Top 10 activities to keep you warm this winter
WELCOME to winter on the Southern Downs, where temperatures fall to subzero and it's difficult to get out of bed in the morning.
Fight the urge to hide by your heater and instead check out the top 10 winter warmers the Rose City and surrounds have to offer.
Granite Belt Christmas Farm
For those who have long dreamed of a white Christmas, this may be the next best thing. Rug up and get into the spirit on this Christmas tree farm in Applethorpe. Reviewers claim the Belgian hot chocolate is the best on the Southern Downs.
When: Wednesday to Sunday, 9am - 4pm
Where: 321 Aerodrome Rd, Applethorpe
5th annual Onesie Park Run
There's nothing quite like running 5km in a polyester unicorn suit to raise the body temperature. The yearly spectacle of residents running in costume along the Condamine River is open and free to anyone who is able to put on a pair of joggers at 7am this morning.
When: Today, 7am
Where: The western bank of the Condamine River, near Water Rats Rugby Union field
If you have money to burn, Spa Anise will use it to warm you with a luxurious hot stone massage at their five star facility in Maryvale. Allow your worries to melt away with a glass of champagne by the impressive open fire at their relaxation lounge. Go alone or take a friend, single and double treatment rooms are available.
When: Open every day
Where: Spicers Peak Lodge, Maryvale
Cost: $200 for one hour hot stone massage
Killarney View Cabins and Caravan Park
If you can't wait until Killarney Bonfire Night, this cheap and cheerful park has a number of sites with fire pits available. There's nothing like watching wood burn to make you appreciate the end of summer.
When: Open every day
Where: 55 O'Maras Rd, Killarney
Cost: Prices vary from $28 to $180
The roaring fire of the Warwick Hotel should defrost diners as they sample fresh local produce and homestyle desserts on offer. If the fire doesn't quite cut it, there's a large range of craft beer guaranteed to warm your soul.
When: 10am to 9pm daily
Where: 20 Palmerin St, Warwick
Cost: Menu items vary from $17 to $51
Is there anything cosier than being surrounded by yarn? Do your bit for the upcoming Jumpers and Jazz in July festival by joining Warwick Art Gallery's yarnbombing team. Defrost those knitting fingers as you get the circulation going again. The more squares you accumulate, the more of your body they will cover.
When: 10am to 4pm Saturday, June 8
Where: Warwick Art Gallery Studio
Abbey of the Roses
Fans of Downtown Abbey or The Queen can reenact scenes of a bitter British winter by the fireplace of the centuries-old nunnery-turned-B&B. Reviewers say the fireplace is somewhat of a meeting spot for guests where they can have a lively chat over a glass of port. Bookings essential on 07 4661 9777.
When: 10am - 2pm midweek, enquire within for weekend bookings
Where: 8 Locke St, Warwick
Cost: Self guided morning tea, high tea or lunch tours are between $10 and $36.50.
Spring Creek Mountain Cafe and Cottages
Forget getting out of bed. At these cottages guests can stay under the electric blankets and watch the clouds pass across the fields of Killarney while their personal log fire roars in the background. For fire newbies, there is all the equipment and assistance you need, including starter logs.
When: Open every day
Where: 1503 Spring Creek Rd, Killarney
Cost: Cottages currently vary between $200 and $390 per night.
Southern Downs Ark stall at Country Lions' Market
If the cold has reached down into your soul the Southern Downs Ark has kittens that can help. Pop down to Leslie Park next Saturday for a cuddle. If you fall in love they are available for adoption.
When: 9am to 1pm Saturday, June 8
Where: Leslie Park
Rupert's Bar and Grill
Sub zero temperatures make the idea of walking on hot coals appealing. Save your feet and head to Rupert's where the John Dee Gold Label beef is cooked over coals instead. Ask for a table by the fireplace for the full winter experience.
When: Open every day, 6pm to 9pm
Where: 91 Wood St, Warwick
Cost: Menu items vary between $19 to $42