I had a happy childhood. I especially remember when my dad used to put me in tyres and roll me down hills.
Those were Goodyears.
Before you groan, guess what day is coming up? Yep, the first Sunday of September and that means it’s Father’s Day. A day to celebrate all that makes our dads great. And the jokes.
Here’s where to take him in Canberra:
When: 8:30 am
Where: Canberra Southern Cross Club Jamison, corner of Catchpole & Bowman Street, Macquarie.
How much: $39 per person, $16 for 12 years and under. Buy tickets at Canberra Southern Cross Club.
It wouldn’t be a Father’s Day without the sound of sizzling bacon. The Canberra Southern Cross Club in Jamison has you covered.
Choose from a selection of favourites, including fresh breads, muesli, seasonal fruits, scrambled eggs, bacon, sauteed mushrooms, BBQ beef sausages, breakfast pastries and house-made hash browns.
Let’s get this party started right.
When: 9:30 am to 12:30 pm
Where: Eddison Park, 40 Launceston Street, Phillip
How much: Free. Register at Eventbrite.
Dads Group is an Australian charity organisation championing the importance of active fatherhood and perinatal mental health in our families. Every year, they take the opportunity on Father’s Day to arrange a fundraising walk.
The brief is simple. Gather at Eddison Park in Phillip to begin the walk, “with fathers pushing their infants and children in prams while socialising with others from their community”. The walk will finish at the same location.
When: 12 pm
Where: Buvette Bistro & Wine Bar, 18 National Circuit, Barton
How much: $65 for traditional high tea to $115 for free-flowing high tea with Capital Brewing Co beer. More information at Buvette Bistro and Wine Bar.
Now it’s time to roll into lunch. And there are no fewer than three options on the table at the Buvette Bistro & Wine Bar.
It starts with “high tea with a twist”. Think cheese platters, Wagyu silverside ‘croque monsieur’, chorizo sausage rolls, whisky chocolate mousse, scones and more, all topped off with Capital Brewing Co. beer or Piper-Heidsieck Champagne.
Or you can enjoy a relaxed day at home and give dad a meal to remember with one of Buvette’s most loved dishes to cook at home. These are available to order on the website. Or you can buy him one of Buvette’s special Father’s Day cakes, also available online.
When: Sittings at 12 pm, 12:30 pm, 1 pm and 1:30 pm
Where: QT Hotels, 1 London Circuit, Canberra.
How much: $95 per person and kids $45 per person (ticket price includes Capital Beer on arrival, soft drink for kids and lawn games on the deck). Book at QT Hotels.
Capitol Bar & Grill are cooking up a hearty four-course meal at the QT Hotel in Civic. We’re told to ready our forks for a dive into ‘prosciutto de parma’ with olive oil and guindella, steak frites with cognac & peppercorn, and crispy barramundi with saltbush and kale.
With lawn games on the deck for the little ones to enjoy, everyone is welcome.
When: 2 pm
Where: Canberra Southern Cross Club Jamison, corner of Catchpole & Bowman Street, Macquarie
How much: $150 for two, $15 for 3-12 years old. Book at Canberra Southern Cross Club.
Back to the Canberra Southern Cross Club, this time for a grazing tower of food for two accompanied by five different beers from Canberra’s Capital Brewing Co (including a new “special release”). Kid-friendly platters are also available.
When: Lunch 12pm-2pm and Dinner 5.30pm-4pm
Where: Eastlake Football Club, Eastlake Gungahlin and Eastlake Calwell
How much: $39.95. Bookings not required.
The Eastlake Football Club venues in Gungahlin, Griffith and Calwell have been saving the proverbial fatted calf for this day. They’ll be bringing out their “Supercharged Mixed Grill Specials”.
Plus, as a special treat, all dads will receive a complimentary schooner when dining at the bistro (choose from Furphy Crisp Lager, Furphy Refreshing Ale, Tooheys New, Tooheys Old or XXXX Gold).
When: all day, 8:30 to 4 pm
Where: National Arboretum Canberra, Forest Drive, Molonglo Valley
How much: Varies.
There are few better places to spend a fresh spring day in Canberra than the National Arboretum (unless you suffer from hay fever, of course). Start with brunch in the Arboretum Restaurant from 8:30 am, but make sure there’s room for the Beer, Belly + BBQ at the Pop-up Garden Café on the Event Terrace at 10 am.
You can also eat on the lawns and gardens thanks to “the perfect picnic box” created by Ginger Catering (order online).