Four indulgent day trips for Mother’s Day
Take mum out of town for a decadent day trip.
Nothing says “I love you mum” like a bunch of petrol station flowers and a chintzy card, right? Yeah, maybe not.
This Mother’s Day, bypass the chrysanthemums and spoil your mum with a decadent day trip on 12 May.
The first step is to choose a destination and book a scrumptious lunch, allowing time for a spot of relaxation. And don’t forget to make sure there’s something beautiful to see.
It’s not too late to arrange the perfect day out. All you need is a bit of inspiration. And if you’re a mum... pop this article under the noses of your family and feign surprise on the day.
Pt Leo Estate’s award-winning restaurant Laura takes in views of the estate’s sculpture park.
A winery in the quiet Westernport corner of the Mornington Peninsula wins the Mother’s Day trifecta hands down, with sweeping water views, world-class art and exceptional food and wine.
Pt Leo Estate is a destination to savour for a whole day, just over an hour’s drive from Melbourne’s CBD.
Start by choosing from two dining options: a 45-seat degustation space called Laura or a more casual 110-seat bistro named after the winery. Both menus celebrate local produce from the land and sea, thanks to thoughtful cooking by Sydney expat Phil Wood (ex-Rockpool).
Make sure you arrive at least an hour before your lunch booking to allow plenty of time to take in the views and enjoy some wine tasting at the cellar door.
And you’ll need at least an hour after lunch to stroll around Pt Leo’s outstanding collection of 50 large-scale sculptures by local and international artists – a perfect aid to digestion.
After such an indulgent day, nobody wants to drive home. Why not book a room at RACV’s Cape Schanck Resort (20 minutes’ drive away) and cap off mum’s special day with a late-afternoon hammam bathing experience at the One Spa retreat.
Carving out spa time is mandatory in Victoria’s Central Highlands, especially in the resort towns of Daylesford and Hepburn Springs. And the best time of year to ‘take the waters’ is autumn, when the region’s deciduous trees blaze with colour on every roadside.
These rich autumn colours make the 90-minute drive north-west of Melbourne part of the adventure. Take the scenic route via Woodend and Trentham, both charming villages full of delicious temptations.
Stretch the legs and suck in the fresh air, but don’t dawdle too long. If you’ve done your homework, mum’s booked in for a mineral spa treatment, and you want to make sure she has plenty of time to relax.
Home to the nation’s highest concentration of natural mineral springs, there is no shortage of places to take the waters here, but bookings are recommended. Try the Hepburn Bathhouse and Spa (Mineral Springs Reserve Road, Hepburn Springs), Peppers Mineral Springs Hotel (124 Main Road, Hepburn Springs) or the super-luxe Salus Spa in the gardens of the award-winning Lake House hotel (4 King Street, Daylesford).
Oozy cheese fondue from fromagerie Milk The Cow.