Eco-Friendly Places in Australia to Inspire Your Plans this Mother’s Day

Eco-Friendly Places in Australia to Inspire Your Plans this Mother’s Day

Giving mum a thoughtful gift or taking her out to dinner are all well and good but why not step up your quality time with mum? Taking her to some beautiful places for Mother’s Day will definitely create new memories, foster a love of our environment and you might get some Instagrammable shots too!

Here are a few ideas if you’re stuck on where to take mum this Mother’s Day:

If your mum loves exploring:

Travelling isn’t something that all mothers can do. Not everyone has the luxury of time or money, especially if your mum is still busy with mommy duties and is living on a tight budget. But if you know that one of your mum’s passions is to explore, roam and sightsee, these cool ideas will help you plan where to take her:

Lonsdale Eco Cruises (VIC)

If your mum is an ocean lover, a marine tour of Victoria’s Gippsland Lakes may just do the trick. Treat your mum to a Lonsdale Eco Cruise, a 30km scenic eco-cruise that includes fresh homemade scones and tea or coffee as you and your mum or family enjoy lazing away on this leisurely cruise led by a crew of marine eco-tourism experts.

The tour begins in The Cunningham Quay in Lakes Entrance. From there, allow yourselves to be taken aback by the majestic beauty of the surroundings as you cruise along the Gippsland Lakes all the way through Metung. Be on the lookout for amazing creatures. 

Prices: Adults $50, Pensioner $45, Families (2 adults, 2 kids) $120


Lonsdale Eco Cruises operates out of the popular coastal town of Lakes Entrance in Victoria. Credit: Shutterstock

Under Down Under Tours (TAS)

There are so many cool trips to choose from with Hobart-based, eco-accredited Under Down Under Tours. The team offer guided tours of extended wild expeditions to relaxed one-day tour packages where you can explore historic sites such as Port Arthur and the beautiful coastline of the Tasman Peninsula. 

Prices: One-day tour prices starts from $115 per person


Wineglass Bay in Tasmania. Credit: Under Down Under Tours

If your mum loves wildlife and nature:

When your mum takes conscious living seriously, taking her to an eco-friendly spot for Mother’s Day will definitely hit home. Letting mum reconnect with nature to allow her inner goddess to resurface will literally and metaphorically bring sunshine into her usual taxing day. 

Check out these eco-friendly places your earth goddess of a mom will approve of:

Warrawong Wildlife Sanctuary (SA)

Warrawong Wildlife Sanctuary has established a great reputation for its conservation and restoration efforts in South Australia. They’ve done a magnificent job of building a sanctuary where hundreds of Australian native animals live and can be seen, such as the elusive platypus, kangaroos, koalas, spectacular birds and other wildlife species.

This serene environment where you and your nature-loving mum must experience. There’s also a cafe on site. Enjoy the best of natural Australia on Mother’s Day.

Prices: Adult $19, Senior/Student/Govt. Concession $17 – Family (2 adults, 2 kids) $58


Warrawong Wildlife Sanctuary via Instagram

Expedition National Park (QLD)

Bask in the rugged beauty of Robinson, Lonesome and Beilba which makes Expedition National Park a three-in-one surprise package. It features breathtaking views of sandstone cliffs and gorges; rainforests and wildflowers. 

Many of the parks in the area are located in remote regions so practice safety precautions for a perfect wildlife day of wonder for you and your mum. This is an eco-friendly Mother’s Day getaway of the most natural order. Self-drive or take a plane (don’t forget to offset carbon!), but once you arrive, nature will do the rest.

Prices: It’s a national park, so it’s free entry!


Sandstone Wonders region in Queensland showcases beautiful Australian landscapes. Credit: Sandstone Wonders

If your mum loves good food:

If your mum’s adventurous palate is always hungry for more, bring her to new places that are known for gastronomic delights! Here are some ideas:

Mungalli Creek Dairy

A cheese tasting event is part of the perfect day for the gourmet-loving mum, and the certified biodynamic Mungalli Creek Dairy offers a wide range of organic cheeses and yoghurts for sale or tasting. This biodynamic farm is located in the opulent uplands of Millaa Millaa overlooking Mount Bartle Frere in Queensland. Head to their Farmhouse Cafe for artisan-made food and wares.

Prices: Free entry


Enjoy Mother’s Day at Mungalli Creek Dairy in Atherton Tablelands. Credit: Max Coquard

The Farm at Byron Bay (NSW)

If you’re keen to have your mum experience a true paddock-to-place meal, take her to the much-beloved The Farm at Byron Bay. Set on an 80-acre farm in Ewingsdale, a Byron Bay suburb with views of both the hinterland and Byron’s iconic lighthouse, sits the Three Blue Ducks restaurant.

The scrumptious meals are cooked with fresh, local ingredients and the service is delightful. There’s space to wander, you can check out what’s growing in the paddocks, veto tables and enjoy your meals and drinks on the lawns and there’s even a store if you’re keen to buy produce and other locally-made goodies. A fun day for food lover all round.


The Farm at Byron Bay via Instagram

If your mum is a thrill-seeker:

Thrill-seeking, adventurous mums who have been dormant for a long time due to the routine of motherhood will feel alive again when you plan an exciting Mother’s Day escapade that she will never forget.

Capricorn Caves (QLD)

Capricorn Caves offer a guided two-hour ‘Family Adventure Caving’ experience so you need not worry if mum can keep up because it is a safe guided tour that can also accommodate kids. Explore the panoramic views and rewarding wonders of Capricorn Caves whilst enjoying time with your adventure-loving mum. Just remember to tell mum to wear enclosed footwear (all other equipment such as helmets, lights and overalls are provided).

Prices: $90 per person


Take your mum on the Mother’s Day adventure of her lifetime at Capricorn Caves.

There are so many more activities to do and eco-friendly places to take your mum for Mother’s Day. Bottom line is, whatever you cook up for this important occasion that you will be giving her the gift of consideration, thought and time given is the best gift of all!

Happy Mother’s Day to your mum (and you if you are a mum too!).

Not sure what to gift to buy her for Mother’s Day? Check out this list of eco-friendly gift ideas that she’ll love!

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