Father's Day Ideas for Dads That Love to Travel

With Father's Day 2023 on September 03 just around the corner, it's the perfect time to think about a gift for that special Dad in your life. Especially if your dad has an itch for adventure and travel! Travel is a beloved hobby for many dads, providing them with an escape, a learning opportunity, and a chance to create lasting memories.

Why do Dads love to travel so much? It's about exploring the unknown, experiencing new cultures, or simply taking a break from the daily grind and exploring the world through a new culinary adventure.

Continue reading to check out my curated Father’s Day ideas!

Cruises, Tours and Experiences

Swan River Wine Tour

Swan River cruise

Ideal for the Dad who's been too busy in Perth and needs to reconnect with its stunning natural wonders. The Swan River, flowing majestically through the city, offers breathtaking sights that are best enjoyed from the deck of a cruise. Various cruise options are available, ranging from brief panoramic excursions to more relaxed lunch or dinner voyages. This Father's Day, gift him an experience that reintroduces him to the beauty right at his doorstep.

Book now with Captain Cook Cruises.

Fly to Rottnest fathers day gift idea

Fly to Rottnest

Take a break from the 9-5 hustle and bustle with a car-free island located just off the coast of Perth. Rediscover the beautiful beaches, and clear waters, and update your photo album with some new quokka selfies with the family. While there are several different ways to get to Rottnest Island, including by ferry, helicopter, and seaplane. Treat your Dad to one of the less common routes like a private aeroplane.

Book now with Rottnest Air Taxi

whale watching albany fathers day

Whale-watching cruises Albany and Fremantle

Whale watching is a popular activity in Perth during the winter months (June to October) Perfect gift for Father's Day! This is a time when humpback whales migrate from Antarctica to the warmer waters of the North West Cape. There are several different whale-watching cruises available, which typically depart from Fremantle or Albany.

For a full list of departure locations, visit Whale Watching Western Australia Link 

Cooking Books

Alpine Cooking

Alpine Cooking: Recipes and Stories from Europe's Grand Mountaintops

A lushly photographed cookbook and travelogue showcasing the regional cuisines of the Alps, including 80 recipes for the elegant, rustic dishes served in the chalets and mountain huts situated among the alpine peaks of Italy, Austria, Switzerland, and France.

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Self Sufficiency by John Seymour

The New Complete Book of Self-Sufficiency by John Seymour

Is your Dad looking for a way to get back to the basics, reconnect with nature, and take a break from the digital world? Look no further than The New Complete Book of Self-Sufficiency by John Seymour.

This classic guide is a great present and has been updated with a new foreword by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and is packed with practical advice on everything from growing your own food to building your own home. Seymour's step-by-step instructions are clear and easy to follow, making this book the perfect resource for anyone who wants to learn more about self-sufficiency.

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Comida Mexicana: Snacks, Tacos, Tortas, Tamales & Desserts

Comida Mexicana: Snacks, Tacos, Tortas, Tamales & Desserts

Perfect Father’s Day gift for the armchair traveller or anyone wanting to bring a taste of Mexico home!

This cookbook brings you the best of Mexican street food, with over 70 recipes that are both delicious and easy to make. Each recipe is accompanied by stunning food photography and dynamic images of Mexican life.

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boat cookbook real food for hungry sailors

The Boat Cookbook: Real Food for Hungry Sailors

A present for the Dad who loves to cook and spend time on the water

The Boat Cookbook is the perfect Father's Day gift for the Dad who loves to cook and spend time on the water. This cookbook is full of delicious and easy recipes that are perfect for cooking on a boat, from crab macaroni cheese to lamb with sumac and butter bean mash.

The recipes are all made with minimum fuss and maximum flavour, so your Dad can spend more time enjoying the company of his family and friends and less time in the kitchen. And with its handy tips on setting up the galley and hosting the perfect beach barbecue, The Boat Cookbook is the perfect resource for any Dad who wants to cook like a pro on the water.

In addition to the recipes, The Boat Cookbook also features beautiful photography and hand-drawn illustrations that will make your dad feel like he's right there on the water. So this Father's Day, give your dad the gift of delicious food and happy memories with The Boat Cookbook.

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Travel Gadgets & Navigation Tools for Dads

Hema HX-2 Navigator

Hema HX-2 Navigator

Be prepared to explore with Hema's HX-2 on-road and off-road GPS Navigator, which allows you to plan, experience and share your adventures no matter how far you travel off the beaten track. The HX-2 features over 100,000 Hema-X moderated listings including over 40,000 Hema-verified points of interest (POIs). The HX-2 POIs include bush camping sites, campgrounds, caravan parks, hotels, motels, dump points, wineries, lookouts, rest areas, boat ramps, post offices, fuel stops and plenty more!

Read the review from our favourite 4WD expert, Ross Hartley. | Hema HX-2 Review

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Pro Navigation Pack

Pro Navigation Pack

The Pro Navigation Pack is a bundle of pro navigation instruments available at The Chart & Map Shop. Save some money and get these essential items required to navigate away!

The pro navigation instruments included in this pack are:

  • 7" Brass Pencil Compass
  • 8" One Hand Brass Dividers
  • Captain Fields' Pattern 500mm Parallel Rule
  • 2x Goldfaber-1221 2B Pencil
  • PVC Free Eraser

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Travel Gear & Guides

Weems & Plath Sport Binoculars

Weems & Plath Sport Binoculars

Lightweight (only 950 grams) and easy to focus on objects near and far, these centre focus Sport binoculars live up to their name as the perfect mate for boating, sporting events, bird watching, and sightseeing.

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Boating Books

 australian boating manual

Australian Boating Manual (5th Edition) by Capt. Dick Gandy 

The most comprehensive boating manual in Australia

The Australian Boating Manual is the perfect Father's Day gift for the dad who loves to boat. This comprehensive manual covers everything you need to know about boating in Australia, from buying and insuring a boat to operating a marine radio and navigating by chart.

With over 3,000 questions and answers, the Australian Boating Manual is an indispensable resource for any boater. It's also a great way for dads to brush up on their boating knowledge and stay safe on the water.

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Books for Leisure

Signs of Life: To the Ends of the Earth with a Doctor

Signs of Life: To the Ends of the Earth with a Doctor

For the dad who loves to travel and care for others

When Stephen Fabes left his job as a junior doctor to cycle around the world, he thought he was leaving medicine behind. But as he roved continents, he found himself drawn to healthcare at the margins of the world, to crumbling sanitoriums and refugee camps, to city dumps and war-torn hospital wards.

In this inspiring book, Stephen shares the stories of the people he met and the lessons he learned about the power of compassion and care. He shows us that being a good doctor, and a good person, is about more than just fixing broken bodies. It's about listening to lives, understanding their challenges, and finding ways to help.

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Kings of the Yukon: An Alaskan River Journey

Kings of the Yukon: An Alaskan River Journey

For the dad who loves adventure and the great outdoors

In this stunning book, Adam Weymouth recounts his four-month odyssey by canoe down the Yukon River, one of the longest and wildest rivers in North America. Along the way, he encounters the people who have lived on the river for generations, as well as the king salmon, a once-thriving species that is now in decline.

Weymouth's lyrical prose and evocative photography bring the Yukon to life, and his story is both a personal exploration and a meditation on the relationship between humans and the natural world. Kings of the Yukon is a must-read for any father who loves adventure and the great outdoors.

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World Globes

National Geographic Classic Illuminated Globe

National Geographic Classic Illuminated Globe

Our most popular globe, your Dad will love it!

This blue ocean National Geographic powered globe features over 3800 place names. The text is clear and each country is in a different colour with a darker tone around the borders to accentuate the political mapping!

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Awesome Maps

Awesome Maps Surftrip Map
Awesome Maps Surftrip Map

For Dads who love to surf!

This awesome Bucketlist map, printed on high-quality offset silk-coated art paper, illustrates all the best places to surf across the globe, and heaps of other info to help plan your ultimate surfing holiday. It features a whiteboard coating for re-writability, just in case you change your mind about where to go!

It also features over 1000 surfing spots worldwide, information about wave quality, water temperature, peak season, shark attack risk, and more.

This map makes the perfect unique gift for the surfer in your life!

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Awesome Maps Dive Map

Awesome Maps Dive Map

For a Dad that loves to go for a long drive!

From the remarkable macro of Lembeh Strait to the shark dives of the Bahamas and wrecks in the Red Sea, this illustrated world map shows you the best dive sites and diving destinations to help your dad plan his next trip.

Over 500 dive spots and areas with information about the type of dive and underwater features.

Comes equipped with a deluxe whiteboard coating that makes the colours pop!

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Awesome Maps Bucketlist Map

Awesome Maps Bucketlist Map

Live with no regrets! 

Discover the most awesome destinations on Planet Earth, from big-name spots to little-known gems with this Bucketlist map.

Check off things you have done, discover and plan awesome bucket list trips with this map. This rewritable edition comes with deluxe whiteboard coating which makes the colours pop and the map fully customisable. 

Pair this with some drawing pens and your dad can use it to highlight everywhere he has been or plot his next family vacation, or map your personal bucket list.

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Finding the perfect Father's Day gift can be challenging, but when you consider the wanderlust spirit of your dad, the array of choices Western Australia is spoilt with becomes exciting. Make this Father's Day 2023 special with a touch of adventure.

If you’re still stuck or your Dad would prefer you put money towards something else. We would like to suggest a donation to the WA Wildlife Fund  or the Native Animal Rescue.

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