Father’s Day Gifts on a Budget

Forget about the socks, jocks and anything else you can fit in a box, make this year’s Father’s Day one to remember!

With the big day fast approaching, dad will be tapping his feet in anticipation to see what he receives in celebration of his status as the best dad in the world.

So diverge away from your usual gifts of coffee mugs, aprons and socks and give him an experience he won’t forget! Don’t let the excuse of lack of money deter you because we’ve done the research and put together a list of budget-friendly experiences dad is guaranteed to love!

We’ve got gifts suitable for those looking to keep a tame budget under $50 and those willing to drop a few more dollar bills on something over $150. For those of you that are prone to last minute gift purchases (we’re all guilty), this will take the hassle out of that drama with just a few clicks of a button.

Forget about postage in 1 to 10 days or paying through the nose for express shipping, these [awesome] gifts will be delivered directly to your inbox instantly! As an added bonus, we’ve got some sweet deals lined up that will put a smile on dad’s dial and leave some extra $$$ in your account.

So get browsing, clicking and buying because dad deserves to be treated this year! Simply click on your preferred budget below or scroll through the list of options we’ve picked out especially for you.

Under $50 $50 – $100 $100 – $150 Over $150

Under $50

For those not looking to break the bank this Father’s Day, we’ve got you covered!

With a number of awesome experiences he’ll love from tours to cruises and everything in between, money savers are sure to find a gift that fits the build.
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XXXX Brewery Tour

Location: Brisbane, QLD

Price: $32

XXXX Brewery

One of the most iconic beer brands in the country, the Brisbane’s XXXX Brewery is a top choice for beer loving Dads. A true blue Aussie gift, dad can enjoy a tour around the grounds to see how his favourite beer is made before kicking back and washing the day down with an ice cold schooner of beer (on the house).

The tour lasts for 90 minutes and at the conclusion, he’ll be given a $5 merchandise voucher so he can take a piece of the brewery home with him. As the daughter of a longtime XXXX supporter, this is my top pick for the dad’s out there who enjoy a nice cold beer at the end of the day.


Sydney Harbour Tall Ship Cruise

Location: Sydney, NSW

Deal: Book before August 31st & save!

Price: $49.00

Cruise along the iconic Sydney Harbour on an authentic tall ship from the 1900s for 1.5 hours. A dream come true for nautical enthusiasts, this scenic cruise combines captivating story telling on an authentic vessel with impressive views.

If dad’s feeling extra strong and adventurous on the day there’s the chance for one guest per trip to climb the mast and help release the sails. Experience Oz recently climbed aboard this cruise, read the Tried and Tested review at the bottom of the product page here.


Daintree River Crocodile Cruise

Location: Cairns, QLD

Price: $27

The Daintree River in Far North Queensland is a flourishing ecosystem with some impressive flora and fauna to spot. Some of the toothy (unfriendly and always hungry) locals that hang around in the area are the highlight of the cruise as the Daintree River is home to two different croc species; saltwater and freshwater.

Dad will love the thrill of getting up close (but not too close) to these predators as you relaxingly cruise along with your eyes peeled and hands inside the vessel at all times.


Cable Beach Camel Ride

Location: Broome, WA

Price: $45

This is one of the most iconic experiences in Western Australia (and maybe even the whole country) with some epic photos showing us all on the other side of the country what we’re missing out on. If dad is a lover of impressive scenery and epic animal encounters then strolling along Cable Beach on the back of a camel will make him grin from ear-to-ear.

The pre-sunset half hour journey is a great sampler for dad and the rest of the family to enjoy. You can purchase this now if he’s making a trip over there soon or you can buy it as a gift voucher for a future adventure.


$50 to $100

Stepping up in the spending game, this next bracket includes a range of experiences that are still in reach for those from the below budget but mainly cater for the bigger (but not biggest) spenders.

Bondi Beach Surfing Lesson

Location: Sydney, NSW
Deal: Winter special on now!
Price: $79.00

Bondi Beach Surfing Lesson

If your dad has been meaning to learn to surf for the last decade or so, make him put his [your] money where his mouth is with this 2-hour lesson on the famous Bondi Beach in Sydney. Let dad obliterate the well-known phrase, ‘you can’t teach an old dog new tricks’.

It doesn’t matter if he isn’t Kelly Slater good (that’s the point of a lesson), by the end of the 2 hours – if he’s a quick learner – he could be riding the waves like a [semi]pro.


Jet Flight Simulator

Location: Sydney, NSW

Deal: Book now and save up to $90!

Price: 30-minute session for $89.00

Jet Flight Simulator Sydney

Let dad behind the wheel of a Boeing 737 with this half hour jet flight simulator in the New South Wales capital. He will love the chance to take control in the cockpit and feel the rush of landing this impressive vessel at one of 22,000 airports around the world (all in a simulation of course).

This is an awesome gift for those dads who are interested in all things aviation and is a definite must-do that will be sure to put a smile on his face.


Catch a Crab Cruise

Location: Gold Coast, QLD

Price: $70.00

catch a crab gold coast

If your dad considers himself to be an expert in all things fishing then he’ll love this cruise! Travelling along the Tweed River, this cruise embarks on a journey to catch some delicious, juicy mud crabs.

The day will see him pumping for yabbies, throwing in pots and a line and visiting a working oyster farm.


Abseil Forward Run

Location: Melbourne, VIC

Price: $59.25

Is your dad a self-proclaimed daredevil? If so, then this is the gift for him! An adrenaline inducing twist on a basic abseil, this experience will see him running down the side of a building face down.

This is a challenging and rewarding experience that he’s sure not to forget and each person is given three jumps to complete so the rush is repetitive. Put his nerves to the test and he’s sure to finish his runs with a grin on his face and an unnatural amount of adrenaline rushing through his body.


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Barron River White Water Rafting

Location: Cairns, QLD

Price: $99.00


An adventure for the pool room, your dad will be yahooing and yelling as he and the rest of the boat navigate themselves down the rough rapids of the Barron River. With the help of an experienced guide, this adventure doesn’t require any previous experience and is one he definitely won’t forget.

The best part about giving this as a gift is that it is available all year round and all necessary equipment is provided, so when your dad makes his way up to Cairns all he’ll need to bring is himself and his sense of adventure.


Scenic Helicopter Flight

Location: Gold Coast, QLD

Price: $69.00

The Gold Coast is a great destination to visit as a family but if you want to step things up on your next visit, book dad on a scenic helicopter flight around the region. Though short, this experience is an incredible one! The five-minute journey will take you up in the air from Sea World, over Main Beach and out to South Stradbroke Island before circling back to land.

The views are incredible and the experience is awesome! Experience Oz had the chance to sit in the cockpit and take to the skies with the Sea World helicopter, read the review online here.


Australian Outback Spectacular

Location: Gold Coast, QLD
Deal: Adults at Kids prices!
Price: $78.97

One of the Gold Coast’s most popular attractions, Australian Outback Spectacular is the perfect gift for the country dad. A typical Aussie experience, watch on as whips are cracked, horses are ridden and the audience is wowed. Come dinner time you’ll have the choice of either steak or chicken (or vegetarian) to enjoy with beer, wine or soft drink.

The ultimate night out, dad is sure to have a blast as he dons his Akubra hat and sits to enjoy a delicious Aussie pub-style meal with entertainment to write home about.


$100 to $150

Jumping up to the next price range, this section features a number of tours and activities dad is sure to love. Focusing on adventure, sports and food, you’re money is going to be well spent!

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Adelaide River Crocodile Jumping Cruise

Location: Darwin, NT

Price: $105.00

Adelaide River Crocodile Jumping Cruise

Taking the croc viewing experience up a notch (as well as the price) from the crocodile cruise in Cairns mentioned above, this cruise ventures along the Adelaide River to watch these animals jump with a force out of the water. The Top End has the highest concentration of Salt Water Crocodiles in the country so you’re almost always guaranteed to spot at least one of these ancient reptiles.

If your dad considers himself a Crocodile Dundee, true blue Aussie of sorts then this is the top pick this year! Unfortunately, this can’t be purchased as a gift so make sure you know his travel dates to book him on a tour.


Melbourne Sports Tour

Location: Melbourne, VIC

Price: From $119.00


Do sports rule your dad’s world? Are cricket and tennis his go to conversation topics? Then he needs to go on this tour around Melbourne to visit some of the best sporting destinations. There are a total of seven tour options to choose from; in the $119.00 budget there is the morning MCG tour with lunch, the morning Rod Laver Arena tour with lunch and the morning National Sports Museum with lunch.

The next price range; $135.00 has the MCG and Rod Laver Arena tour with lunch or the MCG and National Sports Museum tour with lunch. The final two tours, both priced at $149.00 include a tour of the MCG, Rod Laver Arena and National Sports Museum with lunch and finally the chance to play tennis on a Grand Slam court just like the greats do!


America’s Cup Sailing Experience

Location: Sydney, NSW

Price: $129.00


Your dad will be jumping for joy as he climbs aboard a genuine America’s Cup yacht for the experience of a lifetime. Boat and sailing enthusiasts will know what a big deal this is, so even if it doesn’t appeal to you, this just might be what your nautical loving dad’s dreams are made of.

For 2.5 hours the yacht will sail around Sydney Harbour passing all of the attractions that make this region so famous including Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House. This experience isn’t just a sit and watch, your dad will have the chance to act as a crew member, take the helm, trim the sails and work the grinders if he so pleases.


Swan Valley Wine & Lunch Tour

Location: Swan Valley, WA

Price: $109.25

Swan Valley Wine Tours

If your dad is a lover of good food and wine (let’s face it, who isn’t?) then this tour through Western Australia’s renowned Swan Valley is a definite must! He’ll spend the day travelling through the region and visiting a number of local shops and vineyards tasting their delicious produce.

This journey includes visits to five different wineries (with tastings of course), beer tastings, a vineyard platter for lunch as well as cheese platters and chocolate tastings. He won’t be grumbling about be hungry following this tour, that’s for sure!


ATV Tours

Location: Cairns, QLD

Price: $140.00

Cairns is a motorbike rider’s dream, and that dream can come true with these guided ATV tours. With three sessions a day, these 1.5-hour tours will take your dad around the region following adventure trails that journey through cane fields, rainforests and more!

These bikes are incredibly fun to ride and if he’s never ridden one before he’ll surely get the hang of it quite quickly with the help of the experienced guide and after a few rounds on the training obstacle course.


Over $150

If you’re looking to spend the big bucks on dad this Father’s Day then look no further. We’ve picked five of the must-do activities for those willing to pay a little extra to put that giant and grateful smile on dad’s face.

These are great options if multiple siblings are chipping in for one major present!

Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb

Location: Sydney, NSW

Price: From $158.00

Another iconic Australian experience, climbing the Harbour Bridge is something you’ll never forget. There are a number of climbs available, each ranging in price, these include the sampler climb ($158), the night climb ($253), the day climb ($293) and the twilight climb ($358).

Your dad will feel on top of the world as he admires the sweeping views of the greater Sydney region. This is even a great gift for local dads as it might not be something he’s ever thought of buying for himself.


Colo Heights Rally School

Location: Colo Heights
Deal: Book now and save!
Price: $89.10 – $265.50

Colo Heights Rally Car

Let dad let it rip behind the wheel of a rally car at Colo Park in New South Wales. With the choice of 8 or 16 laps, he’ll feel like a true racer at the end of the experience.

The XLR8 Pack is the eight lap journey coming in at $195 while the 2 Car Blast 16 Lap costs $295. The 2 Car Blast will let him enjoy the 16 laps in two different cars, making this an awesome experience for the old man. If your dad is a lover of fast cars then hands down, this is the gift for him.


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6 Hour Deep Sea & Reef Fishing Charter

Location: Sydney, NSW

Price: $160.00

Deep Sea and Reef Fishing Charter from Sydney

Let dad flex his fishing muscles with this deep sea and reef fishing charter from Sydney. If he’s a keen fisherman or wannabe angler then this is the ultimate experience for him. The six-hour journey will let him get his line wet and he might even come home with a big catch to cook up for dinner (so it’s a win for everyone).

All necessary equipment is provided on the day including bait, licenses and professional gear, so dad will have no excuse if he doesn’t come home with a catch.


Jet Ski Tours

Location: Perth

Price: From $180.00

Perth Jet Ski Tours

Imagine your dad zooming around the waters off Perth on the back of a jet ski with the wind in his hair and a giant smile on his face – sound like a good image? There is the option of a 60 minute or 90-minute tour around the waters off the West Australian coast and then the option for a single or tandem ride.

Everything is supplied including life jackets, wet suits and of course, jet skis, all he’ll have to bring is himself and his adventure hat.


For all of his hard work, dad deserves to be spoilt and from all of the products listed above, there are more than enough ways to do that.

If you haven’t found anything that you think will excite your dad then visit our full catalogue pages which are split up per region or check out our gift vouchers for dad.


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