Brrrrrr! Welcome to winter and it's so COLD already!
Here is some warming inspiration for you, what to do across the Illawarra on chilly winter days:
1. Go shopping to stock up your winter wardrobe!
Whether it's coats, slippers, dressing gowns, long sleeves, boots or jumpers, pop on down to Wollongong Central, Shellharbour or Warrawong Plaza. OR, if you're on a budget, enjoy a bargain and love to re-use, recycle and limit your environmental impact, here are our favourite, well stocked quality Op-Shops across the Illawarra for some bargain pre-loved clothing!
Click below to discover our recommended Op-Shops for both kids and adults clothes (and toys if you need to bribe your kids to get them there!)
2. Heated swimming pools and hot chocolates to warm up after!
We love Gwynneville's Beaton Park and the 25metre indoor heated pool (tip, they get inflatables and all sorts of awesome holiday action too, so make sure you plan a visit over the winter holidays!).
Our other hot swimming tip is Northern Stars, Russell Vale, whose pool is heated to around a lovely 32 degrees in winter! They are open for public admission 12-3pm Monday's and 1-3pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday (closed Friday).
3. Winter bush walks up STEEP hills!
Oh Escarpment here we come! It can be much better suited for winter bushwalking without extreme heat and less ticks and leeches (watch out for damp days however and take the usual precautions!). What better way to warm up and get the blood pumping with some easy grade bush walks you can do with your kids. Wrap up in layers so you can gradually strip off as you make your way up. We recommend Mount Keira which has a 700m loop walk at the top (the views are stunning, take your camera!), or the Mount Kiera Scout Hut walk which is great for toddlers also (it's signposted half way the hill). Or with older kids, really get the heart pumping with Sublime Point walk from Austinmer, you can stop at the cafe at the top and re-charge with drinks and snacks before heading back down.
Hot tip for parents only - Ibah Spa Austinmer is nestled right into the bush near the pathway at the bottom of Sublime Point walk. Get your partner or a friend to take your kids after the walk (or divide and conquer and book yourself in whilst they walk!!) and treat yourself to a massage or facial at this stunning Balinese themed Spa...
4. Playdates and child swaps
For when the winter weather is just too foul to be outside but you are all going stir crazy, arrange playdates or try sibling child swaps if you have friends with similar age kids - you can team up your kids so one takes the older ones and one takes the younger ones. Our kids are always so much better behaved for other parents!
5. Embrace the cold - do a day trip to the Southern Highlands - you may even see snow!!
Take a slight diversion on the way to Thirlmere Rail Museum, it's every young train spotters delight! With Australia's largest collection of rolling stock, state-of-the-art facilities, interactive activities for children and more!
Robertson and Bundanoon are super cute towns with shops and cafe's to amble round, or the Bradman Museum in Bowral is fab for cricket enthusiasts...
What ideas have we missed!? All likes shares and comments welcome! :)
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