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Published August 5th 2012
It's time to get naked and play some golf
Spring in Adelaide
Spring is the silly season, where it's warm enough to leave your gloves at home but not quite warm enough yet for everybody to start sweating all the time. When you've fallen into a routine, though, it can be difficult to adjust. You might wear your heavy coat out in the suddenly warm weather, for instance – or keep going out to the same mulled wine bars and stuffy pubs that you frequented during winter.
Although somehow it doesn't seem appropriate anymore.
It's hard to get back into the swing of things after a break. Sometimes it helps to just do something you've never done before, or go someplace you've never been. Winter is the oldest break there is: prehistoric cavemen huddled inside during the cold months. Even bears hibernate. Here are some activities to help you through the transition to summer.
Maslin Nude Beach
Surprisingly, spring is the perfect time for nude bathing. The same cold weather that makes it uncomfortable to swim also drives away most people from the beaches, creating the perfect secluded atmosphere. At this time of year you'll only find die-hard naturists, not the oglers and perverts that flock to nude beaches in summer.
Maslin Beach from the road.
Maslin Beach is the closest nude beach to Adelaide: a 45 kilometre drive through Morphett Vale along Main South Road will take you to the main car park. It's your garden-variety nude beach, and if the swimmers weren't naked it would look like any one of a hundred Adelaide beaches. It is exceptional, however, for the annual Maslin Beach Nude Olympics – why not head down and compete in the 'best bum' competition? The Nude Olympics raises interesting questions. Is there a problem with doping? And would a sack race event defeat the point of the whole thing?
Glenelg Golf Club
Golf is the perfect spring sport: not quite energetic enough to keep you warm on a cold winter's day, but, if you don't cheat and use a golf cart, it's easy to overheat during summer. Since all good golf clubs have a palindrome embedded in the name, it's worth checking out the Glenelg Golf Club. There's a great variety of holes, and you'll need a broad skillset to do well here – doglegs, surprising water hazards and well-placed bunkers all add to the challenge.
No matter your skill level, it's always fun to get a few friends together and play. Not good at fine control? Hire a club and whack some balls Happy-Gilmore-style at a driving range. Too feeble for that? There's always the putting green, which is much harder to humiliate yourself on. A little friendly competition – perhaps assisted by a handicap – is an excellent way to ring in the changing of the seasons.
Ask anybody to describe the seasons, and when they get to spring they'll mention trees and flowers. This is the time of year when nature is at its most beautiful – for instance, you won't see yellowed grass or fading flower petals. Head down to Kangaroo Island, then, and enjoy some Australian wildlife. Sure, you might not be able to swim comfortably at the beaches, but there's a wealth of things to do instead.
Kangaroo Island is a great place to go see Australian animals. Despite its name, the island isn't known for its kangaroo population but rather its sea lion population, which hangs around Seal Bay. Tourists can get rangers to guide them through the bay and watch the sea lions as they bask on the sand. There are some cool geological formations, too – don't miss Admiral's Arch, a seafront cave with some pretty impressive stalactites.