Father’s Day, coming up in Australia on September 3, is a time to say thanks to all the awesome dads out there who did everything from teach us how to ride a bike to keep up a constant flow of terrible ‘dad jokes’.
While it’s great to get him a gift such as a meaningful new men’s watch, it’s also a good time to plan an adventure together! Here are five great ways to spend some quality time with your dad this Father’s Day.
Take a road trip
Australia is blessed with an endless network of road trips that can take you anywhere from the tropical and pristine beaches of north Queensland, to the snowy slopes of Perisher or the red, dry earth around Uluru. You can take a road trip with your dad that lasts a day, or go further and spend a week exploring some of Australia’s best attractions and gems. If you’ve never tried the Great Ocean Road, now is certainly the time, or opt for somewhere a little less popular and discover something new!
Build a raft - then test it out
No doubt you spent the odd long summer afternoon building some fabulous contraption with your dad. Bring back those memories and put together a raft you can take out on a nearby river or lake. However, this time, you might be able to sneak a few beverages on board and enjoy them together!
For fathers and children who want to spend some time together and do something great for their community at the same time, look for an opportunity to volunteer. Many organisations need help with everything from planting trees, to picking up litter, to putting together meals for those in need. Look for a cause you both believe in and sign up for a day where you can enjoy giving back.
Has your dad had his eye on a new fishing rod for a while, but can’t justify the cost? Or perhaps he’s in need of a new set of cufflinks for an upcoming special event? Why not take yourselves out shopping for something you might not necessarily need - but really want! Stop in to your local Hennings Store to see if anything catches his eye from the counter.
There’s nothing quite like setting up a tent, building a fire and cooking a meal in the outdoors to enjoy some serious bonding time with your dad. Switch off your phones, bring a camera, a pack of cards, and a bag of marshmallows to set up for an epic night or two away from the hustle and bustle of the city life. Look for a spot that you used to visit when you were younger, or perhaps map out a plan to go somewhere completely new.
No matter what you choose to do with your dad, enjoy the day, take plenty of photos, and don’t forget that you don’t need to wait a whole year until you can do it again!