Christmas wish list

Give your loved ones an amazing experience this holiday season with this xmas wish list, gift certificates available now!
10 Oct 2020
Discover Ipswich, Staff Writer

Exclusive heli-tour

Pterodactyl Helicopters

Imagine being whisked away to a private setting on the banks of the Brisbane River where a beautifully styled bell tent awaits with delicious goodies inside including a glass of bubbly?  This reality could be yours if you book this unforgettable present today.  Pterodactyl Helicopters also offer heli-pub crawls and winery tours!

Float blissfully away…

Floating Images Hot Air Balloon Flights

Treat your special person to tranquil escape high above the ground on a Floating Images Hot Air Balloon Flight.  Grab a gift voucher for this magical once in a lifetime experience for a gift they will love! Watch the sunrise as you float over historic buildings, farms and take in mountain views on a one hour balloon flight.  Top it all off with breakfast at popular and well-rated cafe Fourthchild in Ipswich’s historical Top of Town precinct.

Need for speed

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Do you have a rev-head in the family?  Or an adrenaline junky?  Get a voucher for a V8 Race Experience for 6 or 9 laps in one of their Ford or Holden race cars.  For an extra special treat book laps in their new purpose-built Mustang with well over 500hp – there’s nothing else like it in Australia!

Tickets start at $199 for 6 hot laps.

Luxurious getaway

Spicers Hidden Vale view

Spoil yourself and loved ones with a relaxing break at Spicers Hidden Vale, add on dinner at the award winning Homage restaurant and you’ve got a recipe for an amazing Christmas gift.

Other options include historic Cumquat House, Quest Ipswich and Springfield and Oaks Aspire Ipswich.  See more options online.

A day of relaxation

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Spoil your loved one with a gift of relaxation and healing.  Ipswich Massage and Herbal Spa gift vouchers can be redeemed for massage, beauty or products.  Therapies include osteopathy, acupuncture and Chinese medicine, massage, spa therapy, beauty therapy as well as yoga, Pilates and meditation.

Get crafty with a Sip ‘n’ dip class

SipnDip

A Sip ‘n’ Dip gift voucher that gives someone the chance to be creative and explore art is a great gift idea.

Grab a voucher or simply book your special someone into a class, choose from resin pours, painting, jewelery making and more!

Marvel at a magnificent mansion

Woodlands of Marburg

Book a stay at Woodlands of Marburg and immerse yourself in history as you take in the 130 year old property.  Stay on a Friday night when they’re doing their Haunted Mansion tours and learn about the history of the mansion and some spooky stories.  Make sure you book in for dinner ahead of the tour and choose from their new Italian inspired menu.

Book a styled picnic for someone special…

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The Soul Nook Collective are open for Christmas party picnic bookings with music and a pop up bar or intimate styled picnics for you and your partner or a few friends to celebrate these holidays.

They put up the tent, organise the nibbles and the bubbles, all you need to do is be prepared for a good time!

Amazing dining experiences

Ungermann Brothers Ice Cream Parlour | Ipswich

Leave the cooking to someone else and treat your loved ones to breakfast, lunch or dinner in Ipswich.

The 88 Limestone Precinct set inside the old Technical College is home to the Pumpyard Bar and Brewery which is famous for it’s locally brewed beers and epic chicken burgers as well as Dovetails restaurant.

Dovetails has delicious oysters, scallops and steak on the menu.  Finish your meal off with a visit to neighbouring Ungermann Brothers Ice Cream Parlour and taste test their gourmet flavours including salted caramel, bacon and pecan; fairy-bread; and strawberry balsamic.

Or visit The Cottage Restaurant for a fine dining experience with Brisbane Valley quail on the menu, venison, confit duck and mouth watering 48 hour cooked pork belly or 72 hour cooked waygu brisket.

For a great steak head to Bakehouse Steakhouse and for juicy red claw and other pub classics see the menu at the Prince Alfred Hotel.

Find more dining options online.

If you’re after something a little more casual book into one of Ipswich’s funky cafes like Rafter and Rose on Ellenborough St.  Rafter and Rose offer home cooked goodness like their pumpkin pie, gluten free eclairs and filled doughnuts.

Read a list of 20 cafés you need to visit in Ipswich.

Escape room challenge

Seraphim Escape's Christmas themed room

If you and your little ones like puzzles then you don’t want to miss the Christmas themed escape room at Seraphim Escape.

This family friendly room will have you working together to solve puzzles as an hour timer counts down, adding a sense of urgency to the game – which is even more fun.

Seraphim Escape also have two scary rooms for the adults, which would also make a great gift!

Gift buying

Soul Sista

There’s actually a whole strip of great shopping options in the Top of Town including cute baby and toddler shop Cute to Boot, handmade gift lines at Embers and Twine and The Soul Cauldron and fashion forward stores Soul Sista, Obsession Shoes and Oh Jo Jo Boutique.

If you still haven’t found the perfect gift check out Country House Gifts and Homewares, one of the largest gift shops in Ipswich with thousands of lines in stock from novelties, beauty, jewellery and new babies.

Head into the mall to find gifts at Trottie Beck and Ulli’s New Age Rockz.

Find great gifts for green thumbs at Trevallan Lifestyle Centre.

Travel a little further afield to Marburg to shop at eclectic boutiques The Soul Nook Collective and The Black Museum.

For those that love antiques and collectibles check out the Ipswich Antique Centre and Vintage Advantage.

Discover Ipswich Staff Writer
Rocky the Rock Wallaby is a Sagittarius who lives at the Ipswich Nature Centre and often contributes to Discover Ipswich in his spare time. When he's not busy showing tourists around, blogging or hanging out with his bestie Milly the Wombat, he likes to hit the gym for a leg session, graze on quinoa salad and ponder the possibilities of the universe.

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