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Top 10 Father's Day Ideas in Canberra, 2018

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by Sue W (subscribe)
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Spoil your Dad with these ideas around the Capital
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Cruise the lake on a GoBoat this Father's Day! Image: GoBoat Facebook

The year seems to be flying by and before we know it, Father's Day will be on our doorstep! If you want to get organised early this year, check out these 10 ideas below to spoil the father figure in your life on Sunday, 2nd September. Whether he likes to do something outdoors, sit down for a hot roast lunch or see a live show, there will (hopefully!) be something for every Dad in this list below.

1/ GoBoat is a fleet of electric boats that you can hire from the Kingston Foreshore (across the bridge from the cafés), to spend a relaxing day out on Lake Burley Griffin. You don't need to have a boat licence to drive them and they fit 8 people on board - so you can fit the whole family. Each boat also has a table in the middle, so you can take some nibbles or a full picnic and enjoy a day on the lake. GoBoat has their bookings open for Father's Day, so get in early to avoid disappointment. The price is $95 for 1 hour, $169 for 2 hours and $239 for 3 hours. See here for details.

Whilst at the Kingston Foreshore, also enjoy some of the family friendly cafes along the strip, grab a coffee, visit the Old Bus Depot Markets or explore the Canberra Glassworks.

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Pick up your GoBoat from Wharf 2 on the Kingston Foreshore

2/ Father's Day Weekend 2018 Aircraft Showcase will be held in Temora, 2.5 hours from Canberra. If you have a dad, step-dad, grandpa or father figure who loves planes, why not book in early for a weekend away to view a wide range of ex-military aircraft. The Showcase will feature all serviceable aircraft from the Temora Aviation Museum's collection, which includes the Supermarine Spitfires, CA-13 Boomerang, Cessna O-2A, Gloster Meteor, Lockheed Hudson, Wirraway, Tiger Moth and Ryan STM S2. The cost of entry is $25 adults, $20 seniors and $15 children, for a one day ticket. See here for details.

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Take a day trip, or a weekend away, to the Temora Aviation Museum's Father's Day 2018 Aircraft Showcase. Image: Temora Aviation Museum Facebook

3/ Corin Forest is located 45 minutes from Canberra's city centre and has a snow play and ski area each winter, for some good old-fashioned family fun. The winter season, according to their website, finishes on Father's Day - which gives families one last chance to experience snow this winter. They also have the wood-fired pizza oven pumping and a fire to warm up by in the main building. There are 3 sessions available - 8:30am, 11am and 2pm. Snow Play costs $20 for 2.5 hours, plus $5 for toboggan hire. See here for available booking times. Also see the Corin Forest Facebook for updates on the snow and any events happening that weekend.

If you go back later in September, the summer bobsled will be back in operation - which is another family favourite for all ages.

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Snow Play fun at Corin Forest! Image: Corin Forest website

4/ Pod Food restaurant will have both a Father's Day breakfast and lunch on offer, at their leafy restaurant in Pialligo. If your Dad gets up early (or maybe the kids do!) and he prefers a delicious breakfast, then enjoy the ultimate four course breakfast degustation for $50 per adult and $20 per child, starting at 8:30am and 10:30am. If lunch is more his style, then check out their four-course degustation lunch with the option of matching wines or beers. Lunch costs $90 per guest, or $140 with matching beverages. See here for details.

5/ Marble and Grain in Braddon will be hosting a Father's Day lunch, with a three course meal for $75 per person. See here for details.

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Spend Father's Day at Marble & Grain, just a short walk from the city centre. Image: Original photos from Marble & Grain Facebook

6/ Poachers Pantry in the Canberra Wine District will be having a relaxing four course tasting menu for $89 per person, including a beer for Dad on arrival. See here for details.

7/ Pialligo Estate will be hosting a Father's Day Sunday Roast lunch in their beautiful Glasshouse restaurant. Relax and enjoy a succulent roast, as well as an abundance of veggies, sides, cheese and fresh fruit. There will be two sitting times, depending on what else you have planned for the day. Choose between 11am - 2pm or 3pm - 6pm, for the quintessential Sunday Roast. The cost is $65 per adults and $30 for kids aged 12 and under. Dad will also get a complimentary hand-crafted local beer or a glass of Pialligo Estate wine included. See here for details.

Alternatively, they will also be offering a four course sharing menu in the Garden Pavilions for $95 per adult and $30 for kids aged 12 and under. See here for details and menu.

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Enjoy a Father's Day Sunday Roast at Pialligo Estate. Image: Pialligo Estate Facebook

8/ Book a Table at Your Dads Favourite Café, Pub or Winery, so that he can relax in familiar surroundings with food that he likes. If your Dad loves a good pub, then check out the family friendly pubs around Canberra and local brewers Capital Brewing Co in Fyshwick and BentSpoke Brewing Co in Braddon. If he enjoys wine tasting, why not take him around the Canberra Wine District and stop in at Four Winds Vineyard for a wood-fired pizza lunch.

If you would like to stay closer to home, there are a host of family friendly venues in the city to choose from, which welcome all ages. If the kids are grown up and you're looking for something more sophisticated however, then other options could include Buvette Bistro & Wine Bar in Barton, The Boat House (overlooking Lake Burley Griffin), Muse (Kingston), or Book Plate at the National Library of Australia, to name just a few.

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Wagyu Beef Burger from Bookplate restaurant. Image: Bookplate Facebook

9/ A BBQ is always a good option for families with young kids, so the whole family can get together and the kids can run around and play. Popular family locations are Weston Park (with Yarralumla Play Station nearby), Cotter Reserve (with a wide range of reserves to choose from) and Black Mountain Peninsula, with a playground and grassy areas to run around on.

10/ Watch a Live Performance
is a good idea for any Dad who loves live theatre or music, with events on Father's Day which include The Rat Bags Tribute to Frank Sinatra & Dean Martin at Gold Creek Station, Handel's Susanna at the Canberra Theatre Centre, Venus in Fur at The Street Theatre and The ANU Chinese Classical Music Ensemble at the High Court of Australia.

Did you find something on this list that your Dad will enjoy? If you are looking for more ideas, check back with Canberra Weekendnotes closer to the date for some more events listed. Happy Fathers Day to all the Dads in Canberra!

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Image: Gold Creek Station Facebook

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Why? Fun for Dads and the whole family!
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Where: Various venues around Canberra
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