The Latch has partnered with RedBalloon to help you find the perfect gift for Dad this Father’s Day.
If your dad is a bit boujee, then there’s no use picking them up something small for Father’s Day this year. If you’re able, our suggestion is to pool your funds with siblings, partners, and even your mum, too, to get them a gift that satisfies their love of all things luxe.
From country escapes to day trips, and even a soak in a hot spring (which screams luxury, if you ask us), here are all the gifts we’re shopping for our expensive-taste dads this Father’s Day. And if you’re in need of even more inspiration, check out our extended list of Father’s Day gifts right here.
MONA Art and Wine
Carved into the Triassic sandstone cliffs of the Berriedale peninsula (near Hobart, Tasmania), MONA is the location for the annual Dark MOFO festival and is the largest privately-owned museum in the Southern Hemisphere. This MONA Art and Wine package ($900 for two people) is the perfect gift for Dad, where they’ll get the VIP treatment for a day at the museum. It includes a round-trip ferry from Hobart to MONA in a VIP lounge, plus entry for two, a two-course lunch with paired wine, and a private vineyard tour and tasting.
Hot Air Balloon and Breakfast
A morning spent hot air ballooning ($339 per person) and eating breakfast overlooking a winery is undoubtedly luxurious. But what makes it such a good present is that it’s something you’re unlikely to book for yourself. This Father’s Day, book yourself and your dad a couple of tickets and spend the morning soaking up the serenity and breathing that fresh Hunter Valley air.
Hot Springs Bath House
Soaking away their worries at a hot springs bath house is a thoughtful gift for a dad who needs some chill time. This package is for two people ($200) and includes a soak in the mineral-rich geothermal hot springs, plus a healthy picnic hamper — all at the top of a peak overlooking the lush Mornington Peninsula. The picnic hamper is a delicious mix of local eats, like a cheese board, fresh fruit, seasonal bliss palls, and a salad.
Mid-Week Gipplsland Glamping
If you want to give your dad the gift of true luxury this Father’s Day, then it doesn’t get much better than a mid-week glamping trip to Gippsland ($350). Perched high up on the Strzelecki Ranges and overlooking Mt Baw Baw, the bell tent is completely private and is prime for a romantic getaway (or, ahem, a relaxing trip away). The tent certainly isn’t roughing it, with a queen-sized bed, electric blanket, and access to a private bathhouse, so they can soak with a view and forget about the city for a night.
Trek the Cradle Mountain
This gift is definitely an investment, but if trekking the Cradle Mountain Overland Track ($2,125 per person), near Launceston in Tasmania, for six days has always been on Dad’s bucket list, then pooling money with the rest of your family to book this one will blow him away. This particular package includes five nights’ accommodation (camping, of course), five breakfasts, six lunches, and five dinners, plus transfers and guided walks with professional guides through ancient rainforests, alpine meadows and glacially carved valleys.
Hot Laps in a V8 Race Car
Buying your dad hot laps for Father’s Day is a classic — and for good reason! During this session ($450 per person), they’ll suit up and be taught the ropes (as well as given all the safety tips you could need) before hopping in a V8 car and whipping around a track for six speedy laps. Dad will be in constant communication with the in-car instructor, to ensure safety, and will be able to choose between a Ford and Holden car. While this particular hot lap session is based in Sydney, you can find similar experiences in every other Australian state on RedBalloon.
Seeing the Great Barrier Reef is on every Aussie’s bucket list, but this might just be the best way to see it. This tropical reefsleep adventure ($1,220 for two people) is low key luxury, with two nights aboard a cruise, a hot breakfast, lunches, dinners, morning and afternoon teas, and access to snorkelling equipment all included. Dad (and their chosen plus one) will sleep in a purpose-built pontoon (complete with a queen-sized bed) between enjoying the water and watching some of the best sunsets of their life.