Gayle is a retired accountant and a photography enthusiast living on Victoria's beautiful Bass Coast. Gayle is passionate about writing and keen to showcase Aussie culture to a global audience. Gayle loves her family, dogs, sunsets, and chocolate.
Published April 14th 2018
How to Make Mum's Day Special
Mum is too important for the ordinary. She is our protector, our teacher, our confidant, our mentor, and our strength. Mother's Day is our chance to say thank you. Thank you for being there through thick and thin, for going the extra mile even when she was exhausted, for caring when no-one else cared.
Take some time to treat Mum to a relaxing and indulgent day and why not choose something a little different. A boat cruise, high tea at the zoo, an Art Deco experience, a meal and a massage, or a calming encounter in nature.
The Lady Cutter Melbourne Showboat Seafood and Champagne Cruise
Forget your local restaurant this year and treat Mum to a champagne and seafood dining experience aboard the spectacular Melbourne Showboat, The Lady Cutler. You and Mum will be ushered aboard with champagne and canapes before commencing a return cruise from Docklands to Williamstown.
Sunset Dinner Cruise (Photo from Lady Cutler Melbourne Showboat Facebook Page)
While Mum takes in the views across the city, Victoria Harbour and the ports she can enjoy a magnificent seafood spread followed by dessert. Live music sets the mood and Mum need not be restricted to the dining table; the Lady Cutler also offers luxurious leather lounges.
The Lady Cutler is a fully renovated two level showboat which once plied the waters as a Sydney ferry.
The Lady Cutler (Photo from the Lady Cutler Facebook Page)
Cost: Early bird $89, 2 adults and 2 children $250, Children 4-17 years $49,
A Meal and a Spa Treatment at Woodman Estate
Imagine a luxury hotel with an exquisite restaurant in a heritage style building overlooking a picturesque lake. Imagine a lakeside cabin over serene waters. Imagine an indulgent day spa. Imagine walking tracks across manicured lawns, beneath forest trees, past water lily pools. Imagine the quiet and tranquillity of a country location. Now imagine all of this less than an hour's drive from Melbourne's CBD. Woodman Estate in Moorooduc is all of these things.
Woodman Estate is celebrating Mother's Day with a choice of breakfast, lunch, high tea and dinner all of which can be complemented with a massage or spa treatment. This place is an adult's paradise but also welcomes children so your special outing can be a family affair.
The view from the table in the dining room (Photo copyright Gayle Beveridge)
When: Sunday 13th May, 2018. Breakfast 8.00am and 9.30am. Lunch 12.00 noon. High Tea 12.00pm, 1.00pm, 3.00pm and 4.00pm. Dinner 6.30pm. Massages and spa treatments can be booked for after breakfast, before lunch or before high tea. Bookings are essential.
Where: 136 Graydens Rd, Moorooduc, Victoria 3933 (On the Mornington Peninsula)
Cost: Refer to the website for the cost of your chosen option.
Mother's Day Lunch Cruise on the Yarra
Mum will appreciate a day off from preparing the family meals on Mother's Day but imagine her delight if instead of the local restaurant, her dining experience is aboard the Spirit of Melbourne floating restaurant. The Spirit of Melbourne is a double-decked boat with floor to ceiling windows. Tables and facilities are as they would be in any restaurant of class.
Happy Mother's Day (Photo from Melbourne River Cruises Website)
Spend some quality family time while taking in some of Melbourne's most magnificent scenery, lush landscapes and elegant buildings by day and city lights by night. Melbourne River Cruises is offering a choice of lunch or dinner cruises.
Mother's Day Lunch Cruise. (Photo from Melbourne River Cruises Facebook Page)
You will be hard pressed to choose between the four main courses on offer which include such gourmet delicacies as Char-grilled chicken breast, garlic prawn on a bed of mashed potato, green bean and creamy green peppercorn sauce or Pan fried Moroccan salmon avocado salsa, and caper mayonnaise. The children's menu offers two choices. The full menu is available on their website and your selections are made at the time of booking.
The main course is followed by a selection of mini desserts that need to be seen to be believed and tea or coffee served with a chocolate. Wine, beer, soft drink and orange juice are included and available in abundance.
The Spirit of Melbourne (Photo from Melbourne River Cruises Facebook Page)
Where: The Melbourne River Cruises boat departs from Southbank Promenade at Berth 3 near the Langham Hotel, in the Southgate Arts and Leisure Precinct.
Cost: Adults $95, Children 14-17 years $65 and Children 2-13 years $45.
Mother's Day Classic Fun Run
The Mother's Day Fun Run, or walk, is an annual event that raises funds for Breast Cancer Research. The run takes place in a range of cities and towns across Australia. Click here for a list of locations in Victoria. The event is open to anyone it is not uncommon for families to run or walk together. Prams and strollers are allowed but need to start at the back of the field. If you would like to raise funds beyond your entry fees and personal donations click here for fund raising suggestions and useful tools to help in your efforts. Over the last 21 years $33.2 million dollars has been raised.
Join the fight against breast cancer. (Photo from the Mother's Day Classic Facebook Page)
When: Sunday 13th May 2018. From 6.00am with the first wave departing at 7.15am and the last wave at 9.55am. Click here and scroll down for a full list of departure times. Registrations can be made via the website or on the day. Early bird discounts are available.
Where: The start is on Alexandra Avenue, Melbourne near the Pillars of Wisdom at the Alexandra Gardens and the course follows the Royal Botanic Gardens to the finish line at St. Kilda Road. Click here for a list of locations in regional Victoria.
Cost: Entry Fee s range from $20.00 for a child walker through to $170.00 for families. Children under three for free. Click here and scroll down for a table of fees.Donations are welcome and encouraged.
Melbourne Zoo Mother's Day Breakfast or High Tea Lunch
Melbourne Zoo has lined up a Mother's Day Breakfast and High Tea Lunch to treat Mum on her special day. Breakfast is served as a hot and cold buffet. The lunch buffet includes a selection of savoury and sweet items served with tea or coffee.
Spoil Mum on Mother's Day (Photo by Karolyn83 CC0 Public Domain via Pixabay)
Admission to the zoo is included in the ticket price. There's a lot to see so you might want to choose your favourites ahead of time. You can check out the zoo highlights here. Visit the Trail of Elephants where an Asian Village and garden setting has been recreated. Mum and the children are likely to have a laugh at the bare bottoms on show at Baboon Lookout. Walk through the Lemur Island Exhibit and watch these acrobatic little animals performing for their audience.
It's all about family on Mothers' Day. (Image from Zoos Victoria Facebook page)
Take Mum to The Butterfly House, always a favourite with the ladies. No doubt the children will be keen to visit the Australia Bush Exhibit to see the koalas. Don't forget Dad; squeeze in a visit to Lion Gorge so he can see the King of the Beasts.
When: Sunday 13th May 2018. Breakfast: 9.30am to 11am. Lunch: 12.30pm to 3pm. High tea commences at 1pm. Access to the zoo is from 9am and 11.30am respectively. Bookings are essential.
Where: Breakfast is in the Lakeside Café and High Tea Lunch is in the Private Function Room at Melbourne Zoo, Elliott Avenue, Parkville 3052.
Cost: Breakfast $75per adult, $35 per child (2-12 years) High Tea Lunch $90 per adult, $45 per child (2-12 years)
Art Deco Dining Experience and Tour
It's always lovely to take Mum for a meal on Mother's Day but why stop at the ordinary. This year combine a delightful dining experience with a one hour tour of Melbourne's iconic Manchester Unity Building. Breakfast, lunch and cheese and wine tours are offered.
Enjoy and Art Deco dining experience with a tour of the Manchester Unity Building (Photo from 1932 Cafe and Restaurant Facebook Page)
The meals are hosted in 1932 Café and Restaurant where the 1930's era deco hints at the building's history.
The Manchester Unity Building was constructed in 1932 in an Art Deco gothic inspired style. The tour includes the rooftop terrace and the iconic boardroom table. The boardroom table made from Queensland maple cross banded with rosewood, is almost 6 metres long and is topped with a 330kg sheet of plate glass.
Treat Mum to something special (Photo in the Public Domain via Pixabay)
Where: 1932 Café and Restaurant, Manchester Unity Building,
Cost: Breakfast Tour $59 each Lunch Tour $69 each Cheese and Wine Tour $55 each
Mother's Day Forest Bathing Mini Retreat
Despite the name, there is no water involved in the Mother's Day Forest Bathing Retreat. Mum can escape the rigours of everyday life and relax on the guided forest therapy walk where the emphasis is walking gently through nature.
Relax amongst nature. (Photo from Shnrin-Yoku Forest Bathing Australia Facebook Page)
Join Mum on this calming and therapeutic adventure where wellness coach Susan will teach you techniques for connecting with nature. Following the peaceful stroll through the forest, you and Mum will be treated to a Japanese tea ceremony using bush tea and accompanied by snacks.
Take Mum on a guided therapeutic walk through the forest. (Photo from Shnrin-Yoku Forest Bathing Australia Facebook Page)