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Father's Day Events and Ideas 2016

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by Sue W (subscribe)
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Where are you taking the Dad in your family?
It is hard to believe that the year is passing by so fast and Father's Day is back on the horizon. Dads around Canberra will once again enjoy being spoilt by their kids on this special day (and also enjoy their guilt-free nap on the couch in the afternoon!). For the rest of us, it is a day to say thanks to the father-figure in our lives and spend the day relaxing with some family time around Canberra. What does the Dad in your family like to do? Does he enjoy beating the kids at mini golf? Or looking around Canberra's iconic museums? When he goes out to dinner, does he prefer fine dining - or beers and burgers?

If you have three generations coming together, it can also be an interesting challenge to find something they would all enjoy. Every family is different, with different father figures, so the day is unique for everyone. You know the Dad(s) in your family the best, so check out the list below and see what ideas you can get for his special day - there should (hopefully) be at least one to get you on your way...

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Family Night at Bunnings - Thursday 1st of September. Photo taken at Tuggeranong store.

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Father's Day Weekend Steam Train. Source: Canberra Railway Museum Facebook


Bunnings are holding Father's Day Family Nights at Tuggeranong, Fyshwick and Belconnen stores on Thursday 1st of September before the Father's Day weekend. The kids will enjoy the pony rides, free entertainment and slot cars while Dad will enjoy a sausage sizzle and a night out at Bunnings (if that's what your Dad is into!). See here for the Bunnings website and then search for your local store details closer to the date.

Yarralumla Play Station Mini Golf and Miniature Train Rides will be hosting a Double Dad and Bacon Weekend on the 3rd and 4th of September. Saturday the 3rd of September is the International Day of Bacon (who knew?), so the owners thought they would combine it with a Father's Day celebration in their Station Stop Café. There will be a Bacon Menu to choose from for $15 as well as a $10 kids menu. If you don't like bacon there will be other options available. The best part of the deal - if Dad eats he plays 18 holes of mini golf for free! See here for more details.

Father's Day Weekend Steam Train is a great way to enjoy the day with a train-loving Dad on both Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th of September. If you have young children in your group it is especially thrilling, however all ages will enjoy this steam train ride to Bungendore. After a scenic train ride through the Molonglo Gorge the train arrives at 1pm at the small town of Bungendore, where bushrangers once roamed and buildings from the 1800's still remain. You have one hour to explore the cafes, shops, pubs and the popular Bungendore Wood Works Gallery before heading back to Canberra, arriving at 3:41pm exactly - according to their train timetable. See here for more details.

The Canberra Times Fun Run will be held on Sunday 4th of September around Lake Burley Griffin and you can run as a family and pound the pavements for charity. If you purchase two adult race tickets you get one child ticket free. Perhaps you could run for your favourite charity to support a cause that is important to your family or in memory of a loved one. The 5km route takes you on a scenic run or walk around Lake Burley Griffin, however there is also the 10km and 14km runs to enter also. See here for more details.

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Take the race seriously with your Dad...

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...or have a little fun! Source: Both photos from Canberra Times Fun Run Facebook


Going out for breakfast, lunch or dinner is another popular way to enjoy Father's Day as a family. Why not get together the extended family or a group of friends and celebrate in style. There are numerous Buffet Breakfasts around the city each weekend which are always popular with all ages, as well as special events dedicated to Fathers Day. Here is a taste of what lies in store for Canberra Dads on Fathers Day.

National Arboretum - For a Father's Day breakfast with a view, book at table at the Conservatory Restaurant at the National Arboretum overlooking the city. There will be a Father's Day set menu for breakfast which includes small a la carte options plus a tea, coffee or juice for $25 per adult. For lunch they will be offering a 2 course menu for $49 per person. Call 02 6130 0173 for more information and to book your table.

Southern Cross Cruises may not be holding a Father's Day cruise as such, however they will be hosting their weekly Sunday Lunch Cruise around Lake Burley Griffin with a delicious lunch and wonderful views. Even if you have lived in Canberra all your life, a cruise around the lake is a relaxing way to spend an few hours with family. The cost is $70 per adult and $25 for kids aged 12 and under. Call 02 6273 1784 to make a booking.

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Can you see your Dad sitting here? Source: Canberra Southern Cross Cruises Facebook

Hyatt Hotel Canberra will be celebrating Father's Day in style in their grand historic hotel just outside the Parliamentary Triangle. In the Promenade Café they will be offering a Father's Day Lunch Buffet with BBQ for $85 per adult. In the evening the restaurant will then be holding a Father's Day Dinner Buffet with roasts for $75 per adult. In the Tea Lounge there will also be an Afternoon Tea (with two sittings) with a glass of Zenzi or Heineken for Dad for $65 per adult. For more information, children's prices and booking, call 02 6270 1234 or see website here closer to the date.

Poachers Pantry - For a Father's Day lunch in the Canberra Wine District, book in early at Poachers Pantry for a relaxing afternoon at their Smokehouse Café. This garden side café is currently going through major renovations, however it will be finished and ready by Fathers Day. As well as the café, their smoked meats room is particularly popular. Be the first to check out the new look Poachers Pantry and call 02 6230 2487 to book a table at the Father's Day Lunch.

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A sneak peak at what's going on at Poachers Pantry. Source: Facebook


Does your Dad have a favourite place to go out for a meal? An easy option is to pick your Dads favourite pub, club, café or restaurant and book a table to ensure that your Dad will enjoy the food on offer. There are a host of family friendly cafes, restaurants and pubs to choose from around the region - many of which will have something special to offer on the day. Free beers for Dads, live music and special Father's Day menus are often on the agenda. As Dads come in several different varieties - step dads, fathers in law, grandfathers and father figures - there is no one place that all Dads will like, however the following is a list of popular venues around Canberra that are popular with all ages.

In the CBD, Jamies Italian on Bunda Street also has great options for all the family, with stickers for the kids and delicious food on offer. If your Dad prefers to go out for breakfast, book a table at the popular Pancake Parlour for a sweet start to the day - see here for their Father's Day selections, on one of their busiest days of the year.

Lonsdale Street in Braddon is a short walk from the CBD, with tantalising restaurants and cafes in industrial style. Although each and everyone would be ideal to take your Dad, popular ones on the day include BentSpoke Brewery (just down a side street), Lonsdale Street Traders Eatery, Debacle, The Hamlet Food Trucks, Schnitzel Haus - and any that has an empty table!

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Oven baked chicken schnitzels at Schnitzel Haus - Lonsdale Street, Braddon

Down by Lake Burley Griffin there is Snapper On the Lake fish and chips below the Southern Cross Yacht Club and Westside Acton Park has a range of tasty food trucks and kids entertainment at their Sunday Markets. Bookplate is a scenic café by the lake outside the National Library of Australia and The Deck sits atop Regatta Point with the best views in Canberra. For more ideas on cafes overlooking Lake Burley Griffin, see here.

The Kingston Foreshore south of the city is renowned for its stretch of delicious restaurants and cafes - any of which would be ideal to enjoy on Fathers Day. Popular venues include gastropubs The Dock, Walt and Burley and new kid on the block Beef and Barley - which is sure to be a new favourite along the strip.

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Beef and Barley on Kingston Foreshore

If you would prefer to do a fun activity as a family, check out 50 Things To Do In Canberra For Families for some entertaining (and also free!) options.

Thankfully Canberra has a wide variety of family-friendly activities and eateries in the region, as well as creative events organised for these special occasions. Wherever you decide to go for Father's Day, the father figure in your life will just be happy to spend the day with the people he loves (cue Hallmark music) - but it's true. So enjoy Father's Day and if you end up playing mini golf...

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....make sure you win! Yarralumla Play Station
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Why? Spoil the father figure in your life & have fun too!
When: Father's Day is Sunday 4th of September
Where: All around the region
Cost: See individual websites for costs
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Lovely ideas, Sue, you make me feel guilty I haven't even thought about Father's Day yet!
by Elaine (score: 3|7436) 1469 days ago
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