Mother’s Day Outing Ideas in Brisbane

Mother's Day Ideas

Mother’s Day is creeping up quickly, so it’s time to start dropping hints to your Brisbane Kids and other halves about how they can create the perfect day for you. Here are our ideas for the best Mother’s Day outing ideas that Brisbane has to offer.

We also have an annually updated list of events and activities happening in Brisbane on mothers day here Mothers Day in Brisbane 2019.

Easy Bushwalks close to Brisbane

walking tracks at Daisy Hill

bushwalking track at Dairy Hill

A short drive from the centre of Brisbane are some beautiful mountain ranges that beg to be explored with your family. On Mount Tamborine in the south, you can enjoy a picnic in the beautiful botanic gardens, browse the eclectic mix of gift stores and cafes in the main street, or just breathe in the fresh mountain air.

On the north side of Brisbane, Mount Glorious offers short walking tracks featuring picturesque waterfalls, wood-fired BBQ facilities in a grassy picnic area and a restaurant (simply named Mount Glorious Restaurant & Café) with stunning views over the Samford Valley. A day trip to Mount Nebo and the South D’Aguilar region is perfect in the Brisbane Autumn sunshine.

For some Mother’s Day outing adventures closer to home, try Geocaching in Brisbane – an awesome treasure hunt that combines the technology of GPS and smartphones with good old-fashioned orienteering.

Other popular places to head out for a walk include

  • Springbrook National Park
  • Noosa National Park
  • Mount Coolum
  • The Mother’s Day Classic in the city

A Fun Mother’s Day outing in the City

Start your day with a lazy breakfast overlooking the Brisbane River then work off those croissants with a family bike ride along the river. There are many kid-friendly bike paths in Brisbane, but don’t worry if you don’t own a bike – visit for information on Brisbane’s public bike hire scheme, where the first 30 minutes are free! You could also look at using one of the scooter services if you are brave enough!

Riverlife Ranger Camp, kayaking

Riverlife Offer Kayaking on the Brisbane River

Drink in the beauty of our river city on the Kookaburra Queen paddle wheeler, which also offers drinks and lunch on board. Or, if you are feeling more adventurous, Riverlife offers guided kayaking, abseiling and rock-climbing sessions (although these are only suitable for older children).

A Beachside Break

From Shorncliffe to Scarborough in the north, and Wynnum to Cleveland in the south, there are plenty of seaside parks, beaches, cafes and restaurants to enjoy. A picnic dinner of takeaway fish and chips in the fading autumn sunshine is a pretty awesome way to finish Mother’s Day. Or, if you’re lucky, your partner and children could pack a gourmet picnic or BBQ for you. Just make sure someone else is in charge of the preparation and cooking! If you have little kids and you just want to relax while they have a play, then head to one of South Easter Queensland’s best playgrounds – find them on our Brisbane Parks Map. 

kings beach coastal walk

Coastal walk taking you past Kings Beach and Happy Valley

Day spas, floats and high teas

If you would prefer some time to yourself, then arrange a babysitter for the kids and visit one of the many amazing Brisbane day spas. From a massage a facial or even getting your nails done, it’s always nice to have some “me” time. Make sure you book ahead if you plan to go on Mother’s Day. If spas aren’t your thing, but you still want to relax, you could consider a Brisbane float or some time in a salt room.

Bacchus High Tea South Bank

Another thing Brisbane does well is high tea – frock up and rock up to one of the many Brisbane venues that offer a Mother’s Day high tea. High tea at Room with Roses in the Brisbane Arcade – voted among the top five high teas in Australia by Vogue Living – is a real treat!

Feel-good Fun

mothers day classic, pink t-shirts, family, charity run, breast cancer

If you want to get fit and be inspired this Mother’s Day, gather your family, head to Southbank and run or walk together in the Mother’s Day Classic. It’s Australia’s biggest charity fun run and raises money for breast cancer research. Afterwards, stay and enjoy all the delights that Southbank and nearby West End has to offer. After all, you’ve earned it!

It is also okay to do nothing

a mother quote, unique

For some mums, especially all the sleep deprived ones, the ideal Mother’s Day may simply be a relaxing day at home. For others, it is a day of thinking about their own mothers and for many a time of reflection and sadness. Either way, if you feel like you need a “down day”. then request a sleep in and the obligatory “breakfast in bed. Read a book in the garden, have a bubble bath and let your family look after you.

Now go and stick your Mother’s Day outing wish list to the fridge – a less than subtle approach will probably be appreciated by partners and kids everywhere!


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