8 Father’s Day gifts from the travel industry

Forgot all about Father’s Day and need a better gift than socks? Thank your lucky stars for this.

1. Skydive Australia aims for bucketlisters with it’s quirky new national ad campaign

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Leading adventure tourism brand Skydive Australia (also known as Skydive the Beach) is honing in on the bucket list market of 30 and over –a segment it hasn’t traditionally aimed at – for its latest marketing campaign.

Originally launched for Mother’s Day, the campaign departs from typical images of aircraft jumps and freefalling, instead working to drive appeal by projecting the euphoric feeling jumpers get immediately after landing a tandem skydive.

The campaign will feature nationally across newspapers, magazines and below the line channels from Sunday 20th August, aiming to drive traction ahead of Father’s Day.

The idea for the campaign evolved from research that found tandem skydiving cleared the mind and re-booted the psyche. The campaign is centred on the idea that “I could be different as a result of this experience” and stimulating a desire to improve one’s quality of life by checking items off the bucket list.

2. Fit for a king: Intercontinental Sanctuary Cove Resort offers a bespoke gentleman’s high tea this Fathers Day


Progressive and deliciously different, high tea has been turned on its head this Father’s Day, Sunday 3 September, as Verandah Restaurant & Bar offers a special Gentleman’s High Tea.

Conceptualised by Executive Chef Matt Hart, the Gentleman’s High Tea has been tailor-made with the gents in mind, delivering a decadent (yet manly!) experience for dad and the family.

Designed to follow the traditional three-tiered stand ritual, the Gentleman’s High Tea journey begins with s’mores in a jar featuring gooey marshmallow, whisky ganache and short bread. Scones and finger sandwiches are swapped on the second tier for gourmet lamb sliders with charcoal brioche, fetta and baby spinach, alongside sweet potato fries with jalapeño aioli.

The third tier presents a burst of Asian influence with Malaysian chicken drumettes with sweet chilli and wild mushroom arancini, shaved pecorino, truffle oil and snow pea tendrils.

While tea is optional, no gentleman’s high tea would be complete without a beer to celebrate. The Gentleman’s High Tea includes one craft beer of choice on tap for guests over 18 years, with the Verandah Restaurant & Bar’s iconic whisky flights available for purchase.

3. Father’s Day buffet lunch at the Holiday Inn Suva

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Make Father’s Day, Sunday the 3rd of September a celebration for the whole family.

Join us at the Holiday Inn Suva and treat Dad to our Father’s Day Lunch for $48 per adult and $24 per child.

Enjoy our signature lunch buffet with an array of tantalizing appetizers, hot, cold, main and dessert selection made with love.

4. Abode honours Dad with their Father’s Day homemade pie and beer package

Celebrate Father’s Day this year at ABODE Bistro & Bar at PARKROYAL Darling Harbour, Sydney with an Aussie icon, a homemade pie. Made with shortcrust pastry and filled with either braised beef cheek and mushrooms, creamy chicken and sweetcorn or Fisherman’s pie, served with everyone’s favourite creamy mashed potato and a selection of fresh spring vegetables. And no pie is complete without a glass of draught beer.

Make yourself at home in Darling Harbour at ABODE Bistro & Bar. Including a lounge, bar and decking area as well as stylish and modern dining room, your family will feel a sense of familiarity and comfort at this CBD dining destination for locals and visitors alike.

Available Sunday 3rd September 2017 from $25 per person. Bookings are essential as this home-grown favourite is sure to be a crowd pleaser.

5. Wendy Wu Tours is sorting out your Father’s Day present

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Ba, ba boom! Did you know that Ba is the Chinese word for “Dad”? Father’s day is on it’s way, and knowing how busy our travel agent partners are, Wendy Wu Tours has decided to sort out your father’s day present for you!
Simply book any 2018 tour before 3 September, and you’ll receive a $25 Dan Murphy’s gift
card to buy your dad some boutique beers from the Asian continent. Plus, to encourage your customers to create memories with their own dads, Wendy Wu Tours are offering an additional $50 per person off their best current deals.

6. Five things to do on the Central Coast this Father’s Day

Make the most of your time with Dad this Father’s Day and head to the heart of the Coast – Gosford. Located just one hour north of Sydney, it’s the perfect day-trip destination packed full of family fun activities that are waiting to be discovered by Dads and kids alike.

To kick-start your escapades, check out these top five attractions and activities to ensure you make the most of your Father’s Day on the Coast:

  • Check out what’s under the hood at Gosford Classic Car Museum, the largest car museum in the southern hemisphere. It’s fun for the whole family and kids under four are free!
  • Enjoy the great outdoors at Glenworth Valley Outdoor Adventures. From horse riding to laser skirmish to quad biking and abseiling, there is something for everyone.
  • Journey through time at Australia’s Reptile Park. The world renowned hands-on zoo was established by Eric Worrell, Australia’s first naturalist, and boasts exciting wildlife shows.  

7. A QT guide to Father’s Day

For the dad who doesn’t want to be in the spotlight, but deserves to be treated like a champion this Father’s Day, QT Hotels and Resorts have the answer with celebrations, treats and even a competition available at both QT Canberra and QT Sydney.

Man Tea at QT Canberra and QT Gold Coast

Sit back, relax and indulge in the ultimate high tea for gents, where sandwiches are swapped for grilled wagyu sliders with truffle fries, and cakes for chocolate cigars filled with a Bourbon semifreddo, candied bacon and lemon ash.

Whisky tasting at QT Melbourne

Hosted in the hotel’s signature drinking destination, Pascale Bar is a place for all occasions and in celebration of Father’s Day will showcase their extensive whisky collection through a series of whisky tastings with matched canapés. Example pairings include; beef tartare with Bulliet Bourbon; BBQ octopus with Lagvulin 16; and panna cotta with local favourite Starwood

Easy like Sunday morning at QT Sydney

Fathers waking up in the comfort of QT Sydney will be greeted with a Sunday morning lie-in as Gowings Bar and Grill extends its hours, allowing for a leisurely start to the day.

The Grillfather at Bazaar

The interactive restaurant, which is famed for its elaborate marketplace style dining, will be adding to the Bazaar experience this Father’s Day dishing up the juiciest roast meats.

8. Treat Dad to an experience he won’t forget this Father’s Day

Forget about that patterned tie and matching sock set – this year, spoil Dad with an experience he’ll never forget. Whether he’s a history buff or wine lover, AAT Kings has selected some of the best experiences for every well-deserving father.

For the wine lover:


Australia is home to some of the world’s best wine regions and nestled in NSW country you’ll find the picturesque Hunter Valley. If your Dad enjoys the finer things in life, particularly when it comes to wine – leave the driving to one of AAT Kings’ expert Driver Guides and treat him to the Hunter Valley Harvest Wine Experience.

Spend a blissful day hopping from one winery to the next sampling a variety of Shiraz, Semillon and Cabernet Sauvignon and indulge in a delicious lunch of seasonal local produce, complemented by a range of wines. There’s the chance to pick up some homemade treats at the Hunter Valley Gardens Village before heading back to Sydney.

For the wildlife lover:


Travel in comfort to the home of the Crocodile Hunter, Queensland’s Australia Zoo and let his wild side come out. Dad’s jokes won’t be the most dangerous thing you’ll encounter that day, see a collection of Australia’s most deadly reptiles and over 1,200 animals!

Explore the many exhibits including the brand new Africa display and daily wildlife shows. Give dad the chance to see exotic animals such as the giraffe, rhino and zebra all living together on a wide open plain and get up close and personal with some of Australia’s unique wildlife such as kangaroos, emus and snakes. He’ll be bragging about this for years.

For the history buff:

Let him show off all his knowledge of Australian History with a visit to Australia’s Capital City, Canberra. AAT Kings will make sure you have a great spot to capture your time with Dad in front of the entire city at Mt. Ainslie, the summit of Canberra’s National Park.

You’ll be greeted by a local guide at the Australian War Memorial for a moving experience wandering through the memorial that commemorates the lives lost in the Wars of the Commonwealth of Australia. Feel free to take your time and share a special moment with your father before moving onto Parliament House to learn more of its architecture, history, artwork and the Australian parliamentary democratic process.

For the whole family:

Great Barrier Reef - AAT Kings

A day trip to the Great Barrier Reef is one experience every Australian family needs to tick off their bucket list. Unwind, soak up the sun and create some memories as a family with a Great Barrier Reef Cruise daycation, getting some educational experiences in for the kids at the same time.

Expand their young minds and show them the beauty of the Australian reef up close, where they will snorkel, hear a reef presentation from a naturalist and view coral and tropical fish first hand in a semi-submersible craft. (Applicable for those travelling with a child older than four years of age)

For the father-to-be:


If you don’t have time to take a short break or a babymoon, a daycation for the future dad may be the perfect way to show him just how much you appreciate him. Celebrate your time together before two becomes three and watch the first rays of sun set the Red Centre alight, while enjoying a warming cup of tea or coffee as you take in an iconic Uluru Sunrise.

Continue your time together stopping at a viewing point that boasts the most spectacular views of Kata Tjuta, be sure to have your camera at the ready to capture the moment.

For a boys only adventure:


Get a real taste of Aussie Farm life and see if dad’s skills of sheep shearing are up to scratch as you travel through parts of rural NSW and view the lush bush landscape.

Bond as Father and Son with a tractor ride through Canoelands Orchards learning how fruit is grown and enjoy a truly authentic experience at Tobruk Sheep Station, topping it all off with a traditional mouth-watering Aussie BBQ (just as good as dad’s).

For father daughter bonding:

A gift for both father and daughter, the Port Stephens Dolphins & Dunes daycation will have you both lively over the sight of dolphins in the clear waters of Port Stephens, plus boarding down the largest sand dune system in Australia stretching 32 kilometres.


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