By Sarah Zammit
Springtime in South Australia is my favourite time of the year — I love the beautiful blue skies and the perfect days. When spring arrives, you can feel everyone’s mood lifting, the blossoms are blooming, the sun is shining and there’s hardly a cloud in the sky. We’ve all been huddled up inside, hiding away from the winter chills — so now is the time that we could all benefit from something positive. Here are some of my top picks…
1. Get walking
It’s the perfect season for walks, as it’s not too hot and not too cold. Walks along the beach are peaceful, the seas are calming to listen to, and families are out and about walking their dogs. Walking through the bush is just as stunning, as the plants are still green and, in some places, there are magnificent waterfalls to admire. We are so lucky here in SA, as we have some of the most amazing beaches & national parks. Most places are all within a quick drive, so there is no reason as to why you cannot visit!
You’ll find some of our favourite hikes HERE.
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2. Find new recipes that use the delicious seasonal produce
At the beginning of spring, go through some new recipe books or search for fresh meals to make. Explore what fruit and vegetables are in season and what plants you can grow yourself. Buying in-season produce is great because they offer more nutrients, they save you money, and they taste even better!
Lucky for you, we’ve got a backlog of fab recipes on our website, so you can start browsing!
3. Mt Lofty Botanic Gardens
There’s nothing more beautiful than the Mt Lofty Botanic Gardens in spring — it’s the perfect time to admire the gardens or pack your own picnic to enjoy while you soak in the views.
4. Head out to explore some beautiful vineyards
Get out there, taste some South Australian wines, and visit some of our most beautiful wineries. In McLaren Vale, check out the newly opened cellar door, Down The Rabbit Hole. Trust me — this is a MUST VISIT, complete with an old open-aired vintage bus to sit in and enjoy your wine tasting. You’ll feel like Alice in the Wonderland.
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Some of our other top picks are….
– Seppeltsfield (make sure to have some lunch at Fino while you’re there!)
5. Take a day trip to Victor Harbour
This is the perfect family day out, only one hour south of Adelaide! Visit the beautiful Granite Island, where you can walk over the bridge and explore the island — at night, you might even see the penguins. If you visit between June and November, you could even be lucky enough to see the whales as they frolic around our part of the world.
6. Picnic in Belair National Park
Belair National Park is one of my personal favourites. It’s been a family tradition to visit since my mum was a little girl, and now we live within walking distance. We try and get our extended family together at least once a year here and there is always something to do — no matter how old you are. Experience the Adventure Playground, feed the ducks at the duck pond, book a tennis court, cook a barbecue lunch, bring your bikes and ride along any of the bike tracks. You’re also guaranteed to see some Australian wildlife walking around, whether it be a kangaroo, emu, galahs or koalas just hanging out in the trees.
7. Say hey to all the furry friends at the Zoo
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8. Float around in a BBQ Buoy
Potter along the River Torrens in a BBQ Buoy with up to 10 of your besties. Eating and drinking while floating in an awesome doughnut-shaped boat is a whole new level of relaxed!
10. Pizza and a Reservoir
The Smiling Samoyed Brewery is a great place for a cold beer and wood oven pizza. While you’re enjoying a delicious feast, you have the best company — their beautiful dogs! The Myponga Reservoir is something special too, and if the weather is crystal clear then our suggestion is to take your pizza to go and enjoy it outdoors.
So, what are you waiting for Adelaide? Get exploring!