4 May 2022

Want to spoil your mum this Mother's Day? Look no further, we've got you sorted!

| Evelyn Karatzas
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Child with breakfast for mum

You could serve breakfast in bed, or let someone else do all the hard work – and cleaning – for you. Photo: File.

It’s almost the second Sunday of May and we’re giving you fair warning so you have no excuse to forget Mother’s Day!

Sunday, 8 May, is the time to go over the top to celebrate the extraordinary women in your life.

Whoever she is, how can we repay them for everything they’ve done for us and adequately thank them?

Do we make them a card? Make them breakfast in bed? Dish up a nice, homecooked meal? Or do we buy the classic bouquet of supermarket flowers and mugs that say ‘world’s best mum’, paired with a pair of fluffy pink socks?

If these sound a little too basic and generic for you, don’t worry, we’ve got you sorted with some of the best ways to spoil your mum and the nicest places to take her and show her the love she deserves this Mother’s Day.

Where to go and what to do

High tea

Treat your mum like a queen this Mother’s Day at Parliament House. Photo: Michelle Taylor.

Mother’s Day High Tea at Parliament House

Does your mum enjoy the finer things in life?

If she is, then treat her like the queen she is by bringing her down to the Members’ Hall at Parliament House in the afternoon for a tea, coffee, cocktail or sparkling wine followed by some savoury and sweet treats. You can also make a day of it by organising a tour of the gardens, architecture or visiting some exhibitions. The High Tea is $80 per person and will be held from 11:30 am to 2 pm. Purchase your tickets here.


Come and dine with your mum this Mother’s Day at Rydges. Photo: Rydges Facebook.

Mother’s Day Brunch at Rydges Canberra

Exotic fruit platters, cheese platters, breads, dips, fresh muffins and more … and you don’t have to cook any of it! What more could you want?

If you’re too lazy to cook something at home for your mum, or you’re simply short on time, bring your mum down to Rydges Canberra for brunch surrounded by sunlight and indoor gardens at Rydges’ George Bar & Grill.

The menu will feature artisan breads and pastries, locally produced meats and cheeses, salads, fish and a dessert bar to satisfy any sweet tooth. Mother’s Day Brunch tickets are from $40 and brunch will be held from 11 am to 2 pm. Purchase your tickets here.

Savoury food

Sweet? Savoury? Why not both? Photo: Novotel Facebook.

First Edition Restaurant & Bar’s Mother’s Day High Tea

Is there a better way to start your day than with a glass of Mumm Malborough sparkling?

This Mother’s Day, First Edition Restaurant and Bar will be holding a high tea to celebrate your special day with your mum. Come and enjoy the views of the city at their elevated restaurant while indulging in a chef’s selection of the best savoury and sweet delights.

From 1 pm to 3 pm there will be unlimited tea, coffee, hot chocolate and juice, as well as high tea stands and an activity room for the kids so mum can eat and drink in peace as the kids have fun and make Mother’s Day cards.

Tickets to First Edition Restaurant & Bar’s Mother’s Day High Tea are from $43 and can be purchased here.
Food and champagne

Come and spend your Mother’s Day at Hotel Realm. Photo: Hotel Realm.

Hotel Realm Mother’s Day High Tea

Another hotel, another High Tea, but this time it’s in Hotel Realm’s Ballroom.

Celebrate mum this Mother’s Day at Hotel Realm from 11 am to 4:30 pm with two High Tea sessions, live music and a Piper-Heidsieck Pop-up bar.

There will be a spectacular buffet of finely made French cakes & tarts, delicate savouries and traditional scones, accompanied by TWG fine teas and freshly brewed coffee.

These sweets are guaranteed to have your mum drooling! Tickets to Hotel Realm’s Mother’s Day High Tea for the traditional buffet come with a complimentary glass of sparkling on arrival and are $95. There is also a free-flowing champagne High Tea option for $145. Tickets can be purchased here.

Charity walkers

Earn your high tea splurge by doing your bit for cancer research. Photo: Mothers Day Classic Facebook.

Mother’s Day Classic

If you’re stuck for ideas on where to go this Mother’s Day, or you’re not the high tea-type, why don’t you take your mum and the rest of the family and register to walk in the annual Mother’s Day Classic and raise funds for breast cancer research?

There will be plenty of entertainment, food stalls and more, and with each registration, you will receive a headscarf, race bib and tribute card, which will be available for collection at the registration marquee. You will also receive a commemorative medallion as you cross the finish line.

The event will be taking place at Rond Terrace, Parkes Way, from 8 am in Parkes with 5 km and 10 km courses to walk or run. To register, visit the Mother’s Day Classic website.

Miniature train

Come and ride with Mum this Mother’s Day. Photo: Canberra Miniature Railway Facebook.

Canberra Miniature Railway Mother’s Day Event

The Canberra Miniature Railway will be hosting free rides for your mum and grandmother this Mother’s Day. From 10 am to 2:30 pm, the two tracks will be running various trains throughout the day and having a canteen open to grab some hot and cold food and drinks. Children aged two and under ride free, and all children under four must ride with an adult.

Visit Try Booking for tickets.

People at markets

Come and spend your day with your mum at the markets. Photo: Haig Park Village Markets.

Mother’s Day at Haig Park Village Markets

Is your mum a fan of the markets? The Haig Park Village Markets in Braddon is doing a special Mother’s Day Market filled with fun for mum and the whole family.

From 8:30 am to 2 pm there will be live music, cooking demonstrations, entertainment, a pop-up bar, a high tea picnic, art workshops, Mother’s Day card-making for kids and face painting.

There will also be plenty of new stalls on display selling clothing for mums and bubs, ceramics, handmade jewellery, candles, beauty and fresh produce coming directly from the farmers selling artisan baked goods, smoked meats, fruit and veg, free-range eggs and more.

This vibrant atmosphere has everything your mum needs this Mother’s Day.

What to buy her


Miss Mustard’s Sweet Treats have been voted some of Canberra’s best dessert’s in Canberra. Photo: Supplied.

Miss Mustard’s Sweet Treats

Does your mum have a sweet tooth and a love for homemade cookies but you’re too, er, busy, to bake them yourself?

There’s no need to fear as Miss Mustard’s Sweet Treats have got you covered.

Miss Mustard’s Sweet Treats is a small-batch kitchen that handcrafts each cookie with love. These free-range (!) cookies are guaranteed to make your mum drool as they come in various delicious flavours and are sold in four, six and 12 packs. They also do custom cookie cakes!

Some of the flavours include white chocolate and macadamia, double chocolate fudge, salted caramel, raspberry, fairy bread, chocolate mint fudge, peanut butter chocolate, gaytime, hazelnut fudge and chocolate chip.

To order some for your mum, visit Miss Mustard’s Sweet Treats.


Come and spend your day with mum at Tea Connoisseur. Photo: Tea Connoisseur.

Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea at Tea Connoisseur

Is your mum a lover of tea?

This year, Tea Connoisseur, the home of fine tea and dining, will be hosting a Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea event.

All mums will receive a fresh flower upon arrival, a welcome drink and 20 grams of fine tea.

The cost is $75 per person. To book, visit Tea Connoisseur.

Geetha and Gayana Wijewickrema from GG's Flowers and Hampers

Let Geetha and Gayana Wijewickrema from GG’s Flowers and Hampers spoil your mum with the perfect bouquet. Photo: GG’s Flowers and Hampers.

GG’s Flowers & Hampers

You can’t go wrong with flowers on Mother’s Day – good flowers (did we need to specify that?)

GG’s Flowers & Hampers offer beautiful bouquets and gift hampers perfect for any mum, and they’re Canberra based!

They are a local social enterprise florist and gift hamper business that provides meaningful employment for people with special needs. Originally established for Gayana Wijewickrema, a cheeky young woman with Down Syndrome, the business has blossomed into the gift that keeps giving, proudly employing more than 35 Canberrans with special needs, all paid award wages.

GG’s beautiful, socially conscious gift hampers are shipped around Australia and New Zealand, created with products procured from social enterprises and local small businesses.

Each hamper is hand-packed by people with special needs from a range that includes gourmet food, wine, non-alcoholic cordials and pamper packs. Fruit baskets and corporate gift hampers are also available. To order something special for your mum, call 6189 2634 or visit GG’s Flowers.

Colourful vodka bottles

Treat your mum to some Unicorn Vodka this Mothers Day. Photo: Local Spirit Group Facebook.

Unicorn Elixir Vodka from Unicorn Spirits

You’ve never seen spirits like these before: sweet spirits, colour-changing liqueurs and sparkly vodkas … Unicorn Spirits has got everything you need to bring some colour to Mother’s Day with unique vodka, gin and liqueurs.

Flavours include Salted Caramel Unicorn Tears Vodka Liqueur, colour-changing Unicorn Elixir Tropical Vodka Liqueur, Retro Raspberry Vodka liqueur, Unicorn Elixir Espresso Martini Vodka, Unicorn Kisses Elixir Strawberry Vodka Liqueur and Unicorn Elixir Tropical Gin Liqueur.

Prices start at $70. Visit Unicorn Spirits.

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