Gone are the days when the men in our lives were content to receive hankies, ties, pj's or heaven forbid, socks for special celebratory events. Today's 'man' is generally much more in sync with the world with his discerning tastes, enhanced with a topping of adventure. So, with Father's Day just around the corner and Christmas and birthdays once a year, here's my list of top activities for adventurous dads, granddads and all 'other' dads, who love to show off their buccaneering streak every once in a while.
Local Sunshine Coast company, Sunreef Mooloolaba, has a gift bag filled to the brim with unforgettable water experiences. Their ocean selection is unparalleled with offerings of diving, whales - either watching or swimming - and snorkelling. And for those, who prefer to have more solitary adventures as opposed to groups, Sunreef Mooloolaba have a variety of equipment available for hire, enabling adventurous dads to create their own adventures.
One of the world's best wreck sites, HMAS Brisbane
🤿 SNORKEL MUDJIMBA ISLAND Snorkelers will have an in-water snorkel guide to assist with snorkelling skills as well as to show snorkelers some of the reef's residents including turtles, wobbegongs, rays, nudibranchs plus many types of reef fish, crayfish and much more along the corals of the Mooloolaba reefs.
Adventuring in the treetops with the Tree Top Challenge Adventure Park at the Big Pineapple is an exciting alternative to all the water-based adventures and may be a preferred option for the 'Tarzan' type dads.
Due to their popularity amongst reptile lovers and for those daring enough to face their fears, the 'Snake Catching Tours' with Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers 24/7 have started up again. Spend a day in the shoes of a local snake wrangler and discover what makes these real-life adventurers tick.
Adventuring for Tarzan-type dads - Image: Tree Top Challenge FB
For those dads, granddads and 'other' dads who would prefer something a bit more chilled, here's a list of Sixteen Top Breweries on the Sunshine Coast, some of which have fabulous restaurants onsite too. Or … give your Dad a Hinterland ExBEERience Tour with Sunshine Coast Craft Beer Tours, there's nothing quite like kicking back, brew in hand, knowing that a pre-determined driver will be chauffeuring all day!
An ocean of adventures to discover - Image: Adam Sellars via Sunreef Mooloolaba FB
The good news is that Gift Cards and Vouchers can be purchased to be put towards any of the above top adventure activities for the significant 'others' in your and your children's lives - just follow the highlighted links below to purchase online and voilà, your gift giving is all wrapped up!