IN THE CLOUDS: Surprise Mum with a scenic hot-air balloon ride.
IN THE CLOUDS: Surprise Mum with a scenic hot-air balloon ride. CONTRIBUTED

Give Mum something special

AUSSIES spent an estimated $1.3 billion on Mother's Day gifts last year, including $467 million on the always-predictable trifecta of flowers, chocolate and jewellery.

This year, break with tradition and give your mum a Mother's Day memory that will last longer than a bunch of pink carnations and say more than a card ever could.

Whether she's a foodie, fashionista or fun seeker, Queensland is the perfect place to spoil your mum on Sunday, May 13.

For the food-loving mum:

Tempt mum's tastebuds with a three-course Mother's Day luncheon at the Vineyard Cafe in Stanthorpe.

Featuring Ballandean mushroom risotto, saltwater barramundi and Granite Belt apple tart, the sumptuous lunch menu includes wine and is just $65 per person ($55 for seniors). Contact vineyardcafe.com.au.

Treat mum to a meal at Watt Restaurant + Bar in New Farm overlooking the beautiful Brisbane River. Enjoy a two-course set lunch menu for $52 per person ($25 per child), which includes a glass of celebratory bubbles for all mums. Contact wattrestaurant.com.au.

The annual Arts in the Olives Festival, held on May 13 at the Worendo Olive Grove, just 90 minutes south of Brisbane, showcases local food and wine and a variety of artisan stalls selling handcrafted goods. Entry to the festival is $6 per person and half-day workshop prices start at $25 plus material costs. Contact artsintheolives.com.

For the fashionista:

Give mum the ultimate shopping day out with a Shop In Style Escape experience, whether it's a shopping tour of the best boutiques in Brisbane or a full personal styling experience that comes complete with a make-up session and amazing gift bag. Prices start at $265pp for a style session. Contact shopinstyle escape.com.

For the fun seeker:

Surprise mum with an experience she'll never forget: a scenic hot-air balloon ride. Hot Air has flights taking off daily from Cairns and the Gold Coast. Mother's Day gift vouchers start from $235 per person. Contact hotair.com.au.

Jump aboard the Mother's Day Train bound for the Darling Downs. On May 13, dash along the line from Warwick to Clifton on the Southern Downs Steam Railway. The train departs Warwick at 10am and includes a 90-minute stop in Clifton where you can enjoy lunch at your leisure. Prices start at $140 for a family of four. Contact southern downssteam railway.com.au.

Set sail with mum on the crystal blues waters off Magnetic Island with a Sealink Island Sunset Sail and Dinner experience. Contact sealinkqld.com.au.

Pamper mum:

Indulge in some quality mother-daughter bonding time with a luxurious spa treatment at the Harbour Day Spa in Broadbeach. The Just The Two Of Us package includes a luxurious facial and pedicure followed by lunch and bubbles for $340. Contact harbourdayspa.com.au.

Peppers Pier Resort in Hervey Bay has a special Mother's Day package from $245 per night. Stay in a one-bedroom suite for three nights, enjoy the resort's facilities and receive complimentary wine, chocolates, bath salts and bathrobes. Contact peppers.com.au/pier-resort.

Head out to the Sunshine Coast hinterland for a cooking class mum is sure to love. The beautiful Freestyle Escape is running a gluten-free, grain-free cooking class with Tania Hubbard in the outdoor kitchen for just $250 per person. Learn how to cook these meals and then enjoy your work over lunch. Contact styleescape.com.au.

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