How to plan the ultimate Father’s Day getaway
From golf to food, sun and surf – here’s how to plan the perfect dad-approved holiday.
Father’s Day (which falls on the first Sunday of September every year) is coming up and with that comes the annual challenge of finding the perfect gift. Wine? A book? Some new socks? With everything Victoria has to offer – from delicious food to unbelievable views – why not give dad a day he won’t forget, instead.
From the keen surfer to the wannabe gold-pro, we've pulled together a dad-approved guide to the best all-Aussie weekenders. Because who wouldn't want a gourmet road trip (or Sunshine State golf break) over a pair of socks, anyway?
Seven of the best dad-approved weekenders
For the surfer
As the days get sunnier, what better way to celebrate all your dad does for you than with a view of the ocean and some fish and chips on the sand down in Torquay? If you’re looking to get the blood pumping, treat dad to a surfing lesson with Go Ride a Wave. You’ll be carving it up in no time. Last one to stand up on their board pays for dinner. RACV Members get 10 per cent off lessons.
For the mamil
No, we’re not suggesting you add to this middle-aged man’s collection of lycra. Instead, head down to the Goldfields and explore one of the region’s many beautiful cycling trails. Whether you’re after a peaceful lake ride or keen to explore some classic Aussie bushland, there’s something for you. Try the Yarrowee River Trail in Ballarat for a ride surrounded by native flora and birds, or turn it into a weekend away as you tackle the Goldfields Track – Victoria’s longest off-road cycling trail – connecting Ballarat and Bendigo. Might want to book a night at RACV Goldfields Resort after that one…
For the food and wine lover
If you’re anything like us, a nice bottle of wine has been a regular Father’s Day gift. Step it up a notch by treating your dad to a whole day experiencing the local produce and quality wines the Mornington Peninsula is known for. Follow the Wine Food Farmgate Trail and let your tastebuds choose your destinations (Port Phillip Estate has some hard-to-beat views, while Cape shows off some fine local produce).
For the nature lover
We’re pretty lucky in Victoria when it comes to natural beauty, and the gorgeous coastline around Inverloch is hard to compete with. If you’re not brave enough for an early-spring swim, hop in the car and follow the Bunurong Coastal Drive for 12 kilometres of Inverloch’s highlights, passing through Eagles Nest, Caves Beach and Twin Reefs – a great spot for exploring rock pools. If you’ve got time to spare, it’s an easy drive to Phillip Island to watch the penguins waddle out of the surf. Take in the swish new Penguin Parade visitor centre while you’re there.
For the camping enthusiast
Where else but Cobram? With its abundance of beautiful national parks and the Murray River providing ample fishing hideaways, you’d be hard pressed to find somewhere better suited for the camping enthusiast in your life. Kick things off by picking up some picnic staples at Ambience Bakery Cafe before setting up camp. And take it from a local – RACV Cobram’s resort manager Gary Hunt says a twilight cruise on a paddle boat along the Murray is essential. And if your dad has a green thumb, you can't miss swinging past Cactus Country, in Strathmerton, for an authentic Mexican immersion. RACV members get 15 per cent off entry to the almost five-hectare garden, which boasts thousands of varieties of cacti, succulents and other desert-inspired plants. You can even treat him to a slice of cactus cake or cactus ice cream.
Forget socks. Give your dad the gift of a weekend away this Father’s Day.
For the golf lover
Nothing says quality time like a few hours together playing a round of golf – and at Royal Pines Resort you get the bonus of trading in the lingering Victorian chill for the Gold Coast’s permanent sunshine. After a recent transformation, the 27-hole golf course allows for three unique 18-hole course layouts, including the championship course that hosts the Australian PGA Championship. And just because it’s Father’s Day doesn’t mean you have to let him win.
For the sun-seeker
If it’s sun your dad desires, Noosa is the place to be. From its celebrated food scene to white sand beaches and Noosa National Park offering spectacular views, we challenge you to find a dad who would be disappointed by this gift. Stroll along the beach before heading to Sum Yung Guys (co-owned by MasterChef’s Matt Sinclair), an Asian restaurant packing a punch. Work it off with a dip in the pool, or sleep it off in one of RACV Noosa Resort's luxury villas. Members save 25 per cent on accommodation.