Although it’s certainly true that the thought matters more than the gift, Father’s Day can also be a chance to expand dad’s horizons, delighting his senses or taking him on a journey near or far.
Designed for the ones who live for the quickening of the pulse at take-off, the serenity of the sky at 32,000ft, or sweet anticipation of visiting new destinations, there are plenty of great gift ideas for dad to enjoy at home, or on the road.
These are some of our favourites:
- Ultimate Winery Experiences Australia
- Timekettle Fluentalk T1
- Dark Lark Single Malt Whisky
- Bellroy Travel Folio
- Tour: Indonesia MotoGP VIP experience
- Victorinox Golf Tool
- Bvlgari Man Rain Essence
- Stay: The Interlude Melbourne
- Canada Goose Freestyle Crew Vest
- Google Pixel Buds Pro
- Rado Captain Cook High Tech Ceramic Skeleton
- Meal: Brunch at Crown Sydney’s Woodcut
- Solid State ‘Aviator’ Fragrance
- Cruise: Cunard ‘Voyage of the Sporting Greats’
- Hunter Lab Ultimate Ritual Kit
- Wild Mingo yoga mat
- Monte Carlo from Assouline
Ultimate Winery Experiences Australia
Happy Socks and fluffy bathrobes are nice, but memories last a lifetime. To that end, gifting your father an Ultimate Winery Experience could be the perfect way to say ‘Thanks, Dad’.
As the name suggests, these are much more than mere cellar door tastings. They’re often a chance to go behind the scenes of the country’s top wineries, learn from the winemakers themselves and perhaps even get a little adventurous too.
The ‘Indulge with Swinging Bridge’ featuring a guided tour of Orange’s Hill Park Vineyard followed by a four-course degustation lunch is a great example, while the ‘Printhie Helicopter Winery Tour’ is guaranteed to take your exploration to new heights.
Ultimate Winery Experiences are available across 15 Australian wine regions.
Timekettle Fluentalk T1
Never underestimate the power of conversation, particularly when travelling. Meeting people, sharing stories and learning from their first hand experience often leads to a deeper connection to the place you visited, rather than merely relying on the sights alone.
Inspired by that, a real-time translator device like the Fluentalk T1 from Timekettle could be the best gift you ever give. Unlike many rivals, it also allows easy two way conversation: one tap for quick translation or two for fluent conversation.
There are no earbuds involved either, meaning you don’t need to offer an earbud to someone just to facilitate a conversation. Simply hold the T1 in your hand or place it on the table.
Even better, it doesn’t require a phone or SIM card to use. It comes with free mobile data for up to two years with connections to more than 200 wireless network operators worldwide. There’s also an offline mode for use across 13 languages when there’s no network coverage.
$450 from Fluentalk.
Dark Lark Single Malt Whisky
There’s no finer gift for a tipple-loving dad with exceptional taste than a bottle of single malt whisky… like this latest limited edition ‘Dark Lark’ from Tasmanian distilling icon Lark.
Leading on from last year’s moreish iteration, the 2023 release is richly toned with flavours of dried fruit; a syrupy sultana arrival followed by deep mocha and caramel with hints of sticky date. It’s a feast for the senses and a delicious way to unwind after a meal.
$250 from Lark Distillery.
Bellroy Travel Folio
Keeping your passport safe, secure yet easily at hand is important on the road. With that in mind, Bellroy’s supremely stylish Travel Folio could be a worthwhile addition to any traveller’s kit. It’s a statement piece, not just a passport wallet.
Available in four colours, the zipped case is made of soft and supple leather and sports room for up to eight cards, two passports and boarding passes. Plus, it comes with a small-size pen and space for a SIM card and ejector pin, so you’re never left hunting for a paper clip.
$225 from Bellroy.
Tour: Indonesia MotoGP VIP experience
The typically-serene island of Lombok will soon come alive to the loud and distinctive sound of motorcycles as Indonesian MotoGP roars into action this October. Rather than watch it from home though, the Mandalika GP experience from Indo Insider Tours is a chance to see it in the flesh – and do it in style too.
Guests will have the opportunity to meet RNF team riders Miguel Olivera and Raul Fernandez, while enjoying paddock access, a private pit box tour and guided paddock tour and pit lane walk plus, of course, a VIP Hospitality Suite above the pits at the start/finish line.
Package also includes five nights luxury accommodation, transfers, three day access pass to Mandalika Circuit and VIP parties, plus all-day gourmet food and beverages in the hospitality suite.
Starting at $5,990 from Indo Insider Tours.
Victorinox Golf Tool
Teach a man to fish and he’ll never go hungry again. Teach him to play golf, however, and you’ll most likely rarely see them again, because they’re too busy perfecting their swing in some of the most beautiful settings imaginable.
Victorinox’s Golf Tool is designed firmly with that player in mind, delivering 10 functions from a tee punch and bottle opener to a ball market and repair tool in one palm-size gadget.
$139 from Victorinox.
Bvlgari Man Rain Essence
There’s something empowering about a quality fragrance. It’s like a suit of armour; a confidence builder. Bvlgari Man’s Rain Essence – a new addition to its collection – adheres to that brief, delivering a powerful burst of zesty orange mixed with an earthy green tea.
Bvlgari looked to nature to inspire this latest release, specifically the energising sensation of rain “when it falls on the skin and the feeling it leaves when it is over,” adding the smell of freshly fallen rain is unmistakable and “a brace for new beginnings”.
Available in 100ml, Rain Essence is a fragrance that’s sure to have broad appeal, with top notes of green tea and orange; middle notes of musk and white lotus (no connection to the fictional hotel); and base notes are Amber and Guaiac Wood.
$210 from David Jones.
Stay: The Interlude Melbourne
Pentridge once housed some of Australia’s most infamous criminals: Mark ‘Chopper’ Read and Ned Kelly, to name a couple. These days though, it welcomes a very different clientele, with a seasonal-driven restaurant and even a wine bar now inside the former prison’s echoing halls.
There’s also a unique accommodation offering dubbed ‘The Interlude’. It’s not a hotel, but an ‘experiential retreat’ with bluestone prison cells converted into premium suites with marble bathrooms.
Each stay comes with a bespoke itinerary, with guests able to choose from Signature Experiences such as wine tasting with a sommelier or a rejuvenating visit to the underground pool, alongside standard inclusions like welcome drinks and a minibar credit.
From $699 per night (including hosted experiences) at The Interlude.
Canada Goose Freestyle Crew Vest
Daniel Craig, Ryan Reynolds, and Ben Affleck are three of Hollywood’s most bankable movie stars. They’re also fans of Canadian clothing brand Canada Goose, whose distinctive puffer jackets have been protecting wearers from the elements since 1957.
Down-filled and featuring a suede-lined rounded collar and snap buttons, the Freestyle Crew Vest is sharp, stylish and ideal for Aussie conditions. It’s also incredibly comfortable, with classic good looks that make it a perfect layering option in any season.
$964 from Canada Goose.
Google Pixel Buds Pro
Noise cancelling earbuds are always appreciated on the road. There are some fantastic models out there, each one with their own pros and cons. Google’s Pixel Buds Pro is an ideal option for those dipping their toes into the wireless earbud world, for a few simple reasons.
For one, the battery life is solid: 31 hours with the wireless charging case. The audio is quality too, delivering arguably the best sound from the Google range. It’s also easy to pair and to connect, seamlessly switching between multiple devices.
$299 from Google.
Rado Captain Cook High Tech Ceramic Skeleton
People who appreciate craftsmanship, precision and quality have long been drawn to Rado. The Captain Cook High Tech Ceramic Skeleton – a sleek, stylish twist on the classic retro-diver – is sure to appeal to devotees of the Swiss brand, while likely winning over new ones too.
The matt-finish monobloc case is framed by a high-tech ceramic bezel insert which matches the tones of the case and the outer bracelet links. Inside the rotatable bezel, a warm and bright rose-gold-coloured index ring adds contrast, next to the box-shaped sapphire crystal.
Equipped with anti-magnetic and highly reliable 'Nivachron' hairspring (fully tested in five positions) and provides up to 80 hrs power reserve.
$7,125 from Rado.
Meal: Brunch at Crown Sydney’s Woodcut
Crown Sydney at Barangaroo is home to its fair share of memorable restaurants: Nobu, a’mare, and Oncore by Clare Smyth among them. Woodcut is another standout, and its Sunday brunch could be a perfect way to treat Dad to something special.
Set on the ground floor overlooking glittering Sydney harbour, the acclaimed restaurant with its open kitchen stations is all about quality produce and traditional cooking utilising fire, steam, smoke and ice. And the resulting dishes? They’re electrifyingly good.
Don’t fret if you can’t make it on Father’s Day – brunch is available at Woodcut every Sunday from 11am to 1:30pm.
$95 at Woodcut.
Solid State ‘Aviator’ Fragrance
Looking good and smelling great on the road is easy with Solid State, which boasts the likes of solid shampoos and hair products among its curated range of grooming products. It’s the colognes that really set it apart though.
Solid State’s colognes are wax-based, long lasting and available in a range of scents: Aviator has notes of grapefruit, mint and sandalwood, while Journeyman delights the senses with mandarin, cedar and vetiver. Just put a bit on your finger and dab away.
They’re ideal for travel too: small and light enough to pop in your carry-on and containing no liquids. A melting point of 54 degrees means you’re unlikely to encounter any issues either… unless you’re planning to visit the Middle East in the height of summer, that is.
$39.95 from Solid State.
Cruise: Cunard ‘Voyage of the Sporting Greats’
What’s better than seeing Australian sporting legends on TV or reading their autobiography? Getting to meet them in person on a cruise, of course. That’s the vibe of Cunard’s upcoming Voyage of the Sporting Greats, which sets sail in February 2024.
Departing from Sydney on Queen Elizabeth, the seven night round-trip to Port Arthur and Melbourne includes a stellar line up of sporting talent, from Brett Lee to Adam Goodes and Karrie Webb, together with presenter Mark Beretta.
Relive edge of your seat moments in panel discussions, hear from these living legends in live Q&As, and find out what it takes to be a top flight athlete at the peak of their game.
Starting at $2,399 from Cunard.
Hunter Lab Ultimate Ritual Kit
Australian skincare brand Hunter Lab is a frequent sight in hotels around the country (including the sensational A by Adina Sydney). But while its soap, shampoo and conditioner are indeed wonderful, there’s much more to the product range than this trio alone.
The Ultimate Ritual Kit is an excellent showcase of its wares, containing five gender-inclusive products including a face scrub, eye cream and moisturiser. They’re ideal for mature skin too, as this handy guide explains.
In addition, the Ultimate Ritual Kit comes with a sleek tactical leather bag, which not only keeps the bathroom tidy when you’re at home but doubles as a great toiletry bag on the road too.
$299 from Hunter Lab.
Wild Mingo yoga mat
Staying fit and active is important at every age. Rather than giving a gym membership though, which could be a bit intimidating for some, gifting a workout mat like those from Wild Mingo could be a more accessible fitness option.
On top of being a comfortable base to work out in the comfort of your own home, it’s a great visual cue to move and stretch. The brightly coloured 'Oorunye' yoga mat, designed in collaboration with Dampier Peninsula artist Hayley Pearson, looks fantastic too.
$119 from Wild Mingo.
Monte Carlo from Assouline
It may be one of the world’s smallest countries, yet Monaco’s influence on the international stage is one that leaves many of its larger rivals in the dust. There’s more to it than flashy sports cars, glamorous casinos and super yachts too.
‘Monte Carlo’ is a photographic journey through the past and present of Monaco’s lustrous capital, where the guest list of visitors over the decades reads like the ultimate party: Charles Leclerc, Sir Roger Moore, Frank Sinatra, and Ringo Starr, to name a handful.
AUD$185 from Assouline.