Wednesday 26 August 2009

Dad Knows Size Matters!

If Dad has a green thumb, why not take him to Kings Park - the biggest inner-city park in the Southern Hemisphere - and on Fathers Day this year, the park will be in the midst of its annual Wildflower Festival.

Peruse the many displays, walk one of the many trails, and admire the Kimberley garden. And when Dad works up a hunger during the festival, shout him a hearty lunch at one of the Park's many cafes and restaurants, or head to the coast and enjoy a beer as the sun sets over the Indian Ocean.

If zooming around a race track sounds more like your Dad, then take him to Trackskill WA, where he can zoom around in a V8 Commodore. Alternatively, if Dad’s more into spectator sports, support WA’s local football league, the WAFL, and support a team in the first week of the finals, which happens over the Fathers Day weekend.

WA's South West is the perfect place to please the palette of the Dad who loves a good drop. In particular, the Margaret River and Great Southern wine regions are home to 220 grape growers and 100 cellar doors, with breweries, award-winning restaurants and much more, all making good use of the region's delectable local produce.

If Dad's a true wine lover, grab him a Cellar Door Pass. Available from the Margaret River Visitors Centre, each pass allows two people to collect special wine offers in Margaret River and the Great Southern region.

While down south, Dad might like to catch a few waves. Margaret River is one of the most consistent, scenic and laid back surfing destinations in the world, home to a huge crop of challenging and powerful waves over 40 scenic kilometres of coastline.

For a true outback adventure, take Dad on a trip to Australia’s North West. This area can provide a range of adventures, with a taste of red dust, with everything from bushwalking tours, helicopter rides, and fishing safaris – all in an area that’s still so untouched, spectacular and pristine.

Or if Dad likes a gamble, take him back to the original Goldfields for a game of Two-Up, and to uncover the history and outback legend that has become the State’s biggest region. And while there, he might want to want to check out the start of the Nullarbor Links – the longest and biggest golf course in the world which is set to open in October.

Stretching along the Eyre Highway from Kalgoorlie to Ceduna in South Australia, the recently opened 18-hole par 72 golf course spans 1,365 kilometres with one hole in a participating town or roadhouse.

Each hole includes a green and tee amongst a rugged outback-style natural terrain fairway, providing a quintessential Australian experience and a fantastic attraction for travellers along the highway.

No matter how fussy your Dad is, you can be assured Western Australia has something to satisfy him this Fathers Day.

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