With the onset of winter, staying warm and cosy becomes essential. While warmth is a requirement, this doesn't mean that staying locked-up at home is the only option! Be it live music venues, soul-warming galleries or indoor adventure hubs, winter activities in the Shire are endless. So grab your coat and put on your dancing shoes - preferably practical walking shoes - on because we're going out!
SUTHERLAND LEISURE CENTRE (Sutherland)
In the icy cold grips of winter, the idea of dipping even a toe into freezing pool water seems like a hypothermia story just waiting to happen. So to save you the (not so funny) anecdote, head to Sutherland Leisure Centre and dive right in! With a heated outdoor pool, multiple heated indoor pools and a heated indoor children's pool play area, you and this place should get along swimmingly.
Price: $6.70 for adults, $5 for child/student/seniors
Location: 1 Rawson Avenue, Sutherland NSW 2232
BRASS MONKEY (Cronulla)
Indoor live music is a winter nights dream. So grab a friend and head to Cronulla's live lounge Brass Monkey for dinner, drinks and a show. Order a tasting platter, complete with hummus, fried octopus, falafel and chorizo, and indulge your taste-buds as well as your ears. Sit back and enjoy, because the intimate atmosphere of Brass Monkey, coupled with an impressive drinks menu, is sure to warm your soul on even the coldest winter night.
Location: 115A Cronulla Street, Cronulla NSW 2230
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HAZELHURST REGIONAL GALLERY (Gymea)
You know what winter calls for? Soul searching through art! Stay warm and dry while exploring Hazelhurst's extensive exhibition of local artists. As well as displaying an impressive array of public art, you can take art classes at the gallery's art centre as well. Alternatively, head to the gallery's cafe and indulge in a coffee and cake while overlooking the beautifully landscaped gardens.
Price: Free (except classes and coffee)
Location: 782 Kingsway, Gymea NSW 2227
GU FILM HOUSE (Cronulla)
GU Film House or as it's otherwise known, Cronulla Cinemas, is the perfect place for escapism (be it from the cold, or cold, hard reality). The local theatre is located on Cronulla Street and is still housed in its 1920s exterior. Complete with 6 screens and comfortable plush seating, it's time to grab the family or friends for the year's best new releases.
Price: $18.50 adults | $14.50 children | $15 student/pensioner
Location: 2 Cronulla Street, Cronulla NSW 2228
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FLIP OUT (Caringah)
Kids stuck in the house making you flip out? Grab the family or your crew and head to the Caringbah trampoline fun house and jump your excess energy away! Showcase your inner gymnast and impress others with your acrobatic skills, or simply enjoy all of the offerings on display, including foam pits and basketball hoops. So come on, jump to it!
Price: From $6
Location: 12 Parraweena Road, Caringbah NSW 2229
SOMETHING AT MARY'S (Bundeena)
Take a scenic ferry journey from Cronulla to the beautiful Shire region of Bundeena where you'll spend the day getting creative. At Something at Mary's you'll join an intimate art class run by studio owner Marion, who will teach students throwing, spinning and sculpting. The best bit is that you'll come home with a ceramic plate or a hand crafted teapot to display.
Price: Classes from $49
Location: 8 Mary Street, Bundeena NSW 2230
What are you favourite activies when the weather turns wild and woolly? Share them with your neighbours in the comment section below!