How to spoil Mum this Mother’s Day…
How will you be spoiling your Mum this May 13? Thanks to the long list of hard working business operators across the Ipswich region, there’s plenty on offer in the gift stakes this year. From gift vouchers for thrilling experiences to brunch or dinner at a lovely restaurant. We’ve rounded up some of the best to help you choose.
Go floating over the countryside at sunrise
One of the coolest things about giving a hot air balloon flight is that you get the share the experience with your Mum and make a memory to last a lifetime. Floating Images offers a range of packages and has gift vouchers available. Flights depart Ipswich early so as to catch the spectacular sunrise from the air. Flights can take in the Ipswich or Scenic Rim regions and you can finish with a hotel breakfast to complete the morning.
Book a spot on the heritage tour
Here’s another great experience to share – book your places on the Heritage Bus Tour taking in the three beautiful houses open this Saturday as part of the National Trust’s Great Houses of Ipswich. The houses to be featured are Rhossilli, Brighton Cottage and Dougleen, each with an evocative and fascinating history to share. This guided tour includes Devonshire Tea at the heritage city’s information centre.
Take the picnic train
Queensland Pioneer Steam Railway is running Mother’s Day steam train rides this Sunday – and there are food trucks at the destination! You can book seats on services departing 9am, 11am or 1pm from Bundamba Racecourse Station for an hour and a half ride through the lovely bushland setting of the Blackstone region, up to Swanbank Park. With its large grassed areas, lakeside views and walking tracks, its a great area to sit down and enjoy some good food with amini food fair planned and live entertainment!
There’s also a Heritage Bus running from Swanbank to Cooneana Homestead where (for $5) passengers can enjoy the sights and sounds of early settlement in Ipswich. There’s also a new ticket available for passengers who may be a bit short of time – the ‘Loop Line Special’ is a 15-minute trip leaving from Swanbank at 9.30am, 11.30am and 1.30pm, allowing passengers with young children the opportunity to enjoy the food and a shorter train trips. Check out all the packages here.
Book for Ben’s big degustation
Ungermann Brothers Icecream Parlour at 88 Limestone has something spectacular planned for Mother’s Day – a five-course degustation to delight the senses. And with Masterchef star Ben Ungermann at the helm you can be sure this event will be a bit spesh! His menu includes such cryptic offerings as ‘garden bed’, ‘the nest’ and ‘candy bar’. You can book here for one of the two sittings on Mother’s Day.
Choose a destination and arrive in style
If you truly want to give Mum a memorable day why not whisk her off to lunch at a beautiful country location – Captain Mike of Pterodactyl Helicopters loves nothing more than tailoring a unique outing – from a quick joy flight over the upper reaches of the Brisbane River to a lunch stop and a country pub or a winery. Check out the range of packages he offers here.
If she loves champagne…
If your Mum is a Francophile or simply just loves the world’s most celebrated drop, this is the gift for her – tickets to a champagne festival! Effervescence is a much-anticipated annual event at beautiful Spicers Hidden Vale, an award-winning country retreat an hour from Brisbane, and it’s happening this year on September 2 with a range of ticketing options available.
Special menus at Char’d
Char’d Dining at the PA Hotel is rolling out special breakfast menus for Mother’s Day with two and three course options and all day dining, from 8am. Bookings are essential on 32821577.
How about spiced duck and raspberry sorbet?
Chef Mark Naoum and wife Angela have put together a truly special lunch menu for Mother’s Day with two sittings available – 11am and 1.30pm.
It’s a five-course menu with a glass of red or white wine for $79 and among the courses are spiced duck, herb spätzle, baby beets, radish and beetroot puree; raspberry sorbet with balsamic glaze strawberries; and venison with sweet potato ravioli, chorizo-stuffed medjool date and beurre noisette. Book here.
Or a ride on a Harley?
Maybe your Mum would love the thrill of a ride on a Harley trike? Ipswich Trike Tours can whisk her away on a sight-seeing tour of the heritage city or countryside – and there’s room for three passengers all up so this is an experience to be shared!
Brothers turns on special menus
Brothers Leagues Club at Raceview, just a few minutes drive from the Ipswich CBD is offering a special Mother’s Day breakfast buffet and lunch menu this Sunday. The buffet features everything from bacon and eggs and roast tomatoes to pancakes with strawberry compote and whipped cream and is $25 for adults and $15 for children. For lunch the elegant menu offers up confit tomato and goats cheese tart with rocket salad or sand crab risotto with lemon sage butter – and that’s just the entrees! You can choose from two or three courses from $35 and $45.