See & Do

10 things to do in winter

Posted on 04 Apr 2019

1. Go to a museum

Adelaide city hosts a variety of museums. Spend the afternoon learning about Aboriginal culture at the South Australian Museum, which houses one of the world’s most comprehensive collection of ethnographic material. Or, discover the history of South Australia’s multicultural beginnings at the Migration Museum. Topics of the past not quite your cup of tea? MOD. along North Terrace is one of the nation’s leading future-focused museum, marrying science, art and technology. Explore the strangely satisfying yet sometimes thought-provoking exhibitions.

2. Or, a gallery

On days that are too cold to enjoy outside, step into one of the many galleries Adelaide has to offer. Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute is a well-known gallery featuring historical, contemporary, and experimental art by Indigenous peoples from all over Australia. The Art Gallery of South Australia houses one of the nation’s most treasured art collections. Lookout for 2019’s Ramsay Art Prize where finalists works will be exhibited. FELTspace is an artist-run gallery that showcases emerging, experimental and unique exhibitions along with public programs.

3. Take a tour

Get the gang together and go on a self-guided walking tour. Put on your walking shoes and head to the Visitor Information Centre to pick up the many self-guided maps. The Adelaide Free Walking Tour also runs free tours every Friday and Saturday at 10:00 am for about two hours. Alternatively, you can also opt to sign-up to attend one - prices vary according to the different tour companies.

4. Play a round of golf (indoors or outdoors)

A little too cold outside? Treat yourself to a round of mini golf at Holey Moley in the city. Prefer to be outside? The North Adelaide Golf Course offers three different courses depending on your skill level. You can also opt to hit a bucket of balls if you’re not up for a full 18 holes.

5. Watch a film

A trip to the cinema in the city is often overlooked. Head over to the Piccadilly cinema on O’Connell Street, North Adelaide for a taste of Art Deco architecture before cozying in on any of the upcoming winter films. Indie films more up your alley? The Mercury Cinema in Adelaide’s West End on Morphett Street is a not-for-profit theatre that shows obscure (some foreign) movies that aren’t shown on the big(ger) screens.

6. Taste the world

Ever wondered what traditional Moroccan cuisine tasted like? What about dishes from Uyghur culture? Take yourself on a trip around the world, except through food. Adelaide is known for its culinary excellence, with an annual gathering of world-renowned chefs (Tasting Australia) in the city. Don’t know where to embark your journey from? You can borrow our list of favourites here.

7. Drop in to a workshop or class

Make your own hand-bound leather journal or learn how to screen print. There are many creative workshops around town this time of year. Sign up for any of the creative workshops hosted by Work-Shop, Mixed Spice Creative on Coromandel Place or drop-in at any of the sessions at the Adelaide City Library.

8. Get your groove on

Head out and jam at one of the many live music acts that's part of Umbrella Winter City Sounds, the largest open access live music festival in South Australia to happen in Winter. Umbrella is a celebration of all forms of contemporary live music, so whatever your musical preferences there's bound to be something to bop your head along, and maybe bust a move.

9. Make it a spa day

Here’s the excuse you need to book some time to treat yourself to a much-deserved break – it’s winter. The city has a variety of spas for anyone to enjoy, from traditional at Sukko Thai Massage & Day Spa, to the full-service experience at the Spa on Brougham - complete with a steam room and lap pool

10. Go on our Magical Mystery Scavenger hunt

How about going on a city treasure hunt we devised ourselves? A fun little game to play with family or friends, the treasure hunt will have you traipsing around town as you cross each task off the list. Equipped with only a city map, clues and excellent observational skills and Adelaide knowledge, see which team finds the pot at the end of the rainbow first! Download the Adelaide’s city scavenger hunt kit here. Batteries not included.


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