With the cold of winter well and truly here to stay, it can sometimes be difficult to come up with fun, winter activities to do when all our bodies want to do is stay in bed! But just because it’s cold doesn’t mean you have to have less fun than you might in summer. Here are 5 fun things to do in Sydney’s west this winter.
1. Avion Aerial Arts
It is a lot harder to motivate ourselves to exercise in winter and as a result, we can end up feeling lethargic and sluggish. The trick is to making exercise exciting or doing a fun activity where you don’t even realise that you’re working out. Avion Aerial Arts is an aerial circus school in Smeaton Grange, near Campbelltown, run by professional aerialist Melise Avion with a team of highly trained instructors. What better way to spend a winter’s day then getting your body moving in a new and interesting way. The school runs all types of aerial and circle classes so you can try classes with apparatuses such as silks, lyra, trapeze or sling/hammock sessions or circus skills such as contortion, hula-hooping, hand balancing and acrobatics. Beginners are welcomed and adults can enjoy a free trial class. After a trial class, fees are structured by an hourly rate, from $18 for 30 minutes, with the prices being discounted the more classes you do.
2. Catch A Drive-In Movie
Blacktown’s drive-in movie theatre is a rarity, the last remaining one of its kind in Sydney, which explains its popularity. Going to the cinema is a fun winter activity, but you can make it more fun by heading to Skyline Drive-In and having a truly unique cinematic experience. The drive in combines the nostalgia of the old drive-in cinema with the latest Hollywood blockbusters, so you can see the films you want, enjoy a retro meal and keep warm in the comfort of your car. Bring some blankets along, order a hot dog and don’t stress about not hearing the movie thanks to s large speaker stacks around the lot that sit on top of the FM radio broadcast so you can tune in from your car. With prices around $25 for one car with two people, it makes for an affordable and fun night out.
Now in its eighth year, Winterlight is Parramatta’s popular winter festival on throughout July, that welcomes around 40,000 guests each year. Held at Prince Alfred Square, attractions include Sydney's largest open-air ice rink, ice dancing performances, an illuminated vintage ferris wheel, an alpine food village with multicultural food offerings and mulled wine, and an ice slide. It’s not only a great destination for kids, with plenty to keep them entertained, but it’s a unique spot to catch up with friends or for a date night. Winterlight is free to attend, however, some activities such as ice skating, are ticketed.
4. Staycation At The William Inglis Hotel
Sometimes the most fun thing to do over winter is to relax and rejuvenate with a winter escape at a luxury hotel where you can cosy up in your hotel room (and robe), enjoy beautiful food made from fresh produce and treat yourself to a massage. You can do all that, as well as admire the Georges River, watch some winter racing and learn about Australia’s thoroughbred industry, at the William Inglis Hotel at Riverside Stables in Warwick Farm. At the equine-themed hotel, you can enjoy the close proximity to the racecourse as well as learning a little something about racing history. Each of the 144 hotel rooms is named after a Grade 1 horse and inside, you’ll find a photo of the horse and an artist’s impression of the jockey’s silks.
5. Try Afghan FoodThanks to the multicultural makeup of Sydney’s western suburbs, there is no shortage of interesting and delicious food to try on any given winter’s day or night. However, there are only a handful of Afghani restaurants around Sydney and Kabul House in Merrylands is one place you can try some tasty, authentic Afghan grub. With lamb-filled dumplings, dahls, grilled meats, thick afghan bread as well as tea and baklava, it makes for the perfect winter comfort food shared with friends and family. The only warning is that it is not particularly vegetarian-friendly, but with regular queues at the door, it definitely is popular!