Father’s Day is next Sunday and if you’re anything like us, you’ve completely forgotten about it, until right now! Luckily, dads are way easier to please than Mums, because the way to many a bloke's heart is generally through his stomach. So, all you need to do is take him out for a good feed and a few frosty ones, and he’ll be happy.
Here’s where to spoil your dad on the Gold Coast this Father’s Day, no matter what kind of dad he is.
Father’s Day Food Festival At Mavis’s Kitchen
Mavis’s Kitchen is going all out this Father’s Day, hosting their second annual pop-up foodie fest in their gorgeous garden, where your ticket ($60 adults + $30 children) buys you roving eats from mouth watering food stalls, live music and fun games, with beverages available from Stone & Wood and Tamburlaine organic wines. On Sunday, skip across the border for a family-friendly day in the sunshine.
Man Tea At The QT
If your pa is more of a refined fella, treat him to the dude version of high tea with the super special Man Tea at the Stingray Lounge at the QT Hotel in Surfers Paradise. From mini loaded fries and Moreton Bay bug rolls to smoked brisket sliders and Glenmorangie single malt whiskey semifreddo, he’ll love these bite-sized treats. Even better, every dad will receive a special gift and a complimentary beverage upgrade.
Father’s Day Banquet At Bombay Cricketers Club
If your dad considers himself a bit of a foodie, enjoy a roadie to Kingscliff (Jimmy Barnes greatist hits playlist included) to Bombay Cricketers Club. Indulge your dad's belly with a mouth-watering eight course banquet menu, two pints of Stone and Wood. Book early for this one!
Lunch At Craft House
Because most dads love a good craft beer, you have to take them to the Coast’s latest watering hole Craft House. The Tugun eatery is serving up Dad-approved eats like glazed, crispy pork belly with apple relish and Cajun buttermilk fried chicken. And all dad’s get to choose a free tipple from their 20 craft beers to have with his lunch.
Pasta Making Class At Salt Meats Cheese
If your dad fancies himself a bit of whiz in the kitchen, or if he just need a subtle hint to do better (we’ve got you mum) then book him in for a pasta making class at Salt Meats Cheese. Suitable for beginners the class will teach you step by step how to make pasta from scratch. And the best bit? You totally get to feast on all your hard work with a glass of vino at the end.
Seafood Feast At Osteria Del Mare
Is dad is a sucker for seafood? If so, he’ll be absolutely blown away by the Father’s Day seafood spread at Osteria Del Mare. For $129, the platter, which can be shared between 2-3 people (aka the fave kids) includes whole lobster, prawns, lightly fried calamari, scallops, oysters, mussels and more. We’re drooling just writing this.
BBQ Bonanza At LOT TWO
What father doesn’t love a good BBQ? On his special day head to LOT TWO at the Seagulls Club in Tweed for a $20 barbecue and free schooner for pops. There’s also an epic raffle from 2pm.
Picnic With Bam Bam
If your pops had a sweet tooth then why not pre-order a stack of delish and oh so pretty pastries from Bam Bam Bakehouse. The eatery lets you order in advance (‘cause they’re so damn popular), so all you have to do is pick them up on Sunday, grab a picnic blanket and set up shop at one of these cute picnic spots.
Dinner At Nineteen
If you really want to push the boat out (and low-key snag fave child status), look no further than the delectable three course menu at Nineteen at The Star. For $120 dad will be treated to delights like mushroom risotto, slow roast prime rib and a coconut and dark chocolate pavlova.
Brews At Balter
Balter’s backbone is its jovial team, many of which are dads themselves, hence their commitment to throw a Father’s Day to remember. Head down to the Currumbin brewery on Sunday 3 September (1pm to 6pm) for noms by JRs Smokehouse and a vast line-up of refreshing brews to try.
Whisky Tasting At The Scottish Prince
If your dad is the refined type who appreciates a fine dram or three, share your appreciation this Father’s Day at The Scottish Prince. On Sunday, $25 (per person) will buy 4 drams from the leading distillers and blending houses of Scotland. Oh, and when he’s done, there’s another 280 varieties for him to try. Don’t worry, these are meal deal featuring whiskey and maple glazed lamb cutlets on offer to keep dad on the straight and narrow.
Lunch At The Byron At Byron
Take a roadie down south to Byron and treat dad to an epic three course lunch at the super gorge resort The Byron At Byron. Dad can munch on delights like local pink snapper, Wagyu beef burger and linguini with Ballina pippies and king prawns. And even better, there’s a beer tasting from Balter Brewing—win!
Searching for more things to do on the Gold Coast this Father’s Day? How about one of these epic walks and hikes on and around the Coast.
Photo credit: Hayley Williamson for The Urban List