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8 holiday destinations to celebrate Father’s Day

27 Jul 2021

Father’s day is fast approaching. This year, skip the regular ceramic mugs, ties, socks, or their favourite 6-pack and go big with your Father’s Day gift by planning (and possibly, splurging on) an epic holiday for dad. 

Revisit a cherished place, head out to a destination they’ve always wanted to go to but never had a chance, or stay put for a staycation in the city - make the trip a personalised gift for that special person in your life.

We’ve put together some holiday destination ideas to help you get started with your planning.

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Outdoor adventures

West MacDonnell Ranges, NT

Glen Helen GorgeGlen Helen Gorge 

If dad enjoys the great outdoors then a holiday at our newest addition is a must! Discovery Parks - Glen Helen (formerly Glen Helen Lodge) is located in the spectacular Tjoritja - West MacDonnell Ranges National Park, just 130km west of Alice Springs. 

Camp or cosy up in our motel rooms equipped with modern facilities. Head out and explore the 800 million years world landscape, also home to the Western Aranda Aboriginal people for tens of thousands of years. 

Stay at Discovery Parks - Glen Helen

Fraser Island, QLD

Discoveryparks boorangara fraser island lake mackenzieAn aerial view of Lake McKenzie (Boorangoora)
Image credit: Tourism and Events Queensland

Fraser Island is literally, a paradise for outdoor lovers. Known as K’gari (meaning paradise) by its traditional owners, the Butchulla people, this world heritage listed island stretches over 120 kilometres in length with an area of 184,000 hectares. 

The island offers plenty of activities for visitors to experience and enjoy: Lounge at the famed pure white silica sand beach on Boorangoora (Lake McKenzie), kayak on the freshwaters of Awinya Creek, or visit the Maheno Shipwreck on the 75 Mile Beach.

Stay at Discovery Parks - Hervey Bay 


Golfing with a view 

Victor Harbor, SA

McCracken back view

Treat dad to a tee-off to remember! McCracken Country Club promises a great golfing holiday with its challenging yet rewarding 18 hole course. This international, championship-standard, 18-hole course was designed by renowned golf architect Tony Cashmore and offers spectacular views of the coast. A fair warning though - this will probably have dad back on the course multiple times throughout the holiday!

Stay at McCracken Country Club

Maylands, WA

Discoveryparks swan valley WA vineyardEnjoy a relaxing day at a vineyard after a day of golf
Image credit: Tourism Western Australia

A drive away from award-winning Swan Valley is the Maylands Peninsula Golf Course. Dad will love having a round of golf on this 18-hole course with its freshwater lakes and scenic cityscapes. For dads that love a bit of plane spotting, each hole is named after famous Australian aviation pioneers! 

Stay at: Discovery Holiday Parks - Swan Valley or Discovery Holiday Parks - Perth Airport


Go fishing 

Nagambie Lakes, VIC

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Get dad back to nature by taking him fishing! Enjoy the unhurried pace of nature at Nagambie Lakes, a 170-hectare man made reservoir located in the Goldfields region of Victoria. The lake is home to a strong population of Spiny Freshwater Crayfish, Golden Perch, tasty Redfin trout and Murray Cod.

After a day of fishing, explore the other fascinating parts of Nagambie together. For history buffs, follow the footsteps of Ned Kelly with a guided walk on the Ned Kelly Trail. And for the foodies, a dining experience at the Tahbilk Wetlands View Restaurant, one of Australia’s historic family-owned wineries is a must.

Stay at Discovery Parks - Nagambie Lakes

Launceston, TAS

An hour from Launceston is Arthurs Lake, one of Tasmania’s most popular lakes for wild brown trout fishing. A man made reservoir, the lake was created in the 1920s by the Hydro-Electric Commission of Tasmania and has become a popular fishing spot over the years for locals and visitors.

Once dad’s had his fill of fishing, head back to Launceston town centre to enjoy the other attractions like the National Automobile Museum of Tasmania, and the Queen Victoria Museum.

Stay at Discovery Parks - Hadspen


City escapes

Adelaide, SA

Discoveryparks prohibition liqour adelaide SAProhibition Liquor Co. Tasting Room
Image credit: Meaghan Coles

Sometimes the simplest gift is the best gift. Treat dad to an urban escape by booking a city staycation! The city of Adelaide is a great place for a long weekend staycation. With such varied yet unique experiences, Adelaide often leaves its visitors with a desire to return. 

Visit the Tasting Room at Prohibition for a city cellar door experience, learn about Kaurna culture at Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute, or go on the many beautiful walking trails in the Adelaide Park Lands. 

Stay at Discovery Parks - Adelaide Beachfront

Melbourne, VIC

Discovery Parks Melbourne - Graffiti LanewayHosier Lane in Melbourne
Image credit: Visit Victoria

Does Melbourne need any introduction? Consistently voted as one of the world’s most liveable cities by the Economist Intelligence Unit's (EIU), Melbourne is famous for its world-class arts and cultural heritage institutions, vibrant streetscape, and amazing food and dining scene. 

Enjoy a weekend of urban exploration. Pop into any of Melbourne’s quaint laneway cafes for a seriously good cup of coffee, take in the street art at Hosier Lane, or meander through the Queen Victoria Market.

Stay at Discovery Parks - Melbourne