Dads are almost impossible to buy for because yes, you already bought him a new wallet last year, and over the years he has been gifted more than enough biographies, caps, chocolates and beers to last one man a lifetime. We understand, so we’ve come up with some ideas for Father’s Day in Brisbane that will definitely put you in his good books. Delete that socks purchase from your cart and treat Dad to some quality time instead of a lame gift this Father’s Day.
Throw Your Way To Victory At Oche
Who doesn’t love some healthy competition between father and child? Have your aim at the ready and your game face on because Oche in Fortitude Valley has revolutionised the game of darts. Say goodbye to dingy pubs with crumby boards and hello to technologically advanced darts boards. With automatic scoring, all you have to do is grab a drink and ready your smack talk. If this hits the bullseye, everything you need to know about Oche is here.
Eat Your Weight In Steak
What says ‘I love you, Dad’ more than a steak? Honestly, nothing. Treat pops to a meal of epic proportions, also known as Brisbane's best steak houses. Whether it’s dry-aged goodness at Walter’s Steakhouse or dinner with a view at Blackbird Bar & Grill, dad is sure to be pleased with this list of drool-worthy options.
Drive A Virtual Race Car Simulator
If your dad is a backseat driver (should we even say ‘if?’), here’s a chance for him to take the wheel. VR Motorsports lets you and dad learn to drift in a way you never could before because one, your tyres (obviously), and two, your life. This virtual reality experience has been created so that you feel every roll, tap or jolt, and best of all, you can drink in-between drives. Buckle up and read all about it here.
Cruise The River On This Pub Crawl
This one won’t take much convincing. Boats and beers. It’s as simple as that. Take the hassle out of pub crawls with Brisbane’s hop-on hop-off Brewery Cruise along the Brisbane River. Tickets start at $109pp for you and Dad to be dropped at the doorstep of some of Brisbane’s best breweries, and you drinks on board. Find out more here.
Devour A Brunch To Remember
Killer French toast, bagels, big brekkies or trusty avo on toast? It’s a yes to all of it from us. If you’re looking to cruise into Father’s Day in Brisbane with ease, brunch is the way to do just that. And luckily for you, we’ve collated a list of Brisbane’s best cafes. Choose one (or give dad that difficult task) and treat him to a hearty AM feed.
Embrace Nostalgia At This LEGO Exhibit
Is your dad a kid at heart? Probably, and let’s be honest, you are too. Luckily for us, Queensland Museum is cashing all its nostalgia credits with their LEGO Brickman Wonders of the World exhibition. ‘The Brickman’ (LEGO Brick Artists) recognised that we can’t get overseas to witness wonders like the Empire State Building or the Taj Mahal, so they brought them to us. And you guessed it, all 50 wonders are made entirely out of LEGO. Find out more here.
Hike Your Way To Serenity
We know there are active dads who major in fitness as a hobby (goals). Show dad you’re at least a little genetically linked by taking him on a Brisbane hike, with locations close to home like Mt Coot-tha or a short road trip away like Lamington National Park. Wind down those windows and let Jimmy Barnes blare as you trip with Dad to one of these breathtaking hiking locations.
Indulge In Brisbane’s Best Dinner Spots
Gourmet dads, we see you, and thanks for cooking for us all these years. And in return kids, take him out for an oh-so-luxury dining experience. Indulge with dad at reliable favourites like e’cco bistro or lesser-known gems like Rogue Bistro for an evening of delectable dinners. And if a three-course meal just doesn’t do it for you, degustations are plentiful at a number of our current fave Brisbane restaurants, which you’ll find here.
Sip And Snack At Brisbane’s Best Breweries
As spring lurks just around the corner, crack open a cold one with dad this Father’s Day. And by crack, we mean on-tap pints of pale ales, lagers, ciders and IPAs at some of Brisbane’s best taphouses and breweries. Here’s where to get the best pours.
Sit Back And Relax At A Show
Support the arts industry and show dad you’ve thought about him this year with tickets to a show—Brisbane Festival kicks off right before Father’s Day, meaning there’s options galore. Remember that book you lent him this time last year? Well, grab your tickets now as Boy Swallows Universe takes the stage, based on Trent Dalton’s blockbuster novel of the same name. ake Dad back to the ‘good, old days’ of the 80s. Prefer a little action? Brisbane’s Powerhouse is exploding with the world premiere of Demolition. Nothing says ‘Happy Father’s Day’ like theatre, social activism and cabaret.
Get Cultured At GOMA
Craving sophistication and culture, and willing to talk your dad out of his socks and sandals attire? Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art have teamed up with The Met, yes we said THE MET, for their current exhibition. While you won’t see Rihanna dressed to impress, you and dad can revel at the world-class exhibit, ‘European Masterpieces from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.’ Find out all the arty details right here.
Just want a gift you can wrap up? You’ll find plenty of ideas here.
Image credit: Oche