How to give the unforgettable…
For the friend or family member who has everything this Christmas, consider a bucket-list experience for them to share and remember.
How about a scenic helicopter flight?
Share the thrill of lifting off in a helicopter and landing at a country pub – or three. Captain Mike and his team of pilots at Pterodactyl Helicopters love to customise the perfect experience, from remote picnics to simple joy flights or bigger adventures. Quick joy flights over the upper reaches of the Brisbane River are available from as little as $130 for a couple – it’s a cool idea for kids too! Or you could splash out and really make a day of it with lunch at a winery or a country destination and a heli-pub tour back home. Talk to the Pterodactyl team – there are gift vouchers available and you can even book more than one chopper at a time.
The gift of floating – and a bird’s eye view
Salute the daybreak from the basket of a hot air balloon. Floating Images Hot Air Balloon Flights offers stunning sunrise flights over the heritage city and countryside. On a clear day you’ll have views across to the Brisbane skyline as the sun’s golden rays creep across the land. Other days you’ll see mountain peaks emerge as the morning mist lifts. It’s an early start but completely rewarding watching the dawn break from a basket in the sky.
Flights are available every day (except Christmas Day) – this family-run business will be operating all through summer, school holidays, New Year and Chinese New Year! Gift vouchers are available and you can book a package that includes breakfast, from $330 for adults and $280 for children aged 6-12 with a consenting accompanying adult.
For the driver in the family…
For the thrill-seeker in your life, here’s a fast-paced option – a V8 Experience at Queensland Raceways, Willowbank.
There are 6-lap and 9-lap options available and you can even opt to have the driving recorded on video so he or she can relive the moment long after they’ve left the driver’s seat.
Hit the highway on a three-wheeler Harley
Score early bird tickets to The Winternats
If you’re shopping for a motorsport fanatic check out the early bird offer for the biggest event on the motorsport calendar – the Winternationals on June 6-9, 2019. This is the biggest drag racing event in Australia – and the biggest outside the US, and the early bird special allows a saving of up to $35 per head on admission. Read more here about Willowbank Raceway – including details of the upcoming New Year’s Thunder on January 5.
Looking for a gift for the sweet tooth in the family – or something sweet to put with that gift voucher? The shop where it’s Christmas all year round, Mrs Claus and Santa, has an array of gift-boxed Belgian chocolates – snap them up while you’re stocking up on trinkets for the tree and lights for the house this year. Actually you can even get the tree here!
And still more places to shop…
And speaking of the Top of Town, in the old stretch of heritage buildings along Brisbane St, you’ll find a divine array of clothing labels, shoes, jewellery and accessories in the boutiques. Be sure to include on your list Oh Jo Jo Boutique, Obsession Shoes, M2M Studio and Soul Sista. They all have vouchers available too if the decision-making proves just too hard.
If you love to buy unique handmade items, check out the range at Limestone Emporium, which showcases the handiwork of crafters and artisans and local producers, as well as carefully sourced homewares and gift brands.
Meanwhile, in the Boulevard Arcade at 17 Limestone St, you’ll find Country House Gifts and Homewares – one of the largest gift shops in Queensland with literally thousands of lines in stock, including novelties items, beauty products, homewares, jewellery and whole sections dedicated to gifts for men or for new babies.
Book a table for dinner
Shout your favourite people dinner this Christmas or take them out to celebrate the festive season.
Ipswich is home to some truly beautiful dining establishments – a huge percentage of them in heritage buildings such as The Cottage Restaurant, Dovetails restaurant, Fourthchild, Pumpyard Bar & Brewery and the botanical cafe, Rafter & Rose.
For more dining options in Ipswich, check out the huge list at discoveripswich.com.au – including such places as the award-winning PA Hotel, home to Tap’d – the biggest craft beer bar in the southern hemisphere!