Treat your mother to the unique experience of dining on Melbourne's mobile tram, the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant. With modern Australian dishes and a classical, vintage dining setting on the restored 1927 tram, this is one experience every mother should be privy to at least once.
Where: Departs from Tramstop #125 Normanby Road, South Melbourne. When: Luncheon 1pm/ Early Dinner 5.45pm/ Late Dinner (Sun-Thurs) 8.35pm Cost: Prices start at $77 for three course meal/person
Miss Marple's Tea Room - scones with cream and jam
Miss Marple's Tea Room – Surprise your mother by making a booking at this Agatha Christie inspired tea room for a classic afternoon of Devonshire tea up in the Dandenong Ranges. Following the scones, spoil your mother by taking her antique and giftware shopping along the local Sassafras shops. There is a quaint teapot shop nearby full of stunningly beautiful and intricately-designed tea pots, called Tea Leaves. Or if you can take a ten minute drive detour, the colourful gardens of George Tindale Memorial Gardens is worth seeing, especially in autumn.
Pink Lady Concert - If your mother enjoys music, why not take her out to a music concert? The Melbourne Piano Trio will be playing a special Mother's Day concert in support of Breast Cancer Network Australia. In addition to supporting a worthy charity, your mother can enjoy the classical tunes of three of Australia's talented pianists with a complimentary glass of wine.
Where: Melbourne Recital Hall (Elisabeth Murdoch Hall), 31 Sturt Street, Melbourne. When: Sunday 13 May 4.00 - 6.00pm Cost: $50 per person/ concession $35
Where: South Melbourne Town Hall, 210 Bank Street, South Melbourne When: 2pm Cost: Free
Chocolate and coffee tours – Spend a day walking around the streets of Melbourne and acquainting your mother with its famous, and hidden, treasures that are home to the best coffee and chocolate around Melbourne. There are a number of different types of chocolate tours run by Suzie Wharton, founder of Chocoholic Tours, who is very lovely and funny. Or if your mother is a connoisseur of coffee, then Melbourne's Coffee Cultural Trek is highly recommended.
Where: Around Melbourne When: Varies based on chosen tour Cost: Varies base chosen tour
Eye Fillet of Beef at Titanic Theatre Restaurant
Dining with entertainment – With the anniversary of the Titanic, you could take your mother out to dine at the Theatre Titanic Restaurant. Comprising of two decks, First Class (upper deck) and Steerage (lower deck) each has their own theatre entertainment and three course dinner menu. The restaurant also has costume for hire to truly immerse in the experience.
Where: 1 Nelson Place, Williamstown When: 'Boarding' 6.30-7.00pm Cost: Min. prices $70 per person
Peninsula Hot Springs
Spend a day at the spas – Book in for a special package for your mother (and you may as well spoil yourself too) at the popular day spas, the Peninsula Hot Springs. If you opt to go to Peninsula, why not book in for a breakfast and spa package, after which you can spend the day walking around Rye? While I'd also highly recommend Hepburn Spa, it is currently closed for renovation and due to be reopened in late 2012.
Where: Springs Lane (formerly Devonport Drive), Rye. Cost: Min. bathing prices start at $35/person or family (2 adults/2 children) for $95