There's no more dreaded feeling than having to be the one to send the "wait, when is Father's Day again" text. And yet, most, if not all of us have probably been in this position before. Unlike Mother's Day, which happens at the start of the year when your calendar and work schedule is still under control; Father's Day creeps up towards the back end and boy is it easy to forget. But that doesn't mean that the dads across Australia don't deserve to have their special day!
So, why is it so difficult to remember when Father's Day is? Partly, it's probably due to the fact that Australia celebrates that day at a completely different time to the rest of the world – and we mean months apart. Wouldn't it just be easier if we all celebrated on the same day? Regardless, the easiest way to keep track of the day here in Australia is to remember that it always falls on the first Sunday of September every year. This year, Father's Day falls on September 3, 2023.
Whether you're a super planer and want to book Father's Day dates into your calendar for the next five years, are still confused why we celebrate it on different days, or are wanting to begin your gift buying, we have you covered.
When is Father's Day in Australia?
Father's Day is celebrated in Australia annually on the first Sunday of September. This year, it will fall on September 4, which is 11 weeks after it is celebrated in the United States and United Kingdom. No wonder there's so much confusion. If this year, you're making a vow to never forget the day again; we are very conveniently sharing the dates for 2022-2026 below, so there's no excuse to be complacent. Yes, this is a deliberate callout to all the youngest siblings...
- 2023 – Sunday, 3rd September
- 2024 – Sunday, 1st September
- 2025 – Sunday, 7th September
- 2026 – Sunday, 6th September
- 2027 – Sunday, 5th September
Why is it a different date to other countries?
Truth be told, the reason why Father's Day is celebrated on a different day in Australia to other countries is still a mystery. What we do know, however, is that the day was first recognised as a national celebration in 1936; with the first mention in a newspaper article from The Newcastle Sun titled it a “new day". Mother's Day was also an established and extremely popular celebration by this time too.
Now that I know the date, what should I buy as a gift for Father's Day?
Sure, every dad always says they don't want a gift on Father's Day, but we all know that isn't the truth. Luckily, here at RUSSH, we have you covered with all the ways you can and should spoil all the dads, grandads and father figures in your life this year. If you're working with a dad who likes to be on the move, look to our suggestions for the best activities to pass the day. Alternatively, if your dad's love language is gift giving; our round-up of luxury Father's Day gifts is sure to hit the spot. Whatever you decide on, there's no doubt you're sure to put a smile on his face.