8 Father’s Day ideas for your World’s Best Dad
Stuck for a Father’s Day ideas this year? Don’t let him be a statistic of one of the millions of Aussie dads who will wake up on the first Sunday in September to breakfast in bed and a doona full of unwanted socks and jocks.
Treat your ‘World’s Best Dad’ to an action-packed adventure guaranteed to remind him how special he is. We’ve rounded up the perfect mix of experience to prove it’s the memories – not the thought – that counts.
Calling all Commandos
Break your dad out of his blue shirt monotony and hand him a red Rambo bandana – it’s action time. Unleash his inner stuntman with a full-day session at The Australian Stunt Academy on the Gold Coast.
Learn how to finesse commando-style obstacle courses and high falls. Mix that up with samurai swordplay and flying on wires and watch your dad transform into the ultimate action hero.
Give him props
Erase the boring old commute from his mind with a scenic flight with Paradise Seaplanes. Leave the shoes on the shore as you wade out to the Wilga 80 seaplane, the only one in the Southern Hemisphere. Take off from the Maroochydore River and skip the light fantastic along the picturesque Sunshine Coast.
For more barnstorming action take off from Brisbane in a vintage Waco biplane with Fighter Pilot and relive the golden age of aviation. The open cockpit will transport him back to the 1930s and, with space for two passengers, you would be forgiven for buying yourself the other seat.
If your dad’s neck veins are pulsating and he is about to blow his fuse, pack him off to Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat. Overlooking the stunning Surfers Paradise skyline, this substance-free health camp has specialty programs for men that offer tips and tricks on living life organically.
If you’ve forgotten to do your chores again book the equine therapy package and after horsing around with his new-found friend your dad will slip into a relaxed meditative state.
Got the need for speed? Slide on the mirrored aviators and strap into the L-39 Albatross jet-fighter to make trails across the Gold Coast skyline.
Maybe skip the breakfast in bed as the fighter blasts to over 800km/hr and is capable of acrobatic tricks guaranteed to pull the Gs. With the jet still being used by over 30 militaries around the world, this is the real deal.
Sacred mens’ business
He’s been carting a carload of your friends to football or netball every weekend of the winter season so now is the time to reward him with some time away with his friends. Unleash the inner wild man and give him a pass to camp the week on North West Island.
Located in the Capricornia Cays National Park off Gladstone he will be guaranteed fishing action galore. He’ll get back to basics and sleep under the stars and with a bunch of mates they can bang the wild man drum and sing by the campfire.
Swap the hoover for a hover
Everyone has to ride in a helicopter at least once in their life and if it’s still on your dad’s bucket list then check it off with Heli-Central. The flight journey will track along the white cliff faces and dramatic escarpments in the Carnarvon National Park. Tours up to 40 minutes long depart from Rockhampton and take up to four passengers – perfect for the whole family to witness dad’s smile and the awe-inspiring scenery 200 million years in the making.
If you’ve seen the Great Barrier Reef from underwater, flip the perspective and join Helitours North Queensland for a 30-minute flight out to Green Island and Upolo Cay. A bird’s-eye view will reveal the delicate detail of the reef swarming with life. The turquoise blue will leave a lasting impression guaranteed to win some brownie points.
Share the load
If your chore list is longer than your Christmas wish list then consider hatching a plan to share the load. Behave for the babysitter and send your parents off to Hidden Valley Cabins for a kid-free weekend.
Located around one and a half hours’ drive from Townsville in the Paluma Range the resort was the first carbon-neutral accommodation venue in Australia. It offers lessons in sustainability as well as the chance a bit of platypus spotting. Book the romantic escape package with the complimentary cheese and chocolate hamper and you could be welcoming a baby brother or sister in no time.
A wet Sunday in the Whitsundays
Whitsunday Jetski Tours have all the gear you need and all jet-skis can be ridden tandem so the whole family can join dad and share the sunshine together. After all, when it comes to Father’s Day, nothing rewards the ‘World’s Best Dad’ more than spending quality time with him.