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Mother’s Day in Darwin: Dining options and things to do

Spoil mum rotten this Mother’s Day. Here’s a list of some of the top things to eat, see and do on 8 May.

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Being a mum is a full-time job that doesn't ever really end even when the kids have flown the nest.

Mother's Day is the perfect opportunity to give back to mum and let her know how much you appreciate everything she does.

You'll find lots of suggestions on things to do in this list. Also, check out our ideas guide for more inspiration.


Our top picks for Mother's Day breakfast in Darwin

They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day and you wouldn't want to start mum's special day off on the wrong foot.

Here are some breakfast spots in Darwin that we recommend.

Breakfast with Coffee or Juice in Prospect

Breakfast with Coffee or Juice in Prospect from Scoopon

2 words: gourmet breakfast. On the menu are eggs, pancakes, bruschetta, a Canadian breakfast and even an egg royal with Tasmanian smoked salmon and poached eggs. Mum's going to remember this treat for sure.

  • Inclusions: Breakfast with coffee or glass of juice
  • Location: 101-103 Prospect Road, Prospect
  • Cost: $15 per person
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Our top picks for Mother's Day lunch in Darwin

Swap out the sit-down restaurant lunch for something truly exciting – it's Mother's Day, make it special.

Small Group Walking Food and Art Tour with Lunch

Small Group Walking Food and Art Tour with Lunch from Viator

Spoil mum on this unique walking food and art tour through Darwin's burgeoning culinary scene hosted by a local foodie.

  • Inclusions: 3.5-hour tour, 2 meals
  • Location: Roma Bar, 9 Cavenagh St, Darwin City
  • Cost: $179 per person
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Wetlands Day Tour and Lunch Cruise

Wetlands Day Tour and Lunch Cruise from RedBalloon

Why not make a full day of it? With this experience, you’ll get to visit the Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve and the Wetlands’ Visitor Centre. Take time for pictures and enjoy the views from the decks. Afterwards, experience a 2.5-hour cruise in the wetlands.

  • Inclusions: 2.5-hour wetlands cruise with lunch, visit Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve and Window on the Wetlands’ Visitors Centre, return transfers to your hotel
  • Location: Corroboree Billabong, departing Darwin City
  • Cost: $190 per person
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Wetland Wildlife Cruise with Lunch

Wetland Wildlife Cruise with Lunch from RedBalloon

Make the most of the clear skies and sail down the Corroboree Billabong spying birdlife and saltwater crocs while enjoying lunch with mum.

  • Inclusions: 2.5-hour cruise, lunch on board
  • Location: Corroboree Billabong, Marrakai
  • Cost: $95 per person
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Our top picks for Mother's Day dinner in Darwin

A night out might just be the best way to show mum how much you appreciate everything she does for you and the rest of the family. Here are some options that mum is sure to love.

Sailing and Sunset Dinner

Sailing and Sunset Dinner from RedBalloon

Enjoy a relaxing sunset dinner on this catamaran adventure cruising Darwin Harbour, and if you’re lucky, you and mum might spot a dugong or 2.

  • Inclusions: 2.5-hour experience, antipasto platter, bottle of red or white wine and beer, and barbeque dinner.
  • Location: Departs B8, C6380.2 Marina Blvd Cullen Bay Marina
  • Cost: $140 per person
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Our top picks for meal and snack kits you can get delivered to Darwin for Mother's Day

Private Dining Experience

Private Dining Experience from RedBalloon

Staying indoors this Mother's Day? Don't fret. You won't have to learn how to cook or put in an UberEats order. Instead, up your game with a private dining experience in the comfort of mum's home.

  • Inclusions: 3-course meal for 6 people, personal chef and waitstaff, styling, set-up and clean up
  • Location: Your home
  • Cost: $900 for 6 people
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Mixed Wine Kit

Mixed Wine Kit from RedBalloon

Stock up mum's wine collection with this specially curated mixed pack of 6 wines.

  • Inclusions: 2 Giladi "Revelet" Rose, 2 Mr Riggs McLaren Vale Shiraz and 2 Castleforte pinot grigio
  • Cost: $105
  • Available for takeaway? This kit can be delivered to any address in Australia except for a few Northern Territory locations
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Homemade Pasta Kit

Homemade Pasta Kit from RedBalloon

Impress the family with your culinary skills and prepare a homemade Italian meal from scratch. As an added touch, the kit comes delivered as a gift, which makes for the perfect surprise.

  • Inclusions: Homemade pasta-making kit presented in a gift box with satin tissue and ribbons, pasta-making machine, Molini pizza fine Italian flour, a bottle of Riparosso Illuminati, Don Antonio pasta sauce, a personal gift message and delivery
  • Cost: $149
  • Available for takeaway? This kit can be delivered to any address in Australia
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Homemade Spanish Paella Kit

Homemade Spanish Paella Kit from RedBalloon

Calories don't count when celebrating and there's no better way to go all out than digging into a dish of paella that can be prepared in the comfort of your home.

  • Inclusions: Paella kit presented as a gift with satin tissue and ribbons, paella pan, Spanish paella rice, paella spices, a bottle of Tocado Macabeo white wine, a bottle of Tocado Grenache red wine, a spatula, a personalised message and delivery
  • Cost: $139
  • Available for takeaway? This kit can be delivered to any address across Australia
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Our top picks for Mother's Day high tea in Darwin

We currently don't have top picks for high tea in Darwin.

If you have dietary requirements, including a gluten-free or vegan diet, be sure to contact the restaurant and cafe in advance.

Things to do on Mother's Day in Darwin

Looking for more inspiration? Check out our Mother's Day ideas guide.

Sunset Jet Ski Tour

Sunset Jet Ski Tour from Adrenaline

Push mum's adrenaline button on the water with a jet-ski ride that she can share with you or a friend or family member.

  • Inclusions: 90-minute sunset guided jet ski tour, life jacket, tea, coffee, sunscreen
  • Location: Dock, 2 Stokes Hill Road, Darwin City
  • Cost: $269 + $49 to bring a passenger
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Kakadu Day Tour with Scenic Flights and Cruise

Kakadu Day Tour with Scenic Flights and Cruise from Adrenaline

Pool your money together with your siblings or her friends and family and give her an experience to remember: a flight from Darwin all the way to Kakadu followed by a cruise down East Alligator River. Don't forget to tell her to pack her camera.

  • Inclusions: Full day Kakadu National Park tour, 90-minute scenic flight, 90-minute cruise, lunch
  • Location: Darwin International Airport, 12 Slade Ct Eaton
  • Cost: $899 per person
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Crocodile Feeding and Reptile Tour at Crocosaurus Cove

Crocodile Feeding and Reptile Tour at Crocosaurus Cove from Adrenaline

Fun, heart-stopping, iconic. This croc encounter ticks all the boxes for an adventurous day out with mum.

  • Inclusions: Entry to Crocosaurus Cove, express entry to the Fishing for Crocs platform, chance to feed saltwater crocodiles
  • Location: 58 Mitchell St, Darwin City
  • Cost: $89 per person
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Wetland Wildlife Cruise

Wetland Wildlife Cruise from Adrenaline

If mum's been pining for a cruise holiday then the next best local thing is a relaxing cruise down the Corroboree Billabong.

  • Inclusions: 1.5-hour cruise, lunch on board
  • Location: 18 Harry Chan Ave, Darwin City
  • Cost: $65 per person
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Darwin Aviation Attractions Combo Ticket

Darwin Aviation Attractions Combo Ticket from RedBalloon

Aviation geeks and history buffs can spend the day hopping between the RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility and Darwin Aviation Museum.

  • Inclusions: Entry into the RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility and Darwin Aviation Museum
  • Location: 45 Stokes Hill Road, Darwin City
  • Cost: $39 per person
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Overnight Stay in Katherine

Overnight Stay in Katherine from RedBalloon

Gift mum and dad a laidback stay at the Knotts Crossing Resort in Katherine. After a day of adventuring they can kick up their feet and relax by the pool.

  • Inclusions: 1-night stay in an executive room, full breakfast for 2 people and Wi-Fi
  • Location: Corner of Giles Street and Cameron Street, Katherine
  • Cost: $258 for 2 people
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2-night Tiwi Islands Escape

2-night Tiwi Islands Escape from RedBalloon

It’s a Mother’s Day gift mum won’t soon forget. Enjoy a 2-night stay in tropical paradise at the Tiwi Island Retreat. Soak up the sun or lounge by the pool. Mum won’t want to come home.

  • Inclusions: 2-night stay in a pool view room, access to 12m swimming pool, fishing equipment and on-site bar
  • Location: Port Hurd, Timor Sea, Tiwi Islands
  • Cost: $1,100 for 2 people
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Top End Glamping Tour

Top End Glamping Tour from RedBalloon

Camping doesn’t have to mean cramped conditions and squashing bugs. Mum will love this ultimate tour that checks off nearly everything there is to do in the Top End.

  • Inclusions: 1-night stay in a luxurious tent, 10-minute scenic helicopter ride, crocodile encounter and feeding, airboat rainforest cruise, croc-safe swimming cage, Billabong boat cruise, cheese board and food, barbeque dinner and cooked breakfast.
  • Location: Peninsula Way region, departs Darwin City
  • Cost: $750 per person
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Wine Tasting in Murrumbateman

Wine Tasting in Murrumbateman from Groupon

If mum loves a good vino then Dionysus Winery in Murrumbateman has you covered with a wine tasting session at this family vineyard.

  • Inclusions: Wine tasting and cheese board
  • Location: 1 Patemans Lane, Murrumbateman
  • Cost: $25 for 2 people
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Crocosaurus Cove

Crocosaurus Cove from RedBalloon

If you’re in Darwin and you haven’t been to see the saltwater crocs at Crocosaurus Cove have you really been to Darwin? Bring your swimmers and get up close and personal to the fantastic reptiles in the "Swim with the Crocs" experience.

  • Inclusions: Full day entry to Crocosaurus Cove, full program of activities and shows
  • Location: 58 Mitchell St, Darwin City
  • Cost: $38 per person
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Darwin Harbour Sightseeing Cruise

Darwin Harbour Sightseeing Cruise from RedBalloon

See Darwin from a new perspective this Mother’s Day with this 45-minute sightseeing tour through Darwin Harbour. Expert live commentary guides the journey while you sit back and appreciate the views.

  • Inclusions: 45-minute scenic cruise, live commentary
  • Location: 4/68 Marina Blvd, Larrakeyah
  • Cost: $45 per person
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