Five ways to celebrate Father's Day that won't break the bank
First published on August 27, 2019
What does dad want most this Father’s Day? Nine in 10 Aussie dads just want priceless time with family this Father’s Day - not useless gifts. So, you should consider ditching cliché gifts like socks, wine and clothes this Father’s Day.
The survey of 1,001 Australians commissioned by MyState Bank also revealed that a huge 48% of dad’s have received a Father’s Day gift they would consider a waste of money, while half of dads received a gift they have never used.
The Father’s Day gift that tops the list in our recent research is also the most affordable. It is all about spending some quality time with dad.
MyState Bank has done some research and provided you with five great ideas and activities to consider to ensure a memorable Father's Day that won’t break the bank:
Hit the outdoors with the family: Ditch the mobile phones and head outdoors with the dog and kids and some great food for a picnic. Some options to consider:
Hobart: Check out the Cascade Walking Track in South Hobart.
Sydney: Malabar Headland National Park walk offers dramatic coastal views with the walk starting at Maroubra SLSC carpark.
Melbourne: With Bass Straight on one side & Port Philip Bay on the other, the Point Nepean coastal walk is a great way to explore the very tip of the Mornington Peninsula.
Gold Coast: Springbrook National Park is located in the Hinterland region, less than an hour from the Gold Coast beaches. Stand on the top of an ancient volcano with views that stretch forever. A forest wilderness formed by the eruption of a volcano 23 million years ago.
- Write your dad a letter expressing how much you appreciate his love and guidance throughout the years. Acknowledging all his positive contributions to your life – and that you recognise him for it – will make him feel special and deepen the bond between you.
- Master Chef Mystery Box at Home Challenge: Divide the family up into 2 or 3 groups and give everyone the same ingredients and same recipe. You can make up your own rules and maybe get the neighbours to be a judge. You might want to ensure the result is something dad really loves to eat.
- Father’s Day Festival (Sydney): Held in collaboration with the Indigenous Marathon Foundation (IMF) at Centennial Park, Sydney. Try bushfood fresh from the BBQ, join an artist workshop to learn traditional arts, or watch a warrior dance and so much more with family and friends. And it is free.
- BBQ: Father’s Day is best celebrated with family and amazing food. So fire up the BBQ and get some fish, steak, sausages or chicken. Get dad to teach the kids how to BBQ. One great option to consider is the delicious Banana Boat. All you need is some unpeeled ripe bananas, chocolate chips, miniature marshmallows and some foil. The kids will love them – and dad will too.