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Top Tips for a Tip-Top Dad’s Day in Melbourne

 

 


From sporting types to culture kings and dads with a hipster edge, Melbourne has something to tickle the fancy of fathers from all walks of life. With all of the following and more to choose from, there is no excuse not to make this Father’s Day (3 September 2017) one to remember.


Sporty Dad

As Australia’s sporting capital, Melbourne boasts a plethora of sports for dads to get involved in, whether he’s an active dad or more the spectating type. Australia’s greatest sporting moments are immortalised at the National Sports Museum, and a trip here is sure to ignite Dad’s passion. While he reminisces about ‘that’ sporting moment, kids can put their skills to the test in the interactive gallery, Game On! The museum is housed below the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) and with no matches scheduled for Father’s Day, families can take a tour of the iconic venue. Covering otherwise off-limits areas, from the player change rooms to the edge of the hallowed turf, the tour offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the stadium’s inner sanctum.Melbourne Bike Share invites cyclists to make the most of the city’s cycle paths –while practicing for Cadel Evans’ Great Ocean Road Race, set to return in January 2018. After dropping the bikes off near Melbourne Park, tennis-loving fathers can hire a court and have a hit on the very surface that Federer, Djokovic, Murray and the like play on during the Australian Open. Out of town: Phillip Island is the destination for sporty dads as it is full of family-friendly adventure activities. Here, Dad and the kids can surf, fish and zoom around the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit Go Kart Track.


Hipster Dad

Forget breakfast in bed, Hipster Dad would prefer to eat his organic free range eggs at one of Fitzroy or Collingwood’s uber cool cafes. Archie’s All Day Diner and Industry Beans are solid options. Both are near to the Rose Street Market where a gamut of hand-crafted gifts can be found for last-minute sons and daughters. 

Father’s Day is Family Day at Collingwood Children’s Farm where pony rides, tractor rides, guinea pig cuddles and the chance to help milk the cow are all on offer. Hipster dads will feel right at home, sipping a takeaway coffee from The Farm Cafe while the kids make the most of the activities.  

Older kids can join dad for an afternoon or evening performance of The Book of Mormon at the Princess Theatre (on until 4 November 2017). The first musical by South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker, this cheeky production has received rave reviews all over the globe. 

Out of town: A country drive to Kyneton makes for a memorable family outing. The main village on Piper Street is oozing with rustic charm and gourmet eateries. Those looking to make a weekend of it can find a house to stay at among the eight luxury Flop House properties dotted around the region.


Culture Kings

The Australian Centre of the Moving Image (ACMI) has Father’s Day sorted for dads with a bent for art and culture. Currently showing Wallace and Gromit & Friends: the Magic of Aardman (until 29 October 2017), the whole family can venture behind the scenes of one of the world’s most-loved animation studios. 

As part of its Family Sundays program, ACMI will host Smart Stories, where families can learn how to generate a choose-your-own adventure narrative, write and animate their own storybook, craft a comic book and take part in an interactive storytelling session. Award-winning children’s author and illustrator Shaun Tan will also give a brief talk on writing and illustrating at 11am.

A 20 minute drive from the city, Heide Museum of Modern Art will enthral culture kings with its contemporary art displayed across three gallery spaces. Dad can take in its current exhibition Call of the Avant-Garde: Constructivism and Australian Art (until 8 October 2017), while the kids take on the Heide Detective challenge. Heide is renowned for its expansive gardens dotted with sculptures, and a stroll through the grounds is a must.

Disney’s Aladdin – the hit musical – is captivating audiences of all ages at Her Majesty’s Theatre (on until 3 December 2017). Touted as ‘The must see show of the year’, cultural dads will dig an evening (or matinee) performance. 

Out of town: Castlemaine is renowned for its eclectic arts scene set amid a history rich in gold. Dad can check out local artists’ studios and see major Australian and international works at the Castlemaine Art Musem before stopping in at The Mill for a coffee or beer.

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Rooftop camping in Melbourne’s CBD

 

Taking glamping to a whole new level, St. Jerome’s – The Hotel opened in May of 2015 as a first-of-its-kind luxury rooftop camping accommodation on top of one of the city’s busiest shopping centres, Melbourne Central.

The hotel is home to 21 spacious canvas bell tents, each fitted out with all the trimmings expected of a luxury hotel, including a queen bed, premium linen by Linen House, split system heating and cooling, a tablet loaded with movies, plus a stocked esky with beer and cider. 

Fall asleep cosy against the stars and wake up to 360-degree city views, with complimentary breakfast and coffee delivered in the morning.  

Guests can embark on an unparalleled urban experience while enjoying an activity-filled accompanying itinerary, including sweets and tea on arrival, a game of ten-pin bowling next door at Strike, a cocktail at Cocktail Hour, custom Gelato Messina dessert, T2 sleep-time tea delivery, and even guided morning meditation.

Additional onsite amenities include 24-hour reception, a general store serving as the bar and communal area for campers, nine amenity units with toilets and showers featuring luxurious ASPAR spa products, plus a brand new infrared sauna.

The hotel offers accommodation in three tent types – Luxe (4m x 4m), Luxe Plus(5m x 5m), and its recently unveiled six-metre tent, The Lodge. Its largest and most luxe tent of the troop features a unique oval design and dual centre poles creating two spacious wings, offering enough room for even a couch, plus additional shelving and storage space.

The Lodge tents hail from GlamXperience, a Netherlands-born, Australia-based company specialising in high quality canvas, fully equipped safari tents, bell tents and domes.

For more information, please visit http://www.stjeromesthehotel.com.au/

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Five reasons to visit Kangaroo Island with Qantas Link

A new flight route to Kangaroo Island (KI) from Melbourne and Adelaide will be available from December 2017.

The direct flights to the island’s Kingscote Airport, reflect the increasing demand and popularity of KI.

With the exceptional tourism products, sweeping landscapes and unique accommodation options KI has on offer, it’s not hard to see why it’s one of the hottest destinations for travellers to visit.

Here are five reasons to travel to Kangaroo Island:

1. Beautiful Accommodation

Accommodation on KI is luxurious and will not disappoint – especially the likes of Southern Ocean Lodge, Lifetime Private Retreats, Kangaroo Island Beach Lodge, Villas on the Bay and Sea Dragon Lodge to name a few.

2. Natural Beauty

From soaring cliffs, dense bushland, Little Sahara Sand Dunes, wetlands, miles of white beaches and azure water, to the new Wilderness Trail stretching across 61 kilometres of rugged, remote coastline – KI’s natural beauty will astound.

3. Wildlife encounters

With over 24 protected areas, 19 National and Conservation Parks including Seal Bay and five Wilderness Protection Areas – KI is a sanctuary for wildlife. Experience up-close encounters with Kangaroo Island Ocean Safari, including the opportunity to swim with wild dolphins, or take a tour with Exceptional Kangaroo Island Tours to experience KI’s abundant wildlife.

4. Fresh produce

KI is a foodie’s delight – with fresh and delicious produce at every corner. Include a visit to Island Pure Dairy to taste their range of sheep yoghurt and premium cheeses, stop in for lunch at Andermel Marron farm, sample Ligurian honey at Clifford’s honey farm or end the day with a gourmet meal overlooking the Southern Ocean at Sunset Food and Wine.

5. Unique Tours 

Tour operators like Exceptional Kangaroo Island Tours, Odyssey Tours and KI Wilderness Tours are ready to showcase the very best KI has to offer while Hannaford and Satch’s bespoke and intimate dining options will leave a lasting impression. Whether you’re looking for sun, surf and sand, high end luxury or rugged adventure – KI has you covered.

For more information regarding South Australia and its regions, visit http://southaustralia.com/