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The 5 Best Christmas Gift Experiences for Someone Special

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Published December 6th 2017
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The 5 Best Christmas Gift Experiences for Someone Special

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What do you buy the person who has everything? If you're anything like me, your partner buys the things they want when they want them, rather than giving you helpful hints before special occasions.

When you need a gift to show just how much you love them, what do you do? Well, Adelaide is full of incredible experiences that you can book in advance, making them perfect for an extra special gift. Don't just give your loved one a present. Give them your… presence.

Looking for a bonus? Gift cards are easy to wrap. You're welcome.

Here are just some of the top picks of Adelaide experiences to give your special person this Christmas!


Commonwealth Bank RoofClimb

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Give your loved one a unique experience atop one of Australia's most iconic sporting venues with a Commonwealth Bank RoofClimb. An ideal gift for friends, family or that special someone, a RoofClimb is an adventure they'll never forget. They'll see Adelaide from a unique perspective with 360-degree views of the metropolitan area, from the Adelaide Hills in the east to the coastline in the west. Or if you're buying for the sports fan in your life, you can book them in for a cricket match day experience like no other - watching 6-7 overs of the One Day International from 50 metres above the turf! Find out more about gift card options here.



Animal Encounters

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Have an up-close encounter of the wild kind at Adelaide Zoo! Book an Animal Experience with a wide range of creatures big and small, including the famous Giant Pandas Wang Wang and Fu Ni, tigers, lions, hippos, apes, meerkats, birds and many more. Take the experience further and book a night in the zoo, cuddling up while the wildlife stirs around you. You can even spend a day as an assistant keeper for an interactive, behind the scenes glimpse at life as a zookeeper at Adelaide Zoo! Head to the Adelaide Zoo website to see what's on offer.



Fly like an Eagle

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Jet Flight Simulator Adelaide allows budding pilots, young and old, to test their skills at flying a Boeing 737-800NG or an F/A-18 Super Hornet. Fly over the streets of Paris or glide underneath the Sydney Harbor Bridge, all from this incredibly realistic flight simulator located in Unley. Each flight is supervised by a qualified flight instructor, so they'll have all the tricks of the trade and know-how to land safely and manoeuvre through the virtual skies. You can also jump in the back seat to take a ride and watch the pilot as they take control, as well as document the journey for some laughs later on. Book on their website here.


The Great Escape

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Give the gift of a mystery this Christmas with Escape Hunt, an immersive, exciting escape room experience. There are three themed experiences which have lots of puzzles and mysteries to solve in order to escape from the room. There's also a licensed bar to celebrate and recap your escapades afterwards with family or friends. The escape rooms are private, so the experience can be savoured between close friends and family, and you can even book an experience just for two people – perfect for couples testing the problem-solving waters! Check out the Escape Hunt experiences here.


Ghosts, Ghouls and Gaols

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If you're looking for something that will supply spine-tingling chills en masse, book a Ghost Tour at Adelaide Gaol. This night-time tour promises authentic, original, spooky stories from the Adelaide Gaol's history. For the budding ghost hunter in your life, there's also the Paranormal Investigation option. Developed by the Adelaide Gaol's paranormal investigator Jeff Fausch, this tour will take you deep into the gaol to search for paranormal activity. Book an Adelaide Gaol tour online.
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