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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

Cost: Free

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

Cost: Free

Spa Anise

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

Warwick Hotel

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

Cost: Free

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

Cost: Free

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

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