Mother’s Day breakfasts, lunches and activities in Brisbane 2019

Mother's Day is right around the corner. Now, to decide where to eat and drink, and what to do if you’re spending it in Brisbane? We’ve got you covered.

Brisbane seems like it’s getting cooler by the second. The inner city is positively bursting with excellent places to eat, drink, and enjoy, and of course, the river views and outstanding weather all year round is hard to beat. If you’re spending the weekend with your mum here and want some pointers, read on.

HOT TIP: Give your mum the gift of travelling in style by booking an UberBLACK to pick her up and take her to her (secret) lunch location.

Activities to book that are available on Sunday 12 May 2019

Traditional high tea for 2

Traditional high tea for 2 from RedBalloon

Enjoy Mother's Day as you indulge yourself with delicious lunch and high tea at Brisbane's oldest and most-loved cafe.

  • Duration: Flexible
  • Location: Brisbane, CBD
  • Inclusions: High tea with three tiered selection, ribbon sandwiches and more
  • Price: $90

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Koala and River Cruise (includes entry into Lone Pine Koala)

Koala and River Cruise (includes entry into Lone Pine Koala) from

Mirimar Cruises

  • Inclusions: Brisbane’s only river cruise to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, one-way cruise, commentary on Brisbane's past
  • Child price: $36
  • Adult price: $63

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High Tea Cruise

High Tea Cruise from

Celebrate Mother's Day as you indulge yourself into a decadent afternoon of High Tea in the city on board Kookaburra Showboat Cruises.

  • Duration: 150 minutes
  • Location: Brisbane, QLD
  • Inclusions: High tea tower to share, bottomless bubbles, live entertainment and more
  • Price: $49

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! admission tickets

Ripley's Believe It or Not! admission tickets from Groupon

Be inspired, be amazed at different interactive exhibits as you celebrate Mother's Day with your family at Ripley’s Believe It or Not!

  • Duration: Flexible
  • Location: Surfers Paradise
  • Inclusions: Admission tickets for two adults and two children
  • Price: $52

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South Straddie Island Trip

South Straddie Island Trip from Groupon

Celebrate Mother's Day by stepping aboard the 27 Metre Flagship MV Entertainer and enjoy uninterrupted views from their top deck.

  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Location: Main Beach
  • Inclusions: Morning and afternoon tea, two-hour bike hire and more
  • Price: $49

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Sightseeing tour and River cruise

Sightseeing tour and River cruise from Viator

Appreciate the beauty of Brisbane as you tour around Queensland’s subtropical capital city and enjoy the river cruise while you sip your morning tea.

  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Location: Roma Transit Centre
  • Inclusions: Air-conditioned coach, local guide, hotel pick-up, morning tea and more.
  • Price: $129

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Mother's Day cruise

Mother's Day cruise from Viator

Treat your mom this Mother's Day to a spectacular cruise by Kookaburra Showboat Cruises, choose whether you would go for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner.

  • Duration: Flexible
  • Location: Brisbane
  • Inclusions: Scenic cruise, bottomless drinks, meals (breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner) and live entertainment
  • Price: $59

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5 cafes for Mother’s Day Breakfast in Brisbane



Seasonal, fresh food with a spontaneous menu that changes everyday, served in a restored worker’s cottage in Paddington.

Breakfast is served until 11.30am and on Mother's Day live music will play just for mum. OK, it might be a standard Sunday sesh for Sassafras, but she doesn't have to know that.

88 Latrobe Terrace, Paddington, Brisbane


Smoked Paprika

The name is inspired by the signature spice of the owner’s native Hungary, but don’t fear: you won't find the country;s heavy stews here.

Instead, you’ll delight in something more akin to smoked paprika eggs, black quinoa porridge and green smoothies.

65 Macgregor Terrace, Bardon



If you want to start the day with a health kick Cocobliss is a great place to get your fix of green juices, superfood smoothies and muesli.

There are multiple stores around the city so you're sure to find a convenient one for you. See here for a full list.

Shop 1/210 Oxford Street, Bulimba

Victoria Park

You'll score big brownie points this Mother's Day when you book yours in for a delectable breakfast, lunch or dinner at Victoria Park.

For the indulgent, book a table in the marquee for a buffet breakfast that is almost too beautiful to eat. A glass of sparkling will be given to her on arrival and a special pamper zone will be at her fingertips so you won't have to lift a finger to please today.

Want to amp things up? Book the Champagne Brunch instead and prepare to write off the rest of the day.

Like your weren't already.

309 Herston Road, Herston


The Corner Store Cafe

A restored turn-of-the-century cottage is home to this cafe and restaurant. Its menu includes quick bites, homemade cookies and cakes, and full menu options.

It’s a popular joint, so best make a reservation for Mother's Day (especially seeing as it's one of the few days in the calendar that you can).

113 Sylvan Road, Toowong

5 Restaurants for Mother’s Day Lunch in Brisbane

Wild Canary

Botanics is at the heart of each and every dish at Wild Canary with herbs and edible flowers the showstopper of its meals. Coupled with fresh produce sourced from the local farmers and you'll have a guilt-free meal to brag to mum about.

You'll find this oasis of calm tucked neatly inside Brookfield Garden Centre where breakfast and lunch is sure to satisfy. Just be sure to make a booking to secure the best seat in the house.

2371 Moggill Rd, Brookfield



If you like to eat with a view, book a table at Alchemy and sip wine overlooking the harbour.

This year's Mother's Day menu will see you sump on Morten Bay bug ravioli, get lost in a forest mushroom with truffle custard and satisfy that sweet tooth with a special Mother's Day chocolate dome.

Tuck in.

175 Eagle Street, Brisbane


Matt Moran's Aria is the sort of restaurant you go to when, quite frankly, you need to make up for something big-time.

So if you're seeking to make mum forget about all your poor life decisions, make the right one for once and surprise her at this fine establishment.

The views are incredible, the service is impeccable and the food, well, do we even have to sell it to you?

Sunday is usually a day of rest for Aria but because it is your mum, the doors shall remain open for a 3-course lunch with glass of sparkling on arrival. Prices are $105 per person and service runs from 12-3pm.


Madame Wu

No list of places to eat and drink in Brisbane would be complete without Madame Wu.

Incredible views, an acclaimed Asian fusion menu and a top-notch drinks list make this one a must.

71 Eagle Street, Brisbane


Customs House

Champagne high tea overlooking the river? It sounds pretty close to perfect for Mother’s Day.

Customs House is one of the best locations in Brisbane with a fine dining menu and wine list. Be sure to make a reservation.

Breakfast and a 3-course lunch are on offer just for her day although that Champagne high tea is always an option and one we'd never deny ourselves.

399 Queen Street, Brisbane

Feature image: Customs House

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