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What to do this Mother's Day in the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges

See & Do

Need ideas to treat your mum to a fantastic Mother's Day?

Whether she's a brunch person, outdoorsy, an adventurer, keen on some R&R or a wine lover, we've got some great ideas for showing her your love and appreciation.

SHOUT HER BRUNCH/LUNCH

Mother's Day brunch and lunch events are always a welcome activity with a range of special dining events taking place. Bookings are essential as spaces can book quickly so be quick!

Click here to book a table at any one of these special dining events.

WALK THE DANDENONG RANGES

Have you been to the Dandenong Ranges recently? It’s stunning. Seasonal autumn leaves and cooler temperatures all make for an enjoyable Mother's Day walk that's postcard-perfect. We recommend checking out 'Must See Gardens of the Dandenong Ranges' to find the closest and best garden near you. The best part is they're free and dog-friendly, too!

ENJOY ANIMAL ENCOUNTERS

There’s no better way to spend the morning or afternoon than at Healesville Sanctuary. Your mother will love the array of Australian wildlife; koalas, wombats, snakes, you name it!

Special interactive experiences and animal encounters can also be booked in conjunction with their entry too such as kangaroo, dingos and even platypus.

ENJOY A GARDEN BREAK

Head over to Yarra Glen and discover Alowyn Gardens, a beautiful and well-maintained garden that is sure to impress your mother.

If she's the sort who has a green thumb, she'll love exploring seven clearly defined areas within the gardens: a perennial border, a silver birch forest, an edible garden of generous proportions,
a parterre garden and a number of display gardens

Grab a scone and pot of tea cafe in the maple courtyard - the perfect way to top off Mother's Day.

GET ARTISTIC

Sure, you could colour mum a lovely family photo, but what worked when you were five, might not cut it now. Why not gift her time at TarraWarra Museum of Art this Mother’s Day?

Like Thomas Merton famously once said, “Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time”. Get lost and rediscover yourself or give mum a few hours of peace and quiet amid the museum’s beautiful art pieces.

There are also lots of exhibitions at Yarra Ranges Regional Museum including Transformations: Art of the Scott Sisters plus their Museum shop has a range of local artisan gifts Mum will love.

Why not get your Mum a ticket to a fantastic local show including Garage Girls, Lady Sings The Blues, Volume II by Prinnie Stevens or ACO Collective: The Lark Ascending.

FLY OVER THE YARRA VALLEY

Up, up and away! Jump onboard your own private or a group Hot Air Balloon Flight over the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges with Global Ballooning or Go Wild Ballooning. She'll get a birds-eye view of the local attractions. Pro Tip - we recommend taking your camera and getting that new family portrait.

ENJOY A MINI BREAK

If your mum’s all about being pampered, why not book her in for a stay at RACV Country Club and Resort Healesville? She'll enjoy some good quality downtime and access to their One Spa as well as on-site dining and more.

With spa specials and gift card options, there's no better reason to treat her to some serious relaxation.

HORSE AROUND FOR THE AFTERNOON

Looking for something a little out there for Mother's Day? Well, saddle up and head over to Yarra Valley Trails, a tranquil horse ride experience in the great Australian bush. Your mother will love exploring the region by horse taking in the fresh country air and abundance of wildlife, taking you away from all the city stress.

Alternatively, make an overnight of it at Chum Creek Horse Riding and Huts which offer both a 2.5 Wine Tasting Horse Trail Ride suited to all experience levels and an Overnight Camp-Out Horse Trail Rides staying at their award-winning accommodation. Rides are with a small group of no more than 10 if you don't include the kangaroo, wallabies, wombats and other wildlife you might spot along the journey.

SPOIL HER BEST FRIEND TOO

If mum loves the family pup as much as her children, a day with Pooches and Pinot Wine Tours (pictured above) is the perfect solution.

You make the booking and they'll pick Mum (and pup) up for a day of sipping around the Yarra Valley tasting wine, gin, beer and cider. Dogs can enjoy pooch-friendly wineries and even a lovely walk where they can run off lead too.

Here's another great reason: Book Mum in for a full-day wine tour before May 12 for any date before the end of 2024 and she'll get a bonus six-bottle case of wine on the day of her tour.

Click here to learn more
about their Mother's Day special.

TAKE IN THE FRESH AIR AT LILLYDALE LAKE

For those who don’t know, Lillydale Lake is a hidden gem. It's free, offers loads of parking, is wheelchair-accessible footpaths and a beautiful 2.5km return lake walk with plenty of birdlife. Your mother will be loving the fresh air, lake views and good company. The lake is also dog-friendly!

CATCH A BEAUTY

If Mum is the outdoorsy type, try your luck at a fish farm. It’s as simple as throwing in a line and waiting for the fish to take the bait. Fish farms will also get the fish ready for you to enjoy later.

The Australian Rainbow Trout Farm is family-friendly and open every day except Christmas and will even clean and fillet your catch for you to enjoy at home later. Families with smaller children can also enjoy the on-site playground, mini-farm as well as a picnic and BBQ area.

VILLAGE SHOPPING

Why not spend the afternoon (or day) Mother's Day shopping? We recommend heading up to the quaint cool-climate villages of the Dandenong Ranges as well as Healesville.

You'll find loads of giftware, art galleries, charming cafes and so much more. Our shopping guides to Healesville as well as Olinda and Sassafras will help get you started.

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