As isolation across the country slowly lifts, our minds - that have been yearning for some stimulus outside the comfort of our four walls, will be searching for something to feed and reinvigorate the soul.
As we cautiously ease into everyday life, so too are the institutions that have been in hibernation for a few months, albeit with a few new guidelines in place to make a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone.
We explored some of the best Winter activities across some major cities in Australia, to ease you and the family out of isolation, and to dust those cobwebs from your body and mind.
Image Peninsula Hot Springs
Just over an hour outside of Melbourne, on the Mornington Peninsula, is the institution that is award-winning geothermal hot springs and day spa. We recommend visiting the springs in the late afternoon to watch the sun go down over spectacular views while relaxing in the hot springs.
Ceres is based in inner-city Melbourne tucked away in the trendy side streets of East Brunswick. Ceres is an environmental education centre, urban farm and social enterprise hub. Have a wander around the farm with a coffee, sign up for a workshop and buy some delicious produce to take home.
From The Rocks to views of the Harbour you can choose a path and meander all along the famous coastline of Sydney and surrounding National Parks. Trails vary from leisurely walks t0 the more serious day hikes. Whichever you choose, there is a stunning day out awaiting, to clear those cobwebs and stretch those legs.
The Royal Botanic Garden in Sydney is an oasis in the heart of Sydney's CBD. Make a day of it with your family, train in the Domain with friends or enjoy some quiet 'me' time of reflection in the Gardens.
Enjoy a day out at The QLD Art Gallery, exploring exhibitions that will transport you to different worlds.
The Gallery is reopening 22 June 2020, following guidelines implemented by the government. The gallery, cafe and shop will be open, so enjoy a day out and explore the stunning riverfront gallery.
Local produce from the scenic rim
The Scenic Rim in Brisbane is a fruitful area filled with lakes, mountains, rich soil and large plains. There are a plethora of food producers harvesting and growing everything from pecans, beetroot, free-range eggs and producing stunning sheep cheese and olive oil. Enjoy a drive and return home with a delicious bounty of produce.
An hour from Brisbane and 30 min from the Gold Coast – Mount Tamborine is truly one of Queensland’s secret treasures. Escape for a while and enjoy the stunning Mountain with the family, or for a quiet afternoon to yourself.
This year has been tough for growers and producers. Why not visit some local farms open to the public, go for a wander and stock up on nourishing local food and produce, while supporting the local community.
The season is upon us as these beautiful creatures migrate from Antarctica up the East Australian coast to mate and birth their calves in warm tropical waters. You can book a tour otherwise, take a picnic to any part of the Byron Bay coast and patiently watch as the whales travel past, playing in the waves.
The Farm is a working farm, made up of a collection of micro-businesses all sharing in a common goal. Wander around the picturesque farm to see how the farm operates, supports the environment and supports healthy bodies and minds. You can enjoy a pastry from the bakery made fresh on premises that morning, or sit-in at the restaurant on-sight for some delicious locally sourced food.
It may take a little while for things to feel like they are going back to normal, pre restrictions, and while it is has been a deeply challenging time, we can embrace in the opportunity to explore once more, and to focus on more mindful and fulfilling days.
Image Farm & Co