Winter Solstice is coming...

The weather might have cooled down but our ideas to celebrate the Winter Solstice will warm your heart. Enjoy this beautiful time of the year when the sun retreats and we huddle together in nature to celebrate the light on the longest night of the year. This year it will be celebrated on June 22nd. We have a fabulous collection of activities for you and your family to rug up and connect to each other and the environment.

Melbourne folks should head to the spectacular ‘Winter Solstice Festival’ at the Edenvale farm in Eltham for a traditional bonfire, live music, lanterns, fire eaters and more. BYO lantern or purchase one on the night to take part in the twilight parade. Collingwood Children’s farm also hosts a bonfire and Winter Solstice celebration, where you can enjoy the mulled wine, while the kids enjoy the farm animals and food trucks.

Sydneysiders - Whether by accident or design, Elizabeth Bay House was built in direct alignment with the sun’s rays on the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year, creating a magnificent display as the sun rises over the horizon. Head to Elizabeth Bay House for a bespoke solstice experience including delicious pastries and a hot drink. For those willing to get a little more adventurous, check out the Camping 101-Winter Solstice adventure in Centennial Park Sydney. Camping in the city and experiencing the beautiful night sky during the winter solstice should be an excellent experience for the whole family!

If in Brisbane, Northey Street City Farm is hosting a Winter Solstice event to celebrate the longest night. Live music and the obligatory food trucks are for all to enjoy around the beautiful big bonfire. Don’t forget your lantern for the parade!

If you are planning a trip to Tasmania during June, don’t miss the ultimate homage to winter solstice Dark Mofo. Running from June 6-22 Dark Mofo is held at MoNA and is sure to push the boundaries and excite the senses.

Adelaide celebrates in style at the Gumeracha Winter Solstice Soup and Fire night. Gather with your local community at this family-friendly event to welcome in the Winter Solstice.  Look for the lanterns at Federation Park between the creek and the Town Hall.

Whatever you do for winter solstice, stay safe, relax and enjoy!

Image credits: Alison Anton and Wesley Balten