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Six Best Father's Day Activities

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by Annette Vandersluis (subscribe)
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Published August 22nd 2019
Treat your Dad this Father's Day
While you can show dad how much you love him every day of the year, Father's Day is that special opportunity to really show him your appreciation. Forget the socks and handkerchiefs, here is six ideas to have some fun with dad this Father's Day, Sunday 1 September 2019.

Adelaide Zoo and Monarto Zoo

Dad can be the King of the Jungle on a wild day out at the Adelaide Zoo or Monarto Zoo, when dad gets free entry (with one full price ticket purchase).

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Giraffe at Adelaide Zoo. Photo: Bruce Vandersluis Images


Why not treat dad to a behind-the-scenes animal experience. You can take dad on the Inspect an Insect, Meerkat Encounter, Penguins in Person, Junior Keeper, VIP Panda, Squirrel Monkey Encounter, Panda and Friends, Meet the Primates, Hippo Interactive, Big Cat Interactive, Lion Encounter or Lemur Encounter experiences. Prices range from $40 to $500 (discounts available for zoo members) per person and age restrictions apply to some experiences.

After (or before) you have been on your chosen experience, delight dad with a three-course gourmet lunch in the Fig Tree Function Centre, Adelaide Zoo. The antipasto shared entrée is followed up with either spiced lamb rump or Atlantic salmon. If dad has any room left, he can indulge just a little more with a local cheese selection or ice cream gateaux. Cost is $55 per person for zoo members or dads, $75 per person adults and $35 per person children (4 – 12 years). A special menu is available for children and dietary required can be catered. To book call 8230 1286 or email at events@qualitycatering.com.au.

Parking is available near the Adelaide Zoo on Frome Road, please observe parking restrictions. Information on public transport can be found at AdelaideMetro.

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Photo: Adelaide Zoo


Longview Vineyard

Take dad for an afternoon of smokey BBQ at Longview Vineyard, 154 Pound Road, Macclesfield from 12 pm to 5 pm. Dad will love the jerk pork belly buns, Memphis style pork ribs, fried chicken wings, Moroccan spiced lamb shoulder and chocolate tart.

Cost is $75 per person adults and $15 per person children. Children's menu is cheeseburger and chips and vanilla ice cream.

Disabled access and free wifi available. Tickets can be purchased via the website.

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Photo: Longview Vineyard


Cobb's Hill Estate

Cobb's Hill Estate, 382 Swamp Road, Oakbank is hosting a great Father's Day lunch of Black Angus Homestead Burger with fries and a glass of Cobb's Hill Estate wine or craft beer. Gluten free and vegetarian options are available, please request when booking.

Lunch is from 11 am to 2 pm. Cost is $30 adults, $15 children under 18 which includes lunch and a soft drink or juice. Book at the website.

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Photo: Cobb's Hill Estate


Sevenhill Producers Market

While not technically on Father's Day, start dad's Father's Day weekend with a visit to the Sevenhill Producers Market on Saturday 31 August 2019 from 9 am to 12.30 pm.

Located at the Madonna Hall, 1 School Street, Sevenhill, dad will be delighted to purchase local produce from the people who make it. With a range of handmade breads, fresh fruit and veggies, seafood, cakes and pastries, pies, olives and olive oil, jams and chutneys, honey, dried fruit, nuts, ice cream, soaps and so much more, there is no end to the goods to be found at this market with a friendly country atmosphere.

Entry is free and disabled access available.

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Photo: Sevenhill Producers Market


Father's Day Pop Up Farmers' Market

Take dad to the Father's Day Pop Up Farmers' Market at Orphanage Park, Mitchell Street, Millswood from 9 am to 1 pm.

With over 30 market stalls selling local fresh produce from apples to zucchini, hormone-free meat, artisanal bread, handmade local cheeses, eggs, milk, yoghurt and so much more. Take dad to select the local and fresh produce you will prepare for him for a fantastic Father's Day lunch.

Stallholders include Bickleigh Vale Farm, Gooseberry Hill Farm, Lobo Cider, Merry Cherry Farms, Plants in Barrows and heaps more.

There will be a free jumping castle and at 10 am Monina from Green Gecko Studios will help little hands make a terrarium from upcycled materials. This session will be on a 'first in, best dressed' basis so get there early and secure your spot.

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Photo: Father's Day Pop Up Farmers' Market


Urrbrae House

Take Dad on a free tour of Urrbrae House. Offered by University of Adelaide staff and volunteers, you are invited to take a 75 minute tour, commencing at 2 pm, of this beautiful, historic home built in 1891 which was the first home in South Australia lit by electricity.

You will hear about the life and times of pastoralist Peter Waite and his wife Matilda and their family and can then enjoy the gardens and adjacent Waite Arboretum at your leisure.

Urrbrae House is located on the Adelaide University Waite Campus. Free parking is available on Walter Young Avenue, Urrbrae or at the rear of Urrbrae House, enter the Waite Campus off Gate 3 from Waite Road, Urrbrae.

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Photo: Urrbrae House

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Why? Special Treats for Dad on Father's Day.
When: Sunday 1 September 2019
Cost: Free to $500
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I like the zoo option the best as it's a beter activity for dad to enjoy with the kids
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|7224) 55 days ago
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