What to do on a cold winter’s day in the Wimmera Mallee
There’s no hiding that winter in the Wimmera Mallee can be chilly; it is desert country after all. But that doesn’t mean the fun stops once the temp drops. There are plenty of things to do to either escape or embrace the cold in the winter months.
Indulge in some retail therapy
Who doesn’t love a bit of retail therapy to help with the winter chills? The Wimmera Mallee is bursting with incredible shopping options to hit the spot. From eclectic gift stores and stunning homewares, to fashion boutiques, vintage shopping and local produce, you won’t be leaving empty handed. Find some of our favourite shops to hit here.
Head to the movies
Going to ‘the pictures’ has been a staple activity for a while now, and it’s never quite gone out of fashion. All of the cinemas in the Wimmera Mallee have been around for some time. With some TLC and some modern upgrades, the cinemas are a perfect way to escape the cold and embrace a bit of nostalgia. From new releases to vintage throwbacks, a day at the movies won’t disappoint. Whether you’re off on a date, or just taking the kids for some indoor entertainment, you’re sure to be pleasantly surprised with this choice. Some of our favourites are the art deco Rex Theatre in Charlton, the Nhill Cinema and the Centre Cinema Horsham are all great picks.
Drive the Silo Art Trail
The Silo Art Trail is undoubtedly a favourite. It’s a great way to explore the region by road – and the best part, it doesn’t matter the weather. Whilst it’s claim to fame is the Largest Outdoor Gallery, don’t let being outdoors in the chill deter you. Much of the journey is inside your own car, making it easy to stay cozy despite the weather outside. We also think that the mega-murals look just as stunning surrounded by storm clouds. No matter the temperature, this is a perfect way to explore the Wimmera Mallee and witness incredible pieces of art painted by world renowned artists. Find it here.
Take a camping trip
We know what you’re thinking – it’s freezing! But, we’re of the opinion that the colder climate can sometimes make a camping trip all the better. There’s nothing quite like curling up next to the bonfire, rugged up from head to toe in your winter warmers and toasting a marshmallow. From stunning lakeside camping spots to picturesque national parks, the Wimmera Mallee has some of the best camp sites in the state. Take some time-out to soak in the surrounding nature and star-gaze to your hearts’ content. Find some of our favourite camping spots here.
Visit an art gallery
Check out the art galleries that dot the region to discover a range of local and visiting artists’ works. Get lost in incredible pieces of work of all medium types. Be sure to stay on the lookout for expeditions! You can even try your hand at making some yourself at the Turbo Gallery in Rainbow, who run workshops and paint’n’sip classes! Check out the art galleries of the Wimmera Mallee here.
Catch a event
The Wimmera Mallee has plenty on this winter for you to check out. From comedy shows to BnS balls, you’ll have to check it out here . Winter is well known in the region for footy and netball. If you’re eager to catch a game of country footy, you won’t be disappointed. Park around the oval of basically any town, pick up a meat pie, and don’t forget to honk when they kick a goal!
Stay in unique accommodation
Peppered throughout the region are spectacular accommodation options that are a little bit different from the usual hotel or motel. They offer up a unique experience in the region, from an old log cabin, a glamping tent or even staying in a silo, you’ll have to check out some of our favourite places right here.