19 Winter-Warming Gift Ideas

19 Winter-Warming Gift Ideas

Need a gift in Winter to warm someone right up?
Imogen Jeffries

Australian experiences are centred around the incomparable weather in the summer months, meaning that in times of celebrations, we love to enjoy the sunshine over a BBQ dinner, a family footie match, or down on the beach.

We've got the best conditions in the world for outdoor adventures and sightseeing, yet, we tend to throw this all out the window when June rolls around. We tend to migrate indoors, tucking ourselves under the blanket, and wishing the winter blues away, making special occasions a bit less exciting.

But we'd like to think that the slight drop in temperatures (seriously, why are we complaining about 25-degree winters anyway?) is no real reason for us to pack in the birthday, anniversary or graduation BBQs and head indoors. If you have a friend celebrating a birthday, major milestone, graduation, or anniversary in the heart of Australia's winter then it's an amazing opportunity for a unique experience gift.

This year, treat your best friend, Mum, Dad or partner to an experience gift for their special occasion to take full advantage of the crisp, blue-sky winter days with a wine tour, whale watching cruise, or hiking experience.

Still not interested in giving your special someone anything to do with the outdoors? Head inside with one our experience gifts that can have you warming up over a pot of soup (think Thai, Italian and Spanish cooking classes) or enjoying a moment or two cuddling our favourite neighbour, the Koala, at a variety of sanctuaries across the country. Reep the benefits of an Australian winter wonderland - which actually just means white sand, expansive mountain ranges, and fresh air - give your special someone an experience gift, perfect for every occasion.

Hiking & Outdoor Adventures

There's no better way to get the blood pumping, and raise your internal temperature with a hiking, walking or canyoning experience in the great outdoors. Sure, these winter days are a bit nippier than summertime, but it?s no excuse to hide away under your blanket indoors. The crisp mornings, clear blue skies and fresh air make it an ideal time to slap those hiking boots on, wear some cosy knits, and take on your local terrain. We have a variety of experiences that will take your partner, Mum, Dad or sibling out for a great birthday celebration.

1.Springbrook NP Glow Worm Tour | Gold Coast

Head into Springbrook National Park, a member of the many World Heritage areas of Australia, to witness a beautiful natural phenomenon only to be found in Australia and New Zealand. Watch as glow worms light up the cave systems and rock formations at nightfall. If your gift recipient lives on the Gold Coast, its likely that this is one outdoor tour they've never been on - because it must be done at night with a professional guide.

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2.Noosa Mountain Bike Tour | Sunshine Coast

Take your gift recipient for a half-day cycling tour of Noosa. Choose from either the Mountain or Beach Track route; both will give you exceptional views. Unspoilt by tourist crowds, pleasant 22-degree weather, and a greater chance of wildlife sightings - Noosa can be argued as exceptionally better in winter.

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3.Tamborine 4WD Mountain Tour | Gold Coast

Drive to Tamborine Mountain, the ?green behind the gold? rainforest home to wallabies and kangaroos in an off-road 4WD vehicle. How often do you get to go 4-wheel-driving through the Gold Coast Hinterland? Probably never. Give your best mate, girlfriend or sibling a truly adventerous day.

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4.Kangaroo Island Day Tour | Adelaide

For the ultimate nature-enthusiast, pack up your bags and enjoy an overnight camping trip on Kangaroo Island. Visit Flinders Chase National Park, an Australian Sea Lion colony, Flinders Chase National Park, the as well as Admirals Arch & Remarkables Rock. This gift makes for an epic weekend getaway off the coast of Southern Australia. Kangaroo Island is also home the third-largest sea lion colony in the world where you can discover 500-million-year-old eroded rock formations, the Remarkables. Gift this for some epic weekend-getaway brownie points.

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5.Blue Mountains Canyoning Tour | Sydney

Canyon your way through New South Whales's Blue Mountains. Hop over boulders, jump over rocks, slide over waterfalls, and taste the fresh air. Become one with nature - witness the native plantlife, birds and other wildlife. Get out of the ciy and breathe in some fresh, mountain air.

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6.Outback Cycling | Alice Springs

A 3-hour bike tour of Australia?s iconic desert landsape. See the outback from vantage points that you could never get from a average sightseeing tour via bus. Discover the heart of the desert. Plan a trip with your special someone for an anniversary and stay at one of the retreats, and get your adventure on with the bike tour of the terrain.

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7.Mount Wellington Morning Tour | Hobart

Dusted with snow in winter, Mount Wellington is a beautiful spectacle during the winter months - and this hike will get your muscles moving, and blood pumping. Take a morning tour to Mt Wellington Summit, visit the Cascade Brewery and Gardens, and get a panoramic shot of Hobart. It's not only great exercise to do together, there?s a chance for exceptional insta-worthy photographs and some time to learn a little bit about the history and environment of Tasmania.

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8.Windjana Gorge and Tunnel Creek Tour | Broome

A one-day tour of Kimberley's Windjana Gorge National Park and Tunnel Creek. Cruise along in a comfortable 4WD vehicle along Fitzroy River, see rich wildlife and vegetation, visit the Mowanju Art Gallery, the Boa Tree, and Tunnel Creek - WA?s oldest cave system. Winter means dry season, giving you ample chances for picturesque snapshots down by the water, of the caves, and big blue skies.

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Cooking Classes

Warm up someone special in your life with a cooking experience. Whether they're a well-seasoned chef (no pun intended) or they're simply interested in learning how to make some wonderful dishes in a different cuisine, a cooking class will keep both of you warm indoors. Set fire to your taste buds as you delve into warming spices, aromas, and flavours from cuisines like Italian, Thai and Sri Lankin. Bon appetit!

9.Rustic Italian Cooking Class | Brisbane

A 3-hour class learning all about home-style Italian dishes. Learn to make specialty dishes like sweet potato and speck stuffed ravioli, roasted pear and pancetta bark baked cheese, potato and porcini gnocchi, rosemary and lavender flatbreads, with double vanilla panna cotta and vanilla gelato to finish. You and your gift-recipient will be greeted with fresh bread, pizza or focaccia upon arrival.

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10.Spanish Tapas and Paella Cooking Class | Brisbane

Because who doesn't enjoy eating tapas? Make a ton of Spanish food (we're talking paella), get down to Spanish music, and live it up with a glass of sangria, and wine to follow. Ole!

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11.Thai Cooking Class | Melbourne

A 3.5-hour class to get your recipient's taste buds roaring. This Thai-cooking class in Melbourne will take the aromatic flavours of Thai cuisines, the spices, and the vibrant colours of fresh vegetables to create a variety of plates - available to take home with you for future nights in. A perfect way to spend a winter's night.

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Wine Tours

As we mentioned earlier, the great outdoors is amazing to explore during the winter months in Australia. But what better way to explore some of Australia's most scenic areas than with a glass of wine in hand? You and your gift recipient can head out on a day tour of wineries across Australia. Our catalogue includes the family-owned and award-winning Sirromet Winery in Mount Cotton, trips to Perth's extensive Swan Valley wine region, visits to Hunter Valley wineries known for the tasty Shiraz and Semillon, as well as to the Barossa Valley in South Australia, Tamar Valley in Tasmania, and the Yarra Valley. For the wine-o and foodie, you'll appease either personality with a fine tour to one of our featured wine regions, below.

12.Sirromet Winery Tour | Brisbane

Your gift-recipient can visit Sirromet Winery in Queensland with this full-day tour of the area. They can taste 7 wines, exclusive to the tour, which are not available to the public.

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13.Hunter Valley Wine Tour | Sydney

Visit several boutique wineries that make up this world renowned region in Australia. Enjoy private tastings at 3-4 cellar doors; eat a gourmet 2-course lunch

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14.Yarra Valley Tour for Two | Melbourne

A highly personalised tour for two of the Yarra Valley. Get access to up to 5 wineries, from the following destinations: De Bortoli Winery, Coldstream Hills, Dixons Creek Estate Vineyard, Ezard at Levantine Hill (scheduled lunch) and Dominique Portet.

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15.Barossa Valley Day Tour | Adelaide

Visit 5 cellar doors including the likes of Chateau Tanunda, Kies Family Wines, Domain Day and more. All hotel transfers are included as well as a beautiful, gourmet restaurant lunch complete with glass of wine, and expert commentary throughout the day covering a number of interesting topics.

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Whale Watching

Australia is lucky in that every winter, we can witness the northern migration of the iconic Southern humpback whales, as they make their way up from late May to November, to the warmer Pacific Ocean breeding grounds. Along the eastern coastline of Aus, we have a variety of amazing whale-watching sightseeing tours that can make a perfect 'I Love You' gift, a happy anniversary - or simply a spontaneous gift for nature lovers. Let your special someone witness one of the longest migratory routes on Earth amongst mammals - taking place right in their backyard.

16.Brisbane Whale Watching Tour | Brisbane

The mighty Southern Humpback whales pop up every year in Queensland's south-east waterways, giving tourists and locals alike the opportunity to see the beloved creature in all their glory. This is a spectacular gift to give to someone that has never witnessed a grand, natural phenomenon before.

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17.Port Stephens Whale Watching Tour | Port Stephens

If your gift-recipient is located in the beautiful Hunter region of New South Whales, they'll be ecstatic to hop on a cruise and watch the whales as they cruise swimmingly (no pun intended) alongside the vessel. This tour also includes a morning or afternoon tea; potential dolphin, seal and orca sightings.

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Cuddle Up To A Koala

Have you ever cuddled up to your Australian neighbour during the winter months? And no, we're not talking about creepy Bob next-door - we're talking about our beloved fuzzy neighbour, the Koala. Take a friend to one of the following animal sanctuaries below and get your gift-recipient some appointed one-on-one time with these adorable creatures.

18.Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary | Brisbane

One of Queensland's most iconic animal sanctuaries, Lone Pine is home to the largest colelction of koalas and you can cuddle up to one of these cuties on a daily basis. With more than 100 koalas living at Lone Pine, you'll be able to cuddle up to one and have your photo snapped to comemorate this awesome experience.

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19.Koala Breakfast at WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo | Sydneyh

While this experience doesn't actually allow you cuddle a koala (it's not legal in New South Wales), you can get up close to the ones living at WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo on Darling Harbour and have breakfast as they laze about in their trees and on their perches.

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If you're looking for more experience gift ideas around Australia, then check out our full range of gifts!

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