Top six Hawkesbury gift ideas for Christmas

Believe it or not Christmas is almost here! We all have that one person that is very tricky to buy for (I have three!). They have everything; want nothing (well so they say!). So consider gifting them a local Hawkesbury experience this year instead.

The Hawkesbury has a surprising range of unique Christmas gift experiences you can give to those hardest to buy for.

Here are our top 6…

CatsVisit the Wild Cat Conservation Centre

The tours and experiences available at the Wild Cat Conservation Centre at Wilberforce give you the chance to go behind the scenes and learn about the work the centre does to conserve the threatened and endangered wild cat species.  Visiting the centre is a very special experience, so much more special than another box of chocolates.  A gift of enrolment in the Junior Conservationist Program (aimed at children between 9-13 years of age) would make a great gift for a child who is crazy about wildlife and conservation. Gift Certificates can be purchased by emailing wildcatcentre.org.au and requesting a purchase form.

Photo: Wild Cat Conservation Centre

paddlewheelerCruise on the Hawkesbury Paddlewheeler

The Hawkesbury Paddlewheeler is undoubtedly one of our most iconic tourist attractions having been cruising the waters of the Hawkesbury River for over 35 years. Guests aboard enjoy delicious food,  commentary on the history of the boat, the river and local  legends of the past.  Music lovers will enjoy the special event cruises that feature first class musicians and entertainers.  Currently departing from Lower Portland it is a great opportunity to see our beautiful region from the river itself, not just from the banks.  Gift Certificates can be purchased online.

Photo: Silversalt

carRev it up at Off Road Rush Sydney

Off Road Rush Sydney located at Colo Heights will give them the opportunity to drive V8 buggies (the most extreme race cars on dirt), a turbo WRX rally car, or the new Yamaha YXZ. If driving isn’t their thing then they also offer the most thrilling hot laps / passenger rides in Australia. The fully trained instructors will ensure you have a safe and fun time. Purchase gift certificates here.

Photo: Off Road Rush Sydney

girlSwing, climb and soar at Trees Adventure Grose River Park

Let them soar through the treetops on an array of flying foxes, tight ropes and tunnels! Trees Adventure Grose River Park is located at the confluence of the Nepean and Grose River in Yarramundi (only 10 minutes from Richmond). The 2.5-hour session (including training) will have the gift recipient laughing along with the kookaburras.  The treetop platforms are built on over 70 Sydney Blue Gums (eucalyptus saligna), which borders both sides of the river. Purchase gift certificates here.

Photo: Destination NSW

VillaRelax and reboot at Villa Thalgo

Give a pamper gift that will be really appreciated after Christmas. Villa Thalgo at Crowne Plaza Hawkesbury Valley in Windsor offers a world class hydrotherapy and treatment experience. The centrepiece is a magnificent swimming pool for relaxation and an analytic pool with hydrotherapy exercise stations and a hydrotherapy spa.  There is also body wrap wet-treatment rooms, facial treatment rooms and massage rooms. Purchase gift certificates here. Accommodation packages also available.

Photo: Crowne Plaza Hawkesbury

HillbillySample Hawkesbury’s fine ciders and gins with Shiraz Tours

Sick of driving here, there and everywhere over the holidays.  Why not buy that special someone a tour gift voucher with local operator Shiraz Tours. Shiraz Tours is owned by Hawkesbury locals and the friendly guides will guarantee you a special tour sampling local gins, ciders and Hawkesbury food.  Plus you’ll get the opportunity to pick fruit direct from the trees at Bilpin. What better way to spend the day!

Photo: Destination NSW