2019: Things To Do On Father’s Day In Brisbane | Father’s Day Ideas
Are you looking for Father’s Day ideas and fun ways to spend Father’s Day in Brisbane with your number one dad?
Get inspiration for activities and things to do from our Father’s Day ideas guide and spend quality time with your dad this Father’s Day in Brisbane!
Looking for specific Father’s Day events Brisbane Style? Keep reading, we’ve created a giant list of family friendly activities for Father’s Day here in Brisbane!
Best places for Father’s Day breakfast Brisbane
Get Dad’s Father’s Day QLD style off to a great start with breakfast at one of many fantastic breakfast venues around the Brisbane and Greater Brisbane area.
Take a look at these places offering a special Father’s Day event:
Breakfast cruise on the Kookaburra Queen
For a buffet breakfast that’s a little different, book a Father’s Day breakfast cruise on the Kookaburra Queen. You’ll enjoy bacon, eggs and all your buffet breakfast favourites while taking in the scenery and commentary around the Brisbane River. The cruise departs from Eagle Street Pier at 8:30am (boarding at 8:00am) and bookings are essential.
Is Dad having a sleep-in? No worries, there’s a brunch cruise on the Voyager! The brunch buffet menu includes delicious food plus all your drinks (including boutique beer) and all served with a side of live entertainment.
Is Dad having a longer than anticipated sleep in? Not to worry! Say ‘Thank you” with an unforgettable dining experience. There’ll be live entertainment on board and a special seasonal contemporary buffet. This cruise includes drinks, sparkling and selected wines as well as boutique beer. Delicious!
Breakfast in the bush amongst the kookaburras, what could be more Aussie than that? Enjoy a sumptuous buffet breakfast or gourmet a-la-carte lunch on the shady deck of the Green Tree Frog Café at Walkabout Creek, then take a stroll through the wildlife enclosures or wander around Enoggera Reservoir. Breakfast will run in two sessions at 8:00am and 10:00am with lunch starting at 12pm and there’s plenty of parking on site.
Hint: This is an exclusive – they haven’t even advertised it on their website yet but we know it’s happening! You will find the details here –> Walkabout Creek website.
Read our review of Walkabout Creek to discover the other great things for families to do there before, or after, you’ve eaten.
Buffet Breakfast in the city or greater Brisbane region
There are lots of places that offer a good buffet breakfast all year round, and our buffet breakfast guide here will help you find your nearest. There are buffet breakfasts to suit all tastes and budgets so if you don’t fancy helping the kids serve up burnt toast and cold coffee (which we’re sure Dad appreciates anyway!) we recommend you book early to reserve your spot.
Jamie’s Italian – Father’s Day lunch or dinner
No one does a family feast like the Italians, so this Father’s Day, let Jamie’s Italian take care of you and yours with a special Sunday roast lunch or dinner on September 1st.
Take the whole family to their table and everyone will receive a generous serving of roast free-range chicken or authentic roast porchetta, with sides. Delicious vegetarian options are also available.
Jamie’s Italian is available for both lunch and dinner, so you can spoil dad at a time that suits him. Find out more and book here.
Father’s Day Feast at Victoria Park Golf Complex
Hosted in one of Victoria Park’s premier event spaces, their Father’s Day Feast is the ultimate buffet lunch for dad to really dig-in to. Think mouth-watering roast meats served carvery style, mixed roast veggies, and gourmet salads like baby cos with pomegranate, goats curd and parsley crumb. There will be so many delicious dishes to choose from you’ll be going back for seconds and thirds!
This event is family friendly, with a kids corner serving plenty of tasty treats for the young ones to enjoy. When it comes time for the dessert you’ll be running straight to the ice cream station. Worried about the kids getting restless? Not a problem! They’ve got a GIANT games area and kids face painter coming along to keep everyone entertained.
Victoria Park Ballroom, 11am – 2pm
Adults $55pp | Kids $25pp
Bookings essential – book online by clicking here.
Putt Putt with Papa
You don’t need to be a pro-golfer to have fun on the mini green. The whole family can enjoy putt putt mini golf with its crazy twists and turns, obstacles to negotiate, traps and fun challenges, and there are several places to play across Brisbane and SE Queensland. Putt putt is crazy golf at its finest! Here is our favourite venue that we’ve personally tried out:
Putt putt at Victoria Park Golf Complex
Victoria Park Golf Complex with its family friendly venue, playground, and views of the city is one of our favourites, and on Father’s Day Dad plays at kid’s prices! You don’t need to book for the putt putt course, just be sure to turn up at least one hour before closing time at 10pm – yep, you can even play putt putt by the glow of fairy lights!
When you play putt putt at Victoria Park you can also enjoy fresh dutch pancakes, burgers, coffee and drinks from the pretty market carts, or stop for a meal at the gourmet bistro, open all day long. Find out more here.
Fun family sport activities on Father’s Day
We all know dads can be a bit … well … competitive, so challenge Dad to test his skills on the bowling green!
Urban XTREME – Ski and Adventure Park
Looking for the perfect gift that’s NOT socks? Treat dad to a FREE pass at Urban Xtreme! Free with any child ski or park pass.
You can have a 1 hour long session where dad can ski or board for free if you use the code DADSKIFREE. This offer is only valid for Father’s Day 1st September and you can use one discount code per customer. You can’t have a free snowports session and it’s subject to availability. Follow this link to book!
Bowl Dad over on Father’s Day with barefoot bowls and a BBQ! Most barefoot bowls clubs offer a bar and a BBQ so Dad can relax on the bowling green with a cheap beer, followed with a BBQ lunch. Beer, bowls and BBQ – it’s the ultimate Father’s Day combo! There are so many bowls clubs across Brisbane and you don’t have to go far to find them – just type ‘bowls’ into the search bar on this page, or Google for your nearest.
For dads who love history (or are a bit nerdy!)
Is Dad a bit of a history buff? If your dad harks back to times gone by we’ve found some great historic activities to feed Dad’s nostalgia this Father’s Day.
Boaters and Beers at Newstead House
Historic Newstead House in Brisbane is celebrating its fifth annual Father’s Day Boaters and Beers Celebration this Father’s Day from 10am to 4pm. There’ll be food trucks from the Brisbane Food Truck Collective, cold beers from the Newstead Brewing Company, heritage games on the lawn, and jazz musicians providing entertainment. There will be tables and chairs available (but these might get snapped up quickly!) The event is free to enter and all proceeds from sales of food and drink will go towards the preservation of Newstead House, so bring a picnic blanket and your straw boater (optional!), and gather the family for some old fashioned vintage fun.
Newstead House will also be open for self-guided tours, with up to two children entering free with each paying adult. Adult tickets are $12 each.
Father’s Day Eve – Dads in Space at the Queensland Museum
Join us on Saturday 31 August for craft beer, burgers and as much space as you can handle. Hear from physicist Dr Joel Gilmore and Australian beer writer of the year Beer Matt Kirkegaard, and explore the most comprehensive and extensive touring space flight exhibition in the world NASA – A Human Adventure before it closes on 9 October. Limited tickets available, buy now.
Take an historic tour
We’re lucky to have so many local places offering history tours in Brisbane. While we haven’t found any doing special Father’s Day events, these places are all worth a look for history fans.
St Helena Island
…. offers theatre, history, and a picnic meal on its day and night tours, departing on the Cat O Nine Tails catamaran from Manly. Find out more here.
Boggo Road Gaol
…. offers an insight of what life was like at this notorious Brisbane jail, with a number of different tours available. Some tours are child-friendly, and some are suitable only for persons older than 15 – and some are not for the feint hearted! Find out more here.
… is a perfect venue for fans of military history, open from 10:00am – 4:00pm on Father’s Day. Entry and self-guided tours are free, and guided tours welcome a non-compulsory donation. There’s a museum on site, and refreshments available from the visitor centre (cash only). Find out more here.
Visit a historic village
There are lots of little historic places to visit around Brisbane, from village museums (like Beenleigh, Pine Rivers, Caboolture, Pine Rivers, and Pine Rivers) to real thriving historic towns. Old Petrie Town, Toowoomba, and Stanthorpe all offer a pleasant stroll through times gone by.
Get Dad off the couch and into the fresh air
We all know Dad works hard during the week, so help him re-energise with a healthy dose of good Brisbane air!
Go for a family bike ride
A family bike ride is a great way to connect, spend quality time together, and keep fit and active. To make it easy for you we’ve already compiled a list of the Best Bicycle Paths in Brisbane graded from easy to hard depending on your kid’s (and your!) level of experience, ability and fitness. The choice of paths available will take you along foreshores, through wetlands, bush, parks, and up mountains, with many offering refreshment stops and playgrounds along the way.
Hook the bike carrier onto the car and explore somewhere new, but don’t forget to pack a few treats or stop off for a Father’s Day ice-cream along the way!
Tip: If you don’t have a bike carrier and need to set off from home, plan your bike ride by checking online for popular trails near you. Your local council’s website could be a good place to start as they often list their parks and cycle tracks.
Go bushwalking in Brisbane
There’s nothing more enjoyable that getting out amongst nature on a bushwalking adventure, and Brisbane has plenty of stunning parks and bushwalking regions to explore. Outdoorsy dads will love the brisk September air in our city and hinterland forests, exploring water holes, admiring the views, and spotting wildlife, so pack a picnic and get outdoors for some good old-fashioned Father’s Day family time!
To get you started, we’ve compiled a list of some our favourite Brisbane bushwalking trails around Brisbane but there are heaps more to choose from. Take a look at the maps available on any of our National Park websites, or type ‘bushwalk’ into the search bar on this page for more ideas.
Fishing with Dad is almost a right of passage that connects the generations like no other. The skills passed on from parent to child, time spent in giggles and quiet conversation punctuated by the thrill of getting a bite, and fun splashing around or swimming when the fish ain’t biting are all golden moments creating lasting memories.
Fishing doesn’t need to be expensive either. If you’ve never fished before you can buy cheap start-up kits and handlines from the bigger variety stores, and if the only fish you end up taking home just happen to be ready battered and served with chips, then who’s complaining!
Tip: If Dad’s really into fishing, consider hiring a boat for the day, or booking a fishing charter.
XXXX Brewery Tour
Has dad always wanted to know how is favourite drop is made? Treat him to a XXXX Brewery tour for a day after Father’s Day! It’s just $32 and we’ve got tickets here —> click here.
Spend quality time with Dad at home
You don’t have to travel far to have fun on Father’s Day. There are plenty of fun ways to spend time together close to home.
Build something with Dad
If Dad’s a little handy or crafty, get creative in the shed and build something together! Older kids will love the opportunity to hammer nails into wood with Dad’s guidance, while younger kids can help with the design and finishing touches.
Together you can build a billy cart, nesting box, bird table, or small garden bed to grow flowers or vegetables in. You’ll create something useful and build lasting memories too!
Tip: Google has a wealth of simple woodworking projects that can be done in a day, and if you need any materials you can grab a Father’s Day snag while shopping at your local Bunnings!
Take Dad back to his childhood
What did Dad love to do as a kid? Did he have a favourite game to play or place to go, or did Dad love to make things with Lego and Meccano? Let Dad take you back to his childhood by revisiting some of his favourite childhood hobbies.
Ideas include racing the billy cart you made from the idea above, building a den or tree house (and picnicking in there!), playing old-fashioned games like hide and seek, red rover or marbles, or letting Dad teach you the finer arts of his favourite sport at school. Maybe have a dig around in the attic for that old Scalextric set or model railway he used to love and put it all together again!
Set the scene with a silver screen
Throw down some beanbags, pop some corn, and host a Father’s Day movie marathon at home! This is a great way to cosy in together if the weather is a little less than pleasant on Father’s Day, and with so many movies available to download you’re sure to find something Dad will love.
If you’d rather go out, treat Dad to a luxury viewing of his favourite movie genre with Gold Class or Deluxe tickets at your local cinema. These premium viewing movie sessions offer a more intimate experience with most cinemas having armchair seating (some with recliners!), a bar, and table service for hot and cold foods. Of course there’s nothing to stop Dad enjoying popcorn and choc-tops too – it’s his special day after all!
Check out the website of your favourite local cinema and see what they’re offering this Father’s Day, but don’t forget to buy those tickets in advance!
Father’s Day ideas for the animal loving dad
If Dad has a soft spot for all creatures great and small, Father’s Day is the perfect excuse to visit a zoo or wildlife park, or to go (quietly) in search of animals in their natural habitat.
Animal encounter experience
Many of the zoos and wildlife parks around Brisbane offer animal encounter experiences, where Dad can get up close to his favourite animal.
Australia Zoo offers 23 different encounter experiences with animals ranging from meerkats and giant tortoises, indigenous wildlife and birds of prey, to the big cats, rhinoceros and giraffes. If the budget doesn’t stretch to an encounter you can meet many animals out of their enclosures and pose for a photograph as they tour the zoo with the roving rangers. Click here to find out how to get cheap – and even FREE – entry into Australia Zoo.
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is a little gem of a place on the Gold Coast and offers daily hands-on encounters with Australian natives, including koalas, echidnas, wombats, possums and dingos. Click here for discounted entry!
Sea World on the Gold Coast offers several marine animal encounters including meeting dolphins and seals, feeding the sharks, and going behind the scenes with penguins and polar bears. Find out about discounted entry with jet boat rides here.
Find a huge range of animal encounters for Father’s Day here.
Go whale watching
Father’s Day is the perfect time to go whale watching as these majestic creatures of the sea journey past our shores with their playful calves on their way back to colder waters.
We’ve tried and tested the Spirit of the Gold Coast, Brisbane Whale Watching and Whales in Paradise whale watching tours, departing from the Gold Coast or Brisbane, which provide a great opportunity to get really close to the whale breaching and tail fluking action. The crew know the best places to go for a chance of seeing the whales, and the curious creatures will often come quite close to check you out!
If you’re north of the city, see our list of Whale Watching providers on the Sunshine Coast here.
For those who get sea sick, we’ve also picked out the best spots to go land-based whale watching for FREE! There are lots of places along our beautiful coastline where you can see whales from the shore, and September is the perfect time to see them. See here for land-based whale watching spots north of the city, and here for land-based whale watching on the Gold Coast.
Father’s Day ideas for adventurous dads
If your Dad is a thrill seeker here are out top suggestions to get his adrenalin pumping this Father’s Day.
Action and adventure activities dads will love
Websites like Adrenaline offer a huge range of thrilling experiences, including helicopter flights, rally driving and sky diving, all across Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast. Has Dad given any hints?
Check out these sky-diving deals – click here.
Not keen on great heights? We love iFly – click here.
Test his nerves and be ready with the camera to catch his screams! Some of the experiences can be a little exey, so look for special offers on sites like Cudo and Living Social before booking.
Thrills and spills the whole family can participate in
While it’s great to see Dad enjoying himself, standing on the sidelines isn’t ideal for everyone. Luckily there’s plenty of excitement to be had that the whole family can participate in.
Theme Parks are usually pretty quiet on Father’s Day as a lot of people spend time at family gatherings, so you can cram more excitement into your day and less time queuing. Our local theme parks all have rides suitable for all ages, and you can purchase souvenir snaps of some of the more thrilling moments. Some theme parks also offer behind the scenes experiences too – like animal encounters at Dreamworld and Sea World, and Stunt Driver experience at Movie World – so take a look on their websites to see what’s on offer.
Go-karting is another fast-paced family activity, (see Slideways, Kingston Park Raceway, or Go Karting Brisbane for venues) or why not see how Mum feels about joining in with a spot of Paintball? Paintball has a legal minimum age of 15 for participants in Queensland, but you’ll find some venues offer the less painful laser tag option instead.
More Father’s Day inspiration
Hopefully you’ve found some great ideas here to suit your Dad, but just in case you’re in need of a little extra inspiration our Tourists Guide to Brisbane is jam-packed full of places to go and things to do, so why not be a tourist in your own home town. You never know what you’ll discover.
Happy Father’s Day!