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The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide

December 15 2016 | South Australian Tourism Commission

The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide

What Christmas present do you buy for that special someone who has everything? We’ve listed some of the best South Australian experiences that are sure to thrill your loved one to bits – and give them an awesome thrill if they’re an adrenaline junkie or nature lover. 

Catering for food and wine lovers is a breeze since South Australia boasts some of the best wine regions in the world and if you’re better-half is sports mad, send them our way for an unforgettable experience. 

Adventure, thrill seekers and adrenaline junkies

Shark cage diving
The ultimate experience for thrill-seekers – cage diving with great white sharks.

Shark cage diving, Eyre Peninsula: Join Adventure Bay ChartersCalypso Star Charters or Rodney Fox Shark Expeditions on the ultimate tour with the predators of the deep.  

Swim with tuna: Jump in and Swim with the Tuna and feel the buzz beneath the waves in Port Lincoln! 

Hit the sand: Hire a sandboard from Kangaroo Island Outdoor Action and take on the sandy slopes of Little Sahara on Kangaroo Island.

Hot-air ballooning: Get up above our legendary wine country with Barossa Valley Ballooning or Barossa Balloon Adventures.

Mountain bike riding: Cycle through the Adelaide Hills with Escapegoat Mountain Bike Tours and Over the Edge Sports in Melrose to discover mountain-biking heaven in the Southern Flinders Ranges.

Aerial adventure park: Take on the SkyMate challenge 26-metres above ground at Mega Adventure Park.

Scenic flights: Discover the beauty of the Outback and Lake Eyre with Wrightsair and Chinta Air.

Skydiving: See South Australia from the air with Adelaide SkydivingSA Skydiving and Coastal Skydive.

Nature and wildlife lovers

Swim with sea lions
Swim with the puppy dogs of the sea or walk among a colony of Australian sea lions basking on the beach on Kangaroo Island.

Swim with sea lions: Jump in with the ‘puppy dogs of the sea’ and swim with the sea lions with Adventure Bay ChartersBaird Bay Ocean Eco Experience and Calypso Star Charters.

Cuddle a koala: Get up close and personal with the cutest and furriest locals of the Adelaide Hills and cuddle a koala at Cleland Wildlife Park or Gorge Wildlife Park.

Swim with wild dolphins: Watch or swim with wild dolphins at Glenelg beach with Temptation Sailing or with KI Marine Adventures on the stunning North Coast of Kangaroo Island.

Walk among sea lions: Take a guided walk among a wild colony of Australian sea lions at spectacular Seal Bay on Kangaroo Island.

Whale watching: Join EP Cruises and see whales around Fowlers Bay on Eyre Peninsula and Big Duck Boat Tours for whale and wildlife watching on the Fleurieu Peninsula.


Food and wine lovers

Enchanted fig tree dining
Enjoy an unforgettable lunch in the Enchanted Fig Tree on Kangaroo Island.

Make your own wine: Channel your inner vintner in the Winemaker’s Laboratory at Penfolds BarossaWynn’s Coonawarra on the Limestone Coast and in McLaren Vale at d’Arenberg and Wirra Wirra

Blend your own gin: Join Kangaroo Island Spirits not only for gin tasting and making your own bottle of gin to take home.

Taste tawny from your birth year: Sample your birth year of tawny at Seppeltsfield, straight from the barrel. Or indulge in a glass of 100-year-old tawny  from the world’s longest and only unbroken collection of single vintage tawny since 1878.

Unique dining experience: Enjoy an unforgettable lunch in the Enchanted Fig Tree on Kangaroo Island.

Cook up a storm: Learn the tricks of the trade during an intimate cooking class at Casa Carboni in the Barossa and Sticky Rice Cooking School in the Adelaide Hills.

For the love of wine and chocolate: Indulge in chocolate and wine at Hahndorf Hill Winery in the Adelaide Hills, at Wirra Wirra in McLaren Vale and Fernfield Winery in the Barossa.

Sports fans

Adelaide oval roof climb
Tours of the Adelaide Oval include behind-the-scenes tours and the roof climb experience.

Adelaide Oval: Experience Adelaide Oval behind-closed-doors on a stadium tour. Experience the rush of walking onto the playing field with a crowd of 53,000 cheering you on, take a peek inside the team’s changerooms and soak up the history inside the century-old scoreboard.

Adelaide Oval roof climb: See where they keep the best seats in the house with Commonwealth Bank RoofClimb Adelaide Oval.

Tee off: Play a round at the totally grassless Coober Pedy Opal Fields Golf Club – the only golf club in the world with reciprocal playing rights to St Andrews Links in Scotland. Stay and play at the Links Lady Bay Resort, which includes accommodation and a championship golf course. 

Santos Tour Down Under: Choose from a range of holiday packages for the upcoming Santos Tour Down Under for the ultimate up-close experience.

Clipsal 500: Get a taste of the Clipsal 500 action trackside, along with all-inclusive food and beverage packages.

Man vs Machine: See the rematch of the century when boxers Danny Green and Anthony Mundine settle the score at the Adelaide Oval on 3 February, 2017. Buy tickets now for one of the most anticipated sporting events of the year.

Happy exploring!

Guest author: South Australian Tourism Commission

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