Father’s Day in Australia is on a different date to Father’s Day in the UK. It totally throws me every year – even after eight years of living in Australia! It means that I often (almost) forget to send gifts to our dads in England in June as there are no reminders of the date here and it also means that family in England forget that we celebrate it at a different time of year! And because for years we’ve celebrated Father’s Day in June, the September Father’s Day in Australia seems to creep up on me leaving me little time to plan any special gifts for him.

If you’ve left buying your Father’s Day gifts a bit late like me, don’t worry. I have some great Father’s Day gift ideas that will solve your dilemmas about choosing the best presents for dad.

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When is Father’s Day in Australia?

In Australia, Father’s Day 2023 is on 3th September. So it doesn’t give you a lot of time to plan your awesome Father’s Day gifts for dad this year – it’s OK though, some of these gifts for dads can be purchased online instantly meaning they make perfect last-minute Father’s Day gifts.

If you want to get Australia Father’s Day 2024 in your diary now, it’s on 1st September 2024.

Father’s Day gift ideas

Our family really isn’t into material things – we much prefer buying things second-hand, getting more use out of the things we have and using things until they break (this is how we are with cars, mobile phones, clothes, furniture – pretty much everything). So this makes buying the perfect Father’s Day gift tricky. While a new set of pyjamas, a new shirt, some aftershave or golf gear might be good for some dads this Father’s Day, I like to think about Father’s Day ideas that are personal or that help us enjoy some experiences together. 

Father’s Day isn’t just about buying socks or chocolates just for the sake of it. For us, we try to give Father’ Day gifts that deliver amazing family experiences – it’s about creating some memories that will last a lifetime.

Best gifts for dad this Father’s Day in Australia

Here are my top best gift ideas for Dad this Father’s Day.

1 Book a night away for Father’s Day

Booking a night away is always the top of our list of gift ideas, whatever the occasion. I know that my hubby always appreciates a surprise night or two away as a Father’s Day gift. It doesn’t need to break the bank either – you can find lots of cheap last-minute deals.

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You’ll find city breaks, rural retreats, romantic hotels and family resorts. I always book my trips through booking.com as the prices are great and I love how it keeps my itineraries together in one place. Top tip: register with the site and login when you search for accommodation as it sometimes gives you better offers that way.

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Karen Bleakley and her family surrounded by cactus plants

2 Send a Father’s Day hamper

If the man in your life enjoys good food or drink, then a Father’s Day hamper is a fantastic idea. You could create your own Father’s Day gift box and fill a box with his favourites (think chocolate, beer, gourmet treats…) or there are plenty of curated Father’s Day hampers available that include everything from champagne and fine wine to chocolate and gourmet treats.

>> If your dad or partner is a beer connoisseur, check out Brewquets for their range of beer hampers


> Select a mixed gourmet gift hamper for Father’s Day at Gourmet Baskets

I think Father’s Day hampers are a great gift idea as they look amazing and you can find Father’s Day hampers to suit all tastes and budgets. Be warned, you need to get your order in fast though if you want your Father’s Day hamper delivered in time for Father’s Day 2022!

(If you want more inspiration about Father’s day hampers or Father’s Day gift boxes, check out this post about the best hampers to gives as gifts in Australia.) 

3 Give a whale watching trip gift voucher for Father’s Day

If you’re looking for a unique Father’s Day gift ideas, giving an experience like a whale watching trip is one of the best gifts for dad. Assuming that he doesn’t get seasick (if he does, scroll on to the next ideas), a whale watching trip is one of the most incredible experiences in Australia. You can read my post all about choosing the best whale watching trip here. It’s one of those great Father’s Day gift voucher ideas as it is thoughtful AND it’s available online instantly. 

>> Find your nearest whale-watching cruise on Experience Oz

People on a whale watching cruise in Australia

4 Give a portable bbq for Father’s Day

All dads love a good BBQ. A great gift for father is a portable BBQ so you can all head to the beach for breakfast or dinner more often. By giving a small BBQ that you can take out and about with you, you’re essentially giving your dad the gift of spending more time together as a family! If you already own a portable BBQ then you could consider BBQ gift ideas like a new set of cooking utensils or a new a BBQ cook book.

>> Shop for portable BBQs on Amazon Australia

The ultimate in Dad presents –  a small bbq is something you can all enjoy as a family together!

5 Buy an inflatable paddleboard for Father’s Day

For energetic dads, an inflatable stand-up paddleboard kit makes a great Father’s Day gift idea.

Nothing says happy Father’s Day quite like a gift of a new experience that gets you all outdoors enjoying your time off together. A stand-up paddleboard is something you can enjoy together as a family. Don’t forget to buy everything that he needs to get started though – paddle, pump, carry bag etc. There is nothing worse than opening a gift that you can’t use right away as there are bits missing.

>> Shop for stand-up paddleboards on Amazon

6 Buy Father’s Day gift vouchers

If in doubt, you can’t go wrong by giving a gift voucher for Father’s Day. Yes. it’s not very imaginative, but it does mean he can spend the gift voucher on anything he wants. Father’s Day gift vouchers are an instant gift and they don’t require any wrapping, so they make a perfect last-minute gift for Australian Father’s Day. You can choose between giving a voucher for dad that he can use to spend on ‘things’, or you could choose an online gift voucher that can be used as an experience present for dad. 

>> Get an Amazon gift card here
>> Shop for experience gift vouchers on Red Balloon here

Order your Father’s Day gifts today!

Australia Father’s Day is just a few days away! Don’t delay ordering your Father’s Day gifts, especially if it needs to be posted out. If you’ve really left it too late to order a Father’s Day gift for delivery then instead choose one of the instant delivery options above such as booking a night away or booking an experience.

Whatever you’re doing this Father’s Day – whether you’re going out for a Father’s Day lunch, going away for the weekend or just staying home to enjoy relax – enjoy your family time together and remember to celebrate the awesome dad in your life.

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