Still looking for that perfect gift for dad? Father’s Day 2019 is on Sunday September 1st, so there’s no time like the present to start thinking about what he’d like. Forget buying him more stuff, gift him an adventure! With more than 2,500 experiences to choose from, we’ve got something for every type of dad, in locations across Australia. Is your dad a petrolhead or an ocean lover? Take a look at the options below and decide...
Five for petrolheads
Dad doesn’t need to be a motorsport fanatic to enjoy a V8 experience, but if he likes cars he’s going to be blown away by the chance to drive a V8 supercar around a real racetrack. From Sydney Motorsport Park and Sandown Raceway to Mallala and Symmons Plains, there’s a track near you just waiting to bring your dad’s racing driver dreams to life.
If the rush of rally driving is something dad’s only experienced as a spectator, or while playing videogames, then give him the chance to do it for real. With a professional instructor alongside him, dad can push his driving skills to new limits as he tears around the track in iconic rally cars like the Subaru WRX STi and Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 8.
If dad loves driving, then how about giving him the road driving experience of his life – the chance to get behind the wheel of a European supercar? He can hit the streets in a head-turning Ferrari or Lamborghini at locations around Australia. Some luxury supercar tours even allow for a passenger too, so feel free to tell dad you’ll be going along for the ride and some quality bonding time!
Feel the power of a V8 engine, off road! We’ve a range of awesome race buggy experiences to choose from, so if tearing through the mud, drifting and taking on some fun jumps is something he’d enjoy then look no further. Choose the location and the number of laps you want and tell dad to get ready for a bumpy ride of the best kind.
For fast and fun racing thrills go karting is hard to beat. All the equipment and instruction you need is provided, leaving you to focus on whizzing around the track. You could even get strapped in yourself and challenge dad to see who the ultimate karting champion is in your family. After all, even Formula 1 drivers learned a lot of their skills on go karting tracks!
Five for ocean lover
Since the great explorers were navigating the high seas the coast of Australia’s coastline has been admired from the water. Nowadays of course, the experience of sailing is something we largely do for fun, and our range offer something for almost everyone. Let dad gets hands-on and try yachting in Sydney, hop on the impressive Enterprize Tall Ship in Melbourne or sit back and relax with a sunset sail on the Gold Coast, plus much more besides.
Sometimes it’s easy to forget there’s a whole other world going on underwater. The very best way to see it is by scuba diving. Whether dad’s an experienced diver or first timer needing to take an introductory dive course, we’ve got options to suit in some incredible locations. When you’re talking scuba, it’d be rude to overlook the natural wonder of the Great Barrier Reef, but if dad can’t make it to Queensland there are plenty of fantastic dive sites and tours elsewhere too.
Australia is blessed with incredible coastline and some of the world’s best surf spots, so why not gift dad the chance to brush up on his surfing skills with hints and tips from the experts? Whether he’s an absolute beginner or already hitting the waves and just needing some extra pointers to go to the next level, it’s never too late to improve. Just choose a beach near him, from Manly and Bondi to Main Beach and Fingal Head. Warning: Surf lessons may lead to a seriously addictive new hobby for dad!
Let dad try the fastest growing water sport in the world – stand up paddle boarding! Commonly known as ‘SUP’ this is an ideal activity for all kinds of dads and will put his balance and agility to the test. It’s a whole lot of fun being out on the water… and sometimes for those watching the person trying to keep their balance too!
Get dad booked in for a whale watching cruise before the season ends! With thousands of whales moving along our coastline it’s an amazing opportunity to get up close and see these stunning creatures for yourself. You could even make it an adventure the whole family can enjoy.