If COVID has taught us one thing, it's the importance of a society that supports and a community that cares. And, with almost 666,000 people directly employed across 300,000 Australian tourism businesses* and (most of) the country open for travel from December 1, it's time to show some love to an industry in need.
This holiday season join the 48 percent of Australians who said COVID has made them think about supporting tourism# and give the travel industry the gift of Christmas. Buy a voucher, a guided tour, or a hotel stay and stuff these memorable Queensland experiences into this year's Christmas stocking. After all, as of December 1, Queensland is Good to Go!
For The Kids For Under $50
- Journey with a Traditional Custodian and explore the Gold Coast's “Dreaming Mountain” in a special school holiday event aimed at kids between five and 12 years. The $25 Jellurgal Little Explorers includes an art workshop, activity book, and one adult FREE!
- Stand up for new skills. SUP Noosa will have the little ones vertical with stand up paddle board lessons starting from $50. Meanwhile the Gold Coast's Get Wet Surf School will give little frothers a two hour lesson in surfing – with a low coach-to-kid ratio - for $50 per person.
- Jam a theme park into your Christmas joy. Warner Brother Movie World have dozens of e-gift ideas starting from $50, from an encounter with a marmoset to a Hollywood Stunt Driver Experience. Over at Dreamworld, a Lego gift card starts from $30 while an annual theme park pass costs $119.
For The Whole Family
- Discover Australia's greatest underwater treasure and give the gift of the Great Barrier Reef. The Sunlover Family Fun Pass costs $607 for family of four, and comes with a slide straight into the sea.
- Crikey! This is the best stocking stuffer yet. Buy an entry to Australia Zoo and get a sneak peek at the Animal Hospital. Priced at $180 per family of four.
- Step into the kooky world of optical illusions at Gold Coast's ArtVo Illusions and capture forever moments for just $65 for a family of four.
- Join a five-hour Chill Out Kayak Tour and paddle to Wave Break Island for the ultimate beach picnic. A family of four costs $190.
Something For Mum (And Dad)
- Follow a local and Walk Brisbane to discover the architecture, history, and hidden laneways of Queensland's vibrant capital city; from $60 per person.
- Take a Tuk Tuk on a sunset tour for two around the picturesque resort town of Airlie Beach for $90 per couple.
- Lunch or learn? Buy a Sirromet Winery Gift Card, starting from $50 per person to use to dine at the Tuscan Terrace or join a cellar door tasting experience.
- Put Port on a Plate. Literally. Join trained chef Pete Davidson on a guided five hour tour and venture off to Port Douglas' farms to forage for fresh produce before dining on a three-course lunch. Priced at $175 per person.
Let's Drink To That
- Aquaduck on the Gold Coast has gone all grown up with a sunset tour aimed at adults. The Secrets, Scandals and Sunsets trail comes with a refreshing bevvie or two for $59.00 per person.
- Throw axes and drink beer? Doesn't sound quite right, but the thirsty folks at Hop on Brewery Tours can add a Hatchet and Hops or a Coldie on the Goldie tour into a stocking this Christmas. Vouchers start from $50. Warning: Non-beer drinkers may be converted.
- Sunshine Coast Craft Beer Tours covers four breweries in four hours. And it costs $160 per person.
For The Adventurer
- Story Bridge Adventure Climb delivers a Christmas trifecta: blockbuster views, 1136 steps to burn off the rumballs, and enough trivia to win the local pub quiz (Fact: its Australia's longest cantilever bridge). Climbs start at $129 per person.
- Buy a Canyon Flyer at Mt Tamborine and get two funny and guides and seven extreme ziplines to tackle. For a short time, get Australia's largest TreeTop Adventure Park for FREE! Prices start from $100 per child.
Big Ticket Splurge
- Overseas holidays are out for now, but here's one way you can still go over the seas. W Brisbane hotel has introduced All Reefed Up, a five-star big-city experience with an "over seas" flight to Lady Elliot Island on the Great Barrier Reef. Prices start from around $779 per person.
- Fly first class without stepping foot in a plane. Go Ballooning Gold Coast offers an exclusive charter balloon for two for $3700 complete with champagne and a pink stretched hummer to to a first class buffet breakfast at the Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort.
- Not sure what to give? Try a Tourism Whitsundays gift voucher starting from $50 and chip in for any number of holiday experiences. Like the chance to swag up in queen-sized luxury and Reef Sleep in the middle of the Coral Sea.
Need more inspiration? Head to the holiday deals section on Queensland.com
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