Published 18 April 2019, updated 1 May 2019

Some mums like a surprise, some mums like to choose. What does your Mum want to do this 12 May on Mother’s Day? Go on – ask her now!

Is she up for an adventure, a fine wine, an indulgent meal or does she love a day of arty inspiration? Whatever it is that lights her up, the Yarra Valley, Dandenong Ranges and Nillumbik will have plenty of options – book now and make her day the exact one she wants. 

Here’s a checklist to get the conversation started!

MUMS WHO LOVE ‘THE BEST’ FOOD

Breakfast or lunch at Isabella’s Restaurant at Rochford Wines is a treat for your mum that will have you in ‘credit’ for months! Mums of Melbourne this is the hint you need to drop! 

Rochford Chocolate Wine and Cheese Festival– Are there three more satisfying food groups? We think not. This day has grin all over mum’s face written all over it! And it’s free.

Mary Eats Cake – There’s a flower crown package for the queen of your household, unlimited scones, and a take home surprise for mum. She will absolutely love this. No question. And a $5 donation from your ticket is being donated to the Royal Women’s Hospital. Cocktails + tea + treats = scrumptious!

SkyHigh Mother’s Day lunch – Choose breakfast, lunch of dinner with a magnificent view, and lots of activities to enjoy in the gardens and surrounds.  Mum will receive a complimentary present too. A destination with something for every member of the family.

Holmesglen at Eildon has the perfect way to say thank you to mum. A three-course luncheon with free sparkling wine and an afternoon of relaxed entertainment. You can even stay overnight if you wish.

Theres's also a fabulous lunch experience on offer at Balgownie Estate Yarra Valley - a four-course lunch and mum gets an exclusive Natskin pamper pack to take home too.

If buffet luncheons make mum smile then Yarra Valley Lodge in Chirnside has exactly what you're looking for with their Mother's Day luncheon. And proceeds from every ticket are being donated to Breast Cancer Network  Australian. Double smile!

Wild Cattle Creek in Seville have set the table for Mothers Day with views overlooking the vines and a cocktail on arrival. A special setting for a special person!

In the Dandenong Ranges, Mist@Olinda invite you to a buffet luncheon under the magical forest canopy. The Dandenong Ranges Botanic Gardens are especially beautiful at this time of year.

In Kangaroo Ground, Mothers Day lunch at Fondata1872 has something for everyone in the whole family to enjoy. Big Italian style family feasts are what they do well!

Mum will be super cosy enjoying lunch by the fireside at Micawber Park Tavern in Belgrave. Live music and old world charm feature in this long time favourite destination in the Dandeong Ranges.

If High Tea is your mums favourite thing to do Sage Hotel is offering the perfect amount of spoiling! Treat mum  - and yourself!

Graceburn Wine Room in Healesville will be offering a 3 course luncheon from Erik Koel with complimentary bubbles for mum. Guarenteed to make you the favourite child!

We know High Teas are super popular right now and Olinda Tea House is offering a modern spin on Chinese cuisine in the beautiful tranquility of the Dandenong Ranges. Mother's Day Lunch and High Tea is bound to impress with unique high quality dishes, exquisite desserts and oriental High Tea. 

INSPIRE MUM WITH SOME ARTY TIME

Beasts and Creatures an exhibition by Leunig – At The Memo, Healesville, this poignant exhibition features the art and wisdom of one of our favourite Australians, Michael Leunig, whose words have for decades, soothed, inspired and illuminated the task of mothering and living well.

Tarra Warra Museum of Modern Art  – Tracey Moffatt: Body Remembers is the first Victorian showing of Moffatt’s photographic series Body Remembers 2017 and video work Vigil 2017 from her widely-acclaimed 57th Venice Biennale exhibition.

The highly evocative photographs depict a 1950s maid, played by the artist herself, who is stranded on an isolated colonial property. Set in a deserted, dreamlike landscape—a kind of nowhere place—the photographs evoke a vexed emotional terrain, one that is imbued with both yearning and mourning, longing and sorrow.

The wonderful tihng about exhibitions at TarraWarra is the world class restaurant and cellar door that can easily be made part of the experience. Who wants to do things by halves anyway?

A SWEET TOOTH MUM

The Rocky Road Festival at Yarra Valley Chocolaterie is a chance for mum to create her very own bespoke Rocky Road from her favourite ingredients – there’s 31 to choose from! Sample different types of Rocky Road and take a deep dive into Rocky Road flavoured cakes, desserts, ice-cream, truffles and more! Sweet treats for your sweet mum. 

GET CRAFTY MUMS

The Patchwork Quilt Exhibition at Warratina Lavender Farm – This annual exhibition is a favourite for crafters so bring mum, her mum and anyone else’s mum! This magnificent display of quilts, cushions, dolls, embroidery is made all the more tempting by a traditional Devonshire tea. Who can resist?

TO MARKET WITH MUM

And there’s a bunch of local markets on. Bollygum Market, Marysville Market and Eltham Farmers Market will all be on this Mother’s Day with special activities and treats. And if you’re on the hunt for a perfect present and it’s the day before (you’ll make the deadline!), the Maker’s Market on Saturday 11 May at Heide Museum of Modern Art is a market of gorgeous things mums will love.

GREENFINGER MUMS

Alowyn Gardens is a stunning garden to visit any time of the year and a Mother’s Day High Tea and wander through this garden is a real treat. Bring the camera, or the sketchpad, there are stunning displays right through the year with edible, formal and informal gardens and a stellar nursery for some take-home greenery.

MAKE ME LAUGH OUT LOUD MUM

Faulty Towers at CountryPlace, Kalorama – Two hours of fully immersive, highly improvised comedy theatre. Basil, Sybil and Manuel serve up some madcap mayhem and a three-course meal – with the audience playing the part of their restaurant diners. Turn dinner into an overnight getaway with an accommodation package too. (stay Saturday night - dinner and show only also available)

MUMS WITH A SENSE OF ADVENTURE 

If out and about is your mum’s preferred way to be, then a cycle on the Lilydale to Warburton Rail trail could be the perfect plan for the day. Hire an EBike from Yarra Valley Cycles and go further and for longer – you might even tackle a mountain bike track. These battery-operated bikes provide 6-8 hours of change and seriously power up the fun. It’s the fastest growing trend in cycling!

Does mum love scenery? Jump on Tours  are a great way for your to spoil Mum with fine wine and a delicious lunch on a scenic day out for Mothers Day. The day out includes lunch with a glass of wine and tastings.

Let’s face it, every day should be Mother’s Day but on May 12 this year be the light in her eyes by celebrating her the way she wants.

Make a weekend of it with accommodation options here, and plenty of other activities to do including touring Victoria’s premier wine region and enjoying a nature escape.