Imagine snuggling up inside a cosy cottage next to a roaring fire, a glass of red wine in hand while nestled in nature. Welcome to winter in South Australia.
As the temperature drops, South Australia transforms into a winter wonderland with incredible hideaways waiting to be discovered. From cosying up in a tiny house in the Adelaide Hills, to glamping under the stars on the Limestone Coast and settling in among some of SA’s best cellar doors, we have your winter vibes sorted with 12 cosy retreats to help you escape the winter chill.
1. Hamilton & Dune, Kangaroo Island
Offering the ultimate island escape for any season, Hamilton & Dune are two properties overlooking the pristine, north facing Emu Bay. Hamilton House is a 1960's beach house just 100m from the beach which underwent a complete renovation in 2018 which brought in modern contemporary fittings and luxuries without sacrificing the old-world charm. Nearby Dune House is an architecturally designed, light filled and modern house which provides views from every room. Sitting centre-stage to Kangaroo Island’s best beaches with all the creature comforts you could dream of, sit back and relax with a glass of wine and watch the sunset behind the ocean below as you spot watch wild koalas, kangaroos and kookaburras.
2. Pavilions at Lenswood, Adelaide Hills
Sink into your tub overlooking manicured gardens tucked in the heart of the Adelaide Hills. Welcome to the brand-spanking-new Pavilions at Lenswood, a secluded sanctuary for adults only nestled among rolling vineyards and bountiful orchards. Perched atop a valley, settle down at the Swiss chalet styled Ruhe or modern Italian Alps style villa, Merak and soak in epic views of the Adelaide Hills. Inside, an open wood fire, free standing bath, king bed and luxe decor complete the winter vibes, while a hot tub awaits on the deck.
3. Stowaway, Kangaroo Island
An alfresco hot tub on a private deck, glass fronted sauna and double-sided wood fire? It doesn’t get much cosier than that. Paired with Kangaroo Island’s pristine wilderness and you’ve got the recipe for be the ultimate couple's retreat. This Kangaroo Island lodge allows guests to see wildlife up close without having to leave the comfort of a cosy window seat. At Stowaway Kangaroo Island, which boasts two luxury self-contained lodges situated on 80 hectares of private land, wildlife spotting is guaranteed. Guests can also enjoy sweeping views over native bushland down to Kangaroo Island's north coast and the beautiful beaches of Stokes Bay.
4. MOUNt Lofty House, Adelaide Hills
Perched above the famed Adelaide Hills wine region, surrounded by breathtaking botanic gardens and overlooking the stunning Piccadilly Valley, you’d never guess Mount Lofty House is just 15 minutes from the Adelaide CBD. Snuggle up with a good book in the library, stop in for a warming nightcap in the lounge bar, indulge in a hot stone massage at the day spa or treat yourself to an incredible feast at Hardy’s Verandah Restaurant. All the pampering you need to keep the winter blues at bay!
5. CADOLE AVALON @ THE VINEYARD, MCLAREN VALE
Just a stone’s throw away from some of McLaren Vale’s best cellar doors and restaurants, Cadole Avalon @ The Vineyard McLaren Vale is the perfect Fleurieu Peninsula accommodation to relax after a day spent touring the region’s famed wineries. With five self-contained guest houses, now including the ultra-modern Cadole Avalon, each retreat has its own private deck to enjoy stunning views of the surrounding vines and valleys. Kick back and enjoy the complimentary (and generous!) locally sourced mini bar and breakfast provisions. At the end of the day, put your feet up in front of the fire or retreat to the spa overlooking the property and soak in breathtaking views over the entire region.
6. Trestrail Cottage, Clare Valley
The perfect blend of untouched nature, creature comforts and a splash of wine, Trestrail Cottage is a cosy settler's style cottage tucked on 100 acres of private bushland just a stone's throw from the world-famous vines of the Clare Valley. Just five minutes from Sevenhill and with easy access to the Riesling Trail and Spring Gully Conservation Park, there's so much to explore right on your doorstep. Check in and spend your days bush walking, wine tasting and dining before retreating to the open wood fire with a glass of Riesling.
7. BELLWETHER, LIMESTONE COAST
Imagine cuddling up next to a roaring campfire under a blanket of stars with a glass of red in hand before retreating to your own private glamping tent. Surrounded by 400-year-old gum trees and located in the heart of the Coonawarra wine region, Bellwether is the perfect base for a winter escape to the Limestone coast. Wake up to the sound of birds and cook up breakfast with local supplies from the farm before popping over to the adjoining cellar door to grab a bottle or two of wine. Roam further afield and discover the impressive cellar door offering around the region.
8. RIDGETOP RETREAT, FLEURIEU PENINSULA
Retreat by name and certainly by nature. A secret garden, olive grove, orchard, valley meadows and abundant wildlife welcome winter travellers to Ridgetop Retreat on the doorstep of Deep Creek. Sit back with the wood heater cranked and a cup of tea in hand as you take in misty morning views from the floor to ceiling picture window with kangaroos, native birds and the occasional echidna calling the property’s surrounding 2.5 acres home. With two bedrooms accommodating up to four guests, it’s the perfect base for a family getaway on the Fleurieu Peninsula.
9. CABN, ADELAIDE HILLS
Unplug and unwind at one of four CABN's tucked in secluded serenity around the Adelaide Hills and Fleurieu Peninsula. From falling asleep surrounded by nature in the bush, to just a short stroll to some of McLaren Vale's wineries, there's a cosy CABN to suit every getaway. The completely off-grid, eco-friendly tiny homes are the perfect base for a magical winter escape. After a day exploring, cuddle up around an outdoor fire, marvel at thousands of stars lighting up the night sky or kick back in your king size bed with a good book. Choose from the original CABN Jude surrounded by bushland, Matilda nestled in a quiet corner of Kuitpo Forest, Georgia on the doorstep of McLaren Vale's vineyards or CABN Chloe just down the road. Added bonus, CABN Jude and Matilda are also pet friendly.
10. Adelaide Hills Retreats
Serenity and luxury abound at Adelaide Hills Retreats in Balhannah. Freshly renovated and decked out with all the creature comforts you could dream, Villa Lemoni and The Nest (the names of the cottages) are the perfect base for a romantic winter getaway in the hills, just 10 minutes from Hahndorf and 30 minutes from the city. Relax in a deep spa bath with jaw-dropping views out to Mount lofty, snuggle up in front of a cosy wood-fire or venture into the hills and discover award winning wineries and foodie experiences right on your doorstep.
11. Lapito House, Fleurieu Peninsula
Searching for a winter escape for the whole family or a group of mates? Look no further than stunning Lapito House in Myponga! An epic restored stone farmhouse which can easily accommodate up to eight people, the property spans over 116 acres, bordering the Heysen Trail and Myponga Conservation Park and is the perfect space to chill and explore. Discover the Fleurieu Peninsula by day and curl up by the fire with wine and cheese at night. Don’t leave your best friend at home, pets are welcome.
12. Villa Maria, Barossa
It seems owners of Barossa favourite fermentAsia restaurant can do no wrong, creating a bed and breakfast haven in the heart of historic Tanunda. Originally built in 1910 and lovingly refurbished, Villa Maria exudes equal parts comfort and elegance. You’ll feel right at home (with added luxury!) with access to the entire house, including the beautiful light-filled gourmet kitchen with European appliances, spacious living area, laundry and the garden. Each of the three bedrooms are beautifully and uniquely furnished and have their own private ensuite, so it’s time to gather some friends for a weekend wine-tasting your way around the Barossa.
Winter in South Australia
Venture out from your cosy hideaway and you’ll discover there’s so much to see and do in South Australia this winter. Discover our tips for the cosiest places to eat, spots to drink red wine, winter wildlife watching or hit the road with our guide to the best winter roadtrips.