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Top Brisbane Fathers Day Events and Activities 2012

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Spoil your Dad on Fathers Day
Top Brisbane Fathers Day Events and Activities 2012

Behind every Dad is a mountain of socks, ties and hand decorated mugs and place mats that were loving Fathers Day gifts. No Dad would ever want to replace those gifts or the runny eggs and overcooked toast that often accompany them. But if you want to really spoil Dad this Fathers Day (Sunday 2 September 2012) with some quality time for the whole family then I've sought out some options that can cater for you and your Dad, whatever his interests and your budget.

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Peaks to Points Festival Family Fun Day

The Peaks to Points Festival is a celebration of the Brisbane region's finely balanced catchment ecosystems and the community's role in protecting and caring for them. Their Family Fun Day at Oxley Creek Common will have a range of entertainment and activities including street performers, children's theatre, workshops, stalls and even a fun sound playground where you can make noise with unusual instruments.


Where: Oxley Creek Common, Sherwood Road, Oxley.
Cost: Entry and all activities are free.
More Information: The Festival Fun Day runs from 10am to 4pm on Sunday 2 September. You can download the full festival program here.

Steam Train Sunday

Is your Dad a train buff? Then a trip on one of Queensland Rail's lovingly restored trains with a steam locomotive and vintage carriages might be the way to go this year. Steam Train Sunday trains on Fathers Day depart Roma Street Station then travel for an hour through the city and surrounds and back to Roma Street.


When: Trains depart at 10.10 am and 11.40am
Where: Roma Street Station
Cost: Adults $20, Concession $17, Children under 15 $11.50, Children under 3 and not occupying a seat are free, Family (2 adults and 2 children) $59.
More Information: You can download the booking form here and return it by post, fax or email. All details are on the form.


Kookaburra River Queens Fathers Day Cruises

If Dad would prefer to have his Fathers Day breakfast on the Brisbane River rather than in bed, then Kookaburra River Queens may have what he's looking for. They also have options for lunch and dinner which include a carvery buffet meal and all the sights.


Where: Kookaburra River Queens depart from Eagle Street Pier, Brisbane.
Cost:
Breakfast Cruise: Adult $42, Children aged 4 to 14 $21, Family (2 adults and 2 children) $105.
Lunch Cruise: Adult $69, Children aged 4 to 14 $34.50, Family (2 adults and 2 children) $172.50.
Dinner Cruise: Adult $79, Children aged 4 to 14 $39.50, Family (2 adults and 2 children) $197.50.
More Information: Visit the website here


Fathers Footy and Fun Day

Here's something for footy mad fathers and their families. Corinda State School is presenting the Fathers Footy and Fun Day - a whole day of rides, stalls, demonstrations, a silent auction, games and, of course, footy at Brisbane Force Football Club at Richlands. And mums haven't been forgotten in the midst of this footy frenzy. They'll be catered for with their very own chill-out zone.


Where: Brisbane Force Football Club, C J Greenfields Complex, 315 Freeman Road, Richlands.
Cost: Entry is free, unlimited rides pass $30 if prebooked or $35 on the day. Single ride tickets $4 Junior or $5 Senior on the day.
More Information: Unlimited Rides Tix can be purchased online here. Full program available here.


Wynnum Manly Jazz Festival

Dads who like their music smooth and swinging will enjoy the Wynnum Manly Jazz Festival this Fathers Day. Sponsored by Brisbane City Council and held at Bandstand Park, this is a free event with something for the whole family stalls, sausage sizzles, jumping castles and plenty of great jazz entertainment.


Where: Bandstand Park, The Esplanade, Wynnum.
Cost: Entertainment and activities are free.
More Information: The full program is available here.


All Aussie Fathers Day @ Queensland Raceway

Revving engines, petrol fumes and Aussie cars and bikes will feature at Qld Raceways All Aussie Fathers Day at Lakeside Park Raceway. Dad can cruise the track or just check out the muscle cars in the Show and Shine.


Where: Lakeside Park Raceway, Lakeside Road, Kurwongbah.
Cost: $20 to enter the track challenge. Contact Qld Raceways on 1800 RACERS or via email at events@qldraceways.com.au for entry charges.
More Information: Visit the website here.

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Why? Because every Dad is special
When: Fathers Day, Sunday 2 September 2012.
Where: Various venues. See article for details.
Cost: Varies. See article for details. Many activities are free.
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