Oh, dads… what would we do without their words of wisdom, watchful eyes and (occasional… very occasional…) nuggets of comedic gold? Last week, we gave you some ideas for gifts you could buy the dad in your life – whether it’s your biological dad, a relative, friend or, if your kids aren’t old enough to buy presents themselves, your partner. This week, we’ve got a few ideas for things you can do for him, or with him, to celebrate Father’s Day – because after all, it’s the thought that counts, right?!

Top 10 things to do

1. Whether your dad is an avid golfer or not, a visit to your local golf club can be a great way to bond. The sprawling 18-hole golf courses at RACV Royal Pines Resort are ideal for a day on the green, while KDV offers both putt putt and night golf and TopGolf is the place to party. Why not go hit a few balls, then wash down the shame of your sub-par (pun intended) performance with a drink and some great food? Sounds like the perfect Father’s Day to us.

2. Is the dad in your life a history buff? Why not take him along to the Queensland Museum for one of their many exhibitions? ‘Life in Irons’ provides an unprecedented look into life in the Moreton Bay penal colony, which operated from 1824 to 1839 (more on that here www.museumofbrisbane.com.au).

3. Grab your rods and tacklebox and head down to the beach for a spot of fishing. Whether you’re an avid fisherman/woman or not, getting back to nature and doing an activity you might not normally try allows for plenty of conversation time, which dad will cherish if you don’t get to see him often.

4. Fishing not your style? Why not lace up your walking shoes and take on a popular hike near your city – trust us, there will be one! Whether it’s a simple stroll or a scramble up a mountain, hiking is an awesome way to embrace nature and catch up on all of the things you wouldn’t normally talk about. Who knows, you could both discover a love for hiking and make it a regular activity!

5. If your dad is into beer, why not take a visit to a brewery? You’ll get a behind-the-scenes look at the beer-making process and get to sample the latest varieties and flavours straight from the source – plus, beer bought on a brewery tour is an awesome talking point for your next family barbecue. There are a bunch of great breweries around Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Byron Bay (you can find our faves right here www.havenmagazine.com.au).

6. A spa treatment is a classic Mother’s Day gift, but who says dad should miss out, too? A massage, soak or even facial could be exactly what the dad in your life needs to unwind – he probably just doesn’t know it. And if he’s really self-conscious about looking too ‘girly’, spas like Archon in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley are dedicated to men’s treatments, while QT Hotel Spa has both guys and gals covered.

7. Chances are, you’ve been exposed to your father figure’s musical preferences at some point over the years – whether you liked it or not. Find out if one of his favourite bands (tribute bands can be just as fun!) are touring your city and grab a few tickets. He’ll love the fact that you remember his favourite musicians almost as much as he’ll love seeing them in concert.

8. It’s not called the ‘Home of the Arts’ for nothing. The Gold Coast’s HOTA has a jam-packed line-up of musical and theatrical performances, cinematic masterpieces and impressive gallery exhibitions on the horizon. Keep an eye on the HOTA website for something dad will love.

9. Alternatively, check out the program of performances at QPAC and treat dad to dinner and a show! Whether it’s the comedy stylings of Bill Murray, Jan Vogler and friends, or the awe-inspiring opera Don Giovanni, there’s sure to be something to tickle dad’s fancy at QPAC.

10. A day of shopping might seem like more of a gift to you, but with so many stores, restaurants and entertainment options, Dad is sure to love a morning at The Oasis, too. Grab brekkie or lunch at one of the dozens of drinking and dining spots, have a poke around the boutiques and major retailers then finish off the day with a picnic at the beach across the road – there’s something for everyone (and every dad!)



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