Lifestyle Gift Ideas Experiencing Christmas
Experiencing Christmas
Thursday, 01 November 2007

stockmandogs.jpgGift-giving doesn't always have to be a chore. Through the convenience of the internet, you can select that perfect gift from the comfort of your study or lounge. The latest trend in Christmas gifts is presents that last a lifetime. Dust collecting baubles are a thing of the past when you can now give your family and friends experiences they will never forget! Transform the spirit of Christmas into the spirit of adventure!

GoDo (www.godo.com.au) is Australia's leading experience booking service. GoDo General Manager Damien Cummings took Medical Forum on a guided tour of the hottest experiences you can purchase this Christmas.

Most popular Christmas experiences (Australia-wide)

RM Williams Outback Spectacular (Gold Coast)

A $23m extravaganza capturing the grandeur of the Aussie outback. Located next to Warner Bros. Movie World, the show is filled with music, drama, and features wild horses, stampeding cattle, bush vehicles, and death-defying stunts. During the heat of the action, you will be served a 3-course Aussie BBQ dinner and drinks. As a special memento of the evening, you'll receive a free stockman's hat.

harbourjet.jpgJet boat ride (Sydney)

Hold on tight as your skipper hits full throttle and unleashes the power of turbo-charged race engines around Sydney Harbour. Imagine awesome fishtails and power lock-in 270 degree spins. This turbo jet boat ride is the fastest and most thrilling ride on Sydney Harbour!

Outback quad biking (Alice Springs)

Experience 3.5 hours of outback adventure, launching from Undoolya Station, the oldest working station in NT. The quad bikes are fully automatic and safe, and the initial pace is sedate. There's plenty of photo opportunities as the adventure passes through the East MacDonnell Ranges, over dry riverbeds, and around water holes.

Cooking Classes (most states)

Take a culinary journey and discover the joys of creating many varied dishes using the freshest ingredients, including homemade pizzas, salads, salsas, relishes, stews and soups, depending on seasonal ingredients. At the end of the class, take your dishes and recipes home.

Most popular Christmas experiences (WA)

Hot Air Ballooning (Avon Valley)

Lift off at dawn when the winds are gentle and float over the scenic Avon Valley for an hour. After your flight, you will be invited to experience the ancient and mystical art of balloon "packer-uppering". A balloonist's breakfast will be served by your pilot and crew, where you will be presented with a flight certificate to commemorate your experience.

rallycar.jpgRally driving (Bindoon)

Before slamming the pedal to the metal, you'll be given a short safety course and tips on how to get the most out of your rally car. Once ready, you'll take turns in driving Subaru WRX STI turbo and a Toyota Sprinter Group A RWD car clockwise and anti-clockwise in a test area. Finally, the instructor will give you an adrenalin rush when you're taken on a hot lap at full rally speed. Hang onto your seat!

Personal wine tour (Margaret River)

Tour the magnificent Margaret River region in chauffeur-driven comfort and discover the area's famous wines, beers, cheese and chocolates. Visit a selection of these great wineries: Happs, Amberley, Hayshed Hill, Driftwood, Flying Fish, Grove, Bootleg Brewery, Lenton Brae, and Vasse Felix. There's no better way to sample Margaret River's best.

Ultimate Day Spa (Perth)

This truly luxurious package starts at your door, where you will be greeted by your own chauffeured limousine. Begin the pampering with a hydrating body spa, then a full body steam and aromatic shower. Later, you can lay back for a full body massage. After relaxing with lunch and cocktails, enjoy an intensive oxygenating facial, plus a manicure, pedicure, therapeutic Japanese scalp massage, followed with a blow-dry or hair-up style of your choice. Finish up by consulting with a professional make-up artist.

quadbikes.jpgSomething more exotic?

You can buy your loved ones experiences you may never have dreamed of. "The more exotic experiences include the High Roller package at Crown Casino, where up to 120 guests compete in a tournament-style competition, Sword fighting lessons, Husky Dog Sleeping in the Hunter Valley, or a 7-day Outback Pub Tour," Damien said.

Know the tastes of the person you're buying for, cautioned Damien. "There's nothing worse than booking an aerobatic flight or skydive and finding out the person you've bought the activity for is afraid of heights!"

All of these experiences and hundreds more are available through Medical Hub (click on Leisure Activity Bookings).