Your ultimate guide to a local and COVID-safe Father’s Day

Father’s Day ideas are a dime a dozen. But what happens when you’re looking for a special Father’s Day activity on the Gold Coast that’s ALSO doable during restrictions?

No one thought that we would be celebrating our Dads in the midst of a global pandemic. But every cloud has a silver lining. With border closures, travel restrictions and social distancing in place, there is no better time to support your local community by celebrating Father’s Day right here on the Gold Coast.

We have done the groundwork to help you start planning your local and COVID-friendly Father’s Day. Let’s get started:


Take Dad out for a bite to eat

Picnic basket at O’Reilly’s Vineyard and Alpaca Farm for the kids. Let dad relax underneath a silky oak tree or lay down by the creek with a special Fathers Day picnic basket for two, while he listens to live music and enjoys a bottle of O’Reilly’s award-winning wine or Burleigh brewing Co craft beer. The Fathers Day basket includes a plethora of antipasto goodies and items like southern fried country chicken and special beef pie.  Picnic baskets serve two adults and are $110 including drinks and for only $15 each the kids with receive a fresh ham and salad baguette, juice and icecream. The Mountain View Alpaca Farm is also located on the vineyards and the kids, big and small, can get their share of adorable Alpaca cuddles and even take the alpaca’s for a walk.  For more information and to book your basket head to the O’Reilley’s website here.

The Father of All Tea Parties at QT. QT are throwing a tea party – but for Dad, to take home.  A little less Earl Grey and cucumber sandwiches and a little more grilled Wagyu, beer and whiskey to treat the old man to a civilised afternoon he’ll really enjoy at home.  Moreton bay bug rolls, Mini smoked ham hock and apricot terrines, Chicken parmy, Mini cheeseburgers and Loaded fries are some of the inclusions served with a James Squire craft beer. Prices start from $55 per person. Man Tea not really your style?  The Father of all Meat Trays might be what you are looking for.  The tray is available for takeaway and includes 28-day aged grass-fed Cape Grim Tomahawk steak, New Zealand lamb crown, Chilli garlic prawn skewers, Bangalow pork and fennel sausages, Peeled prawns, Roast chateau potato, Scenic rim asparagus and more.   The box feeds 6 people, is takeaway only and $250 per box. For more information and to book your Man Tea or Father of all Meat Trays head to the QT website here.

Seaworld two hour sightseeing lunch cruise. Departing from Surfers Paradise, experience the Gold Coast’s finest local produce on the Seaworld sightseeing lunch cruise.  Lunch includes fresh local trawler prawns, roasted chicken, freshly baked ham off the bone, garden salad, Caesar salad, coleslaw, condiments and a fresh fruit planner.  You can match the lunch with some locally crafted beers from Pickled Pig and Burleigh Brewery or try of the delicious cocktails. Cruise departs at 12.oopm on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.  There are a variety of ticket prices available along with some family, couple and kids eat free specials for Fathers Day.  For more information and to book head over to the Seaworld Cruises website here.

Lunch at The STAR, Gold Coast. The STAR Gold Coast has a variety of options available to suit every taste for Fathers Day:

Garden Kitchen and Bar on the Lobby Level, has a delicious lunch special of Rotisserie Borrowdale porchetta, with duck fat roasted Kipfler potatoes, red onion jam, salted crackling and port jus with a glass of beer for $29 per person.  Dining is from 12.00pm – 4.00pm and for more information and to book head to The Star website here.

Cucina Vivo on the Lobby Level will treat Dad to a 500g grass-fed scotch fillet with roast Darling Downs potato, roast Stanthorpe broccoli, and a side of garlic focaccia. Served with an ice-cold Italian lager for $45 per person.  Lunch is served between 12.00pm and 3.00pm and for more information and to book head to The Star website here.

Harvest Buffet will let Dad experience a wide range of flavours with a glass of tap beer on arrival for only $50.90 per person.  He can then finish off with something sweet from the delicious selection of desserts, the decadent chocolate fountain and a special doughnut station.  For more information and to book head to The Star website here.

Nineteen at The Star has a luxurious and delectable three-course lunch for $100 per person this fathers day that includes choices of mouthwatering items like Southern Crab Cakes, Grass-fed beef tartare, Moreton bay bug garlic crumb, breaded john Dory, 300g Rare to Rare Slow Roast Prime Rib, Dark Chocolate Tart and Strawberry Vacherin. Located at Nineteen at The Star, Level 19 The Darling.  For more information and to book a table head to The Star website here.

Looking for a casual Father’s Day option? Look no further than Mei Wei Dumplings on the Lobby Level. Try their stir fry black pepper beef combo with a choice of beer from their selection for just $18 per person.  Lunch is served from 12.00pm – 4.00pm and for more information and to book head to the website here.


Shop local, listen to some tunes and hang at the markets

Spoil dad with a gift designed or made locally, grab a fresh coffee and a bite to eat then park up under a tree and listen to some live tunes.  The Village Markets and Broadbeach Markets have you covered on Fathers Day.

The Village Markets are located at Burleigh Heads State School, on the lower Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads from 8.30am to 1.00pm.

Broadbeach Markets are held in Kurrowa Park on the beachfront opposite the Oasis Shopping Centre and are opoen from 8am until 2 pm.


Hook Dad up with a local brewery tour on Fathers Day

Black Hops Brewery have a special tour for Dad where he will learn about the founding story, the beer-making process, have some tasters along the way and head home with a special Black Hops pack.  The tour is $75 per person and with a limited capacity of only 20 spots, you will want to get in quick before they well out.  Head to the Black Hops website here for more info and to book.

Grandad Jack’s Distillery have put together a distillery tour for Dad where he will be introduced to the gin-making process and the Gold Coast’s thriving craft spirit culture. He will enjoy a gin and tonic on arrival and tastings of Grandad Jack’s award-winning spirits and liqueurs as he is guided through the distillery and introduced to the history of the great Granddad Jack. Tickets are $30 per person and are also limited, so you will want to jump onto it before they sell out.  For more information and to book the tour head here.


Chuck an Axe or two at Lumberpunks

Axe throwing, it’s a thing, and it isn’t just for lumberjacks. The Lumber Punks team will take you through a formatted session so that everyone nails bullseyes and leaves an axe Viking in the making.  Sessions are 1.5 hours, instructor-led and fast-paced.  You will have a private lane, have different types of axes to master and play games.  Sessions are from $45 per person and all participants must be over 18 years.  For more info and to book a session head to the Lumber Punks website here.


Hit a few golf balls at RACV

With three 18-hole, par-72 combination layouts including a championship course and state-of-the-art driving range, RACV Royal Pines Resort offers the best in world-class golfing for both the amateur and serious golfer. With tight, tree-lined fairways and undulating greens, each nine-hole course has its own distinctive challenges, requiring a unique skill set in order to have a successful round. Prices start from $45 for 9 holes including an electric cart per person. For more information and to book head to the RACV website here.


Party in the Park at HOTA

Your Sunday arvo is sorted with live music from The Brothers Calling, a sausage sizzle, and family time at the HOTA outdoor stage this Father’s Day.  Party in the Park is General Admission with a twist. To meet social distancing requirements HOTA have drawn ‘circle’s on the grass’. You book the size that you need and then choose which ‘circle’ you want to sit at when you arrive.

Prices are $10 per circle (room for 2-4 people), $15 per circle (room for 5-7 people) and $20 per circle (room for 8-10 people).Gates open at 11.30am and the band starts at 12.30pm.  The event is all ages and two hours in duration.  For more info and to book tickets, head to the HOTA website here.


Take Dad to a live local gig at Mo’s Desert Clubhouse

Three of the Gold Coast’s most talented musicians and bands BLIGH, Ella Fence and Joshua Tree will be playing at Mo’s Desert Clubhouse in a limited ticketed seated event this Father’s Day.  The show is from 3.00 pm until 7.00 pm and tickets are $35 per person.   For more info and to book head to Mo’s Desert Clubhouse website here.


Do a fun run at the Gold Coast Running Festival at CBUS Stadium

Bring your whole crew along or simply come and run in the family-friendly Gold Coast Running Festival at CBUS stadium on Fathers Day. There are distances to suit all running abilities from a 2.5 km fun run right up to a full marathon, walkers are welcome and there is even a 1km kids dash.  Gates open at 5.00am and run times start from 5.30 am.  Run prices start from $20 and tickets can be purchased through the CBUS Stadium website here.


Take part in at City of Gold Coast Bushtucker Workshop

Dura, yaga, jar means grow, cook, eat! Learn to grow, cook and eat a local variety of native Yugambeh country flavours in this inspiring one-hour bush tucker workshop. As you tour the Botanic Gardens, identify a range of local bushfood plants, discover ways to incorporate the flavours into everyday cooking and pick up tips to grow bush foods in your home garden.

This workshop is tailored for adult learning and is suitable for ages 15 years and above. The workshop is presented by Paula Nihot and supported by Division 8 Councillor Bob La Castra. Running from 10am to 11.30am the workshop is free and takes place in the Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens at Benowa.  For more information and to reserve your ticket head here.


Get Adventurous with some climbing and karting

Try Indoor Rock Climbing. Paramount Adventures Center Indoor Rock Climbing Gym features and awesome 850 square metes of wall space and over 11 metres of vertical height that allows for a huge variety of climbs that are suitable for both beginner and advanced climber.  You can challenge yourself by tackling the pole, overhangs, barrels, angled walls, flake and crack climbs.  Prices start from $18 per adult and $8 per child for a casual climb. For more information and to book your session head to the Paramount Adventures website here.

Go Slideways Go Karting. The Slideways Go Karting track is 700m long featuring massive undulations, banked corners, sweepers and fast straights. You can race up to 16 of the latest Sodi European hire karts. They are powered by ungoverned 4 stroke Honda motors that pump out 9HP, propelling you along at up to 70kph.  Kids dont need to miss out and can also race with state of the art safety and kart control equipment.  Two seater karts are also which can be driven by an adult, and suitable for passengers between 90-130cm tall, with a combined weight of 130kg.  For more information and to book your race head to the Slideways Go Karting website here.


Throw a line in and catch some fish

Barney Street (River End) Southport is located at the river end of Barney Street Southport near the Gold Coast Highway crossing of the Nerang River (Sundale Bridge) and is a favourite spot for local anglers.   Good atches here usually include whiting, bream, trevally, flathead and mudcrabs.  Best tides are the last run out and during the run in and your best baits will be yabbies, herrings and bloodworms.

Chevron Island fishing platform is located in Korman Family Park at 183 Stanhill Drive Chevron Island, which is just downstream (north) of the western Chevron Island Bridge.  You can park up for a fish on the seats at the blue shade sail with the nautical theme.  Good catches here are usually whiting in the summer months, bream and flathead and the best bait would would be yabbies, herrings and bloodworms.

Currumbin Creek fishing platform is located at the Beree-Badalla Reserve, Thrower Drive, Palm Beach.  There are two fishing platforms located along a boardwalk that winds its way across mangrove flats near Palm Beach-Currumbin High. The boardwalk connects the Thrower Drive boat ramp car park to the Gold Coast Highway underpass on the northern banks of Currumbin Creek. Each fishing platform has a shade cover and seat. They are located about one kilometre upstream of the tidal entrance of Currumbin Creek.  Good catches here usually include whiting, flathead and squid in cooler months.  Best bait includes pippies, yabbies and earthworms.

Marine Parade Labrador has a series of fishing platforms located along the Marine Parade esplanade at Labrador, between the Grand Hotel and Whiting Street. They each have seating and a blue shade sail with a nautical theme. This esplanade is directly across from the Gold Coast Seaway and is a popular spot for anglers targeting species that are attracted to the Seaway area.  Good catches here include bream and squid in cooler months and whiting and flathead in warmer months.  Best bait includes yabbies, herrings, wrigglers, bloodworms and pieces of mullet fillet.

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