With Mother's Day just around the corner, now’s the perfect time to show the leading ladies in our lives just how much we love and appreciate them. Whether it's your own mother, grandmother, stepmother, or any other special woman in your life, Mother's Day is the perfect occasion to celebrate them. And where better to treat them to an amazing experience than the beautiful Gold Coast.

Whether you're looking for a relaxing spa experience or a day on the beach, the Gold Coast has it all. With a range of shopping options, from high-end boutiques to local markets, you can find the perfect gift for your mum during your stay.

Whether you're a local or just visiting. Our ultimate guide to enjoying Mother's Day on the Gold Coast will help you plan the perfect day full of love, laughter, and relaxation. Get ready to celebrate your Mum in style.

Mother and daughter on holiday

Why should you spend Mother's Day on the Gold Coast?

Spending Mother's Day on the Gold Coast is a great way to show your mum just how much she means to you. With its stunning beaches, beautiful national parks, and world-class shopping and dining options, the Gold Coast offers a range of activities and experiences that are perfect for celebrating this special occasion.

From indulgent spas and wellness centres to the Gold Coast's warm and sunny climate, it’s the perfect destination for a Mother's Day getaway. So why not spoil your mum with a special trip to the Gold Coast and create core memories she will treasure for years to come?

Mother's Day Activities on the Gold Coast

The Gold Coast offers a range of activities that are perfect for celebrating Mother's Day. From picnics in picturesque locations like Burleigh Hill and Tallebudgera Creek to cultural experiences at local museums and galleries, there's something for every taste and budget. Spoil your Mum with a range of gift ideas. Because whatever you choose, the Gold Coast is the perfect destination for a special Mother's Day celebration.

Family having lunch

Food & Drink

Mother's Day on the Gold Coast isn’t complete without at least one delicious meal. From trendy cafes to fine dining restaurants, the Gold Coast is home to some of the best culinary experiences in the country. Whether you're in the mood for seafood, Italian, or Asian cuisine, you're sure to find something to tantalise your taste buds.

The Star Gold Coast has a range of dining options available for Mother's Day.

Restaurant Cuisine Offer Price
Cucina Vivo Italian 3-course shared menu with 2.5-hour beverage package $145 per adult, special prices for children
Garden Kitchen & Bar Various Complimentary glass of sparkling wine with signature seafood platters Priced from $170 per platter
Kiyomi Innovative Japanese Mums receive complimentary glass of Chandon with purchase of signature set menus Priced from $165 per person
Uncle Su Cantonese, Beijing, and Szechuan Traditional a-la-carte menu or indulgent banquet with complimentary glass of sparkling wine for mothers on arrival Proceed from $148 per person
Harvest Buffet Buffet Full seafood buffet with canapes on arrival and a glass of sparkling for mum $129.90 per adult, members' discounts applicable

These dining options are available on Sunday 14th May 2023, with lunch and dinner options available depending on the restaurant.

Family having lunch on balcony


The Gold Coast is a mecca for those looking to indulge in a little retail therapy, with everything from luxury boutiques to local markets. Whether you're searching for the perfect outfit for Mother's Day lunch or looking to spoil your Mum with a special gift, the city has something to offer every taste and budget.

  • Pacific Fair: This premier shopping destination is one of the largest shopping centres in Australia, with over 400 stores and a range of high-end fashion brands.

  • Robina Town Centre: This modern shopping centre is home to over 350 stores, including major fashion brands, homewares, and entertainment.

  • Harbour Town: This outlet mall is the perfect destination for bargain hunters, with over 240 brand direct outlets offering discounted prices on designer and brand-name products.

  • The Oasis Shopping Centre: This boutique shopping centre in the heart of Broadbeach offers a range of specialty stores, cafes, and restaurants.

  • Australia Fair: This iconic shopping centre in Southport has been a favourite with locals for over 40 years, offering a range of stores, cafes, and entertainment.

  • The Strand at Coolangatta: This beachside shopping centre offers a range of fashion, beauty, and homewares stores, as well as cinema and dining options with stunning ocean views.

  • Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets: The Beachfront Markets also offer a range of live entertainment, including music, street performers, and cultural displays.

Cultural Activities

The Gold Coast is a melting pot of culture, with endless opportunities to explore and celebrate diversity and cultural activities this Mother's Day. Home to a wealth of gardens, museums, galleries, and cultural centres, immerse yourself in the rich history and cultural traditions of Australia's favourite oceanside playground.

  • Explore the Jellurgal Aboriginal Cultural Centre to learn about the local indigenous history and culture of the Gold Coast.

  • Take a guided tour of the Southport Courthouse, a beautifully restored heritage building that dates back to 1889.

  • Explore the HOTA Gallery, a stunning art space that showcases contemporary Australian and international artists.

  • Visit the Gold Coast Chinatown, home to a range of cultural events, festivals, and activities that celebrate Chinese culture.

  • Take a scenic drive to the Springbrook National Park to explore the ancient rainforests and stunning waterfalls.

Outdoor Activities

The Gold Coast's stunning natural beauty provides the perfect backdrop for a range of outdoor activities that are perfect for Mother's Day. Whether you’re planning a hike through the lush rainforests of the hinterland, drinking up panoramic views of the coastline, or simply enjoying a glass of vino as you soak up the sun — here are the best outdoor activities to check out this Mother's Day on the Gold Coast.

  • Take a scenic walk through the Burleigh Heads National Park.

  • Explore the waterfalls of Springbrook National Park.

  • Take a leisurely stroll along the picturesque Currumbin Creek.

  • Soak up the sun at one of the Gold Coast's many beautiful beaches.

  • Go on a Gold Coast whale-watching tour.

  • Take a hot air balloon ride over the Gold Coast hinterland.

  • Rent a bike and cycle along the scenic Gold Coast Oceanway.

  • Take on the TreeTop Challenge in Tamborine Mountain.

  • Take a scenic helicopter tour of the Gold Coast.

Family enjoying a scenic picinc

Mother's Day Picnic Ideas

From Burleigh Hill with its breathtaking ocean views to the tranquil waters of Tallebudgera Creek, the Gold Coast is home to stunning locations that are perfect for a beautiful Mother's Day picnic. Here are three of the very best spots to throw down the picnic rug and crack open a bottle of bubbles.

Burleigh Hill

One of the Gold Coast’s most picturesque locations, Burleigh Hill offers breathtaking views of the ocean and the surrounding hinterland. Located just a short walk from the bustling Burleigh Heads shopping precinct, it’s a convenient spot for a picnic after a morning of browsing the local boutiques and designer stores.

Burleigh Hill is also a popular spot for events and festivals throughout the year, so there's always something happening. From music festivals to food markets, you never know what exciting event you might stumble upon during your visit. It's always worth checking the events calendar to see if there are any special Mother's Day events happening on the hill.

Tallebudgera Creek

A hidden gem on the Gold Coast, Tallebudgera Creek offers a peacefully serene setting for a beautiful Mother's Day picnic. Located between Echo Beach and Tallebudgera Beach, the creek is a popular spot for swimming, kayaking, and paddleboarding, making it the perfect location for water-loving mums.

Take a leisurely walk across the bridge, and you'll find yourself in the stunning Burleigh Heads National Park — with a plethora of scenic walking tracks that weave through lush rainforests, leading you to breathtaking views of the coastline. With endless tree canopies to throw down a picnic rug beneath and ample opportunity for cooling off with a swim, Tally Creek is an amazing Gold Coast picnic spot to add to your list.

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

For a truly unique Mother's Day on the Gold Coast, why not pack a picnic and head to the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary? This world-renowned attraction is home to over 1,400 native animals, including koalas, kangaroos, and crocodiles — an amazing location for an unforgettable Mother’s Day picnic.

The sanctuary offers several beautiful picnic spots, including picturesque lakes and lush greenery, so you can take your pick of the perfect location to enjoy your alfresco meal. Bring your own picnic hamper loaded with Mum’s favourite goodies, or take advantage of the onsite cafes and restaurants which offer a range of tasty treats and beverages.

Mother's Day Gift Ideas

Mother's Day is a special occasion that provides an opportunity to show your appreciation and love for your Mum. While it's always the thought that counts, finding the perfect Mother’s Day gift Australia for your Mum can be a challenge. Whether she's into pampering and relaxation, adventure and excitement, or culture and the arts, here are some gift ideas that your Mum will treasure for years to come.

Spa Day At Azure Spa & Fitness

For Mums who love to be pampered (let’s be honest. Who doesn’t?) A gift card to Azure Spa & Fitness makes for a perfect Mother's Day present. Located at The Star Gold Coast, Azure Spa offers a luxurious range of treatments, including massages, facials, and body scrubs, using high-quality products and top-of-the-line facilities.

Your Mum can enjoy a relaxing day of indulgence, beginning with a soak in the hydrotherapy pool, followed by a customised massage, and finished with a refreshing facial or body treatment. Azure Spa also offers a range of fitness classes, such as yoga and Pilates, for those who want to combine relaxation with a little bit of exercise. Give the gift of indulgence this Mother's Day with an Azure Spa & Fitness gift card.

SkyPoint Climb

For Mums who love a little adventure, the Gold Coast’s SkyPoint Climb experience makes for a thrilling Mother's Day gift. Located at the top of the iconic Q1 building in Surfers Paradise, SkyPoint Climb offers breathtaking views of the Gold Coast 270 metres above sea level. Scale the exterior of the building and choose to climb during the day with panoramic views of the coastline and hinterland, or at sunset, when the sky is painted red, pink and gold.

The climb takes approximately 90 minutes, and includes a briefing session and safety equipment fitting, making it a safe and secure adventure. Your Mum will be accompanied by an expert guide who will provide information about the building's history and the surrounding area, making for a truly memorable experience. Book your SkyPoint Climb tickets online.

Nineteen at The Star

Get ready to treat Mum to a feast for the senses at Nineteen at The Star, a truly chic rooftop restaurant and lounge bar that boasts stunning views of the glittering Gold Coast skyline. Located on the top floor of The Darling at The Star Gold Coast, Nineteen at The Star offers a luxurious and sophisticated atmosphere, perfect for a special Mother's Day celebration.

Executive Chef Mitch Tucker's exquisite dishes are sure to impress, with a signature a la carte menu and set menus that showcase the very best of local and seasonal produce. For an added touch of indulgence, you can opt to add paired wines carefully selected by an expert sommelier making for an unforgettable dining experience. Book your table for May 14th today and get ready to give Mum an amazing treat for all of the senses.

How To Make The Most Of Mother's Day?

Mother's Day is a special occasion that offers an opportunity to show your appreciation and love for your mum. Here are some tips on how to make the most of Mother's Day on the Gold Coast:

  • Plan ahead: Make sure you plan ahead and book any activities, dinners or gifts in advance to avoid disappointment.

  • Spend quality time together: Mother's Day is all about spending quality time together. Plan a day out, go for a picnic, or simply enjoy a meal together.

  • Treat her to something special: Whether it's a spa day, a fancy dinner or a weekend away, treat your mum to something special that she will remember for years to come.

Remember, Mother's Day is about showing your mum how much you love and appreciate her. By planning ahead, personalising your gift card, spending quality time together, treating her to something special, and showing your appreciation, you can make this Mother's Day one that your mum will cherish forever.

Mother and daughter sitting on lounge

The Best Place To Stay With Your Mum On The Gold Coast

If you're looking for a stylish and comfortable place to stay with your mum on the Gold Coast, Dorsett Gold Coast is a great option. With 313 modern and elegant rooms, you're sure to find the perfect accommodation to suit your needs. Each room is designed with the modern-day guest in mind, featuring contemporary and innovative decor, as well as all the amenities you need for a comfortable stay.

Our Deluxe King Rooms and Executive Rooms also include balconies with stunning views of the iconic Gold Coast skyline, adding an extra touch of glamour to your stay. So whether you're planning a weekend getaway or a longer stay with Mum, Dorsett Gold Coast is the perfect place to create memories that you’ll both treasure.

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