3 last-minute 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 three ideas for the nature-lovers on your Christmas list:

1. Cleland Wildlife Park membership

Cleland Wildlife Park 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 Cleland Wildlife Park membership costs $61 and offers 12 months’ unlimited access and other benefits such as free animal food, drinks vouchers and 10 per cent off on all gift shop products.

The best bit? Knowing that your membership contributes to the many programs and conservation efforts undertaken at the park.

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 National Park on the Eyre Peninsula.

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

A 12-month pass costs $99 ($79 concession) 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 per cent of the state.

3. Kangaroo Island Tour Pass

It’s not called ‘a zoo without fences’ for nothing. Kangaroo Island’s wilderness and wildlife experiences attract visitors from around the world.

A great way to experience the best the island has to offer is with a Kangaroo Island Tour Pass. The pass costs $156 and offers 12 months’ access to Flinders Chase National Park, as well as admission to the following Kangaroo Island tours:

Did we mention all the feels apply here too? Proceeds from the Kangaroo Island Tour Pass contribute to the care of these special places.

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)

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