10 Things to learn in the City of Onkaparinga

Published on 04 April 2024


Ever wanted to learn something new, fun or exciting, but not have to travel too far to do it?

Well now’s your chance - there's a whole world of incredible classes and courses just waiting for you to enjoy in the City of Onkaparinga!

Whether you're into creating new things, cooking up a storm or simply craving some adrenaline, you’re sure to find your perfect fit.

With the world-renowned McLaren Vale wine region on our doorstep, it makes sense to kick things off with beverages.

If you fancy crafting your very own gin or becoming a winemaker for a day, Settlers Spirits and D’Arenberg Wines offer just that.

Against a backdrop of rolling vineyards, here, you’re not just limited to tasting.

Their exciting hands-on experiences give you an exciting, behind-the-scenes glimpse into the day-to-day workings of a distillery or winery. Learn about the different botanicals in gin or the art of winemaking, and speak with the creators behind the famous labels - all while concocting your own blend.

It’s not only super fun, but you also get to take your creation home!

Of course, if coffee’s more your thing, the barista training at Meeting Place MV is a must-do.

Beyond simply learning to make a great cup of joe, you’ll discover everything from how to choose the best beans to perfecting your espresso shot, the art of milk texturing and how to create those little designs on top of your latte - cool, huh?

And for the foodies, there’s no shortage either.

Why not learn the secrets of making perfect bread and other tasty treats at Baker's Treat Baking School in Morphett Vale.

From sourdough to stollen, learn the skills necessary to make just about anything that contains yeast or flour - from fruity hot cross buns and German streusel to rustic rye - so you can replicate it in your own kitchen.

Whether you’re a bread-making beginner, or you’ve been baking a while, you’ll learn something new in every class – plus get to enjoy the spoils of your labour with plenty of loaves to take home.

Cheesemaking is covered too, at SloWhey School of Cheese in McLaren Vale, where you can become a true ‘curd nerd’ by learning the fundamentals and science of fermenting milk, while working with cultures and rennet, milk and salt to create (and enjoy) your own cheesy delights.

And over at The Green Gourmet in Willunga, you’ll be taken on a delicious journey around the world through their cooking classes. From whipping up healthy family meals to preparing a tantalising international dish, these classes are not only informative and fun, but a great way to add some extra spice to your everyday repertoire and rediscover the natural connection between food, health and joy.

For those that prefer getting their hands dirty, Lindenhaus in Aldinga offers a creative escape into the world of pottery and sculpture. Take a ceramic class and discover the techniques behind shaping and moulding clay while expressing your inner artist and letting your creativity flow.

More than just the finished product, these peaceful sessions allow you to find calm in the midst of an often hectic life and embrace the therapeutic process of working with clay.

Sticking with a creative theme, art lovers are in for a treat at the Fleurieu Arthouse too. The ultimate artistic hub, here you can try your hand at a raft of things, including painting, drawing, jewellery making and sculpture – there’s always something new and exciting being hosted by various artists throughout the year.

Or if a social angle’s what you crave, why not join the fun at their immensely popular ‘Paint & Sip’ sessions - perfect for a night out with friends, or even make some new ones - all while learning a great new skill in the process.

Of course, if you're up for something a little more physically challenging, check out The Brass Parlour in Christies Beach where you can boost not only your physical strength, but your confidence too, while having a blast and mastering the art of pole dancing. Inclusive and welcoming, these classes are all about becoming more flexible, learning to love your body and moving it in safe, healthy ways.

And if that’s not enough, South Coast Circus in Aldinga Beach is sure to get your adrenaline pumping.

Nothing if not exhilarating, their classes are a unique blend of fitness and fun, where you’ll feel the magic of the circus running through your veins while conquering aerial arts, tumbling, creative dancing and even parkour. Catering for all ages – from tots to adults – you’re sure to find something that excites you.

So whether it’s a new hobby, a way to meet like-minded people or simply a chance to be part of a fun-loving community, there’s a local class or course to match.

With such a wide range to choose from, you might even discover a new passion!

So, why wait? Step out of that comfort zone and get learning, right here in the City of Onkaparinga.


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