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The Hot List: Activities & Events for Wintry Weather in Adelaide

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Published May 28th 2013
Don't be left in the cold this winter
As the rain falls and the average temperature in Adelaide drops to a brisk 15 degrees, how will you be keeping warm?

You could spend the season snuggled up under a blanket dreaming of an endless summer in the tropics.

In which case, I would suggest a holiday to Daydream Island Resort and Spa in the Whitsundays, where the sun is shining and there is a cocktail at the pool bar with your name on it.
daydream island resort and spa
Escape to a tropical island


But if a holiday to island paradise is out of the question and hibernation is becoming tiresome, turn off your heater and head out of the house. Here are some wonderful winter events and activities to keep you warm and entertained when the weather is inclement.

Get fit and flexible with Bikram yoga
It'll feel like the middle of summer as you perform yoga poses for 90 minutes in a room heated to 40 degrees. The intense workout is held in studios on Brighton Road at Glenelg or Pulteney Street in town. One Bikram Yoga session costs $22 but there are a variety of packs and passes available to make it an affordable form of exercise this winter. Visit the website for all the details.

bikram yoga adelaide
Bikram Yoga is hot


Take some time out at Aquador Retreat
Indulge in a luxurious weekend getaway at Aquador Retreat in Oakbank. There is a Freedom Through Movement retreat on June 14 -16, detox retreat on June 27 - July 1 and July 25 - 29, Soul Healing retreat on July 12 - 14, yoga retreat on August 9 - 11, and a meditation retreat August 23 - 25. Retreats include vegetarian meals and full access to the Wellness Centre that has hot spas and sizzling saunas. Visit the Aquador Retreat website for pricing, booking, and further information.

Relax with a hot stone massage
I can't think of many things better than a hot stone massage on a cold winter's day. The warmth of the smooth flat stones can alleviate muscular tension, improve circulation, and calm the nervous system. The Sanctuary at Hove on Brighton Road offers a 90 minute hot stone relaxation massage for $115 or a 60 minute remedial hot stone treatment for $80. Click your way to The Sanctuary at Hove website for more information.

the sanctuary at hove, massage clinic
Hot stone massage, yes please!


Have a cuppa for Australia's Biggest Morning Tea
The official date for Australia's Biggest Morning Tea was Thursday, May 23, 2013, but it's not too late to enjoy a warm cuppa and support the Cancer Council as morning tea events can be held until the end of June. Visit the website to take part or make a donation.

Find Adelaide's best hot chocolate
On the quest for the best hot chocolate in Adelaide last winter, I found it at The Barn Bistro on Main Road at McLaren Vale. It is so rich, so creamy, so chocolatey, and so delicious that I can never drink it all. Nearby, Bracegirdles at 190 also does a great hot chocolate. If you think you have found better, do tell.

hot chocolate, the barn bistro, mclaren vale
Hot chocolate at The Barn, so good


Head to the Hot Air Balloon Regatta
Check out the Hot Air Balloon Regatta at Strathalbyn on the June long weekend. The balloons will light up the night sky at the Glow festival on Saturday, June 9, 2013 at the Strathalbyn Trotting Club. Gates open at 3pm when there will be fun activities for all ages. It costs $5 for adults or $10 for a family.

Go whale watching at Middleton
Put on your winter woollies and take a trip to Middleton to see the whales. During the cooler months, southern right whales migrate through the tepid waters of South Australia. Middleton Point and Basham's Beach are great spots to view these majestic creatures of the deep. The South Australian Whale Centre has everything you need to know about whale watching.

whale watching, middleton
On the whale trail at Middleton


Wear your feather boa to the Australian Burlesque Festival
The Australian Burlesque Festival will heat things up with a showcase of classic glamour, neo-burlesque, and sultry striptease by the best burlesque performers from Australia and around the world. The steamy event hits Adelaide on Thursday, June 13, 2013 at Nexus Cabaret on the corner of North Terrace and Morphett Street. General admission tickets cost $55 (plus booking fee) and can be booked through the festival website.

Adelaide Showground: What's on This Winter
If that isn't enough and you need more inspiration for the wintry weather then consider the many expos, fairs, and markets that take place most weekends at the Adelaide Showground. Click here for a list of events.
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Why? Keep warm and have fun this winter
When: June, July & August
Where: All around Adelaide
Cost: Varies
Your Comment
I'm getting down to mclaren vale! Maybe belated birthday hot chocs instead!
by danni (score: 1|96) 2334 days ago
What wonderful winter warmer ideas Hayley! Warm stuff on the inside & out! I would like to do one of everything - but maybe two of the hot chocolates, they look delicious!!!
by jojan (score: 1|39) 2333 days ago
Hoot! Jazz Festival at Mount Barker is also on the June long weekend.http://www.hootjazzfestival.com.au/
by kaz (score: 0|4) 2332 days ago
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