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 9 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.

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Laneway Specialty Coffee

From handmade granola to eggs Benedict. mum is sure to love something on the menu at this popular Darwin cafe.

  • Location: 4/1 Vickers Street, Parap
  • Cost: Prices range from $14 up to $23 for all-day breakfast items

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The Rabbithole

If you're looking for a feast for the eyes then take mum down to The Rabbithole on Mother's Day. We hear the food tastes as good as it looks.

  • Location: 1/44 The Mall, Darwin
  • Cost: Prices range from $9 up to $23 for all-day breakfast items

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Karma Cafe

For unique flavours and a focus on healthy food, Karma Cafe is the perfect place to take mum for breakfast.

  • Location: 119/12 Salonika St The Avenue, Parap
  • Cost: Prices range from $12 up to $20 for all-day breakfast items

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.

Wetlands Lunch Cruise

Wetlands Lunch Cruise from RedBalloon

Discover the Corroboree Billabong and its inhabitants up close in this two and a half hour cruise through the wetlands. Mum can enjoy lunch and sit back and watch the brightly coloured birds and dangerously beautiful saltwater crocs.

  • Inclusions: Two and a half hour wetlands cruise with lunch
  • Location: Corroboree Billabong, free transfer from Corroboree Tavern, Lot 3095 Arnhem Highway, Marrakai
  • Cost: $85 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 two and a half hour cruise in the wetlands.

  • Inclusions: Two and a half 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: $170 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 two.

  • Inclusions: Two and a half 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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Charles Darwin Dinner Cruise

Charles Darwin Dinner Cruise from Klook

Raise the anchor and set off on this dinner cruise this Mother’s Day. Enjoy rich commentary about the history of Darwin and take in the sight of Darwin’s landmarks from the water.

  • Inclusions: Two and a half hour experience, antipasto platter, bottle of red or white wine and beer and barbeque dinner.
  • Location: Dock 3, Stokes Hill Wharf, 45 Stokes Hill Rd, Darwin City
  • Cost: $101.65 per person
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Our top picks for meal and snack kits you can get delivered to Darwin for Mother's Day

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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    Homemade Ice Cream Maker Kit

    Homemade Ice Cream Maker Kit from RedBalloon

    Get creative in the kitchen with this kit that can make ice cream, sorbet and low-fat yoghurt.

  • Inclusions: Homemade ice cream maker kit, Cuisinart frozen dessert maker, salted caramel, chocolate liqueur, chocolate marshmallow, mango passionfruit sauce, 3 tubs of confectionery, recipes and instruction manual, ice cream scoop and delivery
  • Cost: $239
  • Available for takeaway? This kit can be delivered to any address in Australia.
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    Things to do on Mother's Day in Darwin

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

    Scenic Flight to Crab Claw Island

    Scenic Flight to Crab Claw Island from RedBalloon

    Leave Darwin behind for a tiny slice of tropical paradise this Mother’s Day. Enjoy a scenic flight then spend the day how you like; swimming, relaxing at the bar or eating lunch at the Crab Claw resort before hopping back on the plane to return to Darwin.

    • Inclusions: Scenic return flight from Darwin to Crab Claw Island
    • Location: Departs from 3 Lois Lane, Darwin Airport
    • Cost: $680 for two people
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    Scenic Helicopter Flight

    Scenic Helicopter Flight from RedBalloon

    Gift mum an exciting new way to view Darwin – from up above. In a quick 30-minute helicopter ride, soar above the CBD and coastline taking in all of the glory of beautiful beaches and monsoon forests.

    • Inclusions: 30-minute scenic flight over Darwin and safety briefing
    • Location: Tiger Brennan Drive, Charles Darwin National Park, Darwin City
    • Cost: $339 per person
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    Kakadu Scenic Flight and Water Cruise

    Kakadu Scenic Flight and Water Cruise from RedBalloon

    Surprise mum with a Kakadu adventure this Mother’s Day. Starting with a scenic flight from Darwin to the Kakadu National Park where you’ll hop on a one and a half hour cruise down the Yellow Billabong. Relax at the Cooinda Resort before returning to Darwin by plane.

    • Inclusions: Scenic return flight from Darwin to Kakadu, one and a half hour cruise and park entry fee
    • Location: Departs from 3 Lois Lane, Darwin Airport
    • Cost: $947 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: One night stay in an executive room, full breakfast for two people and Wi-Fi
    • Location: Corner of Giles Street and Cameron Street, Katherine
    • Cost: $258 for two people
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    Two Night Tiwi Islands Escape

    Two Night Tiwi Islands Escape from RedBalloon

    It’s a Mother’s Day gift mum won’t soon forget. Enjoy a two-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: Two nights stay in a pool view room, access to 12m swimming pool, fishing equipment and on-site bar
    • Location: Port Hurd, Tiwi Islands
    • Cost: $1,100 for two 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: One-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 two 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: $36 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: Cullen Bay Marina
    • Cost: $39 per person
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    Darwin Botanic Gardens Tour

    Darwin Botanic Gardens Tour from Viator

    If mum knows her way around the bottom of the garden then she’ll love this guided tour of the Darwin Botanic Gardens. Instead of simply walking through the gardens, immerse yourself in a tour.

    • Inclusions: Two-hour guided tour
    • Location: Gardens Rd, The Gardens
    • Cost: $49 per person
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    V8 Airboat Tour

    V8 Airboat Tour from Adrenaline

    For a rush of adrenaline this Mother’s Day,you can’t pass up this hour of high speed action in Darwin Harbour. Take in the sights of Darwin from the water and then for the full thrill, enjoy some fast laps powered by the V8 engine.

    • Inclusions: 60-minute airboat cruise of Darwin Harbour and airboat fast laps
    • Location: Shop 1/2 58 Mitchell St, Darwin City NT 0800
    • Cost: $165 per person
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