Your mum is constantly giving to everyone – but when was the last time she had your undivided attention? Give her the gift of togetherness this Mother’s Day with a girls-only getaway. Choose one of these fabulous accommodation options for a weekend she won’t forget.
A luxury country property with old-world charm Mum will love, the Woodman Estate is an idyllic launch pad for exploring Victoria’s picturesque Mornington Peninsula. Enjoy a stroll through the English gardens and pause for a chat by the lake before tucking into a sumptuous high tea. You might be tempted to linger on site, but there’s so much begging to be explored. Taste your way around the 50 cellar doors, numerous farm-gate producers, cafés and restaurants. Explore bayside beaches and rugged ocean coastlines, be pampered at the Peninsula Hot Springs, and swim with dolphins and fur seals on a Port Phillip Bay cruise.
There’s something wholesomely regenerative about the great outdoors. And we couldn’t think of a more appropriate setting for a bit of mother-daughter bonding than the Three Sisters. The iconic rock formations are a highlight of the Blue Mountains – a scenic escape that implores you to ditch your digital devices and get back to nature. Explore the Jamison Valley by cableway, skyway, walkway and railway, stare awestruck inside the Jenolan Caves, and pick up some gourmet goodies before returning to your luxurious lodgings. Dryridge Estate shares the grounds with the only vineyard in the Blue Mountains, so you may have to share a bottle of wine, too.
All that fresh mountain air is good for the soul, and the sisterhood, too! Located on the edge of World Heritage-listed Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, this forest-shrouded lodge is as tranquil as they get. Explore the surrounding wilderness on a challenging all-day hike to the summit of Cradle Mountain that will put your mother-daughter relationship to the test, or enjoy a more conversation-enabling meander on one of the shorter trails. Go horseriding, canoeing, canyoning and wildlife spotting, or curl up on the couch by the fire with a book, glass of wine and a cheese-tasting platter for two.
If the hanging basket seat in the forest doesn’t leave you girls feeling relaxed, the Spa Anise day spa certainly will. Spicers Tamarind Lodge is tucked in the Sunshine Coast hinterland, a world away from the coastal high-rise, and a stone’s throw from waterfalls, quaint villages and restorative rainforests. Explore the mountain communities of Montville and Maleny, enjoy a refreshing swim at Kondalilla Falls, take in the views of the Glass House Mountains at Mary Cairncross Park, and indulge in some retail therapy at Eumundi Markets. Return to Spicers for an Asian-inspired banquet and challenge Mum to a cook-off in one of their culinary classes.
There’s a reason why kitchen queen Maggie Beer calls the Barossa home. The region is a fertile melting pot of great food, fresh produce and fabulous wine. Add to that a smattering of beautiful landmarks, galleries and boutiques, and the Barossa has all the ingredients of a great girls’ weekend away. The Novotel Barossa Valley Resort is front and centre of all the action, with some pretty to-die-for views. There are 150 wineries to explore, so best to splash out on a chauffeured ride.