While many of our favourite winter activities may be on hold for now, there are still plenty of ways to enjoy the cold weather in Wollongong! Rainy days are perfect for indoor fun like watching a movie, enjoying a DIY spa at home, ordering take-away, playing a board game and more.
Plan your garden
Don’t let the cold weather stop you from planning your garden. Winter is the perfect time to prune existing plants, get on top of the weeds and be imaginative with new plants and designs.
If you’re a Wollongong resident, the Wollongong Botanic Garden holds Native Plant Sales at the Greenplan Nursery on Northfields Avenue, Keiraville. These plant sales are a ratepayer subsidised service, so a current Wollongong City Council rates notice is required on the day for proof of residency.
Free movie night at home
There’s no better way to enjoy winter than spending the day avoiding the cold, snuggled up at home with popcorn and a good film.
To help you choose, Wollongong City Libraries are offering members access to Kanopy, a free on-demand film screening service. Choose from award-winning movies, thought-provoking documentaries or classic Australian TV Shows.
All you need is your library card and password to set up your free account. Not a member yet? Its free to join!
Order in something delicious (take-away or delivery)
Wollongong is a true foodie heaven! Avoid the winter weather when you order delivery from somewhere you haven’t tried before (and ignore the guilt when you realize you’re making someone else go out into the cold to bring you food).
To keep things simple, many Wollongong restaurants and eateries are now offering take-away specials and home delivery. Why not try a mouth-watering Truffle Burger with a Mac ‘N’ Cheese Patty from Sneaky Burger? Or warm up this winter with an Emperors Favourite Pork Lotus Soup from Ziggy’s House of Nomms. Or if you truly want to treat yourself, look no further than Dagwood’s snack pack complete with prawn crackers, salted edamame, loaded fries and your cocktail of choice*.
*Choose from your choice of Small Dishes, Beers or Cocktails.
Pyjama day in bed
Pull on your comfiest pair of pyjamas, pour a cup of coffee and spend the day in bed! If your pyjamas are looking a little worse for wear, browse the Peter Alexander collection or visit Wollongong Central Mall for something fluffy, comfy and super warm to wear this winter.
DIY day spa
Nothing melts the muscles and lifts the spirits quite like a luxurious day spa. Why not create your own at home?
Run a warm bath with Dead Sea Mineral Bath Salts from The Source Bulk Foods. Pop on a purifying Papaya Enzyme face mask from Miss Soho Beauty and listen to the soothing sounds of the Daintree Rainforest recorded and made free online by Wollongong’s Cocoon Floatation. Once you’re ready to dry off, get your mind and body ready for a night of total relaxation by spritzing your pillow with The Body Shop’s Lavender Pillow Mist. If you feel you need it, finish with a deep meditation with the help of the Wollongong Wellness Centre’s live streaming classes.
Tap into your creative side
Wollongong Art Gallery is also offering online video walk-throughs of exhibitions. Visit the Gallery and peruse the collection in the comfort of your own home! If you absolutely need to get out of the house, the Gallery is open 10am – 5pm Tuesday to Friday or 12noon – 4pm Saturday and Sunday.
Discover Wollongong’s second-hand bookstores
There’s nothing better than curling up with a hot cup of tea and a really good book. It’s even better if you can snatch a bargain and save a few dollars with a pre-loved book!
Society City is a second-hand bookstore, zine machine, free school, co-working and community event space. Tucked away upstairs above Crown Street, Society City is the perfect place to visit on rainy days. Peruse their shelves and shelves of books, pick up a copy of a locally made zine and spend an hour or two reading in their comfy chairs.
If romance novels are more your thing, look no further than the Ever After Romance Book Specialists at the Wesley Uniting Church! Although the brick and mortar store is currently operating at reduced hours, they run a dedicated online website so you can order your next read without leaving home. Although they have regular shipments of new material every week, they also offer vintage and retro reads as well as awesome collectables.
Discover new music and old classics
Did you know you can purchase new (and second-hand) vinyl records here in Wollongong? Music Farmers is Wollongong’s music specialist supplying music lovers across Sydney and Australia with LPs, CDs, DVDs and more since 2004. Their storefront is located on Keira Street, Wollongong and it’s easily one of the best places to visit this winter for new music.
Browse their collection of second-hand vinyl LPs for something a little different. And if you’re after something in particular, drop them a line and they’ll try to help you find it.
Make your own gourmet pizza
Ordering take-away pizza is one thing, making it yourself is even better! Not only is Kneading Ruby offering their menu for home delivery they are also selling DIY Pizza Kits complete with fresh pizza dough, flour, San Marzano Tomato Sauce, Buffalo Mozzarella, Basil & Pepperoni.
Practice your dough rolling skills and impress your friends with homemade pizza that tastes as good as if it was made by the professionals.
Have an extravagant tea party
You don’t need to be a Mad Hatter to put on an extravagant tea party! Here in Wollongong there are plenty on cafés that can get you sorted. Or if you want to do it yourself, why not purchase a speciality tea blend from T2 like their new Green Rose tea.
No tea party is complete without the necessary cakes, sandwiches and finger foods. Why not try a slice of Strawberry Sponge cake cut by the slab from Kurtosh House 4? Order a piece or two (or three) of Pistachio Baklava from Alexander’s Bakery Southside. Or if you truly want to relax, order catering from Tally Ho! and enjoy freshly made sandwiches, cookies, muffins and slices.
Play a board game
Everyone has a favourite board game – Monopoly, Cluedo, Snap or Scrabble. What you may not know is that there are so many other brilliant board games to choose from (and win). Good Games located on Crown Street is your go to for indie board games, card games and tabletop gaming. If you’re not sure where to start, ask the staff to recommend a game to try.