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What to do with your mum in Canberra this Mother’s Day

Helena Game and Elsie Adamo

PSA, Mother’s Day is less than two weeks away. 

If that news just sent you into a spin, don’t worry – we have you sorted.


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Celebrate more than 100 years of Mother’s Day with an elegant High Tea at Historic Albert Hall.

Indulge in a selection of hot and cold and sweet and savoury delights that will be sure to tempt the taste buds, with sparkling wine, coffee, tea and cold beverages. Enjoy the tunes from the grand piano and be mesmerised by the ballroom dancers, before taking to the floor yourself.

The little ones can enjoy the craft corner and face painting, while you take in some great performances from some fantastic young local talent. A great outing that all the family can enjoy, where everyone has a chance to indulge, sit back and relax, especially mum.

Tickets are $65 for adults including sparkling wine, $35 for children aged 12-16, and $20 for children aged 5-11. Children under five are free.

Sunday 14 May from 10-4pm at the Albert Hall, 100 Commonwealth Avenue, Yarralumla. Bookings on 62551215 or via [email protected] 


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Indulge your Mum with the Mother’s Day Long Lunch at Pialligo Estate. A three-course extravaganza including appetisers, a sharing main course and divine desserts, the bar will also be serving a range of delicious drinks.

Sunday 14 May from 12pm, at Pialligo Estate, 18 Kallaroo Road, Pialligo. Bookings via www.thepialligoestate.com.au


hale spa

Hale Spa is Canberra’s newest and most exclusive day spa retreat. Set within the historic Brassey Hotel Canberra in Barton, Hale Spa offers a premium spa experience. From the moment of arrival, each guest is cared for by their highly trained and qualified therapists in one of the nine treatment rooms.

Take advantage of their segregated infrared saunas, steam rooms and plunge pool. Enjoy pre and post treatment refreshments by the open fire in their designated guest lounge with specialty herbal teas and a selection of snacks, complimentary with each treatment booked.


$79 per treatment booked, normally $130

Inhale and exhale into a deep sense of calm while our therapists employ signature facial techniques to normalise and restore the pH of the skin. Our signature facial is personalised to your individual skin needs with thorough cleansing, toning and exfoliating followed by a rich multi-vitamin mask to restore freshness and radiance. A hand rejuvenation treatment, neck and décolletage massage leaves you feeling radiant.

Find more information here


$135 per treatment 

Hydrabrasion is a microdermabrasion system that exfoliates with both a dry and wet system. The skin is deeply exfoliated with diamonds while simultaneously vacuuming and washing. This treatment is a soothing, refreshing and deeply


Find more information here.


From $120 per treatment

A full body relaxation massage that will de-stress you from head to toe. Our signature treatment starts with a heavenly warm towel foot compress infused with essential oils, followed by a gentle rhythmic massage using Swedish techniques of long gliding, kneading and friction strokes to the muscles to restore balance.

Find more information here


To find out more, call 02 6273 3101 or email here.


The Kingston package from We Ain't Boring

The Kingston package from We Ain’t Boring

Find your Mum the perfect gift package from We Ain’t Boring CBR. A local social enterprise, We Ain’t Bring CBR has teamed up with local businesses to create beautiful gift packages this Mother’s Day.

From local jewellery to divine-smelling candles, there are four packages to choose from; The Manuka, the Kingston, the New Acton and the Ainslie. The best part is, all profits from the package sales will go back into the community.

Prices range from $55 to $95. Purchase the packages via www.weaintboringcbr.com/collections/gifts


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Champagne and Shop

Visit fashion illustrator Aaron Favaloro at their Champagne Lounge in Centre Court between 4pm and 8pm to receive your custom illustration!

Relax and enjoy sweet treats provided by The Sugar Deli while sipping on a glass of Champagne Duperrey as you wait.

Happening Friday 12 May from 4pm – 8pm

Mother’s Day Gift Wrapping Station

Relax in Westfield Woden’s Mother’s Day lounge while our friendly staff wrap your mother’s day gift in custom Aaron Favaloro wrapping paper.

Happening Saturday 13 May from 10pm – 4pm

Both events will be happening at Westfield Woden, Centre Court (Level 1). 


Vesper Martini at Lucky's

Vesper Martini at Lucky’s

QT know you love your Mum and bet she’s endured a lot throughout the years so for the whole of the month of May, give her all that she deserves with a night in a luxurious QT Queen Room including a lavish breakfast in Capitol Bar & Grill for two.

They’ll also gift her a plush QT bathrobe, along with complimentary parking and a very comfortable late check out time of 1 pm.

Find out more via their website



Enjoy High Tea on the Terrace at the Burbury Hotel in Barton. With a stunning views across the city, enjoy champagne, along with delicious cakes, sandwiches and scones.

$50 for standard booking, $60 with a glass of champagne.

Read more about the experience here.

Sunday 14 May from 12pm-4pm, at Hotel Realm, Burbury Terrace, 18 National Circuit, Barton. Bookings on 61732700, or via [email protected] 


Image: Supplied

Image: Supplied

Ricardo’s new lunch menu is sure to tick all the boxes and if you have multiple small kiddos in tow, it’s definitely the place to be. Their new kids’ menu has eight, yes eight, options designed with little people in mind and the playground right next to their outdoor area means you can get some quiet time alone with mum as the little ones run amok under your watchful eye.

Open 7.30am-5pm in Jamison Plaza, Jamison. Call 6251 2666 for bookings.


Jamie's Italian's Epic Brownie. Image: supplied.

Jamie’s Italian’s Epic Brownie.

Head into the city for a two-course menu with a complimentary glass of fizz for Mum on arrival at Jamie’s Italian

$35 per person. Add a selection of desserts perfect for sharing for an extra $5 per person. See full Mother’s Day menu here

Sunday 14 May from 12pm-9pm. Book now on 6268 0400



Does your mum love nothing more than the luxe side of life? Clear Complexions‘ Mother’s Day gift boxes will surely hit the spot.

From vouchers to books, full-size Rationale products, Pana Chocolate and Robert Gordon china, these gift boxes are a very, very special way to say I Love You.


From $250 per box. Find out more via the Clear Complexions website.


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Visit Westfield Woden’s Mother’s Day Lounge on Level 3 near Build-a-Bear to receive your custom illustration by fashion illustrator Aaron Favaloro. Enjoy a tea and take home your own sheet of gift wrapping paper, designed by Aaron*.

Happening at Westfield Belconnen, Centre Court on Saturday 13 May from 11am-3pm

*Limited number of sheets available, while stocks last.


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Image: facebook.com/pg/senseofanendingmovie

For the cinema loving Mother’s Dendy will keep them happy with a High Tea and film combo. The film on show will be the drama The Sense of An Ending. For your ticket, you will be treated with a sparkling wine or juice on arrival, and a selection of delicious pastries and sweets including scones, finger sandwiches, chocolate dipped strawberries and some T2 tea.

$65 per person for general admission or $55 per person for Club Dendy members

Sunday 14 May, 4pm, further information on their website.


Petit Feast. Image: supplied.

Petit Feast. Image: supplied.

Spoil your Mum (and yourself!) with the Petit Feast at Buvette Restaurant. Featuring charcuterie, cheeses and desserts, the feast has a little bit of everything. Tea and coffee are also served, or for something a little stronger, order some champagne or a Bloody Mary.

$50 standard booking, $60 with champagne.

Sunday 14 May, from 11.30am-2.30pm. Buvette Restaurant, Hotel Realm, 18 National Circuit, Barton. Bookings via [email protected] 


Pod Food's entrée of kingfish tartare, nectarine, radish, rice cracker.

Pod Food’s entrée of kingfish tartare, nectarine, radish, rice cracker.

Celebrate Mother’s Day in style with Pod Food’s Mother’s Day Lunch. (Or Breakfast, or Brunch!) A four-course menu filled with local morsels (including Pialligo apple ice-cream), the menu also features a list of matched wines.

$100 per person with a glass of champagne, $60 per guest with a beverage-matched menu.

Sunday 14 May, from either 8.30am, 10.30am or 1.30pm, at Pod Food, 12 Beltana Road, Pialligo. Bookings on 62573388, or via www.podfood.com.au/events/mothers-day-lunch


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For the active Mum’s the Mother’s Day Classic is the best day to start off your celebrations. Spend the morning getting some fresh air and exercise with a range of running and walking options. There will also be some fun activities on the day including roving performers, food court, free massages and entertainment for the kids. Options include either a 5km walk or a 5km run and 10km run.

Prices are from $55. Concession and family ticket option available. Registration closes on Saturday 13 of May. You can organise tickets online.

Sunday 14 May, from 7am at Rond Terrace Commonwealth Park 


Image courtesy of suitcaserummage.com.au

Image courtesy of suitcaserummage.com.au

Take mum to NewActon and celebrate Mother’s Day with delicious food and drink, live music, a clothes swap and suitcase markets. 

Everyone’s favourite mini-market event Suitcase Rummage will be happening between 11am to 3pm in the A. Baker Courtyard and surrounds, with plenty of vintage goods, bric-a-brac, books and more. Free entry.

From 11am to 1pm, check out Canberra Clothes Swap & Style in The Shed, Nishi. Freshen up your wardrobe, swap old garments for new, and trade style advice. Bring up to 10 quality items, make new friends – all while sipping on some wine! Tickets are $20 and can be purchased on Eventbrite. 

Sunday 14 May 11am until 3pm, New Acton


Experience Canberra is doing the hard work for you and organising a lovely wine tour for you and you’re Mum. The day will include a three-course lunch followed by wine tasting and even a chocolate tasting at the end of the afternoon for dessert.

$99pp, ticket information can be found on their online event.

Pick up and drop off in Canberra City

Mothers Day at Pankhurst Wines

Pankhurst Wines will be offering a special tasting of past vintages of their sparkling Christabel and Adele wines at the cellar door Sunday 14 May from 10am to 5pm with cheese platters.

$30 for two people

Sunday 14 May, email [email protected] for bookings and more information


SOFI Zeus Street Greek

Zeus Street Greek Canberra City is celebrating Mother’s Day in true Greek style with plenty of food to share and a complimentary wine spritz to get the festivities started. 

The menu is made for sharing, and includes classics such as fluffy pitas with a trio of dips: beetroot hummus, eggplant and tzatziki, and the signature lamb pita. Newer additions include the Australian inspired Otto Chicken, which combines chicken schnitzel tenderloins with Aegean slaw, preserved lemon mayo, caramelised onions, sweet chilli and coriander. The feta and oregano chips are also a firm favourite with family and friends, and this time the well fought over last chip must go to mum! 

The SOFI Spritz, a complex and all natural Australian wine spritzer with a classic Mediterranean heritage makes the perfect accompaniment to a Zeus feast and is available on the house at lunch or dinner on Mother’s Day. 

Happening Sunday 14 May from 11am-9.30pm at  Zeus Street Greek – Canberra City, S7, 21 Genge Street, Canberra. Find out more here


Helena Game

Helena is a wannabe journalist studying Communications and Journalism at the University of Canberra. Canberra born and bred, she is hopelessly in love with writing, stories and travel. She recently wrote her way around Japan for a creative writing study tour, and spent another two weeks in the Middle East on a journalism exchange, both of which have left her with a proper case of the post-travel blues. While she plots her next adventure, Helena is hoping to gain as much industry experience as humanly possible, and somehow finish her degree at the same time. More about the Author


Elsie Adamo

Elsie originally hails from South Australia but after almost five years in the Capital likes to consider herself now as a local. A student at ANU she keeps herself busy on campus with student societies and now interning at HerCanberra. Her great loves include sitcoms, podcasts, bookstores, cider, brunch and online shopping. More about the Author

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