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Free Valentine's Treats 2018

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by Annette Vandersluis (subscribe)
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Published January 13th 2018
Put your wallet back in your pocket, and treat for free
Valentine's Day can be enormously expensive, especially with traditional gifts being flowers and chocolate - however, it doesn't have to be. This year, Valentine's Day is on Wednesday, which does make your choice a little more difficult, however, there is still a multitude of ways to say 'I Love You' without having to break the bank. Here is just a small selection of free ideas which optional extras for you to treat your loved one this Valentine's Day.

Write a Letter or Poem to Your Love

I know, it sounds really cheesy, but if your love is romantic at heart and you are not a natural writer or poet, the effort you expend developing something really lovely to present to them on Valentine's Day will be appreciated. Help is available with a number of websites providing hints on how to write that special poem. Google 'Write a Valentine's Poem' for a wealth of suggestions.

valentine's day, botanic gardens, flowers, chocolate, poems, letters, love, roses, Willunga, Adelaide, mt lofty
Write a Poem or Letter. Photo: Petar Milosevic, Wikimedia Commons


Present your letter or poem lovingly gift wrapped with a small gift, and it will be the gift to be remembered.

Botanic Gardens

Let's face it, buying flowers on Valentine's Day can actually break the bank, but there is a way you can treat your loved one to at least viewing some of the best flowers in our city. The Botanic Gardens around South Australia have some amazing floral displays and offer free guided walks. Walks are cancelled if the temperature is forecast to be above 36 degrees, so please check the forecast before attending.

valentine's day, botanic gardens, flowers, chocolate, poems, letters, love, roses, Willunga, Adelaide, mt lofty
Photo: Bruce Vandersluis Images


Botanic Park Guided tours of Botanic Park occur on Mondays at 2 pm and depart from the Friends Gate, Plane Tree Drive in front of North Lodge.

Adelaide Botanic Gardens Guided tours are held each day (except Good Friday and Christmas Day) commencing at 10.30 am. Meet the guide at the Schomburgk Pavilion to embark on a 1.5 hour guided walk.

Once the walk is over, treat your love to lunch at the Cafe Fibonacci, the Botanic Gardens Restaurant or the Simpson Kiosk. Each location has a lovely view of the park and offers an array of delicacies for you to enjoy.

Mount Lofty Botanic Garden Guided tours leave from the Lower Car Park off Lampert Road, Piccadilly every Thursday at 10.30 am.

After the walk, take your love to Mt Lofty Summit to enjoy the stunning view over Adelaide and maybe indulge in a meal or snack at The Summit Restaurant or Cafe.

Wittunga Botanic Garden Guided tours leave from the Main Gate, Car Park Shepherds Hill Road, Blackwood every Tuesday 10.30 am.

Public transport is available to the parks, please visit the Adelaide Metro website for further information.

Haigh's Chocolate Factory

Receiving Haigh's is a tradition in our family, regardless of whether it is Valentine's, Christmas, a birthday, anniversary or just because we are passing the store. However, joining a tour of the Haigh's Factory located at 154 Greenhill Road, Parkside the Haigh's Chocolate Factory is a special treat.

valentine's day, botanic gardens, flowers, chocolate, poems, letters, love, roses, Willunga, Adelaide, mt lofty
Haigh's Factory Parkside. Photo: Bruce Vandersluis Images


Guided tours are free and are run Monday and Saturday between 9 am and 2.30 pm and Tuesday to Friday 9 am to 4 pm. The tour enables you to see the confectioners using artisan skills to create and hand finish chocolates and you get to enjoy free tastings and complimentary tea and coffee at the end.

Remember to buy a special treat for your loved one after the tour in the factory shop. There are also a range of seconds available for you to take home to enjoy later.

Tour bookings can be made at the website or by calling 8372 7070 during opening hours.
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Why? Special ways to treat a loved one.
When: Wednesday 14 February 2018
Where: Around Adelaide and Hills
Cost: Free
Your Comment
There are some good ideas here Annette. Why don;t you enter it in the Valentine's day competition.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|6064) 95 days ago
Thanks Gayle, I did think about it. I'll do it now. :)
by Annette Vandersluis (score: 2|733) 94 days ago
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