Maybe a bit late for some but… with Father’s Day on Sunday (September 7), here are some decadent ideas that Australian Traveller staff reckon ought to keep you in dear ol’ Dad’s good books until this time next year at least.
1. Heli Pub Tour
For those dads who like their pub crawls with panache, how about a Heli Pub Tour in the Northern Territory? Airborne Solutions visits five of the Top End’s most character-filled establishments, including in Humpty Doo, of course, leaving the flying to a ‘designated’ pilot.
2. Plan his cricketing summer
This one involves a little planning, but surely daddy dearest would love a home cooked slab of meat, a bottle of red and then a day (or two) at one of the summer cricket tests in either Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide or Sydney. Hoepfully Australia will be able to put on a good show (against India) for Dad this time around.
3. ‘Air Cruise’ the outback
What better way to see the landscapes of Dad’s homeland than from the comfort of an ‘air cruise’. Bill Peach Journeys runs several itineraries such as the 12-day Great Australia Air Cruise, which plops down in places as diverse as Longreach, Birdsville, Broome and Kakadu.
4. Cook with class
Foodie fathers will appreciate a ‘freshening up’ of their otherwise perfect cooking techniques with a quality cooking class. There are a wide range of options now in food-obsessed Australia including the The Sydney Seafood School, Pyrmont, and The Agrarian Kitchen, 45 minutes out of Hobart.
5. Coast hop in style
Dad can see the great Aussie coastline from another perspective with many companies offering coast-hugging cruises that take in all the prime cities, along with the more historically interesting ports. Seabourne, for example, has detailed east coast itineraries that give Dad the option to go further afield too, to places such as New Zealand or Indonesia, if he’s feeling a little more adventurous.
6. Feed Dad’s ‘race face’
Not every dad is a rev-head but most seem to have one car that send them into a spin, so a drive day is a great idea. There are numerous choices available, right up to the high-end Audi Race Experience, which gives Dad a day behind the wheel of an R8 LMS race car at circuits like Phillip Island. Also popular are the V8 Race Day (see ‘the best present you can buy any man‘) and a Ferrari drive day.
7. Climb Sydney’s Coathanger
For those who haven’t scaled the heights of Sydney’s Harbour Bridge, especially those who live in the Harbour City, this is a go-to present for Dads who aren’t afraid of some physical activity. You might have to go along for moral support, though.
8. Home in on the Grange
Wine-loving dads can have a private tour of the place where Australia’s most famous drop is produced – and, yes, he gets a taste of Penfolds Grange too. There is a minimum of four on the tour of Magill Estate in Adelaide, which includes a platter of gourmet cheese, so you better help him out, again, by accompanying him.
9. Is Dad a high-class swinger?
For the golf nuts who like to play a round on hallowed turf, why not book in at one of Australia’s best courses for a splash out – they don’t come much better than the Royal Melbourne, for example. It’s not easy to get a round at a place like this, but it’s certainly not impossible either.
10. Plenty of whisky seems fair
A night out at the Sydney Whisky Fair would be satisfying for those Dads who don’t mind comparing single malts. Okay, so it’s the weekend after Father’s Day but it’s worth waiting for a good glass of the ‘water of life’.