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Father’s Day 2016: Where to eat + what to gift

Belinda Neame

Where’s good to eat this Father’s Day?

What do you get dad? What are some fun family activities to do on the day?

We have you sorted. From where to feast on BBQ to finding the perfect gift, here’s our guide to Father’s Day 2016 in Canberra.


Pialligo Estate

Pialligo Estate are bringing together the BBQ and the beer for a Father’s Day lunch. The bar will be open, the barbeque will be roaring and there will be free bubble-soccer for kids big and small. Lunch starts at 12 pm. Bookings are essential.

Pialligo Estate | Sunday 4 September from12pm – 3pm | Pialligo Estate Glasshouse, 18 Kallaroo Road, Pialligo |


Buvette Bistro & Wine Bar’s Petit Feast is a bountiful spread that includes a selection of savouries, charcuterie and cheeses, and a selection of decadent desserts. The perfect setting to spoil Dad on Father’s Day. Bookings are essential.

Buvette Bistro & Wine Bar | Every weekend from 11.30am – 2.30pm | Hotel Realm, 18 National Circuit, Barton |

Bentspoke Brewing Co

The guys at Bentspoke have a brilliant day lined up for the Dad’s of Canberra. A brewery tour followed by some lunchtime goodness. Mum and the kids get a free drink while Dad is on the tour. Bookings are essential.

Bentspoke Brewing Co | Sunday 4 September from 11am | 48/38 Mort Street, Braddon |

Pod Food

Pod Food have put together the ultimate four-course breakfast degustation OR a five-course lunch with matching beers. It’s the perfect way to celebrate Dad on Father’s Day. Bookings are essential.

Pod Food | Breakfast from 8am – 12pm and lunch from 1pm | 12 Kallaroo Road, Pialligo |


Take Dad along to Marble&Grain’s $15 lunchtime special and enjoy some classics like pulled pork burgers, fish ‘n’ chips, chicken schnitzel, pasta and salads. Bookings recommended.

Marble& Grain | Every day from 12pm – 2pm | 25 Mort Street, Braddon |

National Portrait Gallery

Has Dad got a keen eye for history and culture? Spend some quality time together with the ultimate day out the National Portrait Gallery exploring the stories of men and women who have influenced Australia’s history. Take time to refuel with a burger and beer lunch along with a surprise gift for Dad. Bookings essential.

What: National Portrait Gallery | Sunday 4 September from 11.30am – 3pm | National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes | or phone 6102 7164

Pankhurst Wines 

Pankhurst Wines have their annual vertical tasting of their Cabernet wines that stem back to the 1990’s. A great chance to taste the history of their wines. Make a booking for the family and enjoy the tasting with a cheese platter and discussions on the various seasons. Bookings recommended.

Pankhurst Wines | Sunday 4 September | Pankhurst Wines | 


How about some beautiful tapas on Parlours deck so Dad can just chill out on Father’s Day? Enjoy an extensive local and international boutique wine menu and some pretty amazing classic and house cocktails.

Parlour | Every weekend from 12pm until late | 16 Kendall Lane, NewActon |

Things to Do

Yarralumla Play Station Mini Golf and Miniature Train Rides 

How about Double Dad and Bacon Weekend on 3 and 4 September? $15 set bacon menu and $10 kids menu (there are other options if you don’t like bacon). The best bit, if Dad eats at the café, he plays 18 holes of mini golf for free!

Yarralumla Play Station | Saturday 3 September and Sunday 4 September from 8am to 5pm | 9 Pescott Lane, Yarralumla |   

Father’s Day Weekend Steam Train  

Why not take Dad on a train trip to Bungendore? After a scenic train ride through the Molonglo Gorge the train arrives at Bungendore where you have one hour to explore the cafes, shops, pubs and the popular Bungendore Wood Works Gallery before heading back to back to Canberra.

Fathers Day Weekend Steam Train | Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 September departing at 12.15pm | Canberra Railway Museum Geijera Place (off Cunningham St) Kingston |

The Canberra Times Fun Run 

Run (or walk) with Dad for a good cause on Father’s Day and join in the Canberra Times Fun Run. Perhaps you could run for your favourite charity that is important to your family or in memory of a loved one? The 5km route takes you on a scenic run or walk around Lake Burley Griffin, and there is also a 10km and 14km run to enter.

Canberra Times Fun Run | Sunday 4 September from 7am | Lake Burley Griffin | 

Southern Cross Cruises 

Take Dad on a Sunday lunch cruise around Lake Burley Griffin. Soft music, fine cuisine, elegant ambiance and wonderful views this is a truly relaxing way to spend Father’s Day!

Southern Cross Cruises | Every Sunday departing at 12pm | MV Southern Cross at the Yacht Club, Mariner Place, Yarralumla |

What to Buy


Drum & Dry’s coffee subscription is perfect for the caffeine addict. It’s simple, sign up, select a weight of beans and your coffee beans will be delivered to your door every month. There is no contract and you can cancel anytime.

Drum&Dry | Online |

Holden Heritage Coin Collection

In celebration of 160 years of the Australian icon Holden, the Royal Australian Mint has launched the Holden Heritage Coin Collection, bringing together a number of classic Holden cars and unveiling the eleven unique coin designs.

The Royal Australian Mint | Denison Street, Deakin |

The BentSpoke Traveller

The BentSpoke Traveller is a two-litre refillable, insulated and pressurised container that allows you to enjoy brewery-fresh tap beer wherever you want to take it. Ditch the esky & ice, and keep your seriously good beer, seriously cold, at the hottest of BBQ’s!

Bentspoke Brewing Co | 48/38 Mort Street, Braddon |

If you’re a business who are featuring a Father’s Day event or special, let us know at [email protected] and we’ll include you in our round-up! 


Belinda Neame

Belinda is HerCanberra's Production Manager. A foodie and lover of handmade, Belinda enjoys nothing more than a good coffee and seeing Canberra businesses thrive. In her 'spare time', Belinda organises the quarterly Canberra street food event, The Forage with her husband Tim. More about the Author