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 1st.
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.
If Dad’s into outdoor times, he needs some outdoor threads to look the part. Enter Wanderers Co., a local brand creating lifestyle wears for those with adventurous hearts. They’ve got t-shirts, button ups and hoodies with epic designs and get one for yourself while you’re at it.
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. Good one The Undercurrent.
Instead of accusing your Dad of being a having questionable taste in clothes, why not just subtly buy him some new stuff. Trust us, it works. Nikke Horrigan is a local brand doing cool thing. Like linen shirts, all the denim and a suede bomber jacket that might just make him more stylin’ than you.
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.
Day trip to Lady Elliot Island
The best part about this pressie is that you can also go to Lady Elliot Island in the name of not wanting Dad to have an epic experience alone. You can book either a day trip or overnight stay and while you’re there, go snorkelling or diving and experience the absolutely magical underwater sanctuary boasting 1,200 species of marine life. It’s something Dad will never forget.
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 Pde, Coolangatta
Gold Coast Jet Ski Safaris
Get ready for an unforgettable journey with Gold Coast Jet Ski Safaris through the Gold Coast’s waterways and along pristine, sandy island beaches. Your Dad will love jumping ways at high speed and you might just have yourself a time too (if you can fork our for two tickets).
Where: Mariner’s Cove Marina, 7A/60-70 Seaworld Dr, Main Beach
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 St, 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 Jet boating and Parasail
No doubt Dad fancies himself a bit of a fast and furious kind of guy and where better for him to live his very best adrenaline-filled life than on the water where it’s a. safe and b. he’s not in the driver seat? GC Jet boating and Parasail offers jet boat rides that reach speeds of up to 75 km per hour plus 360 degree spins, high speed slides, beach buzzing, fish tailing and all of the very best fun.
Where: 74 seaworld drive Marina Mirage, 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 Blvd, 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 St, Southport
Gold Coast Island Buggy Tours
So this is epic. Dad (slash you) can cruise to South Straddy and then jump aboard a 4WD buggy to cruise over obstacles, down sand dunes and onto the beach. It’s the best way to spend a day and you should absolutely go with your Dad to enjoy. Gold Coast Island Buggy Tours for the win.
Where: 60-70 Seaworld Drive, Main Beach
Up, up and away! Send Dad sky high with a hot air balloon ride he’ll likely never forget. Go Ballooning will set off at the crack of dawn and cruise around the Coast offering the very best view. Throw in a buffet breakfast for Dad while you’re booking.
Where: Sheraton Mirage, Main Beach
Tamborine Mountain Distillery
If all else fails, you can definitely rely on beer and in particular, that of Tamborine Mountain Distillery. It’s privately owned and found in the prettiest of places. Take Dad to enjoy a delicious array of liqueurs, schnapps and spirits. You might need a designated driver too.
Where: 87-91 Beacon Road, Tamborine North
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 Rd, 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 Ave, 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 Rd, Surfers Paradise
Words by Kirra Smith