2 Christmas present ideas for nature-lovers

2 Christmas present ideas for nature-lovers

If you’ve been pri­ori­tis­ing par­ties over presents don’t fret, we’ve got your back with some last-minute gift ideas.

Still look­ing for Christ­mas gifts? Don’t bat­tle for a carpark at the local shop­ping cen­tre – pour your­self a long cold drink, put your feet up and do your shop­ping fast online.

Here are two ideas for the nature-lovers on your Christ­mas list:

1. Cle­land Wildlife Park experiences

Cle­land Wildlife Park in the Ade­laide Hills is one of South Australia’s most icon­ic tourist attrac­tions, renowned for its wide open spaces where you can get clos­er to ani­mals includ­ing koalas, kan­ga­roos, wal­la­bies and potoroos.

A range of Cle­land Wildlife Park gift vouch­ers are avail­able just in time for Christ­mas. From one-off day pass­es to year­ly mem­ber­ships, there is some­thing for everyone.

How about a close encounter with the res­i­dent echid­nas, spend­ing time inside their enclo­sure and help­ing with feed­ing time (watch out for those long sticky tongues!)? Or your loved one can even have break­fast with the birds.

The best bit? Know­ing that your pur­chase is con­tribut­ing to the many pro­grams and con­ser­va­tion efforts under­tak­en at the park.

Top tip: Gift cards are con­ve­nient and easy to pur­chase online.

2. Annu­al parks pass

A mul­ti­ple entry parks pass gives the gift of expe­ri­ences at the best of South Australia’s nation­al parks year-round, at sites like the white sand beach­es of Lin­coln and Cof­fin Bay nation­al parks, the rugged coast­line of Deep Creek Nation­al Park and the ancient moun­tain land­scapes of Ikara-Flinders Ranges Nation­al Park.

An annu­al parks pass cov­ers vehi­cle entry fees for parks where fees apply, such as Belair Nation­al Park, Cof­fin Bay Nation­al Park, Deep Creek Nation­al Park, Ikara-Flinders Ranges Nation­al Park, Dhil­ba Guu­ran­da-Innes Nation­al Park, Lin­coln Nation­al Park, Mount Remark­able Nation­al Park and Para Wirra Con­ser­va­tion Park.

A 12-month mul­ti­ple entry parks pass costs $112 ($90 for con­ces­sion hold­ers) and can be bought online. And there’s anoth­er feel-good alert – pro­ceeds from the pass con­tribute to the main­te­nance of SA’s huge nation­al parks estate, which cov­ers more than 21% of the state.

With the shop­ping list sort­ed, maybe it’s time to think about how you’re going to dec­o­rate. Ditch the exot­ic plants this Christ­mas and deck the halls with these native species instead.

Main image: Father Christ­mas fish­ing for Aus­tralian salmon in Lin­coln Nation­al Park (cour­tesy of @robertlangphotogrpahy Instagram)

This sto­ry was orig­i­nal­ly post­ed in Decem­ber 2019.

This con­tent was pro­duced in part­ner­ship with  Good Living