Mum’s special isn’t she? Why not do something a little different this year and spoil her with a gourmet treat in one of Australia’s premier rural regions? From the vineyards of Tasmania to spas of central Victoria, mountain escapes in Queensland or a weekend away to the Top End, there’s something for every mum.
A Tamborine Mountain Tipple or Two
The Gold Coast Hinterland’s lush subtropical climate is ideal for winemaking if the plethora of vineyards in area is anything the go by. The region’s best are clustered around Tamborine Mountain, where you can easily indulge in a half or full day wine tour with The Vino Bus from Brisbane or the Gold Coast. Better still, stay in Tamborine Mountain for a full weekend in the wild. Wander the boutiques and galleries in town, explore local gardens and walking trails, or pamper mum with a beauty treatment or massage.
Organics and Antiques in Berry
The drive south from Sydney to Berry is nothing if not picturesque. The Great Dividing Range gives way to rolling green hills, where classic farmhouses look out over the windswept coastline and deep blue sea. Amongst this ever green farmland, the quaint town of Berry is a thriving hub, where streets are lined with organic bakeries, gourmet cafes, home wares boutiques and bookstores. Book a long lunch at Silos Restaurant, in a local vineyard, or head to Shoalhaven Heads, 10-minutes out of town, for a picnic on the beach with fresh food from the fortnightly markets.
Wine and Dine in Margaret River
Head to Perth and hit the road south for a weekend of wining and dining by the seaside. Margaret River is the ultimate girls escape destination, with wineries, craft breweries, chocolatiers, cheese makers and gourmet eateries galore. If you’re in for a long lunch or afternoon of wine tasting, there are a whole host of local tour companies who can do the driving for you. When you need a break from wining and dining, put your walking shoes on and wander the many walking tracks along the magnificent coastline.
Spa Day in Daylesford
Melbourne’s day-trip darling Daylesford was pretty much made for mum. The Daylesford and Hepburn Springs provide relaxing mineral spa options for the ultimate in mother’s day pampering. Follow this up with a tour of the quaint art galleries and boutiques, and a long leisurely lunch at one of the region’s many award-winning restaurants.
A Brew or Two in Adelaide
Does mum enjoy a brew or two? Whether her favourite kind is of the beer or tea variety, Adelaide will prove to be a hit. In the heart of town there are gourmet delights to be found inside the Adelaide Central Market, and in a host of unique eateries opening up around the city. If she’s craving a boutique beer, set off on a tour of some of the region’s best breweries. In Adelaide you’ll find Pirate Life Brewing, while out of town Prancing Pony in the Adelaide Hills, Vale Brewing Company in McLaren Vale and Steam Exchange in Goolwa are all worth a tasting. If high tea is more mum’s style, Udder Delights in Hahndorf, the Topiary Cafe in Tea Tree Gully, and the Old Curiosity Shop and Tea Rooms are all noteworthy.
Tasmania’s Tamar Valley
Often overshadowed by its southern neighbour, Launceston is in fact the gateway to many of Tasmania’s food and wine regions. In town you can tour the historic Boag’s Brewery, founded in 1883, and explore Australia’s largest regional art gallery. Jump in the car and follow the Tamar River north into premium wine-growing and dairy country for a gourmet sojourn in the countryside. Be sure to stop in at Janz Tasmania for a glass of its sparkling cuvee before passing lavender fields and orchards as you head toward the picturesque coastline.
Cuisine and Culture in Darwin
Known for its national parks and wildlife, Darwin is also increasingly home to a wealth of culture and food highlights. Whisk mum away to the Top End to experience the perfect weather the dry season brings from May to August. The Mindil Beach Markets are a sundown must, as is an afternoon drink at the Darwin Ski Club or Sailing Club on Fannie Bay. But first, head to the Museum and Art Gallery of Northern Territory next door, for an overview of the local history and culture, including a humbling exhibition on Cyclone Tracy. For breakfast try SweetBrew or Laneway, and for dinner grab a seat at the communal tables at Cucina sotto le stelle, a pop up Italian food truck restaurant in a waterfront park in Nightcliffe. And that’s all without even starting on the national parks and wilderness!
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