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Things to do on Mother's Day in Sydney

What to do on Mother's Day in Sydney?

Mother's Day is on Sunday, 10th May 2015

Options for Mother's Day

Standard options are overpriced flowers, under whelming chocolates and the expensive, over booked restaurants and cafes. Alternatively, avoid the rip off and actually give your Mum a day to remember. has come up with a few ideas to help make Mother's Day in Sydney a little more special in addition to the Top 100 Things to Do.

Have a laugh

Give your Mother a laugh and take her out for the night to enjoy the Sydney Comedy Festival:

Sydney Comedy Festival

Sydney Comedy FestivalYou can imagine what happens the day after Mother's Day..."So what did you do Deirdre? Lunch? Yeah me too. Same place as always. It was nice...can't wait for that new series to start next week blah blah. So if you want to give your Mum something to talk about other than what's on the telly take her somewhere a little different, it'll give her a giggle.

Sydney Comedy Festival


Lift your Mum up where she belongs - An Officer and a Gentleman

Buy the DVD, a box of chocolates, a bottle of wine and box of tissues and sit down to watch an Officer and a Gentleman. In case it is before your time, an Officer and a Gentleman is one of those stories about a guy in a white uniform who picks up a girl and runs off with her.

Lift your Mum up where she belongs (2) - Take her out for breakfast - kind of

How does a Champaign Breakfast sound? Not bad? What about a little Balloon ride before then? Tell your mum you are taking her out for a breakfast and then watch her float off into the distance. It will be a Mother's Day surprise she will never forget.

mum in a balloon

Mum in a Balloon


Take your Mum for a run

If she says you give her the run around then prove her right. For more than a decade, the Mother’s Day Classic fun run and walk has provided communities with a great way to celebrate Mother’s Day and raise funds for breast cancer research. Your mum can get involved by you registering her to walk or run in the Sydney 'MDC'. Alternatively, you can both volunteer and help out on the day.

Mother's Day Classic


Take your Mum to the Zoo!

Has your Mum ever compared you to an animal? A cheeky monkey maybe? So take her to see some at Sydney's Taronga Zoo and then you can say, "There you go Mum, looks nothing like me..."


Take your Mum to the Market

I bet your mother has been buying you stuff since before you were born, so why not take her to the markets and when she finds something she likes, buy it for her. Check the list and the useful links page not forgetting the market finder!


Take your Mum to the Movies

You could just take her to the local cinema, there's nothing wrong with that. Follow the link below to see what films are currently showing in Sydney.

Cinema in Sydney


Sydney Film Festival

Alternatively, if you would like to make it a little more special, you could buy her a ticket, or Flexi Pass, to the Sydney Film Festival. If you time it right, you could also have a stroll around Circular Quay to enjoy the Vivid Festival lights before and/or after the movie. If you really want to make a day of it, take her to the Dendy Cinema in Circular Quay followed by a spot of lunch and / or a Harbour Cruise (see below).


Take your Mum out on Sydney Harbour Cruise

Chances are your mum hasn't been on a Harbour Cruise for a very long time. Excellent chance for her to reminisce and unwind.

Sydney Harbour Cruise


Take your Mum down the river, the Hawkesbury River

Drive to Brooklyn, or catch the train, and then enjoy a spot of lunch by the water. Afterwards you could go for a cruise along the Hawkesbury River. Alternatively, you could just have lunch on board. If you prefer to stay on dry land, you could take a gentle stroll besides the river. If there are little ones involved, there is a nice play park for them to enjoy near the river swimming area. You can walk around the headland to Parsley Bay, or relax and read up on some of the local history posted on notice boards near the play park.

Hawkesbury River


Take your Mum to an Art Gallery

You could just take your mum out to a gallery. For example, you could take her to see the Archibald Prize at the Art Gallery of NSW. The Archibald Prize is one of Australia's oldest and most prestigious art prizes. It’s awarded to the best portrait painting, preferentially of some man or woman distinguished in art, letters, science or politics.

Art Gallery of NSW


Take your Mum out for a Long Lunch

Perhaps the most popular way to celebrate Mother's Day in Sydney is simply to take her out for lunch or breakfast.

Or a Seriously Long Lunch

Take your mum out for a serious long lunch, the Lovedale Long Lunch. Sure it's a week after the official Mother's Day but I doubt she will object when you tell her what's in store. Lovedale, in the Hunter Valley, is a premium wine producing area and tourist attraction. The ever young Lovedale Long Lunch includes seven wineries and vineyards.

Lovedale Long Lunch


More things to do:

For more things to do on this special day please visit the list of the Top Things To Do or have a look at some other great things to do in May.

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