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Fun on Father's Day: Activities and Destinations Your Dad Will Enjoy

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Awesome father-son and father-daughter trips and ideas

Father-bonding memories always carry a special place in our hearts. But how does one make richer the strong bond between father and daughter, or  father and son especially on his special day? By watching  a game together? Pizza night every Thursday evening? Hitting the road on the weekend? Toy shopping perhaps? As travelling gets more popular these days, so too have father-daughter and  father-son trips.

This coming Sunday, September 4th, it's time you celebrate and honor the men in your life with a bang.  For every type of dad , there's always an ideal Father's Day activity to enjoy and new destination to explore - from rock climbing to surfing to go karts to playing golf and camping, VroomVroomVroom has a few suggestions to get you started. If you are flying from another country or different city, you may want to book a car hire through us  to enjoy a hassle-free celebration in and around Australia.

Dads who love the adventure

There are lots of wonderful activities to do for fathers and the whole family in South Australia, such as rock climbing and caving. Just 25-minute drive from the city, take your dad to one of the most popular climbing locations, which is the Morialta Conservation Park. The stunning park consists of bushland with waterfalls and steep ridges. Another perfect hub for rock climbing is The Flinders Ranges. Also worth-seeing is the enchanting Aboriginal handprints of the Murrawijine Caves, situated on the Nullarbor Plain on the Eyre Peninsula.

Dads who love the outdoor

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If your dad got a four-wheel drive, there are several beaches that you can legally drive on in South Australia, so make sure you pack a picnic before you hit the road!

Some popular destinations include the Silver Sands, Fleurieu Peninsula which is situated less than an hour's drive south of Adelaide. The place is a favourite getaway most notably for thousands of families in Adelaide. Another destination is the Emu Bay located on the beach on Kangaroo Island. Renowned as Australia's “Seafood Frontier”, there are several beaches which can be found along the Eyre Peninsula guaranteed to give your whole family a true four-wheel drive experience.

If diving and snorkeling appeals to your dad, lots of South Australian waters provide some of the most pristine diving experiences in the world, including The ex-HMAS Hobart, The Port Noarlunga Aquatic Reserve, Rapid Bay and Yorke Peninsula.

Or if your dad is simply into surfing, just take him to the Kangaroo Island for the greatest surf rides of his life.

Dads who love arts and culture

Depending on the history and traditions your dad prefers, there are lots of options to choose from in Australia. Sydney is without a doubt one of the world's leading cities when it comes to arts and culture with internationally acclaimed performances, exhibitions and festivals, as well as galleries and museums.

You may want to take a cultural cruise on Sydney Harbour with Tribal Warrior, or join a heritage tour in The Rocks, explore the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, and visit the Art Gallery of New South Wales for its extensive collections as well as a rolling program of exhibitions and events. 

For an enjoyable family outing The Powerhouse Museum in Ultimo focuses on historical, interactive and inventive displays, with 12 permanent exhibitions as well as dynamic temporary exhibitions. Take delight and have a fascinating adventure into the past, as the Australian Museum has a wonderful collection of dinosaur skeletons and plenty of interactive displays for children. Nearby is the World Heritage-listed Hyde Park Barracks Museum and on the forecourt of the Museum of Sydney, near Circular Quay, is the evocative Edge of the Trees sculpture.

Melbourne is another hub to world-class arts and cultural heritage institutions, cutting-edge design and dynamic festivals and community events. Scratch the surface in Melbourne and you'll discover a city buzzing with dynamic and cutting-edge arts and culture. Head to the Southbank precinct – where the The Arts Centre, MTC, Malthouse, Recital Centre and the National Gallery of Victoria form Melbourne's beating cultural heart. At Federation Square, where art meets architecture, watch inspiring audio visual shows at ACMI, see the collection at the Ian Potter Centre, or catch a recital at The Edge theatre. Inside and out, you'll discover the innovation and skill of local artists and designers at hole-in-the-wall galleries and theatres across the city.

With these two cities alone, we're pretty sure you can easily give your dad more than his fill of art shows, film festivals, theatrical entertainment and historical exhibitions.

Dads who like to stay 'close to home'

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Most men would rather stay at home than travel for up to 12 hours. Trust us, there's no need to travel around the globe for a great, epic getaway with your dad. Perhaps you can just take your dad our for a simple but fab dinner in Brisbane. Here are some of the best restaurants and bars offering Father's Day right. Check out Kingsley's Steak & Crabhouse, The Eatery at Four Points by Sheraton, George's Paragon, Customs House, South Bank Surf Club, Deery's Restaurant & Smokehouse, Peasant, Bavarian Bier Café, and Papa Jack's. 

Let your dad sip on whisky at Lark Distillery in Tasmania, because it's day! Or, allow him to go wine tasting in the Barossa Valley, which is outside of Adelaide. Another great idea is to bike around the beaches of Rottnest Island in Perth.

Dads who's done it all

So your dad has been everywhere and seen everything, but maybe he's just never heard of the Big Red yet, which is deemed as the biggest sand dune in Australia's Simpson Desert. Standing at 30 metres in height,  enjoy the best spot to truly witness the stunning sunset from the top of the Big Red.

Did we miss anything? Please share us your Father's Day ideas!


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