Mother’s Day isn’t all about being showered in gifts – this year, celebrate with a Mother’s ‘Date’ as well! We’ve got seven ways to spend your special day, whether it’s with family, friends or your own mum.

James Street, Fortitude Valley

Long heralded as the hub of high-end fashion in Brisbane, the tree-lined James Street is peppered with luxurious retailers like Scanlan Theodore, Gorman and Zimmerman and intriguing boutiques to explore. But James Street isn’t just for shopping marathons. It’s got mouth-watering restaurants like Bucci, Gerard’s Bistro and Harvey’s, and makes for an excellent bar crawl destination, too – just start at Cru Bar in the north-west and drink your way down to Sixes and Sevens.

The Calile, Fortitude Valley

Turn your James Street visit into a stay-cation and book into the new Calile Hotel, which has quickly gained a reputation as one of Brisbane’s ‘must stay’ venues. With Hellenika – the Nobby Beach staple that has recently ventured north to Brisbane – and plenty of poolside drinking and dining options on-site, you’ll be happy not to leave the Calile all weekend long.


Ahhh, brunch. It’s the perfect combination of a few of our favourite things – breakfast, lunch, and an excuse to sip on some bubbles. And what better reason to gather your gang for a long brunch than Mother’s Day? So, there’s no time like the present to celebrate the mums in your life with a get-together, some bubbles and delicious food. A relaxing brunch after what was no doubt a hectic Easter school holiday makes for a great weekend to remember. Here’s how to host your own, plus the best ones around town!

Byron Bay

There’s nothing like a Byron Bay adventure to reset the soul. On your way down, stop off at Harvest Newrybar for breakfast, then head into Byron and straight to the beach – there are so many to choose from. Once you’re sufficiently salty and sun-kissed, grab lunch at one of the many great dining options in town. Shop up a storm post-lunch at boho-luxe retailers Arnhem, Spell & the Gypsy Collective and Miss Brown’s Vintage, then head home via The Farm for a sunflower selfie with mum. Perfect.

Get crafty

Looking for a hands-on Mother’s Day activity? Look no further than a craft session at one of the many local studios around town! In Brisbane, try your hand at throwing or painting pots at Mas and Miek Ceramic House (Morningside and Newstead), while Gold Coasters love the many classes and workshops on offer at The Craft Parlour at Burleigh. Or, you could always have a go at one of the many paint and sip classes available around town.

The Tweed

Don’t get us wrong – we love life here in south-east Queensland. But sometimes we find ourselves dreaming of a day trip south of the border. There, we said it. When adventure calls, we love heading to Tweed for good food, great sights and more family fun than you could poke a stick at. From swimming at beautiful Hastings Point to snacking and sipping your way through the best that the Northern Rivers have to offer, here is a round-up of a few of our favourite things to do…

The day spa

When Mother’s Day rolls around, it’s usually a reminder of how quickly the year is passing us by – when we’re no longer aware of our looming special day, it’s a sign that we’re really, truly in need of some Mother’s Day pampering. Whether you choose to visit one of our favourite day spas (here’s another favourite), call one to your home or simply transform your bathroom into a spa-like oasis, it’s sure to be a Mother’s Day well spent. Or why not give back to your body with a soak session somewhere like Soak Bathhouse or Greenhouse the Bathhouse? The options are endless.



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