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Here's to Dad this Father's Day

Father's Day is just around the corner, and what better way to honour the incredible men in our lives than by treating them to a memorable celebration in the heart of the Hunter Valley? With our rolling vineyards, breathtaking landscapes, and an abundance of activities, the Hunter Valley is the perfect place to create cherished memories with the special men in your life. Here's a list of fun ways to celebrate all things Dad in the Hunter Valley this year.

Tee Off at Scenic Golf Courses

Spend quality time with your dad on the lush fairways of the Hunter Valley's top-notch golf courses. Some popular options include the Vintage Golf Club, Cypress Lakes Golf and Country Club, and Rydges Hunter Valley's championship course. Enjoy friendly competition and spectacular views as you tee off together before kicking back with some post-putting beers.

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Indulge in Gourmet Delights

Treat your dad to a sumptuous meal at one of the region's renowned restaurants or indulge in a relaxing Father's Day brunch. Many eateries in the Hunter Valley curate special menus for the occasion, offering delectable dishes crafted with locally sourced produce and paired with exceptional wines. Pop into Harrigan’s Irish Pub and treat Dad to food specials and schooners all day! Step up your gift giving and spoil Dad to a delectable regionally distinctive degustation at award winning Restaurant Botanica and crown yourself as the favourite child. Alternatively, you can opt in for a delightful family affair at Boydell's, where a two-course meal thoughtfully paired with Boydell’s wines awaits. This 'Father's Day Feast' promises to satisfy the taste buds of everyone present. Another spoiling option is Oak and Vine Restaurant at Cypress Lakes, where you can share the love all around with an unforgettable Sri Lankan cuisine tasting experience. As a final recommendation, a visit to voco Kirkton Park is a must. Delight in one of voco’s signature house specials, the smoked beef brisket burger, complemented by a refreshing cold beer and captivating entertainment. 

 Give him the gift of the Hunter Valley

Simplify your gift search and delight Dad with a carefully curated Hunter Valley package. For the wine and food enthusiast, the Boydell’s gift pack is a perfect choice, featuring six wines, local treats from TAR10 & Upper Hunter Smokehouse, and a Paterson Tavern voucher. Elevate the experience with Thommo’s top picks from Thomas Wines – impressive large-format bottles and award-winning Semillons and Shiraz varieties. Indulge Dad's sweet tooth with Cocoa Nib's Deluxe Father’s Day Gift Box, offering an array of decadent treats like rocky road, peanut brittle, and unique bon bons.For a unique twist, gift Dad a complimentary bottle of Moorebank Vineyard 'Spicy Grape Sauce' with any three wine bottles or handmade Lemonade purchase.

Discover Local Brews

If your dad is a beer enthusiast, head to one of the craft breweries in the area. Sample a variety of artisanal beers and engage in brewery tours to learn about the brewing process firsthand.

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Scenic Helicopter Ride

Take your Father's Day celebration to new heights with a scenic helicopter ride over the Hunter Valley. Witness the breathtaking beauty of the vineyards, rolling hills, and iconic landmarks from a bird's-eye view.

Guided Wine Tasting Tours

Treat your dad to a guided wine tasting tour at some of the region's award-winning wineries. Learn about different wine varieties and savour the rich flavours that the Hunter Valley is famous for. Impress him at McGuigan Cellar Door with their Father's Day Experience, including a bottle of The Philosophy with a personalised Father's Day message engraved as well as a signature wine, cheese and chocolate tasting for two as well as activity packs to keep the kids entertained. Or, pop across the road to Tempus Two and treat Dad to a unique gin experience for two as well as a take home bottle for Dad. 

Family Picnic

Pack a delightful picnic basket filled with Dad's favourite snacks and head to one of the picturesque gardens or parks in the region. Enjoy a day of bonding amidst nature's embrace while creating beautiful memories together. Check out the Hunter Valley Gardens Shopping Village Park, Huntlee Park at North Rothbury or one of the National Parks such as Pokolbin State Forest or Yengo National Park.

Horseback Riding Adventure

Embark on an exciting horseback riding adventure through the Hunter Valley's scenic trails. It's a fantastic way to explore the countryside and share an unforgettable experience with your dad.

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