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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.

Seafood Brunch Cruise with Champagne

Seafood Brunch Cruise with Champagne from RedBalloon

Cheers to mum on 8 May with a brunch cruise on Melbourne’s waterways. Tuck into an impressive spread featuring canapés, seafood, fresh salads and delicious desserts.

  • Inclusions: 2.5-hour cruise, glass of champagne on arrival, hot and cold canapés, meat carvery, seafood, fresh salad, dessert, tea and coffee
  • Location: Departs from Docklands
  • Cost: $250 for 2 people
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Hot Air Balloon Ride Over Melbourne with Breakfast

Hot Air Balloon Ride Over Melbourne with Breakfast from RedBalloon

Go all out on Mother’s Day and surprise her with a breathtaking sunrise hot air balloon ride before tucking into breakfast at Amora Hotel Riverwalk Melbourne.

  • Inclusions: 1-hour hot air balloon experience and hotel champagne breakfast
  • Location: Departs from Melbourne CBD
  • Cost: $1,060 for 2 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.

Share Plates with Cocktails

Share Plates with Cocktails from RedBalloon

Does mum believe that variety is the spice of life? Then go somewhere different this year and sample the dishes at Meat and Wine Co's African-inspired restaurant.

  • Inclusions: Share plates, premium cocktail
  • Location: Freshwater Place, 3 Queens Bridge St, Southbank
  • Cost: $79 for 2 people
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Steakhouse Lunch

Steakhouse Lunch from RedBalloon

With views of the water and a hearty lunch on the menu, mum is sure to be impressed by this Mother's Day lunch.

  • Inclusions: Signature meat dishes, 2 glasses of wine, beer or soft drink
  • Location: Freshwater Place Queensbridge Square, 3 Queens Bridge St, Southbank
  • Cost: $99 for 2 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: 2-course seafood menu for 2 and a bottle of house selected wine
  • Location: Freshwater Place Queensbridge Square, 3 Queens Bridge St, Southbank
  • Cost: $165 for 2 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.

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, 3-course meal including alcohol and soft drink
  • Location: 45 Newquay Promenade, Docklands
  • Cost: $589 for 2 people
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Greek Degustation with Matching Wines

Greek Degustation with Matching Wines from RedBalloon

Transport mum to the streets of Greece at this esteemed restaurant. Its degustation menu will have her eating her way around the Mediterranean without leaving Melbourne.

  • Inclusions: 5-course Greek degustation
  • Location: 260A Swan St, Richmond
  • Cost: $280 for 2 people
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Steakhouse Dinner

Steakhouse Dinner from RedBalloon

Tell mum to save her stomach for dinner because she's going to need it when you take her out for an impressive 3-course dinner.

  • Inclusions: 3-course dinner for 2, glass of house wine each
  • Location: 482 Riversdale Rd, Hawthorn
  • Cost: $158 for 2 people
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Contemporary Thai Dinner

Contemporary Thai Dinner 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: 4 entrees to share, 3 mains to share, 2 sides of Thai jasmine rice and a glass of wine each
  • Location: 18-20 Bridge Rd, Richmond
  • Cost: $98 for 2 people
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Our top picks for meal kits you can get delivered to Melbourne for Mother's Day in 2022

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

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

  • Inclusions: 3-tier high tea, glass of sparkling wine and tea each
  • Location: 180 St Kilda Rd, Southbank
  • Cost: $79 per person
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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: 2-hour cruise, canapés, finger sandwiches, desserts and scones, tea and coffee, free flowing sparkling wine
  • Location: 55 Victoria Harbour Promenade, Docklands
  • Cost: $79 per person
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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

Mystery Picnic in Melbourne

Mystery Picnic in Melbourne from Klook Australia

Even you will be surprised by your Mother's Day gift when you book a mystery picnic. Expect yummy food, a beautifully picked out picnic spot and a fun riddle to get you there.

  • Inclusions: Self-guided mystery picnic experience, picnic items and food to collect on the way
  • Location: Melbourne, CBD
  • Cost: $120 for 2 people
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Pottery Workshop with High Tea

Pottery Workshop with High Tea from Classbento

Does mum still have the homemade gifts you gave her as a kid? Keep that tradition going and create a clay sculpture that you can plant a succulent in for her to cherish and look after.

  • Inclusions: High tea, clay activity, succulent
  • Location: 2 Alfred Place, South Melbourne
  • Cost: $79 per person
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Chocolate and Dessert Walking Tour

Chocolate and Dessert Walking Tour from Klook Australia

Sweet toothed mums can sink their teeth into this delicious tour which explores the sweetest spots in Melbourne's lanes and arcades. It also features more than a handful of delicious samplings.

  • Inclusions: Tour guide, 5 chocolate/dessert stops, chocolate tastings, cheese and chocolate matching experience, Colombian dessert, hot chocolate, chocoholic survival kit
  • Location: 100 Elizabeth St, Melbourne
  • Cost: $99 per person
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Yarra Valley Wine All-Inclusive Tour

Yarra Valley Wine All-Inclusive Tour from Klook Australia

Take mum on a day trip to the Yarra Valley where you'll be surrounded by vineyards and cellar doors.

  • Inclusions: Transport from Melbourne, tastings at 4 wineries, a 1-course lunch with glass of wine
  • Location: Departs from Melbourne
  • Cost: $150 per person
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Lunch and Cooking Class

Lunch and Cooking Class from Classbento

Specially curated for Mother's Day, this event brings mums and children together to shower her with food, bubbles and a scenic lunch.

  • Inclusions: All ingredients and equipment required, cooking class, sit down lunch, dessert, glass of wine or prosecco, nibbles, recipe packs and special Mother's Day gift
  • Location: Heavenly Morsel, Berwick
  • Cost: $225 per person
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Paella and Sangria Cooking Class

Paella and Sangria Cooking Class from Classbento

Mums who love to experiment in the kitchen can learn a new dish at this paella cooking class.

  • Inclusions: All ingredients and equipment, apron, recipes, cooking experience
  • Location: 127 Market St, South Melbourne
  • Cost: $140 per person
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City Sightseeing Kayak Tour

City Sightseeing Kayak Tour from Klook Australia

Get out on the water for an active Mother's Day by kayaking the famous Yarra River.

  • Inclusions: Tour, double sea kayak, safety equipment
  • Location: Alexandra Gardens, Melbourne CBD
  • Cost: $82 per person
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Resin Cheese Board and Sip Class

Resin Cheese Board and Sip Class from Classbento

Give mum a unique keepsake that she can show off at home with a resin cheese board class that's guaranteed to bring out the artist in both of you. You can even add a grazing box for 2 to snack on while you work those creative juices.

  • Inclusions: 2-hour resin cheese board class, all materials required, wooden coasters in resin, glass of wine or soft drink
  • Location: 2 Alfred Place, South Melbourne
  • Cost: $165 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 4 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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2-Hour Boat Hire

2-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: 2-hours of cruise time, electric boat with 2 tables, fridge, esky under seat, stereo with 3.55mm AV jack and USB charging port for phones
  • Location: 45 Newquay Promenade, Docklands
  • Cost: $299 for 2 hours
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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: $47 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 3 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: $200 for 2 people
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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 3-month membership
  • Location: 42A Marine Parade, St Kilda
  • Cost: $429 per person
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