Published 7 August 2019

Gather your granddads, dads, carers, stepdads, special others and family, there’s a day to say thank you to fathers and father figures and that day is Sunday 1 September!

Hold the dad jokes, a delicious lunch in the Yarra Valley or Dandenong Ranges is no laughing matter – but you’ll have heaps of fun together if you book one of these special celebrations.

Take over the car – put dad in the passenger seat and go for a relaxing drive – in just one hour you’ll be at one of the Yarra Valley or Dandenong Ranges amazing venues where you can all fill your proverbial cups with delicious meals, sensational wines and crafty beers – and don’t forget the gin! What a great excuse for a day out. Thanks dads!

Father’s Day lunch at Holmesglen at Eildon

A three-course lunch with the added option of staying over and trying a little fishing in the lake! What dad wouldn’t think that was a grand day out? Holmesglen at Eildon is set in a picturesque location perfect for an after lunch stroll, and boasts a magnificent array of wines. Live entertainment on the day too!

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Festa del Papa at Zonzo Estate, Yarra Glen

Here’s the low down on a delicious Father’s Day meal with an Italian them - Indulge in antipasto, wood-fire pizza, slow cooked lamb accompanied by roast potatoes and salad, followed by cannoli for dessert. That’s the classic Italian menu that everyone can love – especially dad! Buona Festa Del Papa!

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Father’s Day at SkyHigh, Mt Dandenong

Time to spoil dad? – you bet, and you can choose to make his day at breakfast, lunch of dinner at SkyHigh. That means there’s no excuse! Fabulous panoramic views back to Melbourne from either the upper or lower floor dining room and plenty of  things to do in the surrounding gardens means it’s a day the whole family can enjoy. If buffet is your dad’s version of heaven, then this is your Dandenong Ranges go-to this Father’s Day.

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Woodworking Wonders Expo at Warratina Lavender Farm, Wandin North

An exhibition of hand crafted wood work by local artisans. There will be items ranging from chopping boards to clocks, barometers, lamps, chess sets, jewellery boxes and more.

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Sunday Roast at Healesville Hotel, Healesville

It’s a tradition! And if it’s not, then time to make it one. Is ‘roast’ your dad’s favourite all-time meal? Then, he’s not alone, and the Healesville Hotel is a perfect destination for wood fired meats grilled in the garden, lashings of mountain pepper gravy and shared plates of sweetly roasted veg.  And dessert – did we mention dessert – custardy, crumbly, creamy yumminess.

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Round out your day with a forest walk, a cycle on the rail trail, wine and gin tasting at more than 70 cellar doors or a winding mountain drive to a spectacular lookout.

There’s more to explore in the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges.

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SkyHigh Mount Dandenong

SkyHigh Views
Less than one hour from Melbourne you can be SkyHigh – on the uppermost reach of the Dandenong Ranges, amid cool fern glades and lush towering native forest. Enjoy our bistro, gardens, SkyHigh hedged maze, walks and more