It’s Father’s Day this weekend and we’ve put together a few recommendations of special places you can take your Dad, plus some suitably Dad-like activities you can treat him in Your Margaret River Region. And if you can’t make it this weekend for Father’s Day, feel free to use the below suggestions to plan an adventure with Dad another time. Our hot tip: off-peak weekends are even better = less people, more Dad-time!
1. Do a luxury four wheel drive wine tour
If your Dad’s not into the full-on group wine tour thing, there’s still a chance he’ll be into this. Margaret River Discovery Co even calls theirs ‘the tour for people who don’t do tours’. Book a day with these guys or the likes of Top Drop Tours, As U Like It, ExperienceSmith or Margaret River Touring Co, or enquire about a private tour with any of the other tour companies in the region. Check out our tours page for ideas.
2. Taste olive oil
I don’t know about your Dad, but mine LOVES olive oil, and I reckon he can’t be the only one (I think it’s when he started to enjoy cooking and no longer viewed it as a chore). Now he’s obsessed – all he wants to do is taste olive oil, compare flavours, and learn everything there is to know about it. Easily done in the Margaret River Region, with Vasse Virgin, Olio Bello, Wulura, 34° South, Eagle Bay Olives, Pukara Estate, and Whirlwind Olives.
3. Take him in a Tiger Moth
Unless yours is afraid of heights, we reckon just about every Dad would be thrilled to experience a scenic flight with Tiger Moth Adventure Flights over the Busselton Jetty in one of Western Australia’s ex RAAF, iconic, vintage Tiger Moths.
4. Take him hiking
A day on the Cape to Cape Track is such an awesome experience – every Dad needs to do it once in their life (my Dad’s done the whole track!). We recommend Cape to Cape Explorer Tours or Walk into Luxury for both guided and self-guided tour options. South West Eco Discoveries are also fab if your Dad’s less hardcore – they do guided short walks up around Cape Naturaliste.
5. Take him up a lighthouse
There’s something fascinating about lighthouses, all windswept and steeped in maritime history, and we reckon it’s a winner of an activity for Father’s Day. Depending on whether your Dad’s got a dodgy knee, choose either Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse (= less stairs) or Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse (= more stairs!). Tip: make sure you phone ahead to book your place on the tour in case other people have the same idea.
7. Do lunch at a brewery
Dads love beer, it’s a fact. And our craft beer is delicious, that’s also a fact. There are nine breweries in the region now – visit our breweries page for more info. The guys at Cheeky Monkey let us know that they will have live music from The NBC plus supporting acts from the East Coast. Or if your Dad’s more of a wine buff, there are over 120 cellar doors in the region too, and nearly half of them have restaurants.
8. Take him camping
If I could count the number of times my Dad has asked me “What’s the name of that campground in the bush near Margaret River kid, something ‘Mill’? I really want to camp there!” – It’s called Wharncliffe Mill Dad. And yes, it’s epic – surrounded by trees, yet only 5 minutes from town. There are heaps of other cool campgrounds and caravan parks in the region too, check out our caravan parks and camping page.
10. Take him whale watching
Over 35,000 Humpback and Southern Right Whales pass through the waters of the Margaret River Region each year. From September to November, boat tours operate out of Busselton and Dunsborough. Visit our whale watching page to find out more.
Check out these Father’s Day deals
Museum Wines from Whicher Ridge
Choose from 3 gift packs which include the 2007 Shiraz – the very first red wine made at the winery, as well as the 2011 Elevation Cabernet, awarded 96 points by James Halliday.Read more
Glass of port with his pizza
Celebrate Father’s Day with a glass of port for dad with every pizza purchased. He’ll also receive a Glencairn tasting glass with any purchase of an American style spirit.Find the Grove
Up to 50% savings at Down South Camping
Purchase your Father’s Day gift from the latest sale at Down South Camping until Saturday 5 September and get great discounts on swags, tents, gazebos and more.Download catalogue
Free sausage sizzle and art at the Jetty
Head to Busselton Jetty for a sausage sizzle and admire the creative interpretations of the Jetty by students as part of the ‘Make Your Own Jetty’ competition.Learn more