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Mother's Day in Canberra 2016

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by Sue W (subscribe)
Lover of exploring, family, food and fun!
Published April 10th 2016
How will you be spoiling your Mum?
Mothers are an important part of our lives. They can be our birth mums, step-mums, mothers-in-law, aunts, family friends or grandmothers who make a huge impact on who we are, and who we become. Mothers Day is a day to celebrate all these mother figures who look after us all year around and deserve a day where they are spoilt in return.
There are many ways that you can spoil your Mum in Canberra this Sunday, May 8th. Here are some ideas to get you started...

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...and don't forget the flowers!


The Mothers' Day Classic is being held at Lake Burley Griffin, starting from Rond Terrace in Commonwealth Park. Register your details and join hundreds of men, women, children and supporters running and pushing prams to support breast cancer research. Choose between the 5km walk, 5km run or 10km run and pound the pavements whilst supporting a good cause. The Mothers Day Classic is held at cities across Australia and has raised $27.4 million since it began. See here for more details.

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Source: Mothers Day Classic website


For some quality time with your Mum, why not settle in for popcorn and a movie at your local cinema. On April 29th, the movie Mothers Day will be released starring Britt Robertson, Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson and Julia Roberts. This movie is made by the same producers as Valentines Day and New Years Eve, so it is sure to be an entertaining and heart warming movie - perfect to enjoy with your Mum on Mothers Day. See trailer below, courtesy of You Tube.


Hyatt Hotel Canberra

Spoil your Mum this Mothers Day at the Hyatt Hotel for a decadent afternoon tea at The Tea Lounge or lunch or dinner at the Promenade Café.
If you choose the Afternoon Tea option, for $68 per person, each person will enjoy a chocolate-themed buffet, including a glass of Lerida Estate Zenzi sparkling wine.

For the Lunch Buffet, at $110 per person, there will be cooking stations, seafood, roasts, dessert selection, chocolate treats and a glass of Australian sparkling wine on arrival. This is the biggest event of the day at the Hyatt Hotel and expected to book out early.

The Dinner Buffet, at $85 per person, includes a selection of hot dishes, seafood selection, antipasto and a decadent dessert station to enjoy. For more details of all of these options, see the Hyatt Hotel Canberra website here.

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Source: Hyatt Hotel Canberra

Capitol Bar and Grill, QT Canberra

Take your Mum to a decadent lunch at the Capitol Bar and Grill and enjoy some bubbles and a three course lunch for $89 per person. When you arrive you will be greeted with Perfect bubbles and nibbles, before sitting down to enjoy a choice of entrée, main and dessert as well as a Mini Plate of Mini Sweets to finish. See here for the menu and the QT Canberra website for how to book.

Conservatory Restaurant, National Arboretum

The Conservatory Restaurant can be found at The National Arboretum, perched on top of the hill overlooking the cityscape below.

For Mothers Day, enjoy an à la carte Breakfast (between 8am - 11am) for $25 per adult, including coffee, tea and juices. Choose between four delicious options such as "Waffles with figs, banana and oranges, ricotta and smoked pecans" or "Son in law eggs crispy deep-fried poached eggs, caramel chilli, coriander, shallots, 2 toasts and nuoc cham dressing". Children's meals (for aged 12 and under) are Toasted Ham and Cheese Croissants or Toasted Chocolate Banana Bread and juice for $15. See here for the menu.

For a Mothers Day Lunch (between 12pm - 2pm), enjoy a two course limited à la carte menu for $49 per adult (not including drinks). There are three tasty options to choose from for both Mains and Desserts and the kids can enjoy a choice from their $25 kids menu, with banana split or ice cream for dessert. See here for the menu.

See here for more details and how to book.

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Views from The Conservatory Restuarant. Source: Conservatory Restaurant Ginger Catering website

The Boathouse By The Lake

The Boathouse By The Lake is a fine-dining restaurant, literally on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin at Grevillea Park. Enjoy a four course set menu, with snacks on arrival (price to be confirmed). There is also a Mother's Treat Package which includes a bottle of Chandon NV sparkling on arrival and a flower arrangement to take home. This scenic restaurant is often the setting for weddings and special events, with sumptuous food and fine dining service. See here for more details and how to book.

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Source: Boathouse By The Lake website

Star Buffet, Burns Club

If you are after value for money for the whole family to enjoy, book a table for the Mothers Day Buffet at the Burns Club in Kambah, Tuggeranong. The price is $35 per adult and for children under 12, calculate $2.50 x the age of the child. Choose from over 100 dishes including Australian, Asian and European cuisine, roast duck and BBQ pork, seafood and roasts. The price includes choice from the dessert bar. There will be two sittings for both lunch and dinner - book early to avoid disappointment. See here for more details and how to book.

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Source: Burns Club Facebook

North of the City

If you are in Gungahlin, 20 minutes north of the city, why not take Mum to the Siren Bar with free bubbles, tea or coffee with any booking. Poachers Pantry, a winery 25 minutes north of the city, is hosting a Mothers Day Lunch at their Smokehouse Café, for $89 per person. The price includes a four course set menu with a glass of bubbles on arrival. Further east is Lake George Winery, located in the Federal Highway to Sydney, which will also be hosting a Mothers Day lunch with two sittings to choose from.

To really get out of the city, why not hop aboard the Mothers Day Train and travel to Bungadore with the Canberra Railway Museum. See here for finalised details and price closer to the date.

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Source: Canberra Railway Museum Facebook

Mum's Favourite Café

To take the guesswork out of the decision, why not make a booking at your Mum's favourite café or restaurant to ensure that she will enjoy the food, as well as the company. If you are visiting Canberra for the weekend and don't yet have a favourite, here are some café ideas for the City, North and South to get you started.

City - Why not enjoy breakfast or lunch at the quaint Yarralumla Gallery and The Oaks Brasserie (set in the leafy Weston Park), Poppy's Café (a bright and colourful café outside The Australian War Memorial), Pork Barrel Café (overlooking the rose gardens opposite Old Parliament House), Ivy and the Fox (located in the historical Old Canberra House), Garden Café (located inside Rodney's Plant Nursery in Pialligo), Bookplate Café (with scenic outdoor seating at the National Library), the NGA Café (located inside the National Gallery) or Cream Café and Bar (for some Art Deco glamour).

If you have young kids, check out some of Canberra's Family Friendly Cafes or take a picnic blanket (and soccer ball) down to Snapper on the Lake for some tasty fish and chips and a game on the grass.

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Family time at Snapper on the Lake

North - perhaps book a table at Ricardo's Café and Patisserie (a popular café in Macquarie with delicious cakes and playground), Café Lerida (a hilltop café located at Lerida Estate Winery over the border into NSW), G Tree Café (on the main street in Gungahlin) or any of the quaint cafes at Gold Creek Village. Ensure you book early and secure your table to avoid the last minute rush to book.

South - some tasty café options include Lanyon Café (located at the picturesque Lanyon Homestead), 5 Senses (inside Tuggernong Hyperdome), Common Grounds Café (a modern café at Gowrie shops), Lazy Mays Café (with a delicious menu at Greenway), Fox and Bow Café (a Farrer café with basketball hoop outside for the kids) or San Churro Chocolateria in Woden for some chocolatey goodness.

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Toblerone Tango Cheesecake at San Churro Chocolateria, Woden

This is just a taste of what will be on offer for Mothers Day in Canberra. Despite the list above, you also don't need to spend a lot of money to put a smile on your Mums face - breakfast in bed, a handmade card or a hand-picked flower from the garden will go a long way in making your Mum happy this Mother's Day. Whatever you decide to do, wherever you decide to go, rest assured that she will enjoy her special day - as long as you are there too.

Happy Mother's Day!

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