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.
EXPERIENCES WITH DAD
It can be hard to buy dad presents, so present him with a day of blues and country music at Chateau Apollo, where kids are free and standard tickets are $30. Tara McHenry (3pm), Hana & Jessie-Lee (4pm) and Max Savage (5pm) will keep dad happy and entertained with wholesome blues. And if dad gets hungry, he can enjoy a whole cooked pig that will be available from Comida!
This pop-up farmers market is coming to Goodwood Orphanage Park on Father’s day, presenting a free day out for the whole family (including a free kids bouncy castle and craft activities). There will be a variety of businesses showcasing cheeses, breads, juice and even freshly baked croissants. Award winning cider and gin company, Lobo Cider, will also be available for dad on his special day.
Looking for something a little different? Treat your dad to yoga at Little Band Brewery Company. Think that yoga might not be enough to interest him? After yoga, a well-deserved lunch will be served at Little Bang! Tickets are $45 for yoga, drinks and lunch, with $5 being donated to Prostate Cancer research.
Treat dad to a whole day at sea hosted by Friends of the One and All Sailing Ship Inc. Your dad can relax on the ship or learn how to set sail and steer the wheel with the captain. The ship will be Departing at McLaren Wharf, McLaren Parade, Port Adelaide at 10am with 9:15am boarding. Adults are $125, with a concession ticket being $115 and children at $75. This sailing outing is on Adelaide’s tallest ship and includes a meal, tea, coffee and cold drinks!
Dads get free entry into both Adelaide and Monarto Zoo this Father’s Day if you redeem any full price ticket. You can also treat your father to a gourmet lunch at Adelaide Zoo with free beer on arrival for $55 for dad and $75 for a standard ticket, with children being $35.
GU Film House Adelaide on Hindley Street is screening Top Gun for any film fanatic fathers. The action film starring Tom Cruise begins at 4pm and costs $12 for Cinebuzz members and $15 for non-members.
If your dad is an adventurous type, then this gift will be perfect. The RoofClimb Adelaide Oval lets you 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.
Tee off Father’s Day with a gift that swings straight for the heart. Adelaide Oval Stadium Golf is back for one week only this October 5-12 — which falls just after Father’s Day, so you can draw out celebrating dad! Tee off locations around the stadium, including level five of the Riverbank and Eastern stands, hitting through the AFL goal posts from the Northern Mound and a purpose-built platform in front of the heritage scoreboard. This is not your usual round of golf!
If you’re looking for a family day out to celebrate dad’s special day, then why not buy your dad a ticket to the Royal Adelaide Show. With so many activities, food and entertainment on offer at the show, dad will be able to experience a whole range of things with the people he loves most (you!).
This one is another great idea for the whole family — or you could send dad out on a boys trip with friends! BBQ Buoys offer a unique experience, floating along the River Torrens. Cook up your own BBQ on board or pre-purchase some platters and beverages to enjoy. Returning to Adelaide from September 14th, dad can enjoy a belated Father’s Day celebration that would be worth the wait.
Another great gift for dad and other friends or family to get involved with is the HandleBar Adelaide. This fun and unique experience features a two-hour ride around the Adelaide CBD on a portable bar. Generated by the manpower of guests, you and the crew get to pedal and drink all at once. You also get to stop off at a few pubs and hotels for a bite to eat or a few more drinks.
Release dad’s inner child by booking him a session with the tree-climbing experts at TreeClimb Adelaide. If he loves the outdoors, then this would be the perfect gift. With seven elevated tree top climbing experiences and a zip line to take you through the aerial park, this is definitely a gift dad would love.
If dad is an AFL fanatic, AFL Max is the perfect place to get your heart rate up and immerse yourself in the football atmosphere. AFL Max is a family entertainment and training facility with an AFL focus for everyone to enjoy. You can practice your tackles, passes and jump from one side of the room to the other just for the sake of pure enjoyment.
For soon-to-be dads or new dads and families, Man With A Pram is a fundraiser you do not want to miss this Father’s Day. Come together as a community and participate in the one-mile walk to support new dad’s and families, as well all know starting a family can come with many difficulties. With fun activities on offer and a space to connect with locals at the finish line, Man With A Pram is the perfect way to celebrate and recognise the importance of active fatherhood.
FEED DAD (HE WON’T WINE ABOUT THIS)
Argo is open this Father’s Day for all your brunching needs (walk in only). Argo also boasts plenty of last minute gift ideas for the father figure in your life. Think gorgeous keep cups, and of course, Monastery Coffee beans to choose from. Also on offer is Bird Snake Chocolate (70% Tanzanian cocoa and espresso infused toffee). If your father figure is a tricky one to buy for, why not grab an Argo gift card so he can choose himself!
Spoil dad this Father’s Day with an Argentinian lunch at La Boca Bar and Grill, featuring empanadas, corn cakes, Niçoise and Ceasar salads, a variety of meat, plus a huge dessert buffet to top it all off. Adults are $49, children from 5 to 12 are $29, and kids under 5 are free.
Drive on down to the McLaren Vale for a Father’s Day out at Paxton Wines. From 11am to 6pm, your day will be filled with wine, live music, and a butcher’s platter food truck. With your $10 entry ticket you get a complimentary unbreakable wine glass and a glass of wine — and kids are free.
Utopia Café at Waterfall Gully is hosting a three course Father’s Day lunch, costing $65 for adults and $14.50 for children. The menu features slow cooked chimichurri lamb slider, mustard and fennel-roasted pork rib eye and many other wonderful options for your dad to try.
If you know your dad likes to enjoy the simple things, why not surprise him for a Father’s Day breakfast, lunch or dinner at The Moseley. For $50pp, dad and the family can enjoy a set menu for either session, as well as a free gift to spoil him that little bit more.
Is dad a fan of whiskey? NOLA are hosting a three-hour masterclass led by Erica Richards (The Exchange Brand Ambassador), and a blending session where your dad can learn a whole heap more about whiskey. He can even create his own perfect whiskey blend to take home and enjoy!
SOME LAST MINUTE GIFT IDEAS
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.
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.
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), all baked fresh in store, from scratch, with real ingredients. Available by pre-order only. Get in touch here.
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.