With the chill of winter well and truly setting in, forget about escaping to the tropics and head to a winter wonderland just across the ditch with the best red wine in the world, cosy bars and restaurants, and a cliff-top bathtub perched high above the Southern Ocean.
Adelaide comes to life in winter and its Mediterranean climate means even the winter months are lovely and mild. So, here’s our pick on the best way to spend a 4-day winter getaway in Adelaide.
1. SNUGGLE UP IN A COSY WINTER HIDEAWAY
South Australia’s secluded hideaways are waiting to be discovered. Just a 45-minute drive from Adelaide, cosy up in the Fleurieu Peninsula at a completely off-grid, eco-friendly tiny house nestled in Kuitpo. With epic views across the hills and vineyards beyond, CABN Kuitpo is the ideal escape from the city.
2. SOAK IN A TUB WITH A VIEW
Does it get much better than taking in the views of the Southern Ocean on a winter’s day from the comfort of a spa pool? This luxurious bathtub overlooking some of the most breath-taking landscapes of South Australia, at Kangaroo Island’s Lifetime Private Retreats’ Cliff House is perched on a cliff top, with private access to Snellings Beach, a cushioned sunken pit with open fire and tower bedroom
3. DRINK RED WINE BY A ROARING FIRE
Nestled among the rolling green hills of the Barossa just an hour’s drive from Adelaide, Hentley Farm’s award-winning cellar door with an open fire place is the perfect spot to defrost and unwind with a glass (or two) of great wine. Housed in a cosy 1840s cottage, with exposed stone walls and wood beam ceilings, this boutique cellar door in the heart of Seppeltsfield has an historic charm that’s welcoming and warm.
4. WALK IN A WINTER WONDERLAND AT MOUNT LOFTY BOTANIC GARDENS
The Adelaide Hills, less than 30 minutes from central Adelaide, have everything from wildlife to waterfalls in the cooler months. Explore Mount Lofty Botanic Garden’s 97 hectares of lush, green paradise. With wending and winding paths through some of South Australia’s most beautiful and diverse plant-life, including camellias in full bloom, it is a winter wonderland bursting with colour.
5. INDULGE IN A WINTER FEAST
As winter sets in, so does the urge to cosy up with food, and lots of it. From decadent degustation’s, and fine dining with a view, through to paddock-to-plate experiences and casual lunch spots by a roaring open fire, winter feasts await in Adelaide and beyond. Tucked away in one of the prettiest corners of the Adelaide Hills is Lost In A Forest located in a 130-year-old church serving gourmet, wood-fired pizzas featuring locally sourced and foraged produce and a wide range of local wines, beers and cocktails.
6. GET CULTURED AT ART GALLERIES AND MUSEUMS
Explore Adelaide’s cultural boulevard, North Terrace, home to a myriad of unique and impressive galleries and museums. Kick off at the Art Gallery of South Australia, housing one of Australia’s best art collections and exhibitions. Head next door to the South Australian Museum, renowned for its world-class natural history and cultural collections. Then head across the road and step into the future at the University of South Australia’s MOD, an innovative science and technology museum with quirky, ever-changing exhibitions displayed over two floors.
7. EXPLORE ADELAIDE’S BARS AND LANEWAYS
Adelaide’s many bars and laneways are the perfect spot to while away a chilly winter’s evening with a warming red in hand. For a full body warm up, a whisky at the underground Suzie Wong Bar at Red October or a magical Harry Potter Moaning Murtle cocktail at The Sorcerer’s Bar will do the trick.
8. GO GHOST (MUSHROOM) HUNTING
It’s the most exclusive of lightshows and fungi are the headline act. Grab your torch and go ghost hunting on the Limestone Coast as the unearthly green glow of Ghost Mushrooms illuminate Glencoe pine forest. A result of a chemical reaction between fungal enzymes and oxygen, Ghost Mushrooms typically emerge after late autumn rains, with the glow in the dark phenomena lasting for just a few magical weeks a year.
9. EXPERIENCE THE BEST WINTER WILDLIFE AND GO WHALE WATCHING
Between June and September, it’s prime time for whale watching as the ocean’s gentle giants make their way to our shallow waters to birth and rear their young. Whales can be seen along the coastline from Kangaroo Island, in the waters around Head of Bight on the Eyre Peninsula and off the Fleurieu Peninsula around Victor Harbor, 90 minutes’ drive south of Adelaide.
10. FARMERS MARKET TOURS
Armed with a local guide by your side, you’ll be fully immersed in the sights, stories and tastes of South Australia’s produce at the Adelaide Central Market. Jump on a Barossa Farmers Market Walking Tour and be introduced to the region’s producers behind the food and learn how to create the ultimate picnic. A must for all foodies looking for something to do this winter in Adelaide or the Barossa.