Published 7 August 2019 | updated 26 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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Great roasts at Fondata 1872

Join Fondata for a classic Father’s Day lunch or dinner,  carving up a special three course Sunday roast the whole family will love.

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Rochford Wines tasting experience 

Spoil the dads in your life with a free wine blending class when you book for lunch at Isabella’s Restaurant this Father’s Day. Limited places available so book today.

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Come and play at 400 Gradi - and free beer

400 Gradi are firing up the pizza ovens this Father's Day, to celebrate the legendary lads in our lives.

Treat dad to an authentic Italian feast, fit for a king. Complete with all his favourite pizzas, pastas and secondi from our award winning a la carte menu. Complimentary beer for every dad.

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Pie Tea at Mary Eats Cake

Swap out the High Tea for a Pie Tea just for dad. Pies, burgers, sausage rolls and chunky chips – lifting the pinky finger is optional! Delicately accompanied by a selection of three bottled beers from Little Creatures. And speaking of little creatures, there’s a kiddy Pie Tea option too.

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Fathers Day at Balgownie Estate 

Executive Chef  Grant Flack has dialled up the menu to give dad the treat he deserves this Fathers Day. If dad is a steak guy, he’ll be licking his lips over a carved 58-degree Grass Fed Eye Fillet or a chargrilled Gippsland farmed 300 gram Rib Eye, or if he’s a fish guy, the Coldstream Pale Ale battered flathead tails are a slam dunk.

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Lunch on the hill at Seville Hill Estate

It’s the first day of spring AND Fathers Day so enjoy a fabulous wine in the comfort of the rustic shed and enjoy a spring inspired luncheon among the wine barrels. Entertainment too!

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America BBQ at the Lodge

Celebrate Fathers Day with an all-American cook out. Think smoked brisket, barbecue chicken, Jalapeno and cheddar sausage and pulled pork alongside hearty roast vegetables, crispy chips and salads - all served up family sharing style at Yarra Valley Lodge.

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Get vertical for Fathers Day at Rob Dolan Wines

What do you say? Think dad would go for a Vertical Cabernet Tasting?  If you ‘re not sure what that is, there’s even more reason to give it a try! Rob Dolan will be offering three vintages of the award winning White Label Cabernet Sauvignon on a vertical tasting flight that will reach great heights! And cheese…with room for the whole fam.

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Celebrate ‘Fathers Weekend’ at Micawber Tavern

Family fun in old world charm, the bistro offers relaxed family fun, with live music by the log fire. Super kid friendly for super kids! There’s a curiosity collection and dance floor to keep them occupied while you chill somewhere truly unique.

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Ride the railway with dad

Indulge in a delicious seasonal three-course menu or Natter Platter filled with a selection of cured meats, fine cheeses, fresh fruit and Devonshire Tea as you take a three hour scenic ride on the famous Puffing Billy. Perfect for a Father's Day afternoon filled with good company and good food.

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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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