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Six ideas for a winter weekend away

1 Jun 2021

It may be cold outside but that doesn’t mean you should be stuck indoors. Winter is the perfect time to plan a quick weekend break, whether to get amongst the hustle and bustle of a big city or away from it and into nature. Need a little motivation and inspiration? Well, you’re in luck because we’re staging a wintervention with these six short break ideas to treat yourself to over the coming winter months, Australia! 

MELBOURNE, VIC

VICTORIA Melbourne laneways artImage credit: Visit Victoria

Due to the COVID-19 lockdown in Victoria, events may be cancelled and businesses may temporarily close. Check with the venue before attending and follow advice from the Victorian Government.

Why winter weekend here? Melbourne is a city that seems to come even more alive during winter. Traipse through their endless laneways, indulge in artisan coffee, or pop into the National Gallery of Victoria for a culture fix - Melbourne never fails to impress. You may need to book in several winter weekends away to enjoy all the city has to offer!

What to do: Enjoy a night out in Melbourne’s very own winter village! Located at Skyline Terrace at Federation Square, The Winter Village is an outdoor pop-up event open to all. Take in the city lights, go ice-skating, and relax with mates or family in the magical igloo village.

Where to stay: Discovery Parks - Melbourne

Adelaide, SA

SA Adelaide city nola winter weekendImage credit: Duy Dash

Why winter weekend here? Adelaide is a city of surprising delights. The city has successfully used its size to its advantage from its boutique distilleries and craft breweries to world-class culinary experiences. It’s almost as if the city was purposefully designed for a remarkable and unforgettable experience at the turn of every corner.

What to do: Adelaide winters are mild with temperatures averaging between 8 to 16°C in metropolitan areas. The city of Adelaide lights up during winter for two weeks and three weekends with Illuminate Adelaide. Described as a celebration of innovation, music, art, light, and technology, take in the free light installations around the city or book tickets for a more unique experience. Winter in Adelaide also welcomes the Umbrella Music Festival - a live music celebration by talented South Australian artists.

Where to stay: Discovery Parks – Adelaide Beachfront

Hobart, TAS

TAS hobart salamanca market

Image credit: City of Hobart and Alastair Bett

Why winter weekend here? Hobart is a city offering visitors a balanced blend of heritage, culture, nature, and world-class activities and attractions. Spend the morning at Salamanca Markets, then onwards to MONA (Museum of Old and New Art), or drive out to the countryside for Tasmania’s best sushi, or visit historic Port Arthur - the Apple Isle has something for everyone.

What to do: Spend Saturday morning at Salamanca markets, one of Tasmania’s most visited tourist attractions. Hop onto MONA’s high-speed catamaran and make your way to MONA - where the architecture is worth the visit even if you’re not into art.

Where to stay: Discovery Parks – Hobart or Discovery Parks – Mornington Hobart

Hahndorf Resort, SA

SA The Lane, HahndorfImage credit: The Lane Vineyard

Why winter weekend here? Hahndorf’s convenient location (35 minutes from Adelaide CBD) makes weekend getaways a no-brainer for local South Australians. Surround yourself in the expanse of the Adelaide Hills, visit local wineries, walk through the historic German town of Hahndorf, or simply sit back and relax.

What to do: Indulge in a long lunch at any of the local wineries, or go on any of the experiences offered like the Hahndorf Guided Electric Bike Wine Experience at The Lane Vineyard. For those looking for a family-friendly experience, the Hahndorf Winter Lantern Festival lights up the Mainstreet and township towards the end of winter.

Where to stay: Discovery Parks - Hahndorf Resort

Barossa Valley, SA 

SA barossa valley winter weekendImage credit: Duy Dash

Why winter weekend here? Experience South Australia’s award-winning region - with over 100 wineries you’ll be spoilt for choice. Barossa Valley is home to over 40 wine grape varieties, each with its own character, and worth a sample (or two).

What to do: Start the weekend with yoga amongst the vines, sign up to experience a long lunch at a winery, explore the vineyards via segway or bike, or drop in on the many events happening throughout the Barossa over the winter season.

Where to stay: Discovery Parks - Barossa Valley

Swan Valley, WA

WA swan valley bushtucker experienceImage credit: Tourism Western Australia

Why winter weekend here? Just 25 minutes from Perth city, Swan Valley makes it easy for anyone wanting a quick weekend getaway. Experience any of the many popular food and wine trails like the Swan Valley Distillery Trail, learn more about local Aboriginal culture and history, or simply sit back and enjoy the laid back charm of WA’s oldest wine-growing region.

What to do: Pick a food and wine trail (or two) and enjoy all that Swan Valley has to offer. Discover the world of bush tucker, learn traditional Aboriginal cooking techniques, and get an insight into the traditional life of Aboriginal people in WA. There are plenty of outdoor winter activities for families to keep the little ones busy too.

Where to stay: Discovery Parks - Swan Valley