Jam-packed with great Adelaide Riverbank experiences and ideas of how to spoil Dad
Take Dad on a sky-high adventure with the Adelaide Oval RoofClimb, give him a breath of fresh air and spend some quality time together on Adelaide Oval’s unique roofline. Guaranteed to be an experience he’ll remember for a lifetime!
Dads love a good barbecue with an ice-cold beer and he will enjoy it even more on a BBQ Buoy with his loved ones cruising along the Riverbank. Book Dad’s unique BBQ Buoys experience for Father’s Day or get him a voucher to use on a really sizzling summer day. Yeah Buoy – Fun Afloat guaranteed!
Or satisfy your adventurous Dad and hop on a Segway tour of the Adelaide Riverbank with the Segway Sensation SA team.
Sport Nut Dad
Instead of sitting on the couch watching the latest game, head to the Adelaide Riverbank for more sport than you can poke a stick at. Take Dad on a behind the scenes of Adelaide Oval, where he can be led on an unforgettable journey into the inner sanctum of sport in South Australia. Then pop past The Bradman Collection on display in the Riverbank Stand where you’ll find his priceless and personal collection of cricket memorabilia spanning 50 years.
If Dad is more hands on, then the North Adelaide Golf Course is just down the road and hosts three different courses, suitable for a relaxed game of par 3 or a competitive family cup tournament.
For a more relaxed Dads a casual game of footy, throw of the Frisbee or even a game of bocce in Botanic Park are also crowd pleasers.
Animal Lover Dad
Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!
With the Adelaide Zoo a stone’s throw from the heart of the Adelaide Riverbank it would be rude not to stop by and say hello to Wang Wang, Funi and more than 3,000 other animals who inhabit the zoo.
Why not hop on the Popeye to get there? The iconic boat cruises the River Torrens between Elder Park and the zoo daily, every half hour, between 10am – 4pm. You and Dad will get great views of the riverbank and see local birdlife, such as the majestic Black Swan.
Looking for something more low key? Sit back and enjoy a picnic in one of the lovely grassy spots along the riverbank. Our picks are Elder Park (followed by a cheeky paddle boat race), Pinky Flat and Botanic Park or further down the river, Bonython Park.
Help Dad get in touch with his artistic side and get lost in the Art Gallery of South Australia. Housing a collection of more than 38,000 works of art, each visit you’ll find something new. The Re-Thinking Australian Art exhibition opens Saturday 2 September just in time for Father’s Day. 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Referendum, which resulted in constitutional rights for Australia’s first people, to mark the occasion the Gallery will re-present its Australian collection.
Discover the identities of the people of South Australia at the Migration Museum or visit the Adelaide Gaol to find out more about the darker side of South Australia’s history.
Book Worm Dad
Get lost in the State Library of South Australia, take Dad on a journey across the sea with Ahab, delve into the mysteries of Sherlock Holmes or escape the clutches of Cersei Lannister. Voted as one of the world’s most beautiful libraries; the opulent Mortlock Wing that will have you thinking you’ve wondered into the world of Harry Potter. The State Library also offers some great self-guided walking tours via their app.
Perhaps Dad fancies himself a bit of a wine connoisseur – the National Wine Centre boasts Australia’s largest tasting room experience, showcasing more than 100 different wines. Dad will be sure to find his perfect wine to suit any taste or budget. The Wined Bar also offers a seasonal menu featuring fresh local produce to match with the wines on offer.
If you’re feeling particularly generous, finish off the day with a night away for Dad at the Intercontinental Hotel.
Get Dad out of his Lycra and take a more casual approach to cycling. Hire an Adelaide Free Bike from one of the locations along the riverbank and cycle along one of the pathways, weave between the Adelaide Riverbank and Park Lands or perhaps check out the Bike Art trail which features public artworks along the riverbank and in the city.
The green thumb Dad
Got a keen gardener on your hands? Or does he appreciate a rose or two. Wander through the Botanic Garden, with so much to see Dad won’t know where to start. Admire the Cactus and Succulent Garden, discover the beauty of the exquisite Victorian Palm House, or stroll along Murdoch Avenue.