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14 Father’s Day Ideas in Australia

  • Posted by Ciara Snook
  • August 23, 2013 11:11 PM AEST

Father’s Day in Australia falls on Sunday September 1st this year but don’t worry if you haven’t thought of the perfect gift just yet.  We’ve put our heads together to compile 14 great Father’s Day ideas that will keep dad and the whole family happy.


  1. Ride Victoria’s historical railway

    Puffing Billy has been carrying passengers on the same scenic route through Victoria’s Dandenong Ranges from as early as the 1900’s and is heralded as Australia’s favourite Steam Train.
    Treat dad and the family with a memorable train journey through forest and mountains; book the driving experience for an extra special day out.

  2. Book a Brewery Tour
    Learn the history of the local region and see the beer brewing process before tasting the end result.
    Your knowledgeable and friendly guide will take you to three breweries covering the Yarra Valley and Mornington Peninsula, a must for beer fans and those wanting to experience Australia’s love for the amber nectar.

  3. Search for gold
    The Montreal Goldfield in Bermagui is Australia’s only seaside goldfield and provides a fun and educational day out for the whole family.  Stroll the designated boardwalk paths through lush green forests on your way to the original diggings.

  4. Meet the marine life
    Take dad to Sydney Aquarium this Father’s Day for an eye opening experience into the varied marine life of the big blue. Meet sharks, rays, jellies and loads more for a top family day out.
    Cut costs on major attractions with a pre-paid entrance pass.

  5. Captain for a day
    Hire a vessel on South Australia’s infamous Murray River and let dad be captain this Father’s Day.  The Murray is around 130 million years old and offers up 2520km of amazing views.

  6. Road trip the Limestone Coast
    Set off for a great family road trip this weekend and marvel at the natural wonders and seaside towns along the way of South Australia’s Limestone Coast.

  7. Jazz festival fun in Noosa
    The 22nd annual Noosa Jazz Festival runs from August 29th to September 1st to which people come from all over and join forces for the love of music.  A great Father’s Day idea for all music fans.

  8. Gold Coast fishing charter
    This friendly family run team are happy to take all levels of experience out on a fishing trip to remember.  Don’t worry if you can’t make it this weekend as gift certificates are also an option and something for dad to look forward to.

  9. Get great photography skills in Broome
    Send dad off to perfect his photography skills with a day of tuition in beautiful Broome, Western Australia. Seen as the southern gateway to the Kimberley Region, Broome is a photographic hotspot for fantastic photo memories.

  10. Learn convict history in Freemantle
    Freemantle is a popular port town just outside of Perth and a day trip here will provide many great ideas for the family this Father’s Day.  Visit Freemantle prison for something different and enjoy lunch at the harbour. Guided walks available

  11. Fly over Kakadu
    Make dad feel really special this year with an air charter over the stunning world heritage listed Kakadu National Park.

  12. Art like no other in Hobart
    MONA (Museum of old and new art) is an art museum like no other on earth.  More of an experience than a gallery, this will please and entertain open minded art lovers for a unique and memorable Father’s Day outing.

  13. Adventure seekers
    For adventure lovers, arrange a trip to Crocosaurus Cove in Darwin where you can reach eye level with gigantic crocodiles and have a photo taken to prove it!

  14. Wine tasting in the west
    Taste the Margaret River regions finest wines with a backdrop of lush forest and cool ocean views. With multiple vineyards and wineries to explore it’s worth extending the treat with a stop over.


Got any ideas for a fantastic Father’s Day gift or day out? Share your thoughts in the comments below

By Ciara Snook