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7 Reasons You Should Head To South Australia For Your Winter Getaway

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Yes, I’m also pretty bummed it’s not summer anymore. The thing is, there’s a lot of awesome stuff going on over winter, you just have to let go of swimming in the ocean.

Case and point made by South Australia, who have a heap of festivals, events and activities to make your winter both cosy and exciting. Here’s seven of them.

#1 Illuminate Adelaide Festival

Wander through this festival that celebrates innovation, music, art and light. Over 17 days and nights (kicking off on July 16), Illuminate Adelaide‘s program of free and ticketed events will light up the city’s streets, laneways and architecture.

#2 Winter Reds Weekend

 

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What better way to explore the top-notch wineries of Adelaide Hills than timing your trip for the Winter Reds Weekend from July 23 to 25? Over 30 wineries will be showing off their best wines and a smorgasbord of mouth-watering eats.

#3 Dive With Giant Cuttlefish

 

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Ok yes, I said no swimming, but have you ever tried a wetsuit? They work wonders. It’ll be worth it to spot these ocean creatures in the only place in the world where they migrate and congregate for their breeding season just once a year. They’re famous for their ability to display luminescent patterns and colours.

#4 Mount Lofty Botanic Garden

Botanic gardens might be a thing all year round, but Mount Lofty Botanic Garden’s 97 hectares of paradise come alive in the cooler months with bright autumn colours and moody winter mists. As you wander around you’ll catch SA’s most diverse plant life, flowing streams and camellias in full bloom.

#5 Arkaroola Astronomical Observatory

Get out of the light pollution and gaze at a truly impressive display of stars at Australia’s largest privately-owned astronomical observatory, Arkaroola Astronomical Observatory in the Flinder’s Ranges. Winter is actually the best time for it, thanks to longer nights and mostly cloud-free conditions.

#6 Witjira National Park Hot Springs

 

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How about over 120 mound springs with naturally warm waters surrounded by trees in the Simpson Desert to heat up in? Reaching temperatures of up to 43 degrees, these waters bubble up from a deep fissure that’s millions of years old.

#7 Head Of Bight Whale Watching Centre

 

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Every year, Southern Right whales leave their sub-Antarctic region feeding grounds to give birth in warmer waters. One of the best places to watch this migration is Head of Bight with its semi-protected areas that attract new whale mothers from early June.


(Lead image: provided by Michael Millimaci via Tourism SA)