Food & Drink

Win Christmas With These Thoughtful Travel And Foodie Gifts

By Jess Willemse

Fact; foodie experiences take the cake when it comes to Christmas gifting. No more random socks, candles or regifted bottles of wine—we’ve found a way to truly show your loved ones you care this holiday season. 

What’s more, it requires minimal effort from you. Because the team over at BananaLab are helping you give the gift of choice with their expertly curated experience gift boxes. They’ll be spoilt for choice because one box contains hundreds of epic travel and foodie experiences to choose from. Plus, you’ll also be backing Aussie businesses and reducing unwanted gifts from going to waste. It’s a win-win.    

Keen for a taste of what’s in store? We’ve rounded up our top delicious picks below.    

St Hugo Chef’s Dining Experience

Barossa Valley, SA 

Immerse yourself in the relaxing nature and beauty of the Barossa with a tasty trip to St Hugo vineyard. Before a decadent gourmet lunch, you’ll enjoy a tour of the family estate and kitchen garden, learning about the local produce and even having a go at harvesting some. A glass of champers will be followed by a delicious lunch and wine pairing, as well as a bottle of wine to take home. It turns out there is heaven on earth.

Get among this experience with the Ultimate Gift Box.

Voyager Estate Wine Tasting And Cheese Board

Margaret River, WA

Wine and cheese, name a more dynamic duo. This experience gets the simple things right; a grand tasting in Voyager Estate’s wine room, with behind-the-scenes details on the vineyard’s organic practices and winemaking process. Pair this with a cheeseboard, and you’ve got yourself a stellar day out. Now all that’s left is deciding who to bring with you on this outing...

Get among this experience with the Bucket List Gift Box.

A Taste Of Tasmania


It’s no secret Southern Tassie sure knows a thing or two about expertly crafted artisanal sips. Get a taste of the scene with a guided tour thanks to the experts over at Drink Tasmania. Experience some of the region’s best distilleries and vineyards, as well as complimentary tastings, lunch, and of course, a ride between your destinations—bliss. 

Get among this experience with the Moments of Wanderlust Gift Box.

Wine And Chocolate Yarra Valley Tour

Yarra Valley, VIC

While wine and cheese might be the ultimate pairing, a glass of vino and artisan chocolate is a solid runner-up. This tour is a treat for the tastebuds, taking you through the sights, sounds and tastes of the Yarra Valley. Enjoy exclusive cellar-door tastings, including French-style sparkling wine, a trip to Yarra Valley Chocolateries and a gourmet lunch to round it all out. This is the definition of perfection. 

Get among this experience with the Ultimate Gift Box.

Wine And Dine At Eureka 89


What’s better than a five-course dinner? A five-course dinner set the backdrop of Melbourne’s glistening night skyline. This foodie experience with Eureka 89 is nothing short of exceptional. Take things to new heights by scoping out the Skydeck before dinner, followed by a complimentary cocktail and a lavish multicourse meal. Throw on your glad rags; just make sure they’re stretchy… 

Get among this experience with the Moments of Wanderlust Gift Box.

Sirromet Winery Tasting

Mount Cotton, QLD

Get among Queensland’s Granite Belt wine region thanks to this private, full-day tour with Sirromet wines. You’ll get to know what’s what when it comes to all things vino, from the history to the process, to what makes these drops so sippable. Cap it off with a tasting of their award-winning premium wines (only reserved for the special folk) over a charcuterie board specced out with local cheeses and meats. 

Get among this experience with the Bucket List Gift Box.

Salvador Dali And The Blending Bench

McLaren Vale, SA

It doesn’t get more wholesome than a day spent soaking up a slice of history, accompanied by a glass or two of your favourite drop. Spend a day at D’Arenberg, where you’ll get up close and personal with the winemaking process, topped off with a tipple tasting and a visit to the Salvador Dali exhibition. A complimentary bottle of wine is also included—how good. 

Get among this experience with the Moments of Wanderlust Gift Box.

Exclusive Dining Experience With Amber Restaurant

Sydney CBD

Amber Restaurant, situated in the CBD’s World Square, is top of our list for local produce plated to perfection. This new culinary experience is all about the best of the best, dishing up top-notch Aussie meat and premium seafood. Work your way through a dreamy three-course meal and tipple to match—how divine.    

Get among this experience with the Moments of Wanderlust Gift Box.

Ultimate Rowlee Wines Picnic Hamper

Nashdale, NSW

It’s safe to say we’ve all become pretty fond of outdoor picnics this year. The team over at Rowlee Wines are turning things up a notch with their take on an old favourite. Make your way over to the Rowlee vineyard on the Cargo Road Wine Trail to kick-start your experience. The bougie picnic hamper includes artisan cheese, locally sourced produce, meats, a fresh baguette, dessert and the all-important bottle of vino—delish. 

Get among this experience with the Bucket List Gift Box.

5-Course Wine And Dine At La Belle Vie


The absolute pinnacle of romance is a luxurious French degustation. Add in a wine pairing, and it’s a sure-fire winner. At La Belle Vie Bistro, elegant evenings are spent under the stars sipping curated wines and enjoying thoughtfully-crafted dishes. You’ll experience just this with a lucky someone on a foodie excursion out to Bardon—so what are you waiting for? 

Get among this experience with the Ultimate Gift Box.

Overnight Staycation At Cairns Oasis Resort

Cairns City 

Bank some tropical holiday vibes minus the expensive plane ticket, thanks to Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort. You’ll be put up in a deluxe room overlooking the city with access to amenities like a pool and swim-up bar—how dreamy. Bonus bits include a welcome cocktail on arrival and breakfast the next day—winning.

Get among this experience with the Ultimate Gift Box.

Let’s be honest; everyone is a foodie to some degree. So give the gift of choice this festive season with BananaLab’s experience gift boxes, which have you covered from sky-high cocktails to elegant degustation dining. 

Editor’s note: This article is sponsored by BananaLab and proudly endorsed by Urban List. To find out more about who we work with and why read our editorial policy here.

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