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Our Favourite Ideas for Mothers Day in Sydney 2021

We have pulled together our favourite ideas for celebrating Mother’s Day, so you have no excuse, get organised and show your mum how much she means to you!

Whether you’re looking to roll out the red carpet or show your appreciation with something low key, there are numerous ways to show your mum some love in Sydney.

Mothers Day falls on Sunday, 9 May 2021 in Australia

Mother’s Day in Sydney for the Foodie Mums

A special lunch for mothers day is one of the top picks for celebrating with mum. Each year Sydney restaurants pull out all stops to impress her with special menus, cocktails and treats. Here are just a few to get you started.

Spoil mum with a Mothers Day Banquet at one of the stunning Lotus Group venues across Sydney. Dumplings anyone? Madame Shanghai would be my pick – this year, they are offering $95 banquets with a free glass of bubbles for mum!

Mothers Day Banquet at Madame Shanghai

With price points ranging from $79 – $99pp across the Lotus Group restaurants, the modern Chinese bespoke menus vary from venue to venue and will be sure to please any food-loving mum.

Celebrate Mothers Day on Sydney Harbour – Celebrate Mother’s Day on Sydney Harbour and give Mum everything she could ask for – the family as a captive audience and a view that will captivate.

On offer is a leisurely three-course a la carte dining experience with the whole family, plus a special chocolate gift for Mum; choose between the Mother’s Day Top Deck Lunch or Sunset Dinner, both from $79 per person.

Fit for a Queen!

Spend an afternoon sharing a bottle of bubbles and Sydney Harbour with your mum (or nana!). Captain Cook’s new Mumm Bar is a great way to reconnect with mum. Mumm Harbour Bar will offer 1½ hours of bottomless G.H. MUMM Champagne, paired with a shared seafood platter from $99 per person.  

If your mum loves seafood, it’s hard to go past Sailmaker’s Mother’s Day Seafood Lunch. While life has changed and we no longer have access to buffet dining, you won’t miss it one bit here.

Lunch consists of an entree, three-tier charcuterie and seafood stand with prawns, oysters and more, followed by mains, two gourmet dishes with sides shared family-style and to finish a dessert platter, $99 for adults/$50 for kids. You can add an optional $26 beverage package for adults in the group.

Indulge in style with a Mothers Day lunch at the beautiful Botanic House restaurant, situated in Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens. Enjoy a tasting menu by famed chef Luke Nguyen including a glass of sparkling or soft drink. Take a stroll in the picturesque gardens to really complete the experience. ($110) or dinner ($129)

Christmas Lunch at Botanica House
A tasting menu at Botanic House

Mother’s Day ideas for creative mums

For the creatives at heart, we have a couple of fun options to choose from. Spending time learning a new skill together almost always results in lots of laughs and perhaps even a masterpiece

Help your mum find her inner Frida Khalo with paint and sip classes across Sydney such as Cork & Canvas, this year’s Mother’s Day event will be held at Novotel Sydney Darling Square and includes a three-course high tea and drinks for $145. They also have a Paint your Mum Picasso and a huge range of other events on their website.

A Cork and Canvas masterpiece!

For those less inclined to paint in public, you can order a kit to do at home with all equipment included from Bubbles and Brushes.

Show mum that you can teach an old dog new tricks, with creative classes at Class Bento! With anything from cooking, perfume making, floral arrangements, pottery, glass blowing, jewellery making, photography, screen printing, macrame, and cocktail making (the list goes on), you can be sure to find something to suit

Check out the Wildlife Photographer of the Year at the Australian National Maritime Museum, which opened this month. This is a great choice for families as your ticket includes access to the museum, so plenty for the kids too. If you have not used your Dine and Discover vouchers yet, they are valid here!

For Mums who like the finer things in life

High Tea is always a popular mother’s day experience, and for a good reason. What mum would love to dine on the finer things in a spectacular setting? There are plenty of high teas on offer in Sydney, so we have selected our favourites to get you started.

Four Seasons Sydney High Tea

The Four Seasons High Tea features exquisite pastries and sweet treats, all prepared in house by Alain Ducasse-trained French pastry duo Elliott Roussel and Quentin Zerr. This Mother’s Day, a harpist will add something special to the experience.

Mother’s Day High Tea on the Harbour with a glass of bubbly, premium teas and high tier platter from $75, book directly with Captain Cook

Gunners Barracks – The view from over Middle Harbour adds to the special occasion vibe when you take in high tea at Gunners Barracks. They are offering a High Tea Breakfast from 8am to get mum’s morning off to a great start! ($60pp) and a range of mid-morning and lunchtime experiences starting at $70 for adults and $55 for kids.

For an afternoon start, Sailmaker Mother’s Day High Tea kicks off at 2:30pm, perfect for the family that likes a sleep-in! Their delicious locally sourced treats are paired with a glass of sparkling rosé. $59 for adults/ $45 for kids

High Tea at the Hyatt Sydney Australia
Hyatt Sydney Mother’s Day High Tea

Mother and Daughter Pampering

Pampering is another traditional but very much appreciated Mothers Day gift idea is some pampering. You can book her a voucher or day spa but for an even more special experience why not have a mother-daughter day at home. AmazingCo. have a lovely Mother’s Day Girl’s Night in package that they have

Quality time with mum is the best gift

Ideas for the stage mums

Show Tickets for mum (and maybe her favourite kid) are a great way to show your love! If your mum loves a good performance, perhaps one of these ideas will work for you. Deliver your tickets with breakfast in bed, croissants and coffee work a treat, and you will soon be the favourite child.

Phantom of the Opera doesn’t open until September but snap up some tickets now in the presale and you will be the good child for 4 months while she waits for her performance!

Hamilton – at the Lyric Theatre until mid November.

Hamilton is taking Sydney by storm and your mum will be no different. Score major favourite child points by taking mum to see this Tony®, Grammy®, Olivier and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical that blends hip-hop, jazz, R&B and Broadway. While you won’t be attending on Mother’s Day I am guessing mum will be thrilled regardless.

Nothing says refined like a day or evening spent watching the Ballet at The Sydney Opera House. The Australian ballet is currently performing Counterpointe, a double bill of the elegant 19th-century classic ‘Raymonda’ with the vigour and attack of ‘Artifact Suite’ by William Forsythe, who stretches classical forms into original modernity. Matinee and Evening sessions available for Mothers Day weekend still available. Combine your show ticket with a special occasion meal at Circular Quay.

For Mums who love to laugh, the Sydney Comedy Festival is a no brainer. While there is a multitude of acts to choose from between April and May, some shows with tickets available on Mothers Day include Best of the Fest (Get a taste of the Festival with a surprise line up of the biggest local stars each night), Unplanned Melodies – Unplanned Cabaret, and The Unreliable Witness – Fiona O’Loughlin. You can get more information on all upcoming acts here.

For the active and outdoors mums

Mothers Day Classic Sydney is a fun way to get active and support a good cause. Raising money for breast cancer research, this fun run, jog or walk, is a family affair. Even your furry friends can come along – and they get their own pet bandana as a souvenir for their participation!

This year instead of a central walk that previously departed from the Domain, there are several runs/walks across the city, suburbs and regional Australia. Key Sydney locations include Cronulla, Blacktown, Abbotsbury. It’s not a race so you choose your own distance, (4km, 5km & 8km available at most locations) and your own time. Complete the course at a pace to suit your family.

Treat mum to a surprise picnic from AmazingCo. These are perfect for anyone who would prefer someone else to do the hard work and pull together a really memorable lunch. There are a bunch of secret picnics to choose from around the city and suburbs, the Blue Mountain, Southern Highlands and Central Coast.

A surprise picnic from AmazingCo is heaps of fun!

What makes these surprise picnics special is the element of fun that is included. When you choose your location you will get a set of digital clues that you need to solve to collect your basket of gourmet picnic food.

A DIY family picnic is a perfect solution if the budget is lean. Choose a couple of recipes, pack your hampers and then find the perfect picnic location. We have a bunch of articles that can help you find the right spot!

Take a harbour walk – if you have left things to the last minute and made it all the way to the bottom of the page, then a picnic or walk and casual lunch is a great idea.

The Cremorne Point walk is relatiely pram friendly with few stairs and fantastic views.

Check out all our harbour walks and coastal walks to find the right one for your family.

A fun activity for the whole family Footgolf is very new to us, but it looks like great fun! Basically, the idea is you kick a soccer ball into a hole. Possibly the most unique activity on our list today, you can get into this new sport at NorthBridge Golf Course.

Ocean side Clovelly Bowling Club

Barefoot Bowls not too taxing; plenty of time to chat and a bit of exercise make this a fun family activity. Check your local bowling club – we usually head to the Neutral Bay Club in the north or on the east side; the views at Clovelly Bowling Club are hard to beat.

When all else fails, take mum shopping

Let your mum find her own gift!

Find a treasure together at The Ultimate Mothers Day Market at The Entertainment Quarter in Moore Park. A free entry event, the market will feature over 180 stalls offering a range of gifts and a huge selection of international food and delicious sweet treats.

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