We've rounded up the best Father's Day experiences to give Dad this year to make it an event he'll never forget.
Looking for the best Father's Day gift this year? The one that he'll remember for years to come? The one that'll leave your siblings jealous as you get promoted to favourite child?
Perfect. You've come to the right place.
There is nothing quite like the rush of jumping out of an airplane and falling from the sky at a few hundred kilometres per hour.
If your dad is into extreme sports or is looking for the thrill of a lifetime, why not buy him a skydive for Father's Day?
We can guarantee it's something he'll never forget. Plus the views of the countryside or coastline he'll catch while on his way down are pretty hard to beat.
Gold Coast tandem beach skydive
Melbourne Weekend Tandem Skydive
Wollongong Beach Skydive with Sydney Transfers
2. Drink tasting and cooking classes
It's a given that you'll have some sort of celebratory meal for Father's Day.
Why not make it special and cook it yourselves, or give dad a chance to train himself up to become the next MasterChef.
If he's more interested in liquid meals, treat him to a beer- or wine-tasting course.
Vietnamese cooking class
3. Scenic flights and flying lessons
If jumping out of a plane isn’t your dad’s thing but he still wants a sky-high experience, send him on a scenic flight or hot air balloon ride. He'll have the chance to soar over sites like some of the country's most iconic sites like Sydney Harbour, Great Ocean Road or Ayers Rock.
Scenic flights and hot air balloon rides are available in most cities across Australia.
If he's eager to take the wheel, alternatively, get him in the cockpit for a beginner’s flying lesson.
Scenic Helicopter Flight over Surfers Paradise
Port Douglas and Reef scenic flight
4. Sailing and boat cruises
Set sail on an racing yacht or settle in for a twilight river cruise.
We’re lucky enough to be surrounded by some of the world's most beautiful oceans, bays and coves so take advantage of them, and treat dad to a day on the water.
Whether he prefers to sit back and relax with a drink in hand, or get involved in sailing the ship, there will be the perfect experience available for him.
2-hour Melbourne Cruise on the Yarra and Port Phillip Bay
Melbourne sailing experience on the Yarra River
Tall Ship Sailing Experiences
5. Whale and dolphin watching
September is whale watching season, so kick that boat cruise up a notch and throw a few whales into the mix.
These cruises will get you up close and personal with the majestic creatures that grace our shores, and many guarantee a sighting.
September through November is prime time to see whales along the coast from Western Australia and South Australia and up the east from Victoria north to Queensland.
Whale watching on a speed boat
Perth 2-Hour Whale Watching Tour
Gold Coast Whale Watching Cruise
6. Rally driving and racing
If your dad has a need for speed, get him onto a professional racing track.
He’ll experience a real adrenalin rush driving a V8 supercar, luxury sports car or a more family-friendly go kart.
Alternatively, he can hop in the passenger seat while a professional driver zips him around the track at real racing speeds.
F1-Style race car ride
V8 Front Seat hot laps
Ipswich WRX Rally Drive
7. Scuba diving and snorkelling
Australia has some of the world’s best diving and snorkelling sites, with the Great Barrier Reef on the east, and Ningaloo Reef on the West.
But if you're stuck to the cities, there's also fascinating things to sea beneath the water near cities, like in parts of Sydney Harbour, around Rottnest Island or just off the Mornington Peninsula.
Treat dad to the incredible experience that is swimming with colourful reefs and brilliant coral – he may even find Nemo or Dory along the way.
Rottnest Island tour
Great Barrier Reef diving with lunch
Snorkelling Adventure Sunshine Coast
8. Bridge climbs
Traveller.com.au calls the Harbour Bridge climb “Sydney’s number one must-do”, so take dad to the top of one of the world’s most famous bridges on Father’s Day.
It's not just in Sydney where you can climb atop the city's most prominent bridge. If you’re in Brisbane, you can trek across the Story Bridge.
Sydney Harbour Bridge day climb
Story Bridge Climbing Experience
Story Bridge Climb
Did you know there are more than 1,400 golf courses in Australia?
If dad’s an avid golfer, or is interested in trying out the game, try a new course with him as a Father’s Day treat or take him to a tried-and-tested favourite.
Golf experience at Sandhurst Club
Sydney Golf round championship course + cart hire
Perth 36-Hole outdoor mini golf with kids
Battle dad at a round or two of paintball skirmish, or get the whole family involved.
Depending on where you live, you’ll likely need to be 16 or older to play, but your inner child will thank you for it.
Paintball in Brisbane
All-Day Paintballing across Australia
Indoor Paintball in Sydney
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