Father’s Day gift guide: Red Balloon experiences dads will enjoy


Forget boring your dad to tears on Father’s Day – here are the best ways to give him the perfect gift this year

  • Father’s Day is a week away and Aussies are going to spend millions on gifts for dads
  • RedBalloon, Australia’s best experience company, has rounded up its best gift ideas
  • Dads can take cooking classes, drive a V8, skydive across a beach or go fishing







With Father’s Day fast approaching, the perfect gift for your dad or special man in your life can often be impossible to find.

And instead of the usual socks or a case of beer, Aussies get the chance to treat their loved one to a once-in-a-lifetime experience – from racing around a track in a V8 supercar to seeing the country from the skies in a hot air balloon.

Whether he’s an adrenaline junkie, nature lover, amateur chef or fishing enthusiast, red balloon offers a range of ideas for every father – and for every budget.

The Experience Experts are also offering a 30 percent discount on select experiences, as long as purchased before September 4.

For a father who likes to make his heart beat faster

One for the petrolheads, drivers will complete six laps of the iconic Sydney Motorsports Park in a V8 race car.

An instructor sits next to you and gives you live lessons through a headset as you tackle the circuit.

Cost: $450 per person

For a father who likes to see the world from above

The perfect way to spend a relaxing morning with Dad as you both enjoy the sunrise from the sky from a hot air balloon.

Enjoy breathtaking vistas of valleys, rivers and mountains ablaze, before enjoying a delicious à la carte breakfast after the flight.

Cost: $678 for 2 people

For a father who likes to stretch his sea legs

A perfect gift for those nature-loving dads as they watch the beautiful humpback whales break, hear their awesome tails bang on the water and feel the waves rocking on the boat during a whale watching trip.

Cost: From $109 per person

For a father who wants a very good day

This saltwater sport fishing charter will take you into the deep blue for a great time on the ocean with Dad.

The vessel is equipped with a range of rods and reels for different types of fishing with the crew on hand to provide expert advice. Small group sizes and personal coaching make this a luxurious fishing experience to share with your dad.

Cost: $225 per person

For a dad who loves a barbie

An authentic and hands-on Australian barbecue experience, your dad can learn the art of smoking meat and enjoy a delicious beer tasting in this hands-on cooking class led by a professional BBQ master.

In addition to a three-hour barbecue cooking class, your dad can enjoy a four-course meal prepared by himself and beer to wash it all down.

Cost: $150 per person

For a dad who likes to do things his way

If you want to let Dad choose his own experience, you can also buy him a gift card.

He can choose experiences ranging from a tandem skydive over St Kilda in Melbourne to a 4WD Beach Fishing Safari in Perth, there is no shortage of experiences across Australia.

This journalist was a guest at RedBalloon.