Make dad’s day with these great Father’s Day ideas

Looking for a great Father's Day gift idea? Check out this list of experiences.
04 Aug 2021
Discover Ipswich, Staff Writer

Mark September 5 in the calendar, it’s a day to honour the dad in your life! 

And if you’re thinking of getting him a special gift, check out these great experiences on offer around the Ipswich region.

Take dad to a little piece of Japan right here in Ipswich

Book dad in for a traditional Japanese tea ceremony and a tour of the Japanese-style Nerima Gardens in Queens Park.

Gift vouchers available.

Indulge in BBQ, beer and burgers

Prince Alfred Hotel

Tackle an epic burger and wash it down with a craft beer on tap at the Pumpyard Bar and Brewery, Ballistic Springfield Brewery, Bar and Kitchen or the PA Hotel which has 72 craft beers on tap.

The Pumpyard will also feature live music and smokers set up in the laneway on Father’s Day.  Chef will be smoking a variety of meats and sides fresh, best enjoyed accompanied with a delicious craft beer!

Ballistic Springfield is holding a family day from 11.30am-4pm with a jumping castle and live music.  There will be a special O.P. rib on the bone with chimichurri, capsicum tapenade, jus and roasted kipfler potatoes on the menu. You can also order a mixed meat platter with pulled brisket, pork, beef cheek, flatbread and sauce.  Or a cheese board with smokey cheddar, brie, blue cheese, parma ham, lavosh bread, mixed pickled garden veg and dried fruit.

Gift vouchers available.

Put dad in the driver’s seat of a supercar

V8 Race Experience

Put dad in the driver’s seat of a V8 Race car with the V8 Race Experience at Queensland Raceway.  There is a special offer for dads. Use code V8Save to get 6 drive laps and 3 hot laps in a Supercar Mustang for $499, a saving of $69.  Call 1800 722 348 to redeem.

Gift vouchers available.

Float sky high in a hot air balloon

Floating Images Hot Air Balloon Flights

Spoil dad with a Floating Images Hot Air Balloon Flight.  See the sun come up over the rolling hills and valleys of the Ipswich and Scenic Rim regions then tuck into a hot breakfast at Fourthchild Café.

Gift vouchers available.

Explore some haunted buildings

Ipswich Cemetery Ghost Tour

Book dad in for an unforgettable experience hearing tales from beyond the grave at some of Ipswich’s most haunted places.  There are a few spine tingling tours to choose from, either a paranormal investigation or lantern tour in the Haunted Mansion at Woodlands of Marburg or a ghost tour with Ipswich Ghost Tours in the CBD or cemetery.

Gift vouchers available.

Steak dinner or paddock to plate at award winning venues

Dad will love trying the delicious menu at the hatted restaurant Homage at luxury country retreat Spicers Hidden Vale or the steaks at the award-winning Bakehouse Steakhouse.

Gift vouchers available.

Book an epic picnic

Picnic at The Soul Nook Collective

The Soul Nook Collective will be open for private picnic bookings on Sunday September 5 with live music from 10am-2pm.  The planned Father’s Day event has unfortunately been cancelled though.

Alternatively you can order dad an all-star picnic platter with burgers, onion rings, chips and beer at The Workshops Rail Museum.

Gift vouchers available.

Get dad tickets to a show

The best of the Bee Gees

Take dad to see The Best of the Bee Gees (Saturday November 6) at the Ipswich Civic Centre, or Arj Barker (Friday November 12) or get him tickets to see David Strassman – The Chocolate Diet (Friday November 26).

Take dad to the museum

Ipswich in Miniature is at The Workshops Rail Museum

Give dad time with those he loves most this Father’s Day! Take him to The Workshops Rail Museum on Saturday September 4 where a full day Blacksmithing Workshop with heritage trade blacksmiths Rob Scully and Wayne Schmidt will be held (bookings essential).

Serve Dad and the family an all-star picnic platter with burgers, onion rings, chips and a beer of course!  Encourage everyone in the family to get creative by making something fun for dad in the Maker Space or see the Foreigners on the Slide show in the theatrette.  A show all about the odd things that have been created at the rail works over the years!

Dad and grandad may have memories of the city’s beautiful old buildings which they can see in miniature at the museum from August 28 until early October.

Gift vouchers available.

Free gift at Haigslea Ewe Nique

Take dad to the Haigslea Ewe Nique Hobby Farm for a great family friendly activity.  Dads will receive a small gift on the day.

Find some family-fun time at a race day

The Marburg Pacing Association, has been given a race date for Father’s Day.

This family-friendly event will be held at the Marburg Showground with free supervised rides for the kids, mini-trotters in action, country burgers and home made deserts.  There will be coffee and ice cream and absolutely the cheapest beverage at any sporting venue ($4.50 stubbies and cans) and a wide variety of others.

There will also be a funny money bookie – where you can have a bet and not lose any money.

Adults are $5 entry, members and pensioners $3, race books $3. Dads will be free if they’re coming with kids!  Come out and enjoy a day of country racing.

Test dad in an escape room


Is dad good at puzzles?  Put him to the ultimate test with an escape room challenge!

Seraphim Escape are offering 15% off for dads on Father’s Day!  Book using the code FATHER21 to get your discount.

Gift vouchers available.

Indulge in an Indian banquet

Father's Day banquet at Memories of India

Memories of India are offering a Father’s Day special banquet menu which includes starters, mains and a special dessert plus a complimentary glass of beer for dad if he’s dining in!

Enjoy basil chicken tikka, punjabi aloo tikki chat and tandoori soya chap to start.  Butter chicken, lamb handi lazis, jaipuri mix vegetable curry, mixed naans and plain rice for mains.  The dessert will be a special home made creation whipped up by the chef.

Booking are being taken for lunch and dinner sittings on Father’s Day, Sunday September 5.

Celebrate Father’s Day week at CSI

Club Services Ipswich mixed grill

Club Services Ipswich are running Father’s Day week from Monday August 30 – Sunday September 5, offering a mixed grill (Including crumbed cutlet, pork sausage, steak, bacon, egg, tomato, mushroom and chips) for $29.90.

And dads will receive a gift with their booking on Father’s day, September 5.

Brunch or lunch with the camels

Summerland 22-04-19-1

Create beautiful memories and treat dad, or the special man in your life, to a unique experience at Summer Land Camels.

Enjoy a family brunch or lunch, and treat dad to a Father’s Day special homestead burger, chips and beer.

Pat and feed the friendly camels, or add a little something special to the day with a farm tour or camel ride (online bookings essential). 

Char grilled steak and ribs at Brothers

Brothers Father's Day meal

This father’s day treat dad to a char grilled Jacks Creek porterhouse with sticky BBQ pork ribs, Idaho potato, house slaw and a icy cold schooner of Little Creatures Pale Ale or soft drink at Brothers Leagues Club on Father’s Day.

The best part, the price is only $35 for members and there will be live entertainment in the lounge with Jarrod Murphy playing from 11.30am – 3.30pm.  You could also win dad a lucky door prize on the day!

Get tickets to the Nostalgia Drag Races

Drag Photos Pre Winters – (5)

Is your Dad aching for all the action of yesteryear? An old-school purist, a rockabilly aficionado, or just a fan of all things cool?

Then the Nostalgia Drags at Willowbank Raceway on October 9 is the perfect gift!

Hundreds of amazing machines of yesteryear on two and four wheels will descend on Queensland’s premier drag racing facility to keep you entertained on the track, while plenty of off-track entertainment ensures there is never a dull moment.

And here’s a special just for the dads! Buy one spectator ticket and receive one for free using the promo code NOSFD21. Book online here. 

Free schooner for Father’s Day


The Barn Family Restaurant is offering dad’s a free schooner of Great Northern super crisp on Sunday September 5.  Purchase lunch or dinner to redeem!

Bookings essential.

Gift dad theatre tickets

The Ipswich Little Theatre Society is presenting two excellent comedies in the next two seasons of 2021. Ladies Day, directed by Jane Sheppard and Di Johnston will be the main-house play offered in September/October season and The 39 Steps directed by Shane Mallory will be performed during the November/December season, tickets to one or both plays would be a wonderful gift for Father’s Day.

Ladies Day is a heart-warming comedy about four women who work together in a fish factory. One of them finds tickets to the races and off they go on an adventure of fun, untold secrets, optimism, and friendship. 

The 39 Steps is an adapted version of the original classic Hitchcock film.  A beautiful woman! An unsuspecting victim! A whole lot of fun! One part epic spy tale, one part madcap comedy extravaganza!

You can also gift a subscription which entitles the bearer to four vouchers to be exchanged for tickets to ILT major productions in 2021. Subscriber membership is available via the Ipswich Visitor Information Centre or from Di Johnston on 0447 191 954 or [email protected] 

Tickets and more information about the plays are available online and via Ipswich Visitor Information Centre phone 3281 0555. 

All performances are staged at The Incinerator Theatre, Burley Griffin Drive, Queens Park, Ipswich. Night performances start at 8pm and Matinees at 2pm.

The Incinerator Theatre is covid safe compliant, off street parking is available. The venue opens 45 minutes before production, time for a hot or cold beverage or snack at the licensed bar.

Discover Ipswich Staff Writer
Rocky the Rock Wallaby is a Sagittarius who lives at the Ipswich Nature Centre and often contributes to Discover Ipswich in his spare time. When he's not busy showing tourists around, blogging or hanging out with his cute and fluffy mates at the Nature Centre, he likes to hit the gym for a leg session, graze on quinoa salad and ponder the possibilities of the universe.

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