Spoil your dad this Father's Day with our guide to the perfect gift

Has time gotten away from you? Are you looking for a gift closer to home? Find the perfect present for your dad this Father's Day right here in Launceston. We're fortunate enough to be surrounded by fantastic independent and locally-run businesses specialising in everything a dad could ever want, from clothing to fishing to music and sports. 

If you need a little inspiration or just want to find out where you can get the gift you have in mind, keep reading for our full Father's Day Gift Guide.

FATHER'S DAY SUNDAY 5th SEPTEMBER

FOR THE ACTIVE DAD

If your dad loves to camp or hike, Launceston has you sorted. Stores specialising in outdoor activities and equipment are plentiful here, including Allgoods, Aspire Adventure Equipment, Find Your Feet, Kathmandu, and Paddy Pallin.

Our pick for the Outdoors Dad:

The Fisherman's Beanie from Mac Pac ($39.99)

We're spoiled for choice with beautiful fishing locations in Northern Tasmania, and whether your dad is a diehard fisherman or has always wanted to try it, Essential Fly Fisher has everything a fly fisher could need. They also offer gift packages that are set up and ready to fish (like this one), so get your dad out there while it's still trout season!

Our Pick for the Fisherman Dad:

Corixia (Water Boatman) Flies X6 from Essential Fly Fisher ($20)

There's a passionate community of cyclists in Tasmania and if your dad is one of them, then there's no better place to get a tune up than Sprung or Cycology. Everyone who works at Sprung is knowledgeable and passionate about mountain biking, so your equipment will be in good hands. If road bikes are more your dad's speed, then Cycology is the place to go.

Bike services are essential to maintain safety while on rides, so it's a great idea to do them regularly, but it's a chore often forgotten. Both Sprung and Cycology offer expert bike servicing, as well as plenty of cycling accessories. Visit them in store for their full range of supplies and friendly service.

Our Pick for the Cyclist Dad:

A gift voucher for a bike service from Sprung or Cycology

Golf remains one of the most popular dad sports, and we're lucky enough to have Drummond Golf location right here in Launceston. Clubs, gloves, balls and accessories to suit a variety of budgets can all be found here, along with expert advice and friendly service.

Our Pick for the Golfer Dad:

Father's Day gift ball set from Drummond Golf ($31.95)

If your dad is more of a stay-at-home sportsman, football and basketball memorabilia is available from Balls n Bumpers and Intersport. Intersport also offers a variety of work out gear, clothing, hats and both free standing and wall mounted basketball hoops.

Our Pick for the Armchair Active Dad:

This dartboard with a digital scoring display ($100) from Balls n Bumpers

FOR THE LAID BACK DAD

Avenue Records is a trusted supplier of high quality records, select CDs and music memorabilia. They stock old classics and new favourites alike, all in a friendly atmosphere. There's plenty to choose from across a huge range of genres, so there's sure to be something your dad will love.

If vinyl isn't his style, Sanity also offers a huge range of CDs, movies and collectables.

Our Pick for the Muso Dad:

Johnny Cash - American V: A Hundred Highways from Avenue Records ($29.99)

There are some excellent book shops in Launceston if your dad is looking for a new title to read, or a half-forgotten old favourite. Visit Petrarchs for new releases, biographies and Tasmania-specific reading; while Quixotic Books is the place to go for hidden gems. Toby from Quixotic will even track down hard to find books for your dad - but that might be a bit of a belated gift, depending on how hard it is to find. On a budget? Nicholsons Bookshop in Charles Street has an extensive range of second hand books at affordable prices.

Our Pick for the Bookworm Dad:

Rum: A Distilled History of Colonial Australia from Petrarch's, by Murphy Matt ($34.95)

(This book has only been out for a couple of months, so dad probably hasn't read it yet!)

Maybe your Dad loves to play games. We have stores for that too! EB Games is your one stop shop for everything video game and pop culture related, from consoles to apparel and merchandise, all with friendly service from knowledgeable staff. If your Dad happens to be on the geekier side there's also Scenic Isle Gaming, The Game Forge and Warhammer for all of his table top gaming and board game needs.

Our Pick for the Gamer Dad:

You're my Hero Socks & Can Cooler Gift Set from EB Games ($9)

If you just can't go past the traditional Father's Day gift of socks, Gazman has a wonderful selection of novelty prints and business classics alike. They also offer a great range of casual and classy menswear.

For Dads who like to crack a joke (don't they all?), you may want to check out Politically Incorrect and their range of t-shirts and cards.

Our Picks for the Dad who Probably Needs to do More Laundry:

These brilliant Lobster Socks Socks from Gazman ($15.95)

FOR THE HUNGRY DAD

Maybe your dad would prefer a hearty meal over a gift, or maybe he just doesn't want to think about doing dishes on his special day- that's the perfect excuse to go out for any meal. Whether you're after a sweet treat, good coffee or hearty dinner, there are many dining options open in Launceston on Father's Day. Just make sure you book before they're full!

FOR THE SWEET TOOTH DAD: Charlie's Dessert House
FOR THE AMERICANA DAD: The Prickly Cactus
FOR THE SPICY DAD: Indian Empire 
FOR THE CHEESE-LOVING DAD: The Toasted Times
FOR THE DAD WHO PREFERS TAKEOUT: Hari's Curry, Yummy Yummy BBQ

There are plenty of dining options for Father's Day, but make sure you book in advance!

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