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30+ ideas for Mothers Day in Canberra

Belinda Neame

Whether you’re celebrating your mum, being a mum, your friend who is a mum or all of the above, we’ve got some ideas. 

The most important thing to remember, however, is the date: Sunday 13 May.

EATING OUT WITH MUM

MOTHER’S DAY LUNCH AT PIALLIGO ESTATE

Treat your Mum to a long leisurely three-course (two-course kids) Mother’s Day lunch at the Estate in the Pialligo Estate Glasshouse. A decadent sharing menu starting with a glass of sparkling wine or beer.

Cost is $95pp and $30 per child. See the Pialligo Estate website to view the menu, see more information, and to purchase a ticket.

Pialligo Estate, Pialligo | 12pm | 13 May | thepialligoestate.com.au 

BUVETTE

Celebrate Mother’s Day at Buvette this year at their special Mother’s Day Brunch. Enjoy a selection of charcuterie, cheeses, savouries and decadent desserts while sipping on their delicious cocktails or bottomless mimosas!

$55 for brunch and a glass of wine | $20 bottomless mimosas | $14 cocktails | Bookings: [email protected] or 6163 1818.

BURBURY TERRACE 

Perched on the rooftop of the Burbury Hotel, the Terrace overlooks the city, lake and leafy Barton hosts Canberra’s most exclusive high tea. Take Mum and enjoy a full buffet breakfast with Mimosa on arrival.

Bookings are $25 per person and can be made on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 May from 7 am – 10 am. Bookings are essential. A gluten-free menu is available upon request when booking.

Contact [email protected] or call 6163 1894

SCHMICNICS

Schmicnics offer fully catered and styled picnics and have put together a special Mother’s Day picnic.

These delicious hampers are perfect for groups of two or more and can be picked up from their lakeside location!

This Mother’s Day menu is available on Sunday 13 May only. $20 per person.

See the full menu and order online at schmicnics.com.au |Unfortunately, no menu modifications are possible for this specific menu and day.

MOTHER’S DAY AT OLD PARLIAMENT HOUSE

This Mother’s Day, Old Parliament House will be hosting a high tea to remember, located in the iconic Members’ Dining Rooms with stunning views of New Parliament House.

The cost of an adult is $52 per person. There are two sessions that will run on the day: 10 am and 2 pm. Three tiers of handmade delights will be served accompanied by sparkling wine, sparkling water and Darjeeling tea.

There is plenty of free parking surrounding the building.

This is not a ticketed event, however, bookings and prepayments are essential for more information and to book, please call 6261 7200 or at [email protected].

THE POP INN WINE BAR

The Pop Inn is a place for wine lovers, and lovers of Canberra’s hidden secrets.

With a beautiful selection of local and interstate wines, beers, gin, cheeses and meats, why not grab the picnic rugs and head for Lennox Gardens from 2 pm – 6 pm on Mother’s Day and spend some quality time with Mum?

Sit back and relax and listen to the live music (3 pm – 5 pm), play a lawn game or two while taking in the stunning views of the lake.

Check out the website for more information.

MOTHER’S DAY AT HIGHGATE KITCHEN AND BAR

Highgate Kitchen and Bar in Kingston will celebrate Mother’s Day by offering Canberra mums a special lunch and dinner menu on Sunday 13 May. Head Chef and Manager Matt Ouwerkerk has designed a light and tasty menu with Canberra mums in mind.

Open for lunch from 12.30-2 pm, and dinner from 5-7 pm, Highgate will be offering a five-course tasting style menu for just $59 per person with a glass of bubbles for mum on arrival.

The occasion also presents an ideal opportunity to sample the new signature autumn cocktails, local and international wines, or sample some of the 65+ gins on offer.

Bookings are required, please call 6239 6891 or email [email protected] to reserve your table. Highgate Kitchen and Bar is located at 44 Jardine Street, Green Square Kingston.

WHITE RABBIT COCKTAIL ROOM

This Mother’s Day, treat your mum to a unique and memorable experience at the White Rabbit Cocktail Room. Tipsy Tea is kicking off from 2-5 pm both Saturday the 12 and Sunday the 13 of May for $70 pp, each individual receives a complimentary glass of champagne as well two cocktails of one’s choosing, as well as a range of sweet and savoury bites to dine on.

Bookings are essential, call today to reserve your spot on 6257 7779.

MOTHER’S DAY HIGH TEA AT NATURAL NINE

Spoil your mum this Mother’s Day at Natural Nine’s Chinese High Tea. For $55 per person, indulge in a selection of pop Chinese treats, sparkling wine and a selection of teas that are sure to delight.

To make a booking call 0455 333 119 or visit the website.

Sunday 13 May from 12 pm – 4 pm | Natural Nine, inside Casino Canberra, 21 Binara Street, Canberra City

MOTHER’S DAY AFTERNOON TEA

This Mother’s Day, Howling Moon are offering a take on the classic high tea, with a glass of sparkling wine and a delicious assortment of sweet and savoury treats. Spend your special day taking in the capital’s beautiful scenery from our rooftop.

High Tea Buffet and Sparkling Wine is $55 per person.

Call 6248 5311 or send an email to [email protected] to secure your spot.

EQ CAFE

EQ is taking bookings for breakfast and lunch between 8 am to 3 pm to celebrate Mother’s Day. Their full breakfast menu and full lunch menu will be available. EQ Cafe also has gift vouchers in-house for those last minute gift ideas.

Bookings are essential – please call (02) 6161 1666 or email [email protected]

eqcafe.com.au 

LUNCH AND BUBBLES AT CAPITOL BAR AND GRILL

Capitol Bar and Grill is hosting the perfect Mother’s Day luxurious lunch to celebrate all the lovely mum’s out there.

On Sunday 13 May from 12pm-3pm, enter Capitol Bar and Grill and prepare for a day of pure deliciousness. Mums will be treated to a glass of Champagne upon arrival and then you will feast upon a fantastic 3-course menu of your choosing. Cost is $89 per person

Visit the website to view the menu, see more information, and to book.

Capitol Bar and Grill, QT Canberra | 12 pm | 13 May | qthotelsandresorts.com

Mother’s Day Kid’s High Tea @ First Edition Canberra

Come along to First Edition’s Kids High Tea for some much-needed mum’s time out while your little ones make memories you can treasure forever!

First Edition Canberra is hosting its third Kid’s High Tea, and what better way to finish off Mother’s Day celebrations than spending some memorable time with the little ones!

Monday 14 May from 11 am – 1 pm | Tickets: $35 via Eventbrite

Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea at the National Arboretum

Due to popular demand, Ginger Catering will now be offering Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea on Sunday 13 May.

This event will be hosted in the beautiful Margaret Whitlam Pavilion, with stunning views over Canberra. The menu will feature the seasonal delights of Autumn. Enjoy bubbles on arrival, followed by a sit down Afternoon Tea where sweet and savoury treats will be served with tea and coffee. $49 per person.

Sunday 13 May from 2 pm | Bubbles Bar + Afternoon Tea for $49 per person | Bookings essential. Click here to book online or call Ginger Catering Events on 6130 0173

MOTHER’S DAY LUNCH AT MARBLE AND GRAIN

Spoil mum with a three-course ‘feed me’ menu and a glass of champagne upon arrival. Visit the website and follow the links to view the menu and make a booking.

Marble and Grain, Braddon | 12 pm and 1 pm sittings | 13 May | marbleandgrain.com.au

MOTHERS DAY HIGH TEA AT THE NGA 

Diamonds (and high tea) are a girl’s best friend…

The National Gallery of Australia invite you to celebrate a special day with loved ones, an exquisite high tea and entry into Cartier: The ExhibitionTickets are $75 for NGA members and $90 for guests.

National Gallery of Australia | 2 pm- 4:30 pm on Sunday 13 May | nga.gov.au

CHILLING OUT OR A BIT OF FUN WITH MUM 

THE MOTHERS DAY CLASSIC

Make your Mother’s Day an active one and participate in the Mother’s Day Classic! Not only will walking or running in the event give you an active boost, your participation will also be giving back to breast cancer research.

The Canberra MDC event is known for its beautiful course, which takes in the sights of the nation’s capital as it circumnavigates Lake Burley Griffin.

Distances: 5km walk, 5km run, 10km run

See the event website for registrations and all the information you need.

Rond Terrace, Lake Burley Griffin | 13 May | mothersdayclassic.com.au

MOTHERS DAY MOVIE MARATHON: THE GREAT JEWELLERY HEISTS

Relax and enjoy screenings of some of the best jewellery heist movies ever this Mother’s Day. The National Gallery of Australia are presenting three separate movie screenings as a part of their Cartier exhibition.

Movies on show: To Catch a Thief, The Pink Panther, and Diamonds are Forever.

To see session times and to make a booking, visit the NGA website.

National Gallery of Australia, James O Fairfax Theatre | Session times between 10 am and 5 pm | 13 May | nga.gov.au

MAMMA MIA SINGALONG AT DENDY CINEMAS 

Dendy invites you to take a trip down memory lane this Mother’s Day.

Set on an idyllic Greek island, the plot for ‘Mamma Mia’ serves as a background for a wealth of ABBA hit songs that will get you and your mum dancing in your seats. Donna, an independent, single mother who owns a small hotel on the island is about to let go of Sophie, the spirited young daughter she’s raised alone. But Sophie has secretly invited three of her mother’s ex-lovers in the hopes of finding her father.

Book now on the Dendy website.

Dendy Cinemas, Canberra Centre | 4:30 pm | 13 May | www.dendy.com.au

MOTHER’S DAY MAKEUP MASTERCLASS

To celebrate Mothers, Westfield Woden has partnered with local Makeup Artist Jacqui Scott to host Mother’s Day Makeup Masterclasses.

Westfield Woden will host five makeup masterclass workshops on Friday 11 May, every hour from 4 PM – 8 PM, for mothers and daughters alike. The workshops will feature tips and tricks, such as how to create the perfect smokey eye and will include Champagne on arrival, delicious treats and a David Jones makeup palette.

To book into one of the five sessions, customers can visit www.westfield.com.au/woden. The workshops will be in the Fashion precinct on Level 2, near Country Road.

MOTHERS DAY ELVIS & JOHNNY CASH DINNER DANCE & SHOW

A country-style dinner and dance on Mothers Day evening at the beautiful Gold Creek Station in Hall. The night includes a delicious country-style roasted dinner, dessert and the Elvis & Johnny Cash Tribute Show.

Dinner starts at 6 pm, show at 7 pm and to finish by around 9.30pm. Licensed bar with drinks at great prices.

Don’t be cruel. Get your tickets now!

On at 6 pm at the Gold Creek Station, Victoria St Hall | Tickets are $60 | Find out more here.

INDULGE AND PAMPER MUM

HALE SPA

Spoil Mum with a voucher from Hale Spa – a place of complete indulgence and relaxation. Hale Spa provides a full complement of day spa treatments. Immerse in the cave-like spa pool, or dissolve away stress in the steam rooms and infrared saunas. Take a seat in the Scandi-style lounge in front of the fireplace with views onto a landscaped courtyard and water feature while you prepare for a customized facial or body treatment in one of the nine private treatment rooms.

A high-end skin specialist suite can provide medical skin treatments as part of your rejuvenation ritual.

Check out the full menu here.

LE BEAUTE LOUNGE

Le Beaute Lounge in Bruce has a range of special offers for Mothers Day so you can pamper Mum, from an Enzyme Facial from $125 including a hand and foot massage and a glass of bubbles, to their 1.5-hour Mothers Day Experience from $149.

Find more information here and read our road test of the Enzyme Facial here.

Le Beaute Lounge |  56/1 Braybrooke Street, Bruce | lebeautelounge.com.au

BLUSH BOUTIQUES MOTHER’S DAY RELAX & GLOW RITUAL

Blush has created this beautiful package that allows mum to relax for 90 minutes the way she wants too. This gorgeous ritual package includes:

  • Facial
  • LED Light Therapy
  • Bright Eyes Mask
  • Massage OR Pedicure

A fully customised spa facial to replenish and restore her skin to its glowing self, followed by the most advanced in skin technology to plump and energise her skin. While all this pampering is happening we will brighten mum with their specialised Bright Eyes Mask.

Why should mum’s skin get all the attention? Let us melt her away with a warm oil massage with her choice in aroma or let’s add a splash of colour to her toes with a Blush pedicure.

When you purchase a Relax & Glow Ritual Package you will receive a FREE take-home Hutwoods soy candle and a delightful Mud & Co bath bomb: The perfect gift set for a beautiful bath experience for mum at home!

Only $199 worth $325 | www.theblushboutique.com.au

ROAD TRIP

Some Cafe, Collector. Image: Tim Bean Photography.

If you want to make a day of it, why not go on a road with Mum? Here are some suggestions:

Jugiong – Breakfast or dinner at The Sir George or the Long Track Pantry, Riverside Drive, Jugiong.

Collector – Breakfast or lunch at Some Cafe, Murray Street, Collector.

Jindabyne – Wildbrumby Distillery is offering all Mum’s visiting the distillery on Mothers Day a free Bellini made with their own award-winning peach nectar schnapps.

Given the places above are a road trip away, we recommend booking in advance. Contact them directly.

SPOIL MUM AT HOME

Want to stay in and spoil Mum with some home cooking? Be sure to check out the latest issue of Magazine for some inspiration:

Recipe: Apple Tea Cake

 

Chefs at home: Travis Cutler, Woodbrook

 

Chefs at home: Trent Harvey, Pop Up Chef

 

Chefs at home: Louis Couttoupes, Bar Rochford

 

Recipe: Apple Crumble

 

Complete your meal with some couch time and binge on some Netflix

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Belinda Neame

Belinda is HerCanberra's Production Manager. A foodie and lover of handmade, Belinda enjoys nothing more than a good coffee and seeing Canberra businesses thrive. In her 'spare time', Belinda organises the quarterly Canberra street food event, The Forage with her husband Tim. More about the Author