So what if the forecast is bleak? There's a still lot of fun to be had in Adelaide on a rainy day. Make the most of the wet weather by chasing rainbows and jumping in puddles because, as B.J. Thomas sings, you're "never gonna stop the rain by complaining".
It just so happens to be a great time for viewing waterfalls as well. Waterfall Gully in Cleland Conservation Park, Morialta Conservation Park, and Hindmarsh Falls near Victor Harbor are just some of the places in South Australia where you can see waterfalls and they're best viewed after a downpour.
Winter also heralds the arrival of the southern right whales to our waters. They can be seen frolicking off the south coast of South Australia from May to October every year, so rug up and grab your binoculars because 'tis the season to be whale watching in Victor Harbor.
Learn more about the night sky and avoid the rain at the Adelaide Planetarium. There's the chance of a meteor shower, but at least you won't get wet. Public viewing sessions are held fortnightly at the University of South Australia in Mawson Lakes.
Recycle, upcycle, unicycle – you never know what you'll find in Adelaide's antique stores, so a dreary afternoon spent poking around some of the better ones could prove prosperous. At the very least, the items are bound to be more interesting than whatever's trending in the chain stores and shopping malls.
Fact: rainy days aren't conducive of exercise. There are no excuses for slacking off though because it is certainly possible to have a good work out even when it's cold out. Perhaps the best way is with Bikram Yoga. You'll feel like you're sweltering through a South Australian heatwave in no time when you perform yoga poses in a room heated to 40 degrees.
Embrace the season, chills and all, with ice skating. The Ice Arena in Thebarton is always a winner and it's open every day. For something different and a little bit magical, Moseley Square in Glenelg becomes a Winter Wonderland with an undercover ice rink by the beach this July.
Also in Glenelg and open every day is The Beachouse. It's the place to go for an exciting day out and not just in the summer months either. The kids, for example, will enjoy the arcade games, dodgem cars, carousel, play castle, and even heated water slides in any season.
For a quieter and more creative outing, take the kids to the Plaster Fun House where they can paint and decorate a plaster model of their choice. Most areas are covered with three locations in Adelaide (Brighton, Unley, and Brahma Lodge), but opening hours vary somewhat at the different stores.
Catching a flick is better than catching a cold, which is why a trip to the cinema is probably the most popular activity during inclement weather. From the glamour of Gold Class at Event Cinemas Marion to a $10 double feature at the Windsor Theatre in Brighton, all styles and budgets are catered for movie-goers in Adelaide.
Choose your poison: coffee, tea, or hot chocolate. Warm up with a cuppa at one of the many cosy cafes around Adelaide; we really are spoilt for choice in that department. Some favourites include Bracegirdles at 190 on Main Road in McLaren Vale, A Café Etc on Jetty Road in Brighton, Grind It on Moseley Street in Glenelg, and The Green Room on High Street in Willunga.
Relax at Sevenhill Cellars, Morella House Bed and Breakfast, The Pear Day Spa, or the Spa on Brougham
The Iris Suite and Martin Suite at Morella House in Clare make for a cosy getaway at any time of year. It provides classy and comfortable bed and breakfast-style accommodation and is the perfect base for exploring the Clare Valley wine region.
With a wellness centre comprised of steamy spas and saunas, Aquador Retreat in Oakbank is another nice place to escape for a few days. Yoga and meditation retreats are held throughout the year or you can just book in for a relaxing weekend away.