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8 things to do this winter in any city
Posted 4 June 2019
The chilly season is officially upon us, and while us Aussies love our sunshine, it’s time to give winter the love it deserves. Get out, get active and enjoy the perks of scarf and hot chocolate weather.
We’ve listed some of our favourite winter activities.
1. Visit a museum or gallery
Winter is the perfect time to get the calendars out and schedule in some gallery or museum time. Most national galleries and museums offer long and short term exhibitions throughout the year so you could be in for something a little bit different, depending on the gallery or museum you choose. No matter whether you’re heading out for a date, a solo wander or a family outing, there’s something beautifully romantic and calming about browsing the halls of a museum or gallery.
2. Head to the footy
No matter whether you’re a die-hard fan or completely new to the sport, AFL is an Aussie winter favourite for many. There’s nothing like team spirit and a bit of healthy competition to warm up those winter nights. Visit afl.com.au for schedules and ticketing information.
3. Explore nature
While many tend to shy away from outdoor activities in winter, some would say it’s the best time to enjoy nature. Less crowding and beautiful autumn and winter colours are a couple of reasons to look up your nearest national park or nature reserve and get out and about for a hike, casual weekend stroll or even a picnic. The rules and restrictions vary across national parks, so it’s best to check out your local and find out where to enter, what you can do and if they’re pet friendly.
4. Get physical
Hiking and walks aside, there’s a collection of activities you can do indoors to keep you fit and active in the cooler months. If the weather isn’t in your favour, why not try something new like indoor rock climbing, Bounce (indoor trampoline facility) or ice skating. You could even take up a new fitness class like barre, yoga, Pilates or dance.
5. Shop local at a market
Winter is a great time to get creative in the kitchen, and everyone knows a good cook-up starts with the best quality ingredients. Local farmers markets and indoor produce markets are dotted all over the country – a great winter activity that’s fun for the whole family. Rug up, collect your calico bags and head over to your local market and support some of the nearby farmers and producers.
6. Go to a festival
While many of us abandon the events calendar in favour of winter hibernation, it’s important not to forget the range of festivals popping up around the country this time of year. From music and theatre to barbecue food and wine afternoons, there’s all sorts of good stuff happening in the chilly season.
7. Explore and educate
It can be tricky to keep little ones entertained over the cooler months, but one way to make sure they’ll be interested and educated at the same time is to visit your local zoo or aquarium. With indoor or undercover options and a whole lot of fun to be had, they’ll keep your kids entertained for hours. The best part? No screens in hand.
8. Try a cooking class
If you’re looking to be the next MasterChef in your family or friendship group, why not sign up for a cooking class this winter? Whether it’s a once-off or a collection of classes, cooking schools are fun and educational.