You’ve booked the restaurant, bought the flowers and even written a soppy card describing how amazing your mum is. But what other activities have you got booked? Yep, I’m talking about the post-lunch/brunch activity that your mum initiates at the end of every mothers day meal (or coffee) “What’s next kids?”. Not to worry, we’ve got 11 options to keep the Mother’s Day dream alive!

1. Walk the Dandenong Ranges

Have you been to the Dandenongs recently? It’s stunning. Seasonal autumn leaves and cooler temperatures all makes for an enjoyable Mothers Day walk. We recommend checking out Must See Gardens of the Dandenong Ranges to find the closest and best garden near you.

Price: Free

Hours: 10 am - 5 pm.


2. Cuddle a Platypus

There’s no better way to spend the morning or afternoon than at Healesville Sanctuary. Your mother will love the array of Australian wildlife; Koalas, Wombats, Snakes, you name it! We recommend checking out the sanctuary’s newest addition ‘Kangaroo Country’.

Price: Adults - $36.00 | Children - Free

Hours: 9 am - 5 pm.  


3. Discover Alowyn Gardens

Head over to Yarra Glen and discover Alowyn Gardens, a beautiful and well-maintained garden that is sure to impress your mother. We recommend getting an Instagram selfie in the Wisteria Archway! Also, grab a scone and pot of tea cafe in the maple courtyard - the perfect way to top off Mothers Day.

Price: Adults - $10.00 | Children - Free

Hours: 9 am - 5 pm.  

4. TarraWarra Museum of Art

Find Your Self at TarraWarra Museum of Art this Mother’s Day. Like Thomas Merton famously once said, “Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time”. Get lost and rediscover yourself in the museum’s beautiful art pieces. We recommend checking out the new exhibition - Edwin Tanner: Mathematical Expressionist.

Price: Adults - $10.00 | Pensioners - $5 | Children (u12) - Free

Hours: 11 am - 5 pm.  


5. Book a private plane and fly over the Yarra Valley

Up, up and away! Jump on board your own private plane and discover Melbourne’s Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges. This 45 min flight will give you a birds-eye view of the local attractions. Pro Tip - We recommend packing your camera and getting that new family portrait (or facebook profile image)!

Price: Yarra Valley Aviation offer  a $299 package for up to 3 people, extras $100 per person

Hours: All Hours (Bookings required)


6. Visit a Day Spa

If your mum’s like mine, she’s going to want to be pampered during her Mothers Day afternoon. This means, no boys. Just some good quality girl downtime. The region’s best Day Spa businesses that we recommend include; Balance Mountain Day Spa, Japanese Mountain Retreat Mineral Springs Spa, Miss Josie’s Beauty ParlourNatskin Day Spa Retreat, Piaf Day Spa, Spa De Marrakech, Elle Naturale and Nourish Day Spa.

Price: from $10

Hours: 9 am - 6 pm


7. Horse Around for the Afternoon

Looking for something a little out there for Mothers Day? Well, saddle up and head over to Yarra Valley Trails, a tranquil horse ride experience in the great australian bush. Your mother will love exploring the region by horse taking in the fresh country air and abundance of wildlife, taking you away from all the city stress.

Price: from $95

Hours: 9 am - 6 pm (Bookings required)

A bit hesitant? Check out Find Your Self Happy On A Horse for a full idea of what to expect.


8. E-bike your way along the Lilydale to Warburton Trail

Your mother will love this one. Head over to Yarra Valley Cycles, hire an e-bike and cruise along the Lilydale to Warburton Trail. Beautiful bushland, perfectly well-maintained bike paths and scattered wildlife make the trail an ideal afternoon out. If it’s your first time on an e-bike, we recommend sticking to a comfortable speed.

Price: from $30 p/h

Hours: 9 am - 4 pm (Bookings required)

9. Take in the fresh air at Lillydale Lake

For those who don’t know, Lillydale Lake is a hidden gem! The lake has plenty of parking, wheelchair accessible footpaths and a beautiful 2.5km return lake walk with plenty of birdlife. Your mother will be loving the fresh air, lake views and good company. Pro Tip - The lake is also dog-friendly!

Price: Free

Hours: Always Open


10. Catch a beauty

If your tradition for a Mother’s Day lunch always includes fish, then why not try your luck at a fish farm? It’s as simple as throwing in a line and waiting for the fish to take the bait. Fish farms will also get the fish ready for you (and may even cook them too). The region’s best Fish Farms that we recommend include; Buxton Trout and Salmon Farm, Australian Rainbow Trout Farm and Marysville Trout and Salmon Ponds.

Price: from $5.00

Hours: 9 am -  5 pm


11. Village Shopping

Why not spend the afternoon (or day) Mother's day shopping? We recommend heading up to the quaint cool-climate villages of the Dandenong Ranges. Our pick for Mother's Day shops includes Creswick Natural Fibres, Daisy Boots Bookshop, Smits and Bits, Tea Leaves, Mangana Olinda and Touchstone Craft Gallery.

Price: from $0.99

Hours: 10 am -  5 pm

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