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

Our top picks for what to eat, see and do in Melbourne this Mother’s Day.

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There really is no better place to spend Mother's Day than in the "culinary capital" of Australia, Melbourne.

If you're lost for ideas to celebrate the special women in your life, then look no further – we've got more than enough for you to plan the perfect day.


Our top picks for Mother's Day breakfast in Melbourne

For a Mother's Day gift that is truly magical, take mum out for breakfast. A special occasion deserves a special treat.

Pancakes for Two

Pancakes for Two from Scoopon

Fluffy pancakes oozing maple syrup. Is there any better way to start Mother’s Day than by gulping down pancakes at The Pancake Parlour?

  • Inclusions: Choice of bacon, eggs and pancakes or regular three-stack of pancakes
  • Location: Multiple locations across Melbourne
  • Cost: From $19.90 each
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Persian Style Omelettes

Persian Style Omelettes from Groupon

For those in pursuit of something savoury for Mother’s Day breakfast, look no further than Fitzroy Coffee and Kebab House.

  • Inclusions: Persian-style eggplant omelette with tea or coffee for two
  • Location: 465 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy North
  • Cost: $24 for two
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    Hot Breakfast for Two

    Hot Breakfast for Two from Groupon

    Head to Coventry’s Pantry in Southbank to start mum's day the right way. Enjoy the chilli scramble or buttermilk pancakes while sipping on tea or coffee.

    • Inclusions: Breakfast item each and choice each of tea or coffee
    • Location: 35 Coventry St, Southbank
    • Cost: $29 for two people
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    Our top picks for Mother's Day lunch and takeaways in Melbourne

    Maybe mum's not a morning person (that's okay). Treat her to lunch instead at one of these great lunch spots in Melbourne.

    Chinese Banquet Lunch

    Chinese Banquet Lunch from Scoopon

    If mum has a hankering for Chinese food, then look no further than Lucky 88 Kitchen.

    • Inclusions: Chinese banquet for two and a can of Coca Cola each
    • Location: Unit 6/5 Bush Blvd, Mill Park
    • Cost: $38 for two people
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    Three-Course Indian Takeaway

    Three-Course Indian Takeaway from Groupon

    If you and Mum are game for some spice in your life on Mother’s Day, pop in to Spice Nation to bring home a three-course feast.

    • Inclusions: Entree to share,curry of your choice, rice to share and dessert to share
    • Location: 17 Burwood Highway, Burwood
    • Cost: $39 for two people
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    Ultimate Seafood Experience

    Ultimate Seafood Experience from RedBalloon

    If mum's a seafood lover, the Meat and Wine Co. in Southbank has Mother’s Day lunch sorted.

    • Inclusions: Two-course seafood menu for two and a bottle of house selected wine
    • Location: Freshwater Place Queensbridge Square, 3 Queens Bridge St, Southbank
    • Cost: $165 for two people
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    Our top picks for Mother's Day dinner in Melbourne

    Treat mum to a special dinner in town to show her how much you love her on Mother's Day.

    Southeast Asian Banquet

    Southeast Asian Banquet from RedBalloon

    Show mum how much you love her by taking her for a Southeast Asian banquet at Rice Paper Scissors, fill up on tasty helpings of things like dumplings and sip back cocktails.

    • Inclusions: Five-course banquet, dessert to share and a cocktail each
    • Location: 15 Hardware Ln, Melbourne
    • Cost: $133 for two people
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    Three-Course Seafood Dinner

    Three-Course Seafood Dinner from Scoopon

    Tasty tapas are just the start at Pier 35 Bar and Grill where the menu is sure to delight mum's taste buds.

    • Inclusions: Tapas to share, main meal, dessert and glass of wine each
    • Location: 263–329 Lorimer St, Port Melbourne
    • Cost: $75 for two people
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    Romantic Private Dinner on the Yarra River

    Romantic Private Dinner on the Yarra River from finder.com.au

    Mum has worked hard for your family. Sometimes it’s nice to go the extra mile and show her how much you appreciate her (and dad to). For an amazing Mother’s Day gift, give them the experience of dining in the middle of the Yarra River.

  • Inclusions: 1.5-hour cruise on the river, three-course meal including alcohol and soft drink
  • Location: 45 Newquay Promenade, Docklands
  • Cost: $589 or two people
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    Contemporary Thai Dinner for Two

    Contemporary Thai Dinner for Two from RedBalloon

    For an exciting twist on Thai cuisine, the offering from The Piano Thai Restaurant and Bar is too good to pass up. Mum will love the range of flavours and the fact that the dishes keep on coming.

    • Inclusions: Four entrees to share, three mains to share, two sides of Thai jasmine rice and a glass of wine each
    • Location: 18-20 Bridge Rd, Richmond
    • Cost: $98 for two people
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    Our top picks for meal kits you can get delivered to Melbourne for Mother's Day in 2021

    Enjoy Mother's Day in the comfort of your own home and spend time with the family whipping up a feast.

    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: $139
  • 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: $129 for two people
  • 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, three 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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    Our top picks for Mother's Day high tea in Melbourne

    Nothing says Mother's Day quite like sipping on tea and indulging on petit fours.

    High Tea and Bubbles

    High Tea and Bubbles from RedBalloon

    Add a touch of class and a tons of fun to Mother’s Day. For a truly modern high tea head to the National Gallery of Victoria.

    • Inclusions: Three-tier high tea, glass of sparkling wine and tea each
    • Location: 180 St Kilda Rd, Southbank
    • Cost: $150 for two people
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    High Tea on the Water

    High Tea on the Water from Groupon

    Bring a bit of magic to high tea on Mother’s Day by taking mum out to dine with Magic Charters in Victoria Harbour.

    • Inclusions: Two-hour cruise, canapés, finger sandwiches, desserts and scones, tea and coffee, free flowing sparkling wine
    • Location: 55 Victoria Harbour Promenade, Docklands
    • Cost: $158 for two people
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    • If you have dietary requirements, including a gluten-free or vegan diet, be sure to contact the restaurant or cafe and let them know when you order.

    Things to do on Mother's Day in Melbourne

    Horse Riding on St Andrews Beach

    Horse Riding on St Andrews Beach from Adrenaline

    Saddle up and ride along the beach in this two-hour beginner-friendly horse riding experience.

    • Inclusions: Two-hours of horse riding along the Mornington Peninsula
    • Location: Cnr Truemans Rd & Sandy Rd, Fingal
    • Cost: $245 per person
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    Self-Guided Kayak Tour

    Self-Guided Kayak Tour from Adrenaline

    Get to know Melbourne from the waters of the Yarra river. Travel at your own pace in this self-guided kayak experience.

    • Inclusions: One double kayak plus paddle, life jackets, dry bag and map
    • Location: 2 Turner St, Abbotsford
    • Cost: $150 for two people
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    Overnight Getaway

    Overnight Getaway from RedBalloon

    Get mum away from the busyness of life and check her into the Hotel Windsor for an overnight stay and breakfast.

    • Inclusions: One-night stay in a superior room at The Hotel Windsor, breakfast, wireless Internet and luxury bath products
    • Location: 111 Spring St, Melbourne
    • Cost: $349 for two people
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    Two-Hour Boat Hire

    Two-Hour Boat Hire from finder.com.au

    For something the whole family can enjoy, check out Melbourne Boat Hire. With a boat that seats 10 and is equipped with a fridge and esky, you’re all set for a great picnic on the Yarra this Mother’s Day. No boat licence is required.

    • Inclusions: Two-hours of cruise time, electric boat with two tables, fridge, esky under seat, stereo with 3.55mm AV jack and USB charging port for phones
    • Location: 45 Newquay Promenade, Docklands
    • Cost: $299
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    Yarra Valley Wine Tasting

    Yarra Valley Wine Tasting from Scoopon

    For the mum who moonlights as a sommelier head out to Greenstones Vineyard to sample some of the fine wines on offer at their cellar door.

    • Inclusions: Wine tasting flight each, cheese board to share, glass of wine each and 10% off any purchase from the cellar door
    • Location: 179 Glenview Rd, Yarra Glen
    • Cost: $29 for two people
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    Sea Life Aquarium

    Sea Life Aquarium from RedBalloon

    Take mum out for a day at the Melbourne Sea Life Aquarium to see sharks, stingrays and more up close.

    • Inclusions: Entry to Melbourne Aquarium and all on-site presentations
    • Location: King St, Melbourne
    • Cost: $46 each
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    Spirit of Melbourne Dinner Cruise

    Spirit of Melbourne Dinner Cruise from Viator

    All aboard. End Mother’s Day with a dinner cruise on the Yarra. Take in the sites while enjoying four courses of fine food on the Spirit of Melbourne.

    • Inclusions: Three-hour cruise on the Yarra River, four-course dinner, soft drinks and alcohol
    • Location: Southbank Promenade, Southbank
    • Cost: $145 per person
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    Cocktails and Meze

    Cocktails and Meze from RedBalloon

    Surprise mum with a special afternoon or evening at Selona learning to make three of your favourite cocktails and enjoy some food along the way.

    • Inclusions: 90 minute cocktail making class and assorted meze
    • Location: 260A Swan St, Richmond
    • Cost: $160 for two people
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    Floatation Tank Session

    Floatation Tank Session from RedBalloon

    Treat mum to an hour of relaxation at Elevation Floatation and Yoga this Mother’s Day. She’ll love the way all her worries simply float away.

    • Inclusions: 60-minute floatation session in a private room, towels, earplugs, shampoo, conditioner and hair dryers
    • Location: 167 Camberwell Rd, Hawthorn
    • Cost: $50 per person
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    Great Ocean Road Tour

    Great Ocean Road Tour from RedBalloon

    Mum’s in for a treat if she’s always wanted to see the Great Ocean Road. She’ll see the Twelve Apostles and other iconic attractions on this all-day reverse tour.

    • Inclusions: National Park fees, live commentary, air-conditioned minivan, pick-up and drop-off from meeting points, bottled water, face masks and sanitiser
    • Location: 100 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne
    • Cost: $99 per person
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    Skydiving in Melbourne

    Skydiving in Melbourne from Skydive Australia

    Think mum needs some space? Give her 15,000ft in the air in an experience she won’t forget.

    • Inclusions: 15,000ft tandem skydive over St Kilda, personalised certificate of achievement and Australian Parachute Federation three-month membership
    • Location: Skydive Melbourne, 42A Marine Parade, St Kilda
    • Cost: $399 per person
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    Visit Melbourne Zoo

    Visit Melbourne Zoo from Wotif

    This Mother’s Day stare down the tigers, lions and meerkats… and over 320 other species that call Melbourne Zoo their home.

    • Inclusions: Admission to the Melbourne Zoo.
    • Location: Elliott Ave, Parkville
    • Cost: $40 per person
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    Yarra Valley Balloon Flight and Winery Tour

    Yarra Valley Balloon Flight and Winery Tour from Viator

    Mum will be delighted with this experience that can only be described as magical. Starting the day with a hot-air balloon ride and ending it with a sparkling wine lunch, you’ll be a shoe in for child of the year.

    • Inclusions: Sunrise hot-air balloon flight, sparkling wine breakfast, all-inclusive tour of four Yarra Valley wineries, lunch with sparkling wine, pick-up and drop-off from Melbourne city hotels
    • Location: Departs from your hotel in the Melbourne CBD
    • Cost: $580 per person
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