Thrill the socks off Dad this Father’s Day

Don't go for usual presents for Father's Day this year - instead, thrill the socks off him with a cool experience or a family day out.
27 Jul 2018
Discover Ipswich, Staff Writer

Father’s Day

How to thrill the socks off Dad

Father’s Day is September 2 and there are plenty of ways to surprise the Dad figure in your life that go beyond socks and chocs (although there’s nothing wrong with having them in the mix either!).


v8 race

There are plenty of experiences available in the adventure playground that is Ipswich – why not slot a gift voucher into his card this year for something you can share and remember. Here are a few suggestions to thrill the socks of him.

If he’s mad on motorsport, why not get him behind the wheel of a V8 at Queensland Raceway. The V8 race experience includes training with a professional coach in your choice of Holden or Ford – and it it’s all a bit too much you can opt to be a passenger instead.



You could hit the skies with your Dad – on a scenic flight from as little as $130 for two – with Pterodactyl Helicopters. The crew here love tailoring packages to suit every customer. You could land in a vineyard or drop in for lunch at a country pub or a remote picnic destination.



Or go up up and away with a gentle flight over the land … in a basket. A breakfast package with Floating Images is a truly memorable experience that includes a spectacular sunrise and a chance to see well-known landmarks from above – it’s quiet up there and there’s time to chat and take in the Brisbane skyline in the distance, the sights of Ipswich and surrounding countryside as you pass over.


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Back on solid ground, you could get your Dad a voucher for a trike tour, and even go with him to take in the sights of the heritage city or the countryside from the back of the mighty beast unleashed by Brisbane Trike Tours.




Take him to breakfast or lunch or dinner – or go the gift voucher option – at one of the many fabulous restaurants the city boasts these days. If Dad’s more of a beer and burgers kind of guy, the better bet might be Pumpyard Bar & Brewery. Pumpyard, the home of 4Hearts Brewing, has both gift packs and vouchers available for Father’s Day – and check the Facebook page for the chance to win a merchandise pack.



And here’s the perfect gift for the champagne loving dad – a day in the countryside sipping 50 different champagnes at Effervescence Champagne Festival. This grand day out is staged at Spicers Hidden Vale, complete with market stalls and cooking demos, and there are still a few tickets left to this September 2 event.



Does your Dad love history? If yes, then why not book him on the heritage tour for Great Houses of Ipswich – a National Trust event – on September 12. The tour takes in all three houses that are open to the public – including Rockton (pictured) and afternoon tea.

Since the inaugural event in May 2013, Great Houses of Ipswich has opened 21 privately-owned homes that illustrate the history and significance of Ipswich.

You can visit them under your own steam or book for the coach tour here.

Need more inspiration for planning a day out with Dad and the family – check this handy list of 75 things to do in Ipswich!

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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