21 Mother’s Day ideas and activities in Sydney 2018

Get Mother's Day right this year. Here's a list of some of the best activities, places to eat, drink and play in Sydney. Start planning now for a day your mum will remember.

Everyone can get behind Mother’s Day. It’s a great chance to say ‘thanks’ for being there, and helping out that time… and that time. Whether you’re a local or taking a trip to sunny Sydney for Mother’s Day this year, we are rounded up a selection of some of the best places to take mum out and show her how much you care.

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Sydney Harbour High Tea cruise

Sydney Harbour High Tea cruise from Viator

Cruise around the city's harbour while having an afternoon high tea goodies and sparkling wine from Brown Brothers.

  • Duration: 75 minutes
  • Location: Sydney
  • Price per person
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Hunter Valley wine and wildlife tour

Hunter Valley wine and wildlife tour from Viator

Take your mum a day out on a tour to Hunter Valley to explore the vineyards with a sample wine and cheese plus get up close to native animals.

  • Duration: 11 hours
  • Location: Hunter Valley
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Private Southern Highlands tour

Private Southern Highlands tour from Wotif

Wander around the gardens of Red Cow Farm and the town of Berrima with the whole family with this private tour from Sydney.

  • Duration: 10 hours
  • Location: Southern Highlands, Berrima
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Sydney Tower buffet lunch or dinner

Sydney Tower buffet lunch or dinner from Wotif

Enjoy the spectacular view of Sydney while having lunch or dinner with your mum at Sydney Tower Buffet Restaurant.

  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Location: Sydney, NSW
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Macaron making class

Macaron making class from Scoopon

Bond with your mum in a different way with this macaron making class at MakMak Macarons.

  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Location: Surry Hills NSW
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Sydney City half-day tour

Sydney City half-day tour from

Bring the whole family and celebrate Mother's day starting with Sydney city private tour.

  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Location: Sydney, NSW
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Hotel stays with breakfast and wine

Hotel stays with breakfast and wine from Groupon

Give your mum a break with an overnight stay at Coogee Bay Hotel. Includes breakfast and a bottle of wine.

  • Duration: Overnight
  • Location: Coogee, NSW
  • Price for two adults
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Therapy package

Therapy package from RedBalloon

Treat your mum with an ultimate relaxation package that includes float therapy session, infrared sauna session, Himalayan salt therapy session and a complimentary tea and snacks.

  • Duration: 2 hours and 4 minutes
  • Location: Five Dock, Sydney
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Sydney Harbour cruise with lunch

Sydney Harbour cruise with lunch from RedBalloon

Have a wonderful three-course lunch cruise date with your mum on Mother's day whilst enjoying the views.

  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Location: Circular Quay, Sydney
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Jet boat ride on Sydney Harbour

Jet boat ride on Sydney Harbour from RedBalloon

A new experience to mums and the whole family as you travel to Sydney Harbour on a jet boat ride.

  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Location: Sydney Harbour
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5 cafes for Mother’s Day breakfast in Sydney



A stroll from the beach? Check. A casual, rustic vibe? Check. Handcrafted Israeli delicacies that borrow North African, Mediterranean, and Middle Eastern flavours? Check.

North Bondi’s jewel, Shuk, takes the best parts of a cafe, bakery and delicatessen and rolls them together to produce a place that is low-key, friendly and bursting with flavour.

2 Mitchell Street, Bondi

Rabbit Hole Organic Tea Bar

Mothers and tea go hand-in-hand, which makes Rabbit Hole the perfect pairing for mums on Mother's Day.

Escape to this little "hole-in-the-wall" for a sensory experience complete with hand crafted, unique tea blends that utilise innovative brewing techniques and divine breakfast and lunch offerings from toasts and bowls to sandwiches and soups. Appease your sweet toothed selves by spoiling her with a dessert degustation. We know, sounds like heaven, right?

Love their teas? You can buy them in the shop. Mother's Day present = sorted.

146 Abercrombie Street, Redfern


The Boathouse

If you’re not familiar with The Boathouse, jump in the car and head to Palm Beach to visit one of the area’s most loved cafe / restaurants.

Don't let the laid-back atmosphere fool you: the kitchen here is top-notch. Choose from favourites such as poached eggs and avocado on sourdough, or sample the croissant french toast.

Governor Phillip Park, Palm Beach



When it comes to a casual, rustic, and friendly cafe vibe Bootsdarling hits the spot. One of the best bits?

They do all day breakfast, just in case you’re not the morning type. Just saying...

333 South Darling Street, Darlinghurst

Public Dining Room

If you'd rather take mum out somewhere a little more upmarket, the Public Dining Room is in one of the most outstanding locations in Sydney.

Dine in luxury and take in the outstanding view at Balmoral and be dubbed her favourite child - at least for the rest of the year.

This Mother's Day, Public Dining Room is hosting a special 3-course lunch for her, including canapes on arrival. Prices are $150 per adult and $50 per child (5-12 years).

2a The Esplanade, Mosman

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The Cottage Bar and Kitchen

Reminiscent of grandma's farmhouse, this delightful little nook in Balmain is as homely as they come.

Share plates are the name of the game with seafood platters and pizzas on the menu.

Pair that with a cheeky tipple and kick back in the garden for a relaxing one this Sunday alongside a live music set, which starts at 1pm.

342 Darling Street, Balmain


Manly Wine

What better place to enjoy a day out in the sun than Manly Wine?

Munch on fresh seafood and sip from a selection of great wines in Sydney’s (second) favourite harbour.

Throughout the weekend you can order the Girls Picnic, an indulgent foodie experience from midday onward. Top that with a glass of Chandon for an extra $10 per person and your afternoon is done.

p: 02 8070 2424

The Newport

The Newport is everything you can expect from a Merivale establishment. It's all waterfront views, lush greenery, large wooden tables and Australian fare - from shareable pizzas to hoggable fish 'n' chips.

The Newport offers a complimentary shuttle service from Manly Wharf, Mona Vale, Avalon, Clareville and Bilgola for its patrons.

2 Kalinya Street, Pittwater

La Boca Bar & Grill

Did somebody say bottomless brunch? Why, don't mind if we do.

It's all happening inside the Sir Stamford Sydney Airport hotel where La Boca Bar services up plateful after plateful of decadent pastries and seasonal fruits as well as a choice of one main meal. Oh and did we mention the free-flowing French bubbly?

Yes, there's that too. As well as a complimentary massage, free "Mum-mosa" cocktail on arrival, take home gifts and the chance to win a high tea for two at the Circular Quay Brunch.

It's all coming up mum-house.

Cnr O'Riordan & Robey Streets, Mascot



Set among the backdrop of the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge, if you're planning to pull out all the stops this Mother's Day, Bennelong is the place to book.

Brought to you by master chef, Peter Girlmore, it's a dining experience she'll not soon forget.

Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point

Mode Kitchen and Bar

Tucked away inside the Four Season Mode Kitchen and Bar is a swish affair for those Mother's Day when you really need to impress. Or make up for something.

Whichever is your case, head chef Francesco Mannelli will make it happen with his special 3-course lunch featuring the likes of milk fed veal tartare, Yamba king prawns and the venue's signature ricotta cheesecake.

Before you tuck into those delicious morsels, tantalise those tastebuds with an entree of Sydney rock oysters and Champagne Pommery. Compliments of the chef.

Lunch is served from midday to 3pm and costs $95 per person.

Four Seasons, 199 George Street, Sydney

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