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.
When Mum is Too Special for the Ordinary
8 Unique Mother's Day Outings 2017
Mum is too special for the ordinary. She does so much for us so often it is easy to take her for granted. 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.
Treat Mum to something special (Photo in the Public Domain via Pixabay)
Take some time to treat Mum to a relaxing and indulgent day and why not choose something a little different. A boat cruise, dining on a heritage tram, a bus tour, a forest bathing retreat, a fun run, a spa treatment, amazing views, or a spa treatment.
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.
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.
A selection of mini sweets. (Photo from Melbourne River Cruises Facebook Page)
You will be hard pressed to choose between the five 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.
Champagne Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner on the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant
The Colonial Tramcar Restaurant is not one tram but is the world's first fleet of travelling tramcar restaurants, a fitting tribute to a city renowned for its trams. Coloured a distinctive burgundy inside and out, they are hard to miss.
The luxurious interior of Melbourne's Iconic Tramcar Restaurant. (Photo from The Colonial Tramcar Restaurant Facebook Page)
Mum could not help but feel like a queen in such beautiful colonial style surrounds, seated at tables set with pristine white table cloths, on seats with studded velvet upholstery, looking out windows furnished with elegant burgundy drapes. To step in these trams is to step back in time, but don't worry, despite their meticulous attention to period décor the trams are air conditioned and stabilised for a comfortable ride.
This year the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant is offering champagne breakfast, luncheon and early dinner.
Melbourne's iconic Tramcar Restaurant (Photo from The Colonial Tramcar Restaurant Facebook Page)
Breakfast is a scrumptious four courses which includes seasonal fruit, freshly baked croissants and egg enveloped in an herb crepe and of course, champagne. If that has left your mouth watering imagine what is in store for Mum at the four course luncheon or three course early dinner.
Bookings can be made on the website or by ringing (03) 9695 4000.
When: Sunday 14th May 2017, Champagne Breakfast 9.30am to 11am. Luncheon 1.00pm to 3.00pm. Early 5.45pm to 7.15pm. Bookings are essential.
Where: The trams depart from and return to Tram stop #125, corner of Normanby Road, near the corner of Clarendon Street, South Melbourne. Check their website for a map.
Cost: Champagne Breakfast $99 per person. Luncheon $110 per person. Early Dinner $95 per person.
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 dining room (Photo copyright Gayle Beveridge)
When: Breakfast 8.00am and 9.30am. Lunch 12.00 noon. High Tea 1.00pm 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.
Dinner, Daring and Sweeping Views of Melbourne at Eureka 89
Taking Mum out for a three course meal and drinks on Mother's Day accords her a well deserved respite from cooking the family meal. Imagine how much better lunch out will be at Eureka 89 on the top floor of Eureka Tower.
Enjoy these spectacular views while you dine. (Photo from Eureka 80 Events and Dining Facebook Page.)
Eureka 89 is Melbourne's highest dining room and offers views across the city from windows that rise from floor to ceiling. Eureka Tower is just over 297 metres high and is the second tallest building in Australia today.
If Mum is a bit adventurous why not also treat her to an experience on The Edge. Take the fastest elevator in the Southern Hemisphere and in 38 seconds you will arrive at the Eureka Skydeck 88 where you can take in 360 degree views of Melbourne. Enjoy the panorama or zero in using one for the many viewfinders. But anyone can do that. Daredevils step up to The Edge, a glass cube that protrudes from the side of the building 285 metres above ground. Now here's the adventure, the floor is glass. Glance down at your feet suspended 285 in the air. Click here for more details and for pricing.
Is Mum adventurous enough to try The Edge. (Photo from Eureka Skydeck 88 Facebook Page)
Cost: Adults $150.00, Children 13-17 years $105.00, Children 12 years and under $55.00.
Mother's Day Out Yarra Valley Bus Tour
Yarra Valley is well known for its wineries and fine dining options. Mum would be indulged at any of these. To give her a sampling of what this region has to offer a Mother's Day bus tour has been organised.
Yummm.... Chocolate tastings. (Photo from Yarra Valley Chocolaterie Facebook Page)
First on the agenda is a visit to the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery for chocolate tasting and morning tea. A chocolate lover's paradise, the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery offers more than 250 different chocolate treats handcrafted by their European Chocolatiers.
Where: Bus Pickup Point: Bunnings Carpark (front right corner) 849 Princes Hwy, Springvale.
Cost: $99.00 per person. Over 18's only.
Mother's Day Dinner for the National Breast Cancer Foundation
Not just a dinner out, this event which has been organised to benefit the National Breast Cancer Foundation offers a tryptophan, mood stabilising plant based dinner. This extraordinary dinner is being hosted at the Serotonin Eatery. At the Serotonin happiness centre which also has an Exercise Centre and an Education Platform, there is an emphasis on a plant based diet as a basis of a healthy mind and body. They believe an increase in daily fruit and vegetable intake has a nexus with a person's level of happiness.
Healthy plant based eating for the National Breast Cancer Foundation (Photo from Serotonin Exercise Education Facebook Page)
The evening will commence with a house made vegan cheese platter followed by cold drinks. The tryptophan, mood stabilising plant based dinner will be followed by dessert and a serotonin mood stabilising tea.
When: Sunday 14th May 2017 6.00pm to 9.00pm. Bookings are essential.
Where:Your text goes here Serotonin Eatery, 52 Madden Grove, Burnley (Richmond).
Cost: $62.65 to $370.92 inclusive of booking fees for tables for two through to tables for families of six.
Mother's Day Forest Bathing 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.
Take Mum on a guided therapeutic walk through the forest. (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.
When: Saturday 13th May 2017. 10.00am to 1.00pm. Bookings are essential.
Where: Mount Macedon – meeting point details will be forwarded on booking.
Cost: $65.00 for you and Mum comes for free.
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. In 2016 event participants and I 2016 sponsors raised three million dollars.
105,000 people participated in 2016. (Photo from Mother's Day Classic Facebook Page)
When: From 6.00am with the first wave departing at 7.15am. 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.