10 epic gift ideas for Mother's Day

Your mum has made some mammoth sacrifices over the years, so why not treat her to a Mother’s Day surprise that’s equally epic? Choose something you know has been on her bucket list forever – from falling out of the sky to eyeballing a shark. Here, we count down the top 10 epic experiences to surprise Mum with on her special day. 

10. Day spa pampering package

If your mum is more spa creature than thrillseeker, a half-day indulgent pampering package will be her kind of bliss. She’ll drift into a relaxation coma with a massage, facial, manicure and pedicure – enjoyed over four glorious hours in Victoria’s picturesque Yarra Valley. 

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9. Ferrari and Lamborghini drive

If you can’t afford to buy a sports car for Mum, hiring one is the next best thing. And hiring two is even better. Let her get behind the wheel of a Lamborghini and a Ferrari on a brag-worthy drive through the breathtaking Gold Coast hinterland.

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8. Swimming with the great whites

We’re not talking in an aquarium: this is the Bear Grylls, open-water real deal. Tell your mum to bring a change of underwear because she’ll be cage diving face-to-face with Australia’s most fearsome predator off the coast of Port Lincoln, SA.

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7. Sunset catamaran cruise

Your mum will cast away her worries with the anchor as she sets sail on a luxury catamaran from Fremantle. She’ll enjoy city and sea views over a glass of sparkling wine as dolphins frolic in the water and the sun sets on the horizon.

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6. Helicopter flight over Sydney

Sydney has one of the world’s most recognisable skylines, and your mum can enjoy it from a vantage point like no other. She’ll hover over the city’s famous landmarks – including the Harbour Bridge and Opera House – like a high-flying VIP, courtesy of a private helicopter. 

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5. Whale watching off Sydney

One of nature’s greatest spectacles, the whale migration off the coast of Sydney is an experience that will stay with your mum forever. A speedboat will ferry her from city to sea where she’ll have a surreal up-close encounter with these beasts of the blue.

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4. Whitehaven Beach seaplane flight

It’s Australia’s most iconic beach – and Mum deserves to go! Visit the magnificent talcum-powder sands of Whitehaven Beach on a seaplane. Your mum will enjoy the rock-star treatment as she soars over the Great Barrier Reef before dipping her toes into Whitehaven’s wondrous waters. 

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3. Hot air balloon flight over the Barossa

Not just for romantics looking to pop the question, hot air ballooning is hands-down the most serene way to fly. For everyone. Your mum will drift over the Barossa Valley’s famous vineyards and rolling hills before coming back down to Earth for a breakfast feast and bubbles.

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2. Swim with dolphins and seals

Help your mum channel her inner Dr Dolittle with a dolphin and seal swim that will have her talking to the animals. She’ll snorkel alongside playful fur seals and bottlenose dolphins during a majestic three-hour cruise in Melbourne’s Port Phillip Bay.

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1. Skydiving into Byron Bay

If ballooning is too sedate for your adventurous mum, up the adrenaline with a blood-pumping, vertigo-inducing freefall from 14,000 feet. Don’t worry, she’ll have a parachute and enough glide-time to soak up Byron Bay’s stunning coastal and hinterland views. 

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Watch our video where we hook mums up to a lie detector to find out what they really want for Mother's Day.