Given it’s sometimes hard to even keep track of what day it is, you may be surprised to know that spring is just around the corner.
That’s right, it’s almost bloody September, which also means that Father’s Day (Sunday 5 September) is coming up.
It’s been a trying year no doubt, so the Father’s Day weekend seems like a pretty great time to get together with the fam, and treat the old fella like the king he is.
Below you’ll find as many ideas as we could think of to help out, starting with food and booze before things like fishing and mini-golf, before the inevitable afternoon snooze.
Be A Brat(Wurst) At Elmar’s In The Valley
Head to the Swan Valley where Elmar’s will provide the delicious German/Australian-inspired eats in the lush surrounds of their biergarten, with music provided by resident Ben Merito.
Lunch seatings are available from 11.30am-2pm, with dinners star at 6, but bookings are essential (do so here).
Party Hard At The Perth Craft Beer Festival
If dad likes his beer a little craftier, the Perth Craft Beer Festival at Claremont Showgrounds wraps up on September 6 with an all-ages offering.
From Dad Bod Wet T-Shit comps to Hot Dog Eating contests, it’ll be a lively day that’s already on the way to selling out (so grab tickets here).
Crash The Camfield
The southern hemisphere’s largest pub will be slinging locally sourced pub classics to go with tall pints 11.30am-2pm, with entertainment including a bouncy castle for the kids and live music.
They’re also offering a tour of the BEVY Microbrewery, with bookings for 6+ available – head HERE to book.
Find Dad The Perfect Parmi & Pint Combo
No doubt most venues around Perth will be hosting some kind of Father’s Day specials, and if he’s a big fan of the chicken parmigiana here’s 22 of the best around Perth:
Sip Some Hops For Pops At Petition
All day from 10am Petition in the State Buildings are offering a complimentary crafternoon pour courtesy of Eagle Bay Brewing.
Grab some Hops For Pops and book your feast here.
Treat Him To Frothy-Fuelled Afternoon Tea At Beer Corner
Beer Corner in the State Buildings Head Chef Ram Gurung has created a menu of five delicious beer snacks (think pork sausage rolls and burnt cheesecake tart), all expertly paired with local craft beers
At only $67/head, bookings are essential for 2pm, 2.30pm or 3pm sessions.
Hit The Road For Some Country Air (And Pubs)
Recently we did the hard yakka to find some of WA’s best country pubs, and while a few of them might be a bit too far away, there’s some gems definitely within driving distance:
Get Revved Up At The Motor Museum Of WA
If dad is a bit of a revhead then why not feed the beast and take him to the Motor Museum Of WA, where he’ll find cars all the way from the late 19th century up to Daniel Ricciardo’s Red Bull F1 Racing Car.
Best part is its located at Whiteman Park, which has more than enough activities for all the family.
Smash An Sci-Fi Action Movie Double At Girls School Cinema
Let’s be honest, there’s plenty of dads out there whose idea of a good Father’s Day is being left alone while watching classic 80s action movies, drinking beer and eating pizza.
Girls School Cinema provides the perfect answer to all of the above, showing The Terminator and Robocop from 6pm, with beers available and Mack Daddy’s New York Slice on the pizza.
Head to the Facebook event for more info/tickets.
Book Him In For A Butchery Class At Olsen Brothers
Join father-son duo Gavin and Collin Olsen from Olsen Butchers as they show you how to string, bone and carve your own premium beef loin.
The exclusive masterclass will leave dad with a brand new skillset along with a delicious take-home pack featuring: 1x Rib Eye Roast, 1kg Fillet Steak, 1x Beef Wellington and 3kg Sirloin Steak.
Valued at over $500, it’ll set you back $295 – more info here.
Hit The Chill ‘n’ Grill At Long Chim
The Long Chim courtyard opens up from 12-3pm for a special BBQ bash, featuring BBQ snacks, Singha beers, an epic lunch grill and DJ beats.
Bookings are $15pp (which gets you 2 BBQ snacks + Beer/Mocktail), kids under 12 free – more info/bookings here.
Book Dad A Free Beginner’s Photo Walk Around Elizabeth Quay
Ever the budding photographer but never takes it out unless on holiday?
Help dad hone his skill on a special Father’s Day photo walk at 10am (Elizabeth Quay) or 12pm (Perth City), with a guided tour helping him become the photographer powerhouse he always dreamed.
Dads are free with a partner or kids $25 ticket, more info here.
Get Dad In For Free At The Perth Zoo
This Father’s Day the Perth Zoo is kindly letting dads enter for free all day (9am-5pm), head to their website for more info.
Challenge Him To A Game Of Mini Golf
Did you know that Perth is filled with mini golf courses for people of all ages and all skill sets, with some of them even letting you have a beer while you do it!
Or Take Him For A Round Of Big Boy Golf
Perhaps the old man would prefer something more akin to the real deal?
If so, here’s a selection of some of the best public golf courses Perth has to offer – just book ahead as we get the feeling Father’s Day is gonna be a busy one on the fairways:
Wander Around The Kings Park Festival Wildflowers
Celebrating ‘Perth’s Green Heart’, the 2020 Kings Park Festival runs for the month of September, and is a wildflower wanderer’s heaven.
Thousands of wildflowers bloom around this time, and there’ll be a host of activities, live music and more going on in the park just in time for Father’s Day.
Tap Into The Taphouse’s Huge Family Day
Want to indulge in a couple while keeping the kids entertained?
The Taphouse in Caversham’s Father’s Day Festivities include live music, face painting, free mini golf (for dad!), a petting zoo and more.
Bookings essential, head here for more info.
Book Some Sunday Roast Beef At The Belgian Beer Café
The Belgian Beer Café will be slinging their beloved Beet Roast for just $25 including a selected pint of beer, plus book in advance and dad will score a free gift!
Tables are filling up fast, book yours here.
Drop A Line And Catch Dinner
The weather is slowly warming up and the fish are (hopefully biting), and Paul Worsteling from IFISH sent us a handy list of where to head:
Strike A Few Spares At Ten Pin Bowling
We reckon there’s a good chance the old man took you to a ten pin bowling party or two back when you were a kid, so why not return the favour?!
Below you’ll find all the best places to throw a few strikes around Perth, including some old school gems along with new school party palaces.
Hit The Wide Open Roads
So you’ve only got the day, but you want to do a bit of exploring around the State?
Never fear, we just outlined 10 awesome (and underrated) day trip locations around Perth, including Marradong Country, Bickley Valley and Yanchep National Park:
Pick Some Sweet Fruit Under The Sun
Maybe dad’s more of a sweet tooth, and doesn’t mind dabbling into the strawberry bowl every now and then.
Spring is the best time of year to go, and a lot of places around Perth are starting to open back up for you to walk around and pick your own!
Hit Up A Friendly Neighbourhood Bar
Perth is flush with friendly, unique neighbourhood bars just waiting for discovery.
We’ve done a bit of the leg work for you, recently sharing 14 of the best around all corners of Perth.
Soak Up The Sun In South Freo
South Fremantle is basically made for Sunday afternoons, with fantastic food and drink options, beautiful beaches, stunning street art and more all a short stroll within each other.
Explore The Best WA Has To Offer
We’ve spent a lot of time covering every little nook and cranny Perth and its surrounds has to offer.
From lush hiking trails, perfect pools and jaw dropping landmarks, to the finest boozery and eateries north, south, east and west.
Hit our Best Of Page to look for more inspiration, there’s something in there for dads from all walks of life, and have a ripper Father’s Day!
Cover photo via Petition