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Rainy Day Activities in Adelaide

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Published June 25th 2014
Don't let the wet weather hold you back
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".

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Things to do on a rainy day: chase rainbows

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.

Perhaps you'd prefer to stay inside where it's warm and dry rather than face the great outdoors on a drizzly day, and that's ok. Take the time to check out the exhibits at some of Adelaide's museums and galleries, such as the Adelaide Migration Museum or Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute.

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.

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Antique shopping in Burra

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.

If the wet weather is driving you up the walls, head to Adelaide's Bouldering Club in Thebarton or the Vertical Reality Climbing Gym in Holden Hill. There you can have fun and get fit while you climb the walls all day long.

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.

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Coffee and cake at The Green Room on High Street

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.

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Relax at Sevenhill Cellars, Morella House Bed and Breakfast, The Pear Day Spa, or the Spa on Brougham

Should your poison of preference be the alcoholic variety, then you're in luck. South Australia is home to some fantastic wineries that will warm you up from the inside out. There is Pike & Joyce Winery in the Adelaide Hills, Wirra Wirra Winery in McLaren Vale, Yelland & Papps Winery in the Barossa Valley, and Sevenhill Cellars in the Clare Valley, to name just a few.

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.

For some, the ultimate way to spend a rainy day is at a day spa receiving a massage or facial on a heated table and listening to the storm outside. In which case, The Pear Day Spa in the city, Spa on Brougham in North Adelaide, The Sanctuary at Hove massage clinic, and Diamond Medispa in Christies Beach are recommended for such luxuries.

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Watch the waves crash against the shore at Moana Beach
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Your Comment
Thanks for taking the time to write this up :)
by banab (score: 1|38) 1209 days ago
I went to the migration museum last year for uni and it was so interesting. Not somewhere I usually would have gone but the guides were wonderful and had so much knowledge. Definitely worth a visit!
by danni (score: 1|96) 1214 days ago
Fantastic ideas, thank you. Winter can really be a magical time.
by ddfm (score: 1|22) 1212 days ago
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