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Part 1: 101 things to do in South Australia this winter



  • Katie Spain and SA Weekend writers
  • The Advertiser
  • June 12, 2015 9:00PM










Treat yourself this winter and escape to a romantic retreat.




WE’VE got the chills, big time. Combat (or embrace) the cold with our top 101 things to do in South Australia this winter. In part one, we suggest places to escape to and places to stay. Got any suggestions? Leave a comment below.






The Hahndorf Hill Winery offers wine and chocolate tastings.





Trying to find a park here on a weekend is enough to raise a temper but there’s something special about Hahndorf during winter. Head for the hills and indulge in a hot tea at Poet’s Ode (100B Mt Barker Rd), followed by a sweet treat in Farm Gate Providore’s underground lair (84 Main St). Hahndorf Hill Winery’s ChocoVino experience involves gourmet chocolate and wine matching in warm surrounds (38 Pains Rd, hahndorfhillwinery.com.au) and, if you’re feeling touristy, a Bavarian Grill at The German Arms (69 Main St) or a mammoth jacket potato at Natura’s Ice Creamery (60 Main St) can’t be beaten.

While you’re there: Drop in to Glen Vimy Orchards’ roadside stall and buy a ready-made apple pie to take home (167 Main St).



The historic Pichi Richi railway runs between Port Augusta and Quorn.




2/ STEAM BACK IN TIMEThe Flinders Ranges town of Quorn is the home of the Pichi Richi Railway, which runs regular heritage train services on the oldest remaining section of the famous narrow-gauge old Ghan railway. Trains depart from Quorn and nearby Port Augusta. pichirichirailway.org.au

And try a quandong (native peach) pie at one of the town’s cafes. Emily’s Bistro (45 First St), is a former general store emporium with old-world charm. Flying foxes which once carried cash between counters still traverse the ceiling. While you’re there: Wadlata Outback Centre, in nearby Port Augusta, gives an extensive and fascinating insight into the landscape, from ancient times to the modern day, in its self-guided Tunnel of Time. wadlata.sa.gov.au


Kangaroo Island is known for its spectacular views, fabulous fishing and local produce but is also prime turf for wrapping up warm, embracing the goosebumps and roaring about on quad bikes. Hit a working farm’s dirt tracks with Bush Getaway Adventures and leave the cold behind. Tours past the Stunstail Boom River include stopping to check marron pots. There are daytime koala tours, sunset kangaroo tours and all-terrain explorer tours too. The bikes are automatic so there’s no experience required. From $70/tour (6 years and over), ki-bush-getaway.com.au While you’re there: Take a few weeks off and hide from the weather in a warm holiday house with raging ocean views (we love Snellings View beach home at Middle River, snellingsview.com.au).



A fisherman on the jetty at Tumby Bay, renowned for its King George whiting.




4/ TACKLE TUMBYRenowned as a great place to catch King George whiting, Tumby Bay is ideal for a quiet family holiday. White sandy beaches and sheltered bays are great for year-round fishing, boating, sailing and sightseeing. Visitors can dine at the Ritz foreshore cafe which once fronted the sadly demolished Little Jetty.

There’s also a fine bakery and two genuine country pubs just a short walk away. Generations of children have played on the sandbar near the caravan park.

While you’re there: Drive southwest of Port Lincoln to the magnificent Whalers Way on unsealed roads which span some of Australia’s most rugged coastline cliffs. Get a permit first. visitportlincoln.net



Cyclists can view the Blue Lake at Mt Gambier from their bicycles.




5/ VISIT OUR VERY OWN MIDDLE EARTHEveryone bangs on about New Zealand’s volcanic landscape but the South-East is full of caves, sinkholes, forests and speccy sights perfect for winter adventures. The Blue Lake is more cold steel grey than vibrant blue at this time of year but cycling past extinct volcanic craters on the Crater Lakes Mountain Bike Trail is still a thrill. Starting near the water tower on Keegan Drive, the first leg of the trail is quite adventurous. Think narrow tracks and cracking crater sights. Hells Hole is worth a gander too. The sinkhole’s name is misleading ... it’s cold down there, which is why the viewing platform is the warmest way to experience Lower Glenelg National Park’s popular diving site. Head to the The Lady Nelson Visitor and Discovery Centre in the city’s centre to plan your sightseeing adventures.

While you’re there: Pop over to Princess Margaret Rose Caves – officially Victoria but so close to the border it’d be a shame not to (princessmargaretrosecave.com).



If you are heading north to escape winter, make sure you stop in at the Pink Road House at Oodnadatta.




6/ THINK PINKSet your wheels spinning along the Sturt Highway toward the tiny outback town of Oodnadatta where the welcome is as warm as desert dunes. Rural life moves at a slow pace so abandon your wristwatch, relax over a burger and fries and watch the travellers roll through on their way to Simpson Desert Conservation Park and Regional Reserve. Lot 1 Ikaturka Tce, Oodnadatta, pinkroadhouse.com.au

Also try: If strange and remote is your caper, drive to the Prairie Hotel in central Flinders Ranges where you can order a feral mixed grill. It’s a mission to get to but once you’ve feasted on kangaroo fillet, camel sausage, goat chop and an emu patty you’ll have something to talk about around the dinner table for years. They have accommodation to boot. prairiehotel.com.au


Almost surrounded by water and with only one entrance by road, Robe has city comforts laced with country charm. Sit by a roaring fire at the Caledonian Inn (1 Victoria St). Built in 1858, the Inn is a great place to enjoy a Limestone Coast wine with your meal. Or relax with a Robe Town ale at the Whistling Fish Bookshop and Coffee House, a little further along Victoria St – the main street. You can also try locally roasted coffee at Mahalia, mahaliacoffee.com.au

While you’re there: Stay at one of the quality B&Bs as a base and tour the numerous Limestone Coast wineries. robe.com.au


Convoy Tours runs a 15-day driving tour that kicks off in Adelaide and spins through Alice Springs, Coober Pedy, Uluru and back to Adelaide via the Clare Valley, Barossa and the Adelaide Hills. It takes in sights including the Todd River, the Olgas, Woomera Rocket Range, Burra’s Copper Mine Museum and Martindale Hall. You can make the journey in a Convoy Tours vehicle or in your own car, caravan or motorhome. You might even make some new pals along the way. $1541/person, convoytours.com





Ridgetop Retreat at Deep Creek Conservation Park offers remote romance.





There’s nothing like watching native critters from the comfort of a leather couch in front of a crackling fire. The floor-to-ceiling windows at Ridgetop Retreats, above, look out to Deep Creek Conservation Park scrubland and, during chilly months, it’s pure, remote romance. The award-winning architecture has the environment at heart (solar passive design, cross flow ventilation, solar hot water systems, aerobic waste treatment systems and high efficiency wood heaters) so you can fight the cold with conscience intact.

While you’re there: This is Fleurieu Peninsula whale watching country … thar she blows! The park’s graded walking trails are spectacular, too. Southern Ocean Retreats, Deep Creek Conservation Park, Deep Creek, 8598 4169, southernoceanretreats.com.au


No-one likes sleeping in a waterlogged tent but a downpour need not get in the way of a good camping time. Opt for a kip in a wooden tent handcrafted by local business OzShacks (ozshacks.com.au). Each little cabin sleeps up to two so you can always snuggle if you need to increase the internal thermostat. Stay in them at BIG4 Port Willunga Tourist Park (22 Tuitt Rd, Aldinga, big4.com.au) and Kingston-on-Murray Caravan Park (461 Holmes Rd, Kingston-on-Murray, komcaravanpark.com.au) or buy one for your own patch of land.


An 1866 church was recently converted into boutique accommodation on the Limestone Coast (18km south of Mt Gambier). While it’s all Gothic arches and historic charm, the three-bedroom Arches of Allendale is full of mod cons, which means a toasty stay for up to six people. 26 Williams St Central, Allendale, $160/per night for two people (minimum two-night stay), plus $50/night for extra couple, archesofallendale.com

While you’re there: Take a drive to nearby Port MacDonnell and eat fish and chips as you look out over the blustery Southern Ocean. If you’re brave head to Browns Beach and surf the waves.



The Frames luxury retreat in The Riverland is a perfect spot to escape winter.




12/ KIP ON A CLIFFWhen the frosty grass crunches underfoot and the fog settles over the Murray River, there’s nothing better than a good night’s kip in luxurious accommodation. The Frames clifftop retreats are as fancy as it gets (Lot 7 Panorama Crt, Paringa, theframes.com.au). Private balconies, heated pools and spas anyone? It’s pure opulence.

While you’re there: Fill your car’s boot with treasures at the much-loved Cammies Antiques and Collectables. Sturt Highway, Paringa, open seven days from 9am until 5pm, cammiesantiques.com.au



The original keeper’s cottage at the Troubridge Island lighthouse is available for rent.




13/ SEE THE LIGHT Sometimes you’ve got to go the distance (literally) to have an adventure worth bragging about. To stay on Troubridge Island, off Yorke Peninsula, you have to get there via boat with a charter company and pre-organise a permit. Once you’re there, escape reality for a few nights in the original lighthouse keeper’s cottage. The heritage-listed cottage accommodation has all the modern conveniences (yes, we’re talking heating). Troubridge Island Hideaway and Charter, 8852 6290, environment.sa.gov.au

While you’re there: Head to Kangaroo Island and sleep in lighthouse accommodation that’s a bit easier to find. Cape Borda Lightstation lightkeepers’ cottages and the heritage-listed lighthouse keepers’ cottages in the Cape Willoughby Conservation Park. Mark the spot me- hearties. environment.sa.gov.au



Old-style accommodation is available at Collingrove in the Barossa Valley.




14/ CUDDLE AT COLLINGROVE Any old-style accommodation with a claw-foot bath is a winner in our eyes. Everything about this grand accommodation at Collingrove Homestead, below, screams cuddle time. French-style toile quilts, hand-carved French Provincial furniture, a guest lounge with leather lounges and an open fire, and a hydrotherapy spa located in an old carriage house. There’s enough lush to go around for five couples. We love the antique-packed drawing room breakfasts in winter.

While you’re there: There’s also a degustation dinner on July 18 and a Breakfast at Collingrove event for the Barossa Gourmet Weekend in August. Angaston Rd, Angaston, 8564 2061, collingrovehomestead.com.au











Part 2: 101 things to do in South Australia this winter




  • Katie Spain and SA Weekend writers
  • The Advertiser
  • June 13, 2015 9:00PM











Need some ideas for something to do? You’ve come to the right place.






NO idea what to do today with the kids - or yourselves? Combat (or embrace) the cold with our top 101 things to do in South Australia this winter. In part two, we suggest ideas for some family fun - or some adult time.






The Voice singer Kat Jade gets close and personal with Monarto Zoo's cheetah Skukusa. Picture: Tricia Watkinson.




15/ MONARTO ZOO index

Monarto Zoo is the largest open-range zoo in the world and is home to more than 500 animals. It also has a network of approximately 10km of walking tracks for visitors keen to explore the zoo by foot. The tracks range from easy to medium grading and some are suitable for robust pushers. Winter is an ideal time for walking and it’s a great way to perhaps catch the animals unawares. Open daily from 9.30am-5pm with last entry at 3pm. Where: 65km from Adelaide on Old Princes Hwy, Monarto.

While you’re there: Check out the opportunity to see the beauty of Monarto at dusk. Enjoy a tour of the park and a surprise visit to an animal facility to spend time with the keeper watching the animals snuggle down for the night.



The National Motor Museum at Birdwood




16/ NATIONAL MOTOR MUSEUMOne of the state’s best museums is 50 years old this year. It’s an hour’s drive from Adelaide but it’s a pleasant trip through the Hills to a remarkable collection which covers the nation’s love affair not only with cars, but motorbikes, trucks, Kombis, buses and even fire engines. There are also regular special exhibitions, so more than one visit is required. Shannon St, Birdwood,

8568 4000, $12/adult, $10 concession, $5/child, $30/family, motor.history.sa.gov.au

While you’re there: Break up the trip to Birdwood by stopping at one of the growing number of family-friendly wineries. Balhannah’s Shaw & Smith has ample lawn for kids to go wild while adults enjoy wine and cheese. shawandsmith.com


If the kids are sick of “I spy with my little eye” during your next road trip to the Riverland, let them burn some energy at Renmark’s Funky Monkey Indoor Playground and Cafe. They host Friday discos and there’s nosh and caffeine to keep mature-aged folk grinning, too. 109 Renmark Ave, Renmark, free entry/0-12month olds, $6/one-three years, $10/three-12 years, facebook.com/funkymonkeyplaycafe

Also try: Imagination Kidz Play Centre and Cafe (264 Richmond Rd, Marleston), Wacky Warehouse (162 Gorge Rd, Newton), and Wiggly Worms, (595 Anzac Hwy, Glenelg).



Winter Wonderland at Glenelg is popular with ice skaters.




18/ CUT THE ICEGlenelg is a place you tend to associate with dripping icecreams and sand castles but during winter it also turns on the charm. Special event Winter Wonderland includes a 450sq m ice rink inside an all-weather glass-windowed marquee (with beach views). The all-ages event runs from July 4 to August 16 and includes figure skating demonstrations and weekend ice shows. Open 9am-7.30pm Sunday to Thursday and 9am-9pm Friday and Saturday. One-hour skating sessions includes skate hire (BYO skates if you wish but prices remain the same), $12.50/adult, $7.50/child 2-15 years, $5/penguin skating aid, holdfast.sa.gov.au/whatson

Also try: Old favourite The IceArenA, 23 James Congdon Drive, Thebarton, iceearena.com.au


For plane tragics this is a lovely place to spend an hour walking around. Take a peek inside a classic RAAF DC3, get up close to an F-111 or the legendary World War II Spitfire. There is also an old-fashioned RAAF aircrew tester used to see if potential pilots had the right stuff. It’s harder than it looks. SA Aviation Museum, 66 Lipson St, Port Adelaide, $10/adult, 8/concession, $5/children under 16, 8240 1230, saam.org.au

While you’re there: The Port is a haven for those interested in transport. Just down the street is the National Railway Museum, while the SA Maritime Museum is also handy.


Experience the wow factor of star gazing without it ending with frozen buttocks and a runny nose. Look up and marvel at the beauty of the night sky from the comfort of Adelaide Planetarium (Mawson Lakes Campus – UniSA, P Building, Mawson Lakes, unisa.edu.au/planetarium). Bookings open soon for its July 6-17 holiday program.

Also try: The Heights Observatory, a joint facility operated with The Heights School, is holding a public viewing night at 8pm on June 26. Augustus St, Modbury Heights, adults $10, children under 15 $3, asssa.org.au



Bounce has trampolines, trampolines and more trampolines.




21/ FLIP OUTExpect general chaos of the nicest sort at this still relatively new addition to Adelaide’s exercise options, which features trampolines and more trampolines. Already a favourite of the children’s birthday party circuit, Bounce, is fun for the grown-ups as well, although somewhat tiring for the unfit. But who knew trampoline dodge ball was so much fun? Sessions run for an hour. 164-168 Richmond Rd, Marleston, $17/hour, $11.50/student, bounceinc.com.au/locations/adelaide


The Mercury Cinema is particularly family-friendly during the school holidays. Book the kids in for an iShoot Workshop where they’ll learn how to make a film entirely on an iPhone or iPad. It’s fully catered and instructed by professional film-makers. July 13-14, $140/full, $110/concession. They screen Peter Pan on July 15 (10.15am) too. 13 Morphett St, city, mercurycinema.org.au


The kids love belting through the gums and vines at Pikes Winery between Watervale and Clare. And they love the changing colours of the upstairs art gallery in the old stone buildings. But mums and dads love taking the 40-minute tour of the new Pikes brewery on the Polish Hill River Rd site. For $20 you can have a beer in your hand and walk among the sparkling tanks, kettle and lauter tun before tasting beer in production and a flight of Sparkling Ale, Pilsener, Stout and the new Pikes Tonic Ale, based on the family recipe from 1903. cellardoor@pikeswines.com.au

While you’re there: Contact the Clare Valley Food, Wine & Tourism Centre on (08) 8842 3817 for good tucker, wines and fine beer in the region including King Kong stout from Clare Valley Brewing Company.


Adelaide Zoo offers exciting opportunities to get up close to many of its most popular animals including hand feeding the Giant Pandas. You might need to rug up for the “Wild Nights” and “Walkabout tours” but most animals prefer the cool to the heat and are more active in winter months. Experiences come at a range of prices from under $50 to more than $500. Free Keeper presentations are a great way to meet the animals and their carers. Outside of specially booked events, Adelaide Zoo is open from 9am-5.30pm every day.

While you’re there: Check out the possibility of hosting your next big function at the Zoo. There are indoor and outdoor venues available. adelaidezoo.com.au



Narnu Farm at Hindmarsh Island




25/ TOAST MARSHMALLOWSTired of technology and city life? Try a fun winter’s evening in the country, rugging up and toasting marshmallows around a roaring campfire at Narnu Farm at Hindmarsh Island, above. It’s been a kids’ favourite for years with a philosophy of connecting city families with the rural life and nature. There are horse riding trails and lessons, an animal nursery and opportunities to see real farm work. Put down the smart phones and tablets for a ride in an old red truck and a rollick through the adventure playground. Stay in your own cabin, with log fireplaces, and in winter there are Saturday night bonfires for all. Bring your wellies. Cottages from $155 a night. Monument Rd and Sidney Pde, Hindmarsh Island, 0438 060 585, narnu@narnufarm.com.au





It’s winter so watch out for the whales at Victor Harbor and Head of Bight. Picture: SA Whale Centre




26/ GO WHALE WATCHINGEvery winter, the state enjoys the return of southern right whales to its shores. The southern-Fleurieu Peninsula is a whale-watching hotspot and the Eyre Peninsula is also worth a visit (don’t forget your binoculars). Whales journey here in early winter to give birth. Breaching and slapping their flukes on the water’s surface, it all makes for quite a show. Keep up-to-date with sightings via sawhalecentre.com/sightings.

While you’re there: After an exciting day’s whale spotting drop in to Rock View Cafe for a serve of lamb shanks or hot soup (1 Mount Alma Rd, Inman Valley, rockviewcafe.com).


Increase your heart rate with a fright or two. Adelaide’s Haunted Horizons run day and night ghost tours with a focus on the dark side – think tragedy, murder and mystery. There’s an Adelaide City Dark History Tour, an Old Tailem Town Ghost Tour, a Gawler Dark History Tour and Port Adelaide-based ghost hunts to choose from (adelaidehauntedhorizons.com.au). Meanwhile, Ghost Crime Tours run an Adelaide CBD, Port Adelaide and a Kapunda Ghost Crime Tours (ghostcrimetours.com.au).


We’ve got chills, they’re multiplying. When the gates close and darkness cloaks West Terrace Cemetery, it’s tour time. Let the soft glow of your lantern light the way through the official guided sound and light experience. Learn about the way unfortunate South Australians met their fate and meet a troupe of mysterious figures. Night tours on Fridays at 6.30pm and 8pm (until September), $25/adult per one-hour tour, $22/concession, $15/children under 16, aca.sa.gov.au


There’s no aphrodisiac like gobbling oysters fresh out of salty waters. The Stansbury-based team at Pacific Estate Oysters on the Yorke Peninsula operate regular tours on the waters of Oyster Bay. Rug up and learn about the production cycle of farming oysters on board a working boat. You’ll get to sample oysters and other shellfish straight from the water – naturally. Resident sea lions and dolphins also make an appearance. Contact direct to arrange a date and time, pacificestateoysters.com.au

While you’re there: Tackle the town’s walking trail, which winds 6.3km along the coastline from the jetty to Pitts Cutting.



The Morialta Conservation Park waterfalls flow during the winter rains.




30/ VISIT A WATERFALLWhen Mother Nature turns on the waterworks it makes for a thrilling walk through Morialta Conservation Park. Bubbling creeks wind their way toward the spectacular First Falls waterfall and viewing platform which, for much of the year, is dry. The First Falls Valley walk takes 45-minutes (return) and is a gentle introduction to bushwalking. Bubs in strollers welcome.

While you’re there: If it’s not too slippery, tackle the short climb to the Giant’s Cave – it’ll make you feel like a kid again. Open 8.30am-sunset, Morialta Falls Rd, Rostrevor, environment.sa.gov.au


Love history? The State Library of South Australia has a variety of free walking tours available on their walking tours app (guides.slsa.sa.gov.au/walkingtoursapp). Adelaide City Council has more than 10 guides for free download on your smartphone or tablet. Printed guides are also available from the Visitor Information Centre in James Place and Customer Centre on Pirie St (adelaidecitycouncil.com). If you prefer a host to guide the way, Bob Brady (the man with the “yella umbrella”, below) leads a historical walking tour from the Strathmore Hotel to Adelaide Central Market ($30/adult, $10/children, refreshments included, 0414 766 149, yellaumbrellawalkingtours.com.au).

Also try: Other food-specific tours include Feast on Foot (feastonfoot.com), which explores local food spots. Foodi runs chocolate-specific walks (foodi.com.au) or stick to old favourites with a tour of Haigh’s (haighschocolates.com.au/tours).

32/ watch the BIRDies

Keep your eyes peeled ... many birds come down out of the bush towards human settlements during winter in search of food and shelter. “The Murray River, Gluepot, Flinders Ranges, Fleurieu/Coorong and Eyre Peninsula are all state-of-the-art destinations,” says Peter Waanders from Bellbird Tours (bellbirdtours.com), which lead short local tours and longer, specialist expeditions that cross the state.

Visit Southern Birding Services (sabirding.com) for information on all things local and feathered.

Also try: Accommodation with bird watching at heart. Wings Bird and Bush Retreat is a two-storey, three-bedroom country home high in the Barossa Ranges. Bellbird Tours will pick you up from there, too (wingsretreat.com.au)


Port Adelaide and surrounding areas are full of archaeological treasures, including the largest and most diverse ships’ graveyard in Australia accessible to non-divers. Find them across five sites located in the backwaters of the Port River. Forty ships are located across Garden Island, Jervois Basin, Mutton Cove, Angas Inlet and Broad Creek. portenf.sa.gov.au


Wild and woolly winter has arrived, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to stop. Splash Adelaide is warming up our city streets and laneways with more than 50 winter art, music and sports events. Highlights include the Australian Freestyle Football Titles on July 11; City Wide Art After Dark which takes in live performance, music, dance and installations across the CBD, and Boucle De Burbs, a cycling tour of the uncharted laneways of Adelaide and the surrounding suburbs with stops at cafes along the way.

While you’re out and about: Take a winter coat selfie and Tweet or Instagram it tagged #WinterCoatADL for the chance to win prizes. splashadelaide.com.au/splash-events


Winter is a top time for casting a line in hope of landing whiting and Atlantic salmon. Head to one of our local jetties or leave the organisation in the hands of the pros and join a fishing charter. Glenelg Fishing Charters (glenelgfishingcharter.com.au) run trips for anglers of all levels aboard their custom-built 31ft vessel. Further afield, SA Fishing Adventures (safishingadventures.com.au), Marion Bay Fishing Charters (marionbayfishingcharters.com.au) and Reef Encounter Fishing Charters (reefencounters.com.au) are based at Marion Bay on the Yorke Peninsula. South Aussie King George whiting, here we come.

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