Ask any Mum, they don’t want gifts (and they definitely don’t want flowers bought from the petrol station at the last minute); they just want to spend some quality time with you. So, with Mother’s Day just around the corner, we’ve gathered our five, favourite picks for ways to spend some quality time with your Mum.
1. Get Running (or Walking)
From their humble origins in 1998, the Women in Super Mother’s Day Classic now attracts more than 135,000 Australians every year and raises vital funds for breast cancer research. With events all over the country, and 4-8KM options (in both running and walking events) there’s sure to be an event near you and your mum, no matter your levels of fitness.
2. See a Different Side of Sydney
If you prefer your walking done at a slower pace, then bring Mum along to one of Culture Scouts’ esoteric Walking Tours. Explore the diverse street art styles of Newtown and Enmore; immerse yourself in the unique, indigenous history of Redfern; or meander by the many café, bars and restaurants of Darlinghurst and Surry Hills.
3. Road Trip!
Whether it’s the salty, coastal road of the Grand Pacific Drive; the gum-lined hills of The Oxley Highway; or the stunning, valley views of The Castlereagh Highway; New South Wales is home to some of the most beautiful drives in Australia. So why not put together a picnic and a Mother’s Day playlist, and take Mum out for an unforgettable road trip? Our tip for this time of year is a drive out and around St. Albans, to watch the leaves change colour (while you’re there – make sure you stop in at The Settlers Arms and warm yourself by the fire in the historic main bar).
4. Spoil Mum at a High Tea
If you prefer to spend quality time with Mum, whilst wearing your best quality outfit, then High Tea has recently made a huge comeback in Australia. There are plenty of options available, from brunches by the beach to more, parliamentary proceedings; you won’t be short of options. However, when it comes to spoiling your mum , there are few events and locations as high tea at The Hydro Majestic. Between the old-world charm of the stunning architecture, the sweeping views of the neighbouring Megalong Valley, and the world-class food at The Wintergarden Restaurant; high tea at ‘The Hydro’ is truly majestic.
5. Pick Mum Some Weeds
Forget flowers, foraging and local plants are all the rage this year. So why not take Mum foraging with Diego Bonetto? As seen on ABC’s Gardening Australia, Bonetto will show you how to harvest plants from the urban environment and enrich your diet with vitamins and minerals. Plus, foraging is so hot right now. There isn’t a tour on Mother’s Day, but if you book quickly, then you could head along to the May 13th workshop, and forage some weeds for Mother’s Day!