Make your own blend at Penfolds
Is there someone in your life who’s eager to embrace their inner vintner? Let them mix it with Australia’s pre-eminent winemakers at Penfolds.
Step inside the Winemaker’s Laboratory and blend your own signature vintage using Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvèdre grapes (not unlike Penfolds’ own Bin 138).
Nestled in Nuriootpa in the heart of the Barossa Valley, Penfolds also operates a healthy cellar door, ideal for picking up some more tasty Christmas treats along the way. The “make your own blend” experience is available daily, but bookings are essential.
Ideal for: foodies, oenophiles and connoisseurs of all kinds.
Take on an Adelaide icon
Take your Christmas gift giving to new heights with a Commonwealth Bank RoofClimb gift voucher. The two-hour guided tour takes you high above the hallowed Adelaide Oval turf, along the curved roofline of the western stand, before traversing a narrow bridge to the southern Riverbank stand. Above the goal square, you can take a moment to sit down in the best seat in the house or test your nerve at a lean out point – 50 metres above the playing surface.
There are a number of climbs available, including the opportunity to catch the sun set across the city and out toward the Adelaide Hills at twilight or taking in the on-field action during a game day. Make things extra special with an indulgent lunch or dinner package at the Hill of Grace Restaurant, overlooking the hallowed turf.
Ideal for: burning off Christmas season calories.
Indulge in a 20-course dinner
Let chef, owner and culinary buccaneer Jock Zonfrillo take care of the cooking at Restaurant Orana, where the menu redefines Australia’s gastronomic culture.
The seasonal tasting menu boasts up to 20 courses, served over two and a half luxurious hours. Sample local delicacies such as scallops, wattle seed and even honeyed green ants. Wine matching is also available, and includes Krug Grande Cuvée champagne during snacks. That’s right: 20 courses plus snacks.
Ideal for: feasters with fine taste.
Make a splash at the Dive Shack
As the warmer weather sets in, thoughts turn to tranquil days and evenings on the beach. Make someone’s summer by gifting them the chance to explore South Australia’s enchanted underwater worlds.
The Dive Shack’s team of welcoming trainers caters to debut divers and experienced ocean lovers alike. They’ll introduce you to the art of scuba, or the meditative practice of free diving, so you can safely discover SA’s stunning landscapes with a whole new perspective.
Ideal for: nature lovers, the adventurous sort.
Look sharp at Gardner Knives
Barry Gardner is the Barossa’s man of steel, devoted to the craft of knife-making. He spends his days creating beautiful, bespoke tools in a 150-year-old coach house at Seppeltsfield Winery. Know anyone who would care to join him?
Learn to forge carbon steel from a master in his natural environment: a dark, smoky workshop. Complete the piece with a handle wrought from Australian timber and you’ll have a kitchen or carving knife that will last at least 20 years. That’s a gift that keeps on giving
Ideal for: home cooks and handy types.
Get crafty with cyanotype printing
The name might not suggest it, but cyanotype printing is one of the simplest forms of photographic printmaking. It’s also one of the most enjoyable, and the Centre for Creative Photography will show you – or your lucky gift recipient – how it’s done.
After just one half-day, hands-on workshop, participants will leave with their own completely unique prints and the skills needed to experiment with their new hobby at home.
No experience is necessary. Just a creative eye and a fondness for fun.
Ideal for: craftspeople, chemists and budding artists.
Be a zookeeper for a day
Get within a whisker of the meerkats, giraffes, rhinos and more at Monarto Zoo. There’s a veritable herd of options to peruse, from meeting cheetahs and chimps, to helping keepers put the lion pride to bed for the night.
If you want to take a walk on the wild side, but a little bit closer to home, Adelaide Zoo offers a range of thrilling animal experiences too.
Ideal for: getting up close and purr-sonal.
Come face to face with sharks
For those who enjoy a pump of adrenlin, head to Port Lincoln where you have a choice of three companies running shark diving operations, using large modern boats to host people on trips lasting one to five days.
Adventure Bay Charters uses music to attract the sharks and has an excellent viewing pod so six people can sit and watch the underwater action in relative comfort.
Calypso Star Charters uses berley to attract the sharks and has live-action camera streamed into the boat for non-divers.
Rodney Fox Shark Expeditions offers a somewhat more immersive shark experience with plenty of natural history expertise on board: the company takes smaller groups on two- to five-day live-aboard trips, offering both surface cage diving and ocean floor cage dives for certified divers.
Expect to pay from $400 for a one day tour.
Escape the rat race on Kangaroo Island
If you know someone who’s yearning for a digital detox (hint: it could be you), take a trip to Kangaroo Island and become immersed in its own WWW: wilderness, wildlife and walks. For the intrepid, Pure SA runs various adventure tours that take in the island’s exhilarating landscapes.
KI can provide as much stimulation or relaxation as you like. If you’re looking to slow down, indulge the senses and get back to nature; or breathtaking beaches and head-to-toe treatments might float your boat.
You can always go your own way and design the perfect KI getaway for your schedule, budget and interests.
Ideal for: friends, couples or the whole family.