Book yourself the ultimate picnic experience with Pterodactyl Helicopters. Take off from their Lake Manchester headquarters and fly to a romantic and secluded location on the banks of a river or stop at Woodlands of Marburg with a styled bell tent by The Soul Nook Collective. Everything is taken care off, the food, the bubbles the view. All you have to do is sit back and relax.
Hot air ballooning
Float majestically over Ipswich and surrounding countryside with Floating Images Hot Air Balloon Flights. Watch the sunrise as you enjoy a once in a lifetime hot air balloon experience. Take in historic buildings, farms and mountain views on their one hour balloon flight and breakfast package. Top it all off with breakfast and bubbles.
A great way to see Ipswich and surrounds is on three wheels. Jump on board an Ipswich Trike tour and get your motor racing to a different beat on this guided tour. Options include Ipswich CBD historic tours as well as winery visits and country towns.
Another way to get the heart pumping is through a V8 Race Experience. They make great Christmas gifts for the rev head in your life.
Tickets start at $199 for 6 hot laps.
Or take in the history at Woodlands of Marburg with their resort style accommodation, onsite pool and grand mansion. Take a mansion tour and enjoy a bite at the on-site café or spend the day exploring the town of Marburg.
Day at the spa
Spoil the special someone in your life with a gorgeous massage and spa voucher from Ipswich Massage and Herbal Spa.
They also have an exclusive line of beauty products available which would make a great gift.
Amazing dining experiences
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.
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.
Escape room challenge
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.
Ungermann Brothers cooking class
This is great for any budding foodies or those who love to cook. You can learn Masterchef secrets behind the scenes at Ungermann Brothers Ice-cream Parlour.
The class runs for two hours and costs $75 per person or $120 for two people.
Learn how to plate up like a Masterchef and how to create delicious flavours like strawberry balsamic sorbet and lavender honeycomb.
If you’re looking for something a little quirky head to Mrs Claus and Santa in the Top of Town, where it’s always Christmas – think Christmas decorations and one of a kind gifts.
There’s actually a whole strip of great shopping options in the Top of Town including new baby and toddler shop Cute to Boot, 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.