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Experience and adventure gift ideas in South Australia

Make someone’s wish come true with our ultimate South Australian gift guide. Find experiences and tours for thrill-seekers, nature lovers and wanna-be winemakers.

What Christmas gift do you buy for your loved one who has everything? Look no further than our list of South Australian experiences, tours and places to stay that are sure to thrill them to bits - for adrenaline junkies, wildlife lovers, foodies and sports fans.

Just for fun

BBQ Buoys, River Torrens

BBQ Buoys, River Torrens, Adelaide.

Float on a buoy: Float along Adelaide's Riverbank precinct in a BBQ Buoy with your nearest and dearest or your 10 best friends, complete with umbrella, sound-system and barbecue grill.

Ride a segway: Glide past all the iconic sights of Adelaide’s Riverbank Precinct on a Segway - a two-wheeled personal transporter. Join a guided tour with Segway Sensation SA.

Paddle or pose on the water: Enjoy a day at the beach with a difference. Hire a paddleboard from Stand Up Paddle SA and cruise along the shoreline or join a yoga class on the water. 

Ride over hills and mountains: 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.

Take an an aerial challenge: Take on the SkyMate challenge 26-metres above ground at Mega Adventure Park.

Try a trike: Join the ride with Barossa Unique Tours and travel on the back of a trike or cruise through the wine region in a classic 1966 Ford Mustang convertible.

Enjoy beers and Christmas cheers: Find out how beer is made on a tour of West End Brewery and enjoy a tasting before checking out the Christmas lights display on the brewery's riverbank.

Meet and greet the friendly locals

Holding a koala at Cleland Wildlife Park

Cuddle a koala at Cleland Wildlife Park, Adelaide Hills.

Cuddle a koala: Meet and greet our cutest and furriest locals at Cleland Wildlife Park or Gorge Wildlife Park in the Adelaide Hills and at Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park on Kangaroo Island.

Swim with ‘puppy dogs of the sea’: Swim with wild sea lions off the coast of Eyre Peninsula with Adventure Bay Charters, Baird Bay Ocean Eco Experience and Calypso Star Charters.

Frolic with dolphins: Watch or swim with wild dolphins at Glenelg beach with Temptation Sailing or with Kangaroo Island 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.

Watch for majestic whales: During the winter months, 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.


go on an adventure

Painted Desert scenic flight, Outback South Australia

Enjoy a scenic flight over Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary, Flinders Ranges and Outback.

Fly sky high; Discover the beauty of the Outback, Wilpena Pound and Lake Eyre with WrightsairChinta Air and Helivista.

Dive with predators of the deep: Join Adventure Bay Charters, Calypso Star Charters or Rodney Fox Shark Expeditions on the ultimate tour with the predators of the deep. 

Venture into the lion's den: Experience Australia’s only 360 degree lion encounter at Monarto Zoo and get a prey's eye view at the King of the jungle.

Swim with tuna: Jump in with Oceanic Victor and feel the buzz beneath the water at Victor Harbor - just an hour's drive from Adelaide.

Climb Adelaide Oval's roof: See where they keep the best seats in the house with Commonwealth Bank RoofClimb Adelaide Oval

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

Float in a balloon: Get up above our legendary wine country with Barossa Valley Ballooning or Barossa Balloon Adventures.

Jump out of a plane: See South Australia from the air with Adelaide SkydivingSA Skydiving and Coastal Skydive.

Eat, drink and be merry

Prairie Hotel, Flinders Ranges and Outback

Enjoy an unforgettable dining experience at the Flinders Ranges' iconic Prairie Hotel.

Dine in a tree: Enjoy an unforgettable lunch in the Enchanted Fig Tree on Kangaroo Island or at the Prairie Hotel in the Flinders Rangers and Outback where you can enjoy a Feral feast.

See the Holy Grail: Join one of Two Hands Wines' unique cellar door and luxury vineyard tours, which include exploring the Holy Grail vineyard in Seppeltsfield, Barossa.

Head to the Hills: Take a tour and enjoy a tasting at Ochre Nation - the home of Applewood Distillery and Unico Zelo wines - and the first cellar door for a distillery in the Adelaide Hills.

Stroll down the lane: Be swept away by 360-degree views of the rolling Adelaide Hills at The Lane Vineyard's Hilltop lookout complete with lunch or the Gathering Indulgence wine flight.

First in, best dressed: Be among the first to experience The d'Arenberg Cube - a magical five-story building with a new tasting room, several bars, restaurant and private tasting rooms, with views overlooking the rolling hills of Willunga and McLaren Vale vineyards.

Hop to it: Visit the Barossa, McLaren Vale and Adelaide Hills wine regions with Trailhopper, Adelaide's only hop on, hop off tour bus service which leaves from the CBD.

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

Blend your own gin: Join Kangaroo Island Spirits 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.

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.

Indulge your senses: Taste the amazing combination of wine and chocolate at Hahndorf Hill Winery in the Adelaide Hills, at Wirra Wirra in McLaren Vale and Fernfield Winery in the Barossa.

Unplug and unwind

Cabn, Adelaide Hills

Go off grid: Surrounded by 180 acres of natural scrub and bushland in the Adelaide Hills, CABN is an off-grid tiny house where you can relax, rediscover and reconnect - without the distraction of Wi-Fi. 

Sail away: Float down the Murray River on board a new luxury houseboat, Drift The Experience. Enjoy 360- degree panoramic views, 6 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and an 8-person gas heated spa.

Enjoy the solitude: Surround yourself with coastal bush with uninterrupted views of Butler's Beach and Hillocks Point from Hillocks Ocean Pod on the Yorke Peninsula - not to mention spectacular sunsets. 

Swag under the stars: Drop in and stay the night in the Flinders Ranges. On tour with Helivista, fly past Rawnsley Bluff in a helicopter and head onto the Chace Range, where your swag will be set up for the night. Watch the sunset and be picked up again the next morning after breakfast.

Join the team

Adelaide Oval RoofClimb

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

Tour the home of footy and cricket: Experience Adelaide Oval behind-closed-doors on a stadium tour which includes a look through the century-old scoreboard. See where they keep the best seats in the house on the Commonwealth Bank RoofClimb tour of 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. 

Ride like a pro: Join the Bupa Challenge Tour at the 2018 Santos Tour Down Under and ride the same route as the pros, or choose from a range of holiday packages for the ultimate up-close experience.

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