Dad’s are good. So good in fact that they get one day of the year completely dedicated to their happiness and that day is coming up quick smart on Sunday September 6th.
Yes it’s Father’s Day again, if you forgot (again) never fear, we’ve got you covered.
Here’s a list of local goodies you could get your main man and you will get some sweet brownie points in the process.
Timber & Tanner Trading Co.
Dads love leather things. Leather wallets, leather belts, leather passport holders, all the leather things. You know who makes epic leather things? Timber & Tanner Trading Co. aka Jack Cullinane, a Gold Coaster who makes custom goods Dad will be absolutely stoked on. You should also get yourself some goodies too. We’re big fans.
Grab Dad a t-shirt with his favourite local suburb scenes depicted on the back and you’ll be the favourite child for quite awhile. Choose from one of eight suburbs with artwork designed by a local artist and support our beautiful city at the same time. $2 from every shirt is also donated to QLD Surf Lifesaving so there’s that too. Use the code ILOVEDAD for 25% OFF at checkout. Good one The Undercurrent.
The Lobster Shanty
Perhaps your Dad is a dude that doesn’t mind a graphic tee or two. Luckily for you, The Lobster Shanty make many a fun t-shirt (and caps too) with old-school ocean inspired pics printed on, plus a Burleigh one we absolutely love. Chips ahoy.
Drift Trading Co.
Dads like to smell good too and there’s plenty of things to help with that from Drift Trading Co. From car diffusers in natural scents to succulent soap and some of the most beautiful candles around, who says men don’t love a little indulgence.
Gold Coast Longboards
If Dad doesn’t already love to skateboard, he should absolutely get on that. It’s the perfect father/child activity and you potentially enjoy many laughs as you watch him learn. Longboards are the perfect place to start and Gold Coast Longboards have you covered.
Comfort and Calm
Handmade keep cups and coffee cups are perfect for the main man in your life. Comfort and Calm make absolutely beautiful ones in neutral colours Dad will adore. Jac also makes beautiful desk accessories and pieces for the kitchen and it’s all so good. Obviously grab yourself something while you’re at it.
Walkin on Water
Has Dad ever wanted to give surfing a go but put it in the ‘things to do later’ basket? Same honestly but here’s the perfect opportunity for him to give it a go. Walkin on Water works out of Greenmount Beach down Coolangatta way where the waves and long and mellow and perfect for beginners. Plus. you’ll probably get a laugh out of it.
Where: Marine Parade, Coolangatta
Go Karting at Kingston Park Raceway
This outdoor racetrack at Kingston Park Raceway has over 100 go karts and three separate tracks to choose from. Fly around the track with Dad hot on your heels (probably) and be prepared for the time of your life.
Where: 20 Mudgee Street, Kingston
Queensland Scuba Diving
Under the sea is a good place to be. Especially here in sunny Queensland where there are many colourful fish to follow around, plus stunning coral reefs, shipwrecks, all of the best underwater things. Dad will absolutely love the opportunity to escape from the above-the-sea world for a little while and you’ll earn some serious favourite child points while you’re at it. Check out Queensland Scuba Diving.
Where: Berth 91, Mariners Cove, Seaworld Drive, Main Beach
GC Heli Tours
How good would a helicopter ride over the Gold Coast be? SO good guys. And the perfect present for Dad this Father’s Day. GC Heli Tours will take Dad (and the rest of the fam if you so choose) high up over the city and along the coastline to take in the most beautiful view of the Gold Coast there is. What a gift!
Where: Mirage Heliport (D) Arm Marina Mirage
Dracula’s Cabaret Gold Coast
If your old man is into entertainment of the spooky variety, grab him a ticket to Dracula’s Cabaret. Including a ghost train ride, delicious dinner and tickets to the funniest cabaret show in town, your Dad will definitely love this one.
Where: 1 Hooker Boulevard, Broadbeach
Ever wanted to lock your Dad in a room he can’t get out of? Well now’s your chance! Escape Hunt will do exactly that but also provide clues so he can get out eventually (if he’s savvy enough). Such a good time.
Where: 2/162 Scarborough Street, Southport
Fortitude Brewing Company
Another definite winner, Fortitude Brewing Company create many a delicious craft beer and we’re pretty sure your Dad is going to have quite a time sampling his way through them all. Also found on Mt Tamborine, maybe make a day of it.
Where: 165 Long Road, Mount Tamborine
Padlock’d Escape Rooms
Another chance to lock Dad in a (fun-filled) room, again with himself as the only hope of getting out. Padlock’d is the latest adventurous live escape game on the Coast that you need to use clues to get out of. Go with him, we promise it’ll be a laugh a minute.
Where: 36 Cavill Avenue, Surfers Paradise
Scenic Balloon Tours
Hot air balloons are one of lifes’ greatest mysteries. How do they fly so high, why is there fire etc. Such a magical little invention and one Dad would definitely love to try out. Scenic Balloon Tours will fly Dad high up into the sky for sunrise over the Gold Coast and then he’ll enjoy enjoy a full buffet champagne breakfast at the award winning Chelos Restaurant located at the Mercure Gold Coast Resort. Maybe get yourself a ticket too so he has someone to share the magic with.
Where: 14/9 Beach Road, Surfers Paradise
Words by Kirra Smith