Give mum a day to remember this Mother’s Day with a magical hot air balloon flight, exclusive sisterhood celebration or winery tour by helicopter. There’s plenty of things to do with mum in Ipswich and country, here’s some top picks.
Visit Ipswich’s Great Houses
Treat mum a day early for Mother’s Day and visit three open homes during the Great Houses of Ipswich, a National Trust event to explore the heritage and history of Queensland’s oldest provincial city.
Discover streets lined with cherished heritage homes, grand churches, historic pubs and heritage listed homes that are rarely open to the public and take a walk through three private homes, Claremont, Lakemba and The Chestnuts.
The houses will open from 10am-4pm on May 11 and entry costs $5 per person (children and students are free as well as National Trust members).
Claremont at 1A Milford Street, Ipswich
Lakemba at 14 Chelmsford Avenue, Ipswich
The Chestnuts at 90 Nicholas Street, Ipswich
Picnic train ride
Book a picnic steam train ride for mum on May 12 departing Bundamba or Swanbank station.
Leaving at 9am, 11am or 1pm from Bundamba and 10.10am or 12.10am from Swanbank.
Travel on the Queensland Pioneer Steam Train past the site of the Box Flat mining disaster and wonderful bushland, then stop and grab a spot under a shady tree at Swanbank for lunch.
The Swanbank food fair will be operating from 9:30am to 2:10pm with yummy treats, coffee and slow cooked meats.
Adults cost $22, children $11.
Celebration of sisterhood
The Soul Nook Collective is co-hosting a celebration of sisterhood event for Mother’s Day on May 11 in Marburg.
It will be a day to honor all women with a luxury outdoor setting, gourmet grazing platters, bubbles on arrival and live music by Virjillia Joy during the event.
Take in a breath taking sunset and create your own gift to take home.
There will be an optional private and conscious ceremony to honour the special women in our lives who aren’t with us anymore.
Take a portrait photo in our special photography chair and relax in the gorgeous bell tent picnic setting with fire place to watch the sun go down.
You also have the option to add flower crown making to your ticket.
The event is being held at the Marburg Church on May 11 from 2pm-5.30pm.
Standard cost is $120, VIP tickets are $160 and include a handmade Boho Posies flower crown and free gift.
Contact The Soul Nook Collective on Facebook or visit their website for more information.
Float away taking in gorgeous countryside
Give mum something she will remember forever with a magical Floating Images hot air balloon flight.
Begin mum’s day with a hot air balloon experience, feel the adrenaline as you drift above the heritage city of Ipswich, float over the Scenic Rim and Somerset countryside and take in the views of the Great Dividing Range.
After the flight passengers and non-balloon participants will be treated to a cooked breakfast, including hot and continental food at the Metro Hotel Ipswich International.
During breakfast, your pilot will present each passenger with a commemorative flight certificate and the chance to view fantastic images captured during the flight while passengers share their tales and chat about the amazing views.
A Floating Images Hot Air Balloon experience is only 30 minutes west of the Brisbane CBD in Ipswich.
Get together with the siblings, book for just the two of you, or take the whole family on this once in a life time experience.
Gift certificates are also available and valid for 12 months.
Wine and cheese at a vineyard
Explore the rural setting of Ironbark Ridge Vineyard and make a day for mum to look back on.
Wander through the six acres of chardonnay, shiraz and grenache vines.
Sit on the verandah of the 100-year-old property, and try the wine for $5 with a cheese platter $15.
Or book a special antipasti picnic to share with a bottle of wine and chocolates for $75.
Alternatively bring your own picnic and sit under the lovely big trees next to the lavender that is starting to bloom.
Call 0416 407 775 to book.
Plant a tree for mum
Trees for Mum is an annual event where you can cherish your mum by planting a native tree in her honour.
Mums will receive a free gift on the day, enjoy a coffee (get a discount if using a keep cup), visit the nearby playground and bring a picnic rug to enjoy the serenity.
Get a free plant from the council’s mobile nursery and learn about natives in your backyard.
A free talk on Bioscaping 4 Biodieversity by Flora 4 Fauna will start at 10am.
Trees for Mum will be held on Sunday May 12 from 9am-11am at George Palmer Park on the corner of Blacktone Rd and Sealy St at Silkstone.
Register by logging into myipswich.com and searching Trees for Mum Day or call Ipswich City Council on 3810 6666.
Helicopter joy flight
Spoil mum with an unforgettable Pterodactyl Helicopters wine tour, lunch tour or fly in, drive out country escape.
Fly in and taste test boutique wines at the beautiful Flinders Peak Winery, Paradine Wines, and Ironbark Ridge, then enjoy lunch at Spicers Hidden Vale.
Or fly in to wineries and then take a tour of Woodlands of Marburg where you are served a sumptuous lunch in the historic mansion.
Price includes all tasting fees, a bottle of wine and a three course lunch, and starts at $900 per person with a minimum of two per flight.
You could also fly in for lunch or breakfast at Spicers Hidden Vale, Woodlands of Marburg, Kooroomba Vineyards, and more with the rockstar treatment. Fly in by helicopter and be escorted to your table.
Prices start at $410 dollars per person to visit Woodlands of Marburg and includes a three course lunch and bottle of house wine per couple.
If you want to treat mum with a getaway you can arrive at your country retreat by helicopter, and have the convenience of using your vehicle for the rest of the weekend.
There’s sparkling wine and cheese on arrival, overnight accommodation, three course evening meal and full breakfast the next day.
Add on a stop at a winery or lunch at a country pub on the way. Prices start at $1500 for two passengers with twin share accommodation.