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Father's Day Australia: Why we celebrate it on a different day

by Phillip Kuoch on June 27, 2024

Every year, like clockwork, everyone in Australia goes into a panic state after seeing celebrities and influencers in the US posting about Fathers Day. Did we just totally forget about Father's Day this year?

But then we realise, "Wait... we don't celebrate Father's Day in June!"

It might not be common sense but every year, we see thousands of Goldelucks customers calling and messaging us, hastily trying to place an order for same day day delivery, thinking it's Father's Day in Australia. 

Australia celebrates Mother's Day on the same day as the US, Canada, New Zealand and many other countries - but why not Father's Day?

Picture: Anete Lusina

Holiday fatigue

The reason is more simple than you think. 

We celebrate Father's Day on first Sunday in September every year, whilst many countries in the northern hemisphere celebrate it in June. 

If you think about the first half of the year, we have a lot of holidays. Think about it: Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, Easter, ANZAC Day, Australia Day, King's Birthday... I could list a dozen more. 

If we also celebrated Father's Day in June, that would be another one on the list. 

It's normal for countries to adopt traditions to fit their culture and this is what we've done. 

Although it's hard to credit who proposed the date change, it is widely believed that it was influenced by commercial interests. 

By moving it to September, businesses can spread out their marketing activities throughout the year. Other than Christmas, we don't really have another occasion to celebrate in the latter half of the year.

We celebrate Father's Day at the start of Spring for better weather. Picture:  Ron Lach

The start of the new season 

It's also convenient that Father's Day falls on the start of Spring in Australia. If we celebrated it in June, we would be smack bang in the middle of winter, whilst in the US and other countries, they are celebrating it during summer.

By celebrating it in Spring, we can take out dads to do outdoor activities they love, such as: a nice BBQ, fishing, hiking and all the other great outdoor activities. 

 How to celebrate Father's Day in Australia 

There are many traditions in Australia when it comes to celebrating your dad. Many families celebrate by hosting a great Aussie BBQ or a nice family dinner. 

For many people who live far away from their parents - celebrating and making it special can be tricky.

There are many gift hamper website available but most of them only stock traditional hampers that they've been selling for 20 years + (that's dinosaur age in e-commerce). 

We don't want to be bias but we've worked hard to make sure every hamper we sell is special and unique. 

Unlike other gift basket websites, we bake and make most of our products in our bakery, so you know it's made with love. 

Our hampers also all have the option to personalise and add confetti explosion - so when your dad opens his gift, confetti will explode out!

Gift Ideas for Dad 

We all know dads can have very particular taste buds and they're always hard to impress.  

Here are some gift ideas dad will love: 

  1. Cookies
  2. Donuts
  3. Pamper Hamper
  4. Candles
  5. Brownies


While Australia celebrates Father's Day at a different time than much of the world, the sentiment remains the same - honouring our dads. The September date not only spreads out our celebrations but also gives us perfect spring weather for outdoor activities with Dad. Whether you're planning a BBQ, a fishing trip, or simply want to surprise your father with a unique gift, Goldelucks has you covered.

Check out our Father's Day collection for personalised, freshly-baked treats that are sure to make Dad's day special. Alternatively, if you want to find a gift that suits Dad's tastes exactly, explore our range of personalised Father's Day gifts. With our same-day delivery option, you can ensure a timely surprise even if you've mixed up the dates!

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