No more bad ties: 7 of the best experiences to give Dad this Father’s Day

Is your dear dad a ‘happy with anything’ type when it comes to Father’s Day? Instead of buying another forgotten gift, treat him (and the rest of the family!) to a memorable and exciting adventure around Adelaide.

REALLY want to show how much you love your dad? Perhaps you could pair one of these excursions with a fantastic gift idea that won’t be so easily forgotten. Check out these Father’s Day gift ideas from the Nest blog (keep an eye out for the RoofClimb!)

Read on for a range of experience-based gift ideas, varying from affordable to indulgent, a full day or quick stop, that are all certified dad friendly.


Commonwealth Bank RoofClimb at Adelaide Oval

Let’s start with our obvious favourite, RoofClimb! Book your dad in for the RoofClimb this Father’s Day and give him the gift of epic views across Adelaide, an exhilarating adrenaline fix and a whole new look at Adelaide Oval and its surrounds from above.

Adelaide RoofClimb

Watch Dad get kitted up in his RoofClimb suit and safety harness as you prepare to take on the icon – you can also test his nerve by daring him to lean out over the southern goal square, 50 metres below!

Book now and choose from a spectacular panorama of the city at twilight or during the day for an uninterrupted view of Adelaide, the hills and beyond.


The HandleBar Adelaide

If Father’s Day for you means entertaining your dad, your dad’s dad, your mother’s dad, your partner’s dad and whoever else, The HandleBar is a unique way to bring larger groups together, while exploring some of Adelaide’s best bars.


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Available for groups up to 16, the HandleBar is a pub 100% powered by you and your family – keep pedalling to make the wheels go around. As well as stopping at three different bars around the Adelaide CBD, your HandleBar journey will be supplied with some of the best beer and wine South Australia has to offer.

If you have a smaller group but still want to hop on, you can check for available spots on the HandleBar website.


Adelaide Central Market Tours

Your dad doesn’t have to be a foodie to appreciate the Central Markets. A mecca of the freshest produce, quirky smallgoods and several South Australian icons, a tour of the markets will leave your father enlightened and well fed.

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There are a range of tours to choose from including breakfast, lunch, a Cantonese seafood spread, champagne and wine tastings, and even a hands-on cooking demonstration.

If you think your dad would love to dive a little deeper into the famous markets by learning about their history and of course, eating and drinking along the way, book your group in for this Father’s Day using the Central Market Tour website.


Pickle in the Middle’s Pickling Workshop

Does your father love anything pickled? Then he will love learning how to pickle anything. Pickle in the Middle is an Unley breakfast and lunch cafe, specialising in nutritious wholesome meals and an amazing range of pickles.

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Their workshops pave the way for your dad to learn the process behind fermentation, pickling and canning. The classes can fill quickly so book now and surprise him for Father’s Day, along with a jar of his favourite pickled onions, of course. Email ASAP to reserve your place.


Night Attack Obstacle Course At Adelaide Oval

Test your dad’s competitive edge, grit and endurance on the Night Attack course this September. Across 5km, there are at least 17 obstacles to conquer before crossing the finish line. Cargo climbs, arctic water, commando crawl, spider webs and ramps will have your dad feeling like Bear Grylls – unless you beat him.

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Night Attack will transform Adelaide Oval into a spectacle of flames, special effects and expertly crafted obstacles. Once you have caught your breath, celebrate making it through with a drink or two, while comparing battle scars.*

*Not likely to be anything worse than a some bumps and bruises but still worth the bragging rights.

Register here.


Animal Experience at the Adelaide Zoo

What’s your dad’s favourite animal? If you don’t know the answer, book in some time at the Adelaide Zoo – where over 1800 animals, reptiles and insects currently reside in the immaculately kept gardens within the CBD.


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The animal experiences get you ‘within a whisker’ with opportunities to feed the lions, meet the famous Wang-Wang and Funi, go into the squirrel monkey enclosure and many more. Each experience is interactive and lead by a knowledgeable zookeeper, who will happily answer as many ‘dad’ questions as possible.

To choose which animal experience your dad will love most for Father’s Day, check out the different options and book here.


Hill of Grace Restaurant

Is your dad a bit of a food and wine buff? Treat him to a fine dining experience at the Hill of Grace Restaurant this Father’s Day – there’s a special offer running where you can book in a delicious three course lunch for $85 per person and Dad will also receive a gift on the day.

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The menu showcases the best SA produce and is complemented by the top wines from around the state, including the iconic Henschke range and the namesake Hill of Grace Shiraz. The restaurant is located in Adelaide Oval’s Eastern Stand, so Dad will get to sit back and unwind with an impressive view of the hallowed turf and glass of wine in hand – perfection!

For details and to make a reservations call 08 8205 4777 or email


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