Father’s Day on 6 September is just around the corner, so if you haven’t started thinking of ways to treat the dads, grandads and father figures in your life, we’re here to help with some last-minute ideas.
With 2020 being the year that it is and the various restrictions that are still in place, a great way to treat dad this year is to do something special together that not only keeps his wanderlust spirit alive but also supports Aussie tourism. With this in mind, these Father’s Day travel ideas are bound to brighten up his day – perhaps even his year. And keep in mind, that these trips don’t necessarily need to be taken over the Father’s Day weekend, but can be gifted as something to look forward to.
With home offices now the norm, finding a balance between work and leisure is not as easy as it once was. So why not treat your dad to a staycation that will allow him to enjoy quality time away doing something he loves.
If the big man is a golfing fan you might consider booking a stay at one of Australia’s many golf resorts. Some of the noteworthy ones include the Pullman Magenta Shores in NSW and Joondalup Resort in Perth which boasts some gorgeous coastal views from the golf course.
If he is into hiking, a staycation near one of these stunning Australian hikes would go down a treat. Or if cycling is more his style, consider one of these seven bike trails in Tasmania; a gourmet cycle trip along the 37-kilometre Coast to Vines trail in South Australia; or one of Victoria’s Pedal to Produce cycling routes (once state restrictions ease).
An experience to remember
After months of being cooped up inside, treat Dad with a great experience or activity so he can be a tourist in his own city. Whether he loves the great outdoors or prefers to indulge in a tasty glass of wine, it’s a great way to support the local tour guides and companies while treating him to something he loves.
Most dad’s love a bit of action and adventure so perhaps he will enjoy a guided jetski tour around the Gold Coast, an abseiling experience with views of the Blue Mountains, or a quad-biking and sandboarding experience on the dunes at Lancelin in WA or Port Stephens in NSW. Otherwise, there is always a ziplining adventure or a helicopter ride.
If it’s a glass of wine and great produce he prefers, treat him to a wine tour of the Barossa Valley or Swan Valley. If you don’t want a tour, consider a road trip to the wineries and distilleries in Orange NSW or the gourmet Huon Valley region in Tasmania (if you’re doing tastings make sure you have a designated driver). Adventure-loving dads might even enjoy a cliffnic — where you can dine on local produce while suspended off the edge of a clifftop in the Shoalhaven region overlooking rivers, mountains and beaches.
Bunyip Springs Farm Stay in Maidenwall QLD and Mowbray Park Farmstay in Picton NSW are perfect for families wanting to engage with local farm animals. While Mary’s Farm Cottages in Kukerin WA, Rivendell Farm Cottages in Tambo Upper VIC, and Curringa Farm in Hamilton TAS offer more quaint farm experiences where it’s all about enjoying the local flora, fauna and produce.
For a taste of outback living, Kings Creek Station in Petermann NT is a great option that comes with the added perks of a quad-safari, a scenic helicopter flight over desert plains and water holes, a day hike to the nearby Kings Canyon, and an Indigenous cultural tour.
Regional road trip
Your dad will love nothing more than the chance to spend some quality time with you, so why not go on a good-old-fashioned road trip together to make your bond even stronger. If you live in NSW a great place to drive is down the South Coast, exploring coastal towns like the Shoalhaven, Mollymook and the Sapphire Coast. In the Northern Territory, consider taking on the iconic Alice Springs to Darwin adventure. Or if you’re in Tasmania check out our ultimate weekender guide.
Those South Australia can venture between the ocean and the outback while stopping to enjoy local produce along the way with these five stunning road trip ideas. While families in Western Australia should check out our guide to the best regional road trips to explore the state’s beautiful local gems.