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1. High tea at Hopetoun Tea Rooms in the Royal Arcade is a classic way to spend time with your mum on Mother's Day. At the time of publishing there are still seats available for the 10am and 12pm session but they are likely to sell out fast. To reserve your seat click here. Cost is $65 pp.
Other luxury high tea options are The Windsor with the choice of morning or afternoon tea priced at $99 adults, $45 - $65 for children or The Langham high tea.
2. Be pampered at Peninsula Hot Springs. What could be a more relaxing Mother's Day than spending time with your mum being pampered at the Hot Springs? Visitors can choose between the general bathing pools with many rock pool baths at different temperatures or the private thermal pools. Massage packages are also available, for an array of massage and therapy options click here.
3. For active mums that enjoy a fun run/walk event then why not enter them into the Mother's Day Classic 4km or 8km option in one of the 21 locations around Victoria to support the Breast Cancer Foundation and it's a great way to spend some quality time together getting fit and supporting a great cause. There are even 6 free training runs at The Tan in Melbourne, so why not register now or to find out more, click here.
4. Mother's Day lunch or dinner on the special Tram Car Restaurant. If you have never been on the Tram Car restaurant then you need to get along and try it. The Tram Car restaurant is very popular with tourists but that doesn't mean it's not great for locals too. The food is top quality, service is fantastic and the scenery never gets boring. The Tram Car Restaurant has three services on Mother's day which includes:
lunch tram which includes 4 courses and drinks for $95pp, the *early dinner tram which includes 3 courses and drinks for $80pp with the duration 5:45pm - 7:15pm
late dinner which includes 5 courses and drinks for $121pp with the duration 8:35pm - 11:30pm
5. Take mum on a back stage tour of the Melbourne Arts Centre. See what's behind the curtains, in the secret passageways, rooms and underground areas that are usually off limits. The tour starts at 11am and concludes at 12:30 pm just in time for a Mother's Day lunch. Cost is $20 and you get the bonus of buying discounted tickets and merchandise ( Mother's day present maybe) and the Sunday market will be on out the front. You can book tickets here.
6. If your mum enjoys markets then the Mornington Racecourse market is on Mother's day and has over 300 stalls of hand made, home baked and grown items for sale. The market starts at 9am and finishes at 2pm and parking costs $3. For more information on the Mornington Racecourse market click here.
7. Ballarat Heritage Weekend celebrates the history and architecture of Ballarat with free entertainment, activities, markets , tours and heritage experiences. Take a ride on the steam train or on the double Decker bus, Join in some of the many walking tours that look at the Majesty's Theatre, Mechanics Institute, Colonist's Hall, Art Gallery of Ballarat, Lydiard st tour, historical walking tour, art deco walking tour, Ballarat cemetery, synagogue, observatory, ghost tours and much more. For more information click here.
8. For something different how about the Sail and Rail Mother's Day Special? this is a steam train and sail day to remember. Take the Geelong Flyer steam train from the Southern cross station in Melbourne to Geelong where you will have time to take in the sights before boarding the 'Victoria Star' to sail back to Melbourne. There is the option to do the sail or train ride only. Tickets for the return option are $92 adults, $82 seniors, $65 mothers and $57 under 17's ( under 3 are free). Click here for more information.
Barwon Mansion ( picture from the National Trust)
9. If you're on a budget why not pack a picnic and head to one of Melbourne's best parks or gardens, some that come to mind are the Melbourne Botanic garden, Australian Gardens at Cranbourne, or if you're happy to pay an entry fee the National trust are hosting Mother's Day festivities at 3 of their properties.
Lake View House are hosting an afternoon tea with the Murray Conservatorium band. Entry is $5 and information can be found here.
Barwon Park Mansion are hosting 'musical treats for mothers' with the Geelong Welsh choir along with Welsh culture and heritage displays. Entry is $25 and more information is available here.
McCrae Homestead are hosting Mothers Day devonshire tea and guided tours of the homestead. Entry is $15 and more information is available here.
10. Take a day trip to the Dandenong Ranges and explore the many beautiful gardens. My favourite gardens are the Alfred Nicholas and the George Tindale gardens, both are pretty gardens with lovely picnic spots or you may want to treat mum to high tea at Marybrooke Manor, Sherbrooke or Mt Dandenong Sky High. More breakfast/lunch options are listed here.
Marybrooke Manor (picture from their Facebook page)
And if all else fails then don't forget to buy some chocolates and flowers with a thoughtful message on a card to show mum how much you appreciate her ( and yes this applies to husbands and partners as well).