Best things to do as a family this Father’s Day

Still not sure what to get dad this Father’s Day? (Helpful reminder: In 2020 it falls on Sunday, September 6th here in Australia). Don’t panic, we’ve got adventures for every type of dad. But we think one of the best ways to surprise dad is by getting together for fun as a family. Here are a few ideas to help do just that. See if any of the following stand out to you…

Aquariums and zoos 

Australia’s aquariums, zoos and animal sanctuaries offer some of the best family days out around and there are locations to choose from across the country. Get up close and personal with incredible marine life at Sea Life Sydney, Melbourne or Sunshine Coast, check out the breathtaking Harbour views (and animals from across the globe) with a trip to Taronga Zoo or feed kangaroos and cuddle a koala at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, Gold Coast. Check out the full range for loads more options for animal-lovers in other cities and regions, including Perth, Cairns, Adelaide, Brisbane and beyond.


Theme parks and attractions 

You and dad can ride or slip and slide to your heart’s content at theme parks, waterparks and attractions. Explore the  Gold Coast’s magnificent Dreamworld and WhiteWater World with a one-day pass or ride and ride again at the historic Luna Park, Sydney with our unlimited rides pass. We also have multi-day passes for popular Gold Coast theme parks like Warner Bros. Movie World, Sea World and Wet’n’Wild. Or for more relaxed ride, how about jumping on the Melbourne Star to enjoy the views?

Beer tasting with lunch 

Does your dad love a good beer and a decent meal? Treat him to a tasty day out with plenty of both on the menu. These tasting tours, with food included, are a great afternoon out, so why not try one of our popular options like the Carlton & United Brewery Tour with beer and food matching  in Melbourne? Or, for those based in Brisbane or planning a visit, how about the XXXX Brewery Tour with beer and tapas taster plate? Perth’s Eat, Drink and Walk guided tour is another experience beer-loving dads won’t want to miss. For more options take a look at our full range of beer tours.

Zip lining/Flying foxes 

You can’t beat the rush of flying through the air (although, maybe dad can be the judge of that!). Ziplines and flying foxes are perfect for people of all ages, so get your whole gang together and cheer on dad as he flies through the trees. It’s a real rush and tackling these high-rise obstacles and treetop adventures is an activity that’s growing in popularity all the time. It’s also a great way to find out if dad has a head for heights…


Get out on to the water for some serious bonding time with dad. We’ve got some incredible fishing trips to choose from, including half and full-day trips with lunch included. All equipment and expert instruction is provided, so whether your dad is an expert fisherman or more of a newcomer to the sport, these experiences are seriously fun to do as a family.


Bike tour with lunch 

See the Harbour City in style on a Sydney bike tour with dad! All ages can take part and bike tours are a great way to spend quality time together. Cross the Sydney Harbour Bridge and take in those famous views, then stop off in some nearby neighbourhoods. A tasty lunch is included (perfect for keeping your energy levels up). Alternatively, head to the Northern Beaches for the Manly sunset bike tour, with ferry ride. Here you’ll cruise along Manly’s long stretch of beach and up to scenic North Head. Both include an expert guide, who’ll share interesting information and lead you to the best sights. 





Whale watching

Get up close to these wonderful creatures by hopping on one of the many whale watching cruises. Father’s Day falls conveniently for whale watching season, so why not book in for a unique family day out? Some of these tours even offer a sighting guarantee, so if you’re unlucky enough to not see whales during the tour you can go again for free.



Beer & BBQ cooking class 

If your dad is master of the BBQ or generally enjoys his food and drink, why not indulge his passion and head off to BBQ school for a Beer & BBQ Cooking Class? These hands-on sessions are packed with a whole load of useful hints and tips, including information on how to match drinks to courses, that will take dad’s barbecue skills to the next level. Why not join him for this delicious day out? There’s plenty of tasty food involved! Take a look at our full BBQ range for options in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and beyond. BBQs with dad may never be the same again…

Indoor skydiving

Activities this exciting are rarely this easy to do! Indoor skydiving is a rush that requires no special training, simply turn up on the day (locations include Sydney, Perth, Gold Coast and Melbourne) to be supplied with instruction and everything you need. Ages three and up can take part, so the entire family can enjoy the exhilarating feeling of freefall! Sounds like a Father’s Day you’ll never forget.