out our picks for a no-fail guide to the decadent 2017 Adelaide Cabaret Festival, or have a night out at the State Theatre Company’s new production of A Doll’s House.
5. Wood fire pizza
Pizza is always a good idea, and a wood fire just adds to the cosy feel. Head to the Hills for the gorgeous Lost in a Forest, make a move to Melt, eat in at Etica, or check out the menu at Russell’s Pizza.
6. Check out some art
South Australia’s newest contemporary arts organisation ACE Open have just kicked off their experimental and cross-disciplinary program –from visual and moving image to dance. Meanwhile, the iconic Art Gallery of SA are hosting lunchtime talks, tours, and courses over winter.
8. Winter wonderland
Returning this July in time for the school holidays, Glenelg’s Winter Wonderland will feature family-friendly skating and tobogganing come rain or shine. Strap on your skates (or just supervise from the sidelines, hot chocolate in hand.)
9. Get productive
Days indoors are the perfect reason to get focused on all things professional, and Adelaide Convention Centre is hosting a range of conferences over winter, from craft brewing to engineering.
10. Celebrate the Solstice
Plant4 Bowden are set to celebrate the shortest day of the year like the pagans intended – feasting on wine and food. Meanwhile, winemakers The Other Right are hosting a one-off secret feast, where guests will spend a full day in the beautiful Adelaide Hills mushroom foraging, and experience a long table vegetarian feast with matched wines.
11. Wild winter
The great Adelaide outdoors isn’t just for the warmer weather. If you’re feeling adventurous, rug up and pitch a tent at one of the state’s many camping spots – sleeping under clear starry skies and the smell of a campfire (location dependent) await.