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How to spoil your dad in the Gold Coast this Father’s Day

By Andrew Bell

With Father's Day just around the corner, if you don't have plans to show your dad how much he means to you, now's the time to sort it out. Whatever he's into, and whether you have the whole day or a couple of hours, there's plenty of fun available this weekend.

Here are some ideas for Gold Coast residents to make sure their dad feels suitably loved.

Get out on the water 

The most relaxing option is to take a scenic cruise through the local waterways and rivers, or head out to sea and see if you can spot some whales. Refreshments are often included and the whole family can join in with this one.

To crank it up a notch, why not put dad in control of getting wet? Gold Coast watersports include getting up some speed while jet skiing through the local water network or out on the open seas. Include a beautiful beach stop or see who can do the best jumps. To slow it down, have a leisurely kayaking trip, or see how well your balance fares in stand-up paddleboarding. If you don't fancy being quite so close to the surface of the water, but want more than a cruise, jet boat rides operate from Surfers Paradise as a great alternative option.

For keen fishermen, deep sea or reef fishing trips are available from Main Beach. Don't worry if your dad's not an expert, he'll be taught everything he needs to know. There are half or full-day trips depending on the time you have available. If you're already experts, or you run out of time, why not get the whole family involved and organise your own fishing experience off the local jetty.

Fly high

What about a helicopter or plane ride over his home turf? If you think your dad would prefer getting up high, scenic flights offer a unique perspective from bush to beach. Varying journey lengths are available, depending on your dad's head for heights. Hot air balloons are a serene option, and sometimes come with a glass of bubbly or other refreshments to keep him sweet. To up the ante, if you think your Dad is brave enough, check out options including skydiving and hang gliding, to really give him an unforgettable experience.

Reducing the risk factor a little bit, Surfers Paradise has the answer with indoor skydiving, allowing your dad to experience the fall without having to jump out of a plane first!

Keep your feet on the ground

If you're still keen on adventure, but your dad would prefer to keep his feet firmly on solid ground, give some thought to a bit of go-karting. There are outdoor and indoor tracks available, some with multiple routes and other forms of entertainment on site such as laser tag. 

Otherwise, why not dial it down completely and revert to the simple act of getting together? Prepare a few snacks and drinks, and take the whole family down to the park for a games competition. Have the older dads teach the younger members of the family the games they used to play as children, and get the kids to introduce the adults to the latest playground antics.

With all this high energy activity on offer, don't forget to book your dad's favourite restaurant for dinner, or fire up the barbie, to make sure he gets a decent meal afterwards. For more local tips, visit our news page

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