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Best Father’s Day gifts for the creative (or curious) dad

Say no to bags of liquorice and hardware vouchers. Choose an Opera House gift to intrigue, inspire and entertain him

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Taste of the Opera House food tour

$295 per person

Food loving fathers can wine and dine their way across the Opera House’s leading restaurants on this indulgent dining degustation, led by an Opera House guide. The small group experience pairs delicious local produce with sparkling Sydney Harbour views, hands on food and cocktail preparation and dramatic tales of the Opera House’s history and performers. Highlights include a dessert moment at Bennelong Restaurant so perfectly theatrical even the most ardent social media critics will reach for their cameras.

 

A talk or workshop at Antidote festival

From $20 + booking fee

Held on Father’s Day, Sunday September 1, Antidote is a festival of ideas, action and change sure to inspire healthy intergenerational debate on today’s biggest issues. For environmentally conscious dads there’s Covering Climate, a panel discussion on the ethics of climate journalism featuring Tim Flannery and host Kerry O’Brien. Politico dads will enjoy The Problem with Polling with veteran election analyst Antony Green. And the Daddy Hair Care workshop will upskill dads in taming their little one’s locks from ponies to pigtails and braids.

Go on a Backstage Tour

$175 per person

If dad’s a frustrated actor, loves architecture, enjoys history, or is simply a proud Sydneysider, the early morning Backstage Tour will give him an all access pass to the behind the scenes world of the iconic Sydney Opera House. He’ll don hi vis before heading into a rabbit warren of backstage corridors, dressing rooms, world famous stages and even an orchestra pit to learn how the magic of theatre is brought to life every day.

Bell Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus

From $45 + booking fee

If dad thought the body count in Game of Thrones is bad, wait until he sees Bell Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus. A series of nightmares unfold and delve into humankind’s most vile traits, inviting the audience to revel in the horrors that are found within. Limbs are lobbed off; characters are baked into pies; and vengeance is exacted on all.

The Flaming Lips

From $79 + booking fee

The technicolour rock legends make their Opera House debut on Monday 30 September and Tuesday 1 October. On the 20th anniversary of their pop masterpiece The Soft Bulletin, they’ll play the album in full with their greatest hits. The band is known for wild performances – think confetti canyons, balloons and neon unicorns – so dads can look forward to a night of rainbow soaked rock and roll.

‘Afternoons with Albert’ cord roll

$75

End cord tangling frustration for good with this stylish leather solution from Aussie entrepreneur and pilot Shane Thompson, new to the Opera House Shop.

Songs and Times of Sam Cooke

From $69 + booking fee

The music and unforgettable genius of the King of Soul, Sam Cooke, is celebrated in this rare chance to relive the music that shaped history. ARIA Award winning and multi platinum selling recording artist Gary Pinto and the outstanding Champions of Soul Band will traverse Cooke’s biggest hits with a nod to his beloved Harlem Square Club concert in 1963.

Collector’s Edition Sydney Opera House Monopoly

$80

Reignite family games night with this distinctive piece of Sydney from the Opera House Shop. The Shop is full of gems, from collaborations with leading Australian brands like Sheridan, Bausele and T2 to limited edition items celebrating Australian and Danish design. Shop the full range.

Gift voucher

Or grab an Opera House Gift Voucher so he can see whatever he likes. 

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