Top Mother's Day Destinations in Australia

best mother's day trips in Australia

What better way to spend Mother's Day than to take your mum on a memorable drive to one of these luxurious locations. A weekend getaway is the perfect gift, and undoubtedly will be an experience to remember. VroomVroomVroom have put together a list of some of our favourite Australian road trips for Mother's Day.

Indulge in tea and pastries in Melbourne

high tea in Melbourne

Afternoon teas, high coffees, and crafty teas are fast becoming popular in Victoria and you can find some of the best high tea venues in Melbourne. You and your mother can enjoy sipping on warm tea and nibbling on delectable snacks and desserts. It is very relaxing and you can spend hours reminiscing or sharing new experiences. Consider visiting the Hopetoun Tea Rooms, which is known for their delicious scones and the kid-friendly High Tea at Crafternoon.

Where to stay? There are plenty of accommodation options in Melbourne. Stay at Southbank so you can enjoy a leisurely stroll along the Yarra River.

Getting there: Pick up a rental car from Melbourne Airport, or from one of the city depots to start exploring. Melbourne is well-connected to most major Australian cities by domestic airlines.

Other Stops:
  • While you're in Melbourne for the weekend, why not take a side trip to the Great Ocean Road and enjoy a meal overlooking the beautiful coastline.
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Feel pampered in luxurious rainforest villas on the Gold Coast

rainforest villa

Escape all the hustle and bustle of the city by heading to the Gold Coast hinterland for a relaxing rainforest retreat. You'll get a chance to see more than 500 different waterfalls, 160 kilometres of walking trails and 250 wildlife species almost as soon as you step out of your room. O'Reilly's features a wide range of accommodations – from Canopy Suites to luxurious Villas that offer breathtaking views of Lamington National Park.

Where to stay? Book a room in one of the beautiful villas at O'Reilly's - a perfect base for exploring the Hinterland.

Getting there: O'Reilly's is located almost 70km from the Gold Coast along Lamington National Park Road. You can pick up a rental car from the Gold Coast or from Coolangatta Airport.

Other Stops:

  • Your mum will surely feel rejuvenated after taking a dip at the Lost World Spa. Enjoy a picnic on the verandas of their historical homestead!
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Take a hot air balloon ride over Alice Springs

hot air ballooning in Alice Springs

Road trips are fun because you can stop anytime to appreciate the sights, but hot air ballooning can let you gaze over your surrounding while floating up in the sky. The experts say that the best place to ride the hot air balloon is over the Outback, where you can get a chance to see the spectacular Ayers Rock and other amazing landscapes. Outback Ballooning is the only balloon company in the country which operates in the remote Outback. The meeting place is in Alice Springs, and you can choose between a 30-minute or 60-minute balloon flight.

Where to stay? Base yourself in Alice Springs. The town has a lot of accommodation options and plenty of amenities.

Getting there: You can pick up a rental car from one of the many depots across Alice Springs. There are plenty of flights from other major cities to Alice Springs.

Other Stops:

  • While you've got a rental car, visit the fantastic Macdonnell Ranges. It is only a short journey.
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Enjoy a relaxing harbour cruise in Sydney

sydney dinner cruise

If your mum is scared of the heights, then take her on a harbour cruise in Sydney instead. There are several companies that offer cruise packages on Mother's Day so find the one that will best interest your mum. Rhythm Boat Cruises will feature one of the country's top Abba tribute bands. Watch their live performance while enjoying the Sydney Harbour views and delectable lunch and dessert. Captain Cook Cruises, on the other hand, offers a special buffet lunch for all the mothers out there.

Where to stay? There is no shortage of accommodation options in Sydney, with plenty of luxurious hotels located in and around Darling Harbour.

Getting there: Pick up a rental car from Sydney Airport and make your way into the city. Cruises leave from Darling Harbour or from Circular Quay.

Other stops:

  • While you're in Sydney, visit some of the other top sights. Admire the view from the Sydney Tower Eye or take a tour of the Opera House.
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