The Ultimate Adelaide Father’s Day Guide

If your old man loves a bit of special treatment, you’ll need a proper event to toast him in style. Here’s a spread of things happening for Father’s Day across Adelaide.

Well, it seems Father’s Day is this weekend, and if you’re anything like me, you haven’t organised a thing. Luckily there’s a stack of great businesses around Adelaide who are making things easier for us – with some gift ideas, lunches, events and more – all perfect for dad.



Arkaba Hotel. Spoil dad with a delicious breakfast, lunch or dinner at the Arkaba. Dine in for your chance to WIN a gourmet meat tray or 2 tickets to see Titus O’Reily at Arkaba Hotel, Adelaide live in the Top Room 7:30pm Sat Sep 2. They will have some delicious specials on the day like a $30 Smoked Meat Platter (Chorizo, pulled pork, scotch fillet, charred chipotle corn, slaw, waffle fries and a brioche bun) plus $7 Furphy stubbies, $7 West End pints and $7.5 Sailor Jerry & mix. Phone 8338 1100 or book online here:

Beresford House Tasting Pavilion. Celebrate this Father’s Day in the stunning surrounds of Beresford House at McLaren Vale. Feast on gourmet pizzas, cheese boards and beer flights in either the Tasting Pavilion or on the lawns of the estate. Limited bookings are available, book by calling 8383 0362.

Coopers Alehouse. You can spoil dad and celebrate Father’s Day at the Alehouse. Breakfast is from 9:00am – 11:30am, before their all day menu starts at 12:00pm – 9:00pm. Pints of Gepps X Lager are $5.50 ALL DAY. Also, you can go into the draw to win the ultimate Coopers Father’s Day present. Click here to find out more.

Hill of Grace Restaurant will be open for a special Father’s Day lunch – providing an exquisite lunch package for $95 per person. Dads can enjoy shared entrées, a choice of main course, side dishes, dessert and a glass of Henschke wine while looking out over Adelaide Oval’s hallowed turf.  Children aged 12 years and under are priced at $35 per person (with special children’s menu). For any enquiries please call our team on 08 8205 4777. Payment in full will be required at the time of booking.

Hoosegow. Hoosegow Charcoal Restaurant and Bar has a special meal deal for Daddio. This delicious meat plate for one, includes lamb loin cutlets, pork belly slices with spicy tamarind sauce, signature chilli chicken with jalapenò aioli, spanish chorizo, fat chips and mojito salsa OR smoked spicy tomato relish. Plus, serving their A-la-Carte menu – yum!

Jamie’s Italian will be serving up Roast Porchetta or Roast Chicken this Father’s Day. It’s $45pp or $20pp half share for kids. To book visit

Melt Henley Beach. This Father’s Day Melt is doing a chef’s selection share table at $35 per person for lunch and $45 per person for dinner and a children’s menu at $25 per child.

Mercato’s Porchetta Father’s Day Dinner. This yummy feast lets you celebrate your papa for only $65. You’ll get coal roasted porchetta over coals as part of a 3-course shared dinner. Included is a welcome drink on arrival and a café ‘corretto’ (espresso with a sneaky splash of Grappa or Anisetta) for Dad with dessert. Kids under 13 eat for $15.00 and they’ll receive a pizza or pasta, custard and a juice. You can get your tickets here.

Riverside, InterContinental. Head to the Riverside Restaurant this Father’s Day and along with their normal offering, they also have a delicious platter of smoked ribs, which you can enjoy along with a glass of tap beer for $30. Lunch is on from 12-2pm and dinner is from 6pm onwards. To book your special Father’s Day experience call (08) 8238 2400.

The Colonist. Head to the Colonist for breakfast from 9am-3pm (yes 3pm! Dad can have his sleep in!), lunch from 12-3pm and dinner from 5:30pm-9pm. There will be all day menu items and foraging plates from 3pm – 5.30pm. Enjoy a steak sandwich with a pint of Young Henry’s Newtowner Pale Ale for $30, or check out their $10 cocktail list during happy hour from 3-5pm. It includes Aperol Spritz, Blood Orange Margarita, Italian Bitters Negroni and Espresso Martinis. There’s also $30 select jugs during happy hour 3pm – 5pm and live music by Israel Amoy from 3pm – 6pm.View the Father’s Day 2018 Breakfast Menu and Ala Carte Menu here.

The Mile End. If you’re looking for a more casual Father’s Day, head to The Mile End. It’s open for all day dining from 12-9pm, with happy hour from 2-6pm with $7 pints of tap beer and $1 off wine by the glass (excluding house wine). There’s also $10 selected cocktails 2pm-6pm and live music 3pm-7pm with Gab Hyde.

The Settlers Tavern. Enjoy a Father’s Day buffet breakfast, or lunch and dinner in the Settler’s bistro. Buffet breakfast will be from 9:00am – 11:00am. Adults – $17.90 and kids – $10.90. A la carte will be available in the bistro, plus Dad will receive a FREE gift when dining in the bistro. To book call 8263 1077.

The Stirling Hotel. Book now for Father’s Day at the Stirling Hotel’s dining room. Enjoy a four course menu for only $60, designed to share with dad, plus $7 Big Shed Brewery pints all day.

The Unley. This one comes with a branded stubbie holder for every day! Pop along to The Unley which is open from 12-9pm for all day dining on Father’s DAy. They’ve got food and drink specials, a Father’s Day Ala Carte Menu, Happy Hour 2pm-6pm with $7 pints of tap beer, $1 of wine by the glass, selected $10 Cocktails & $20 cocktail jugs.

Twenty Third Street Distillery, Renmark.  Take a tour of the distillery, enjoy regional grazing platters, gourmet pizzas and tastings of their prime spirits and range of craft beers. Complimentary beer tasting flights for all Dads, must be pre-book. To book, contact the Distillery team on 8586 8500.



Barossa Valley Gourmet Weekend. This food and wine festival runs the entire weekend, and there are so many different experiences to choose from. Tickle your tastebuds on the assortments of gourmet food and mouth-watering vinos. There’s plenty of family-friendly activities, adults only events, live music sessions and cooking demos, plus so much more.

Beyond The Vine Wine Tours. There are so many different tours to choose from. You can take father-bear on a ride to Langhorne Creek, McLaren Vale, the Barossa Valley, the Adelaide Hills or a mixture of multiple. Departing from Adelaide, this is a beautiful activity to relax alongside Dad, or it would make a brilliant gift. Have a look here for options on day tours.

Fox Creek. Show your Dad how much you care and surprise him with a relaxed day in our beautiful Fox Creek Cellar Door Gardens. Bring a chair, rug up and enjoy some delicious wood-fired pizzas. There really is nothing as intoxicating as the aroma of burning hardwood and melting cheese matched with your favourite Fox Creek wine. Adelaide Woodfired Pizza will be available from 12pm. For more info, click here.

Golding Wines. Go and enjoy Father’s Day at Golding Wines as they host an afternoon of delicious food, wine and live music from Adelaide Pianist Kathie Renner. They will have the chargrill and the smoker fired up to offer you their American style BBQ. Designed to share (and to make Dads happy!). Adult tickets $70 per person. Children (under 12) $17 per child.

Howard Vineyard. Bring Dad to our place for Father’s Day lunch and celebrate all that he is and all that he has done for you. Three courses plus cheese $65 per person (separate kids menu).  Live music. Bookings Essential. To book call08 8188 0203 .

Longview Vineyard. Head to the Hills a feast of the senses at Longview’s Della Casa Father’s Day lunch. $65 per person includes first pour of Longview wine and a relaxed long lazy lunch. View the current Della Casa lunch menu. Limited seats. Book now 08 8388 9694. Feel like Paella for Father’s Day lunch instead? Book into the new cellar door and munch on tasty antipasto and paella. $35 per person. Really want to treat Dad? Snap up one of their accommodations suites, staying the night after your Father’s Day lunch. Or stay overnight in the Homestead that can accommodate up to 12 people. All accommodation includes full breakfast provisions so if you can’t make Father’s Day lunch, stay the night before and cook dad breakfast in the fully equipped kitchenette or communal BBQ. Check out the 4 star Adelaide Hills accommodation here.

S.C. Pannell Wine Lounge. Take Dad out to this relaxing and stunning location, and lounge by the fire with a drink in hand and enjoy a food truck speciality along with music and vinyl by DJ Es’Ay – soul, funk, reggae, blues n roots, beats, breaks, classics and all things good. The day starts from 1:00pm and goes until 4:00pm, and is completely free.

Serafino Wines.  Head to the beautiful Serafino Winery and spend the day with dad enjoying a 3 course lunch with beer on arrival for Dad. $80pp + booking fee, $25pp for children 12 years and under (including a choice from our children’s menu, ice cream sundae and soft drink).

Woodstock Coterie Restaurant. Treat Dad this Father’s Day with a relaxing long lunch at Woodstock Coterie Restaurant. A delicious three course meal will be provided, with live music and great wines. Lunch includes shared snacks, a choice of main and dessert, and dads receive a glass of wine. Price: Adults $65.00, $20.00 Kids Menu for children 12 & under. Sunday from 12:00pm – 3:00pm. Tickets: Book your table on 8383 0156 or email [email protected]



Adelaide Oval RoofClimb. Let Dad discover a side of Adelaide that he’s never seen before on an Adelaide Oval RoofClimb. Take in the atmosphere of the iconic Adelaide Oval while enjoying views of the city and Riverbank precinct. Absorb the skyline and stars from Adelaide Oval, as this activity can also be done at twilight! Add an extra thrilling adrenalin rush by leaning out 50m over the ground tethered only by a harness, and you’ve got yourself a Father’s Day activity the whole family can enjoy together.

Arkaba’s Sporty’s Bar. For those football fanatics over 18, you can take dad to watch the Arsenal vs. Cardiff City game and sit back with a few bevvies and pizza, fries and onion rings. The late night menu will run from 10pm and will keep you fuelled whilst you watch one of the best premier league games of the season. The event is free, and it’s best that you get there by 10pm so you don’t miss kickoff.

Event and BBC Cinemas are gearing up for a pint-sized takeover this September and October with the introduction to their spring school holiday program. This will be jam-packed with the biggest family blockbusters and free arts and craft activities, the school holiday program is an extravaganza of film themed fun, rolling out at cinema locations nationally.

Father’s Day Sail – Treat Dad to the first day sail of the season! Get him on board the deck of STV One And All, and take the opportunity to have the same experience as thousands of sailors across the ages. Get involved in setting the sails, helm at the wheel with the Captain, climb into the bow nets, or alternatively, sit back, relax and soak up the atmosphere. A Day Sail includes a delicious on board catering, tea, coffee and cool drinks. Come sailing on South Australia’s greatest tallship – our lady of the sea the STV One And All. Departure location: McLaren Wharf, McLaren Parade, Port Adelaide. Departure Time: 10am (note boarding time 9.15 am)
Return: 3pm. Adults – $119. Concession (full time student/ pension card) – $109. Child 6 – 14 years – $69. Bookings now open online

MARVEL 10 Year Anniversary, Hosted By Hoyts. This anniversary film festival celebrating the great creation that is the Marvel world, and would be a fun way to celebrate with Dad. The epic line up of Marvel Studios films will be in season for a limited time only with daily screenings starting from Sunday August 19th until September 15th. Dress up as a superhero (make him do it too), and sit back and enjoy. On Father’s Day the session starts at 9:30am, ONLY at Hoyts Norwood. Get your tickets here. 

MEGA Adventure Adelaide. Give dad the Father’s Day adventure of a lifetime with free entry to Mega Adventure (Mega), Australia’s premier aerial park this Father’s Day. The SkyChallenge at Mega is the perfect place to bring families together because of the unique design of the course. Use code FATHERS13 for one free adult ticket with the purchase of one to three tickets. Use code FATHERS49 for one free ticket with the purchase of four or more tickets. Tickets can be purchased online at

PUMPTRelease your inner Tony Hawk and take Dad to Adelaide’s best indoor scooter and skate park. You can use their equipment so you don’t have to worry about bringing your own. This is a great way to go out and exercise and maybe tucker the little ones out before having a nice, relaxing dinner with the family. Click on the link provided to book in your session.

The Royal Adelaide Show is the perfect place to take Dad this year. There are so many fun things to do from entertainment, delicious food and wine, carnivals and showbags, animals and petting zoos, plus plenty of competitions to take part in. Gates open from 9:00am, and tickets can be purchased here.  

The South Coast Wine Train. YES! There’s a wine train, and it has a trip planned for Father’s Day. The South Coast Wine Train offers two options – leaving from Adelaide city or departing from Mount Barker – and then the fun really begins. Once you arrive in Mount Barker, guests step aboard the SteamRanger Southern Encounter (AKA the South Coast Wine Train) and travel via heritage train past the eucalyptus trees and through the rolling hills of the Mount Lofty Ranges to arrive at Strathalbyn. Travel via coach the short distance to the vineyards of Langhorne Creek and arrive at your first winery for the day. Be guided through a tasting of wines in an informal, relaxed approach with our wine host and cellar door staff. Enjoy a 2 course lunch at a local restaurant  and take the opportunity to sample a glass of wine from the region. After lunch you will visit your second winery for the day, once again being educated by the friendly cellar door staff. Fore more details check out our full story here. 

Virtual Reality Adelaide. Treat your dad to something completely different this year with an experience or gift voucher to Adelaide’s premier virtual reality centre. Get dad strapped in and fully immersed in a racing car simulator, or try his luck walking the plank off the edge of a New York city skyscraper. They have plenty of VR experiences to suit all kinds of dads and vouchers are from $20.



Know of a new dad or a guy expecting their first child? Why not grab the fabulous and funny Winning Dad Manual, created by some local Adelaidians.

Gin! Does your dad love South Australian gin? – click here for our extensive guide.

Cheese Lover? Buy a hamper of the best creations from Woodside Cheese or Udder Delights in the Adelaide Hills, or check out the Udder Delights cheese making class.

Does dad love bacon? It turns out Father’s Day and International Bacon Day land on the same day! To celebrate, local eateries Two Bit Villains and Pancake Kitchen will be offering up some bespoke bacon dishes exclusively over Deliveroo during the course of the week. Tasty treats without making dad leave the comfort of his favourite couch? Sounds pretty good.
Look out for the Pancake Kitchen’s Double Bacon American classic burger and Bacon Shake creation or Two-Bit Villains’ ‘Hail Caesar’ vegan burger (catering for dads of all diets!) on the Deliveroo app starting 2nd September.

Kick back in front of a fireplace. Make the most of the end of winter, and take Dad out for a relaxing meal by the fireplace at one of these beautiful locations.

Power Living Adelaide – Finally! Something you and dad can do together that you’ll both love. Power Living Adelaide is offering fathers to practice yoga for free on Father’s day. Come on in to learn, move and do something meaningful for your mental and physical health. Learn more about Power Living here.

BTS Cafe Cupcakes Dad Style
Does your dad have a sweet tooth? We’ve got the thing for you! The team at BTS Cafe on Pirie Street (opposite the Telstra Building) are putting on a Father’s Day cupcake gift box! It contains 3 X Rhett Butler (Belgian chocolate and raspberry cake with chocolate frosting) and 2 X Slainte (stout cake with Bailey’s frosting) – Dad’s favourites! Available by pre-order only up until Thursday 30th August. The Father’s Day gift box is $21.95 and includes a choice of two designs – all baked fresh in store, from scratch, with real ingredients! Get in touch here.

Sugar and Spice on Goodwood Road are also serving up dad cupcakes for the superhero in your life!

So now that you’ve got a better idea of what’s out there this year for Father’s Day, go get cracking and cement your position as favourite child. If you’re feeling a little overwhelmed for choice though, or you’re a little strapped for time but don’t want your dad to miss out because of that, why not free up some of your time by making use of someone elses?

Happy Father’s Day Adelads!


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