We always have a lot to thank our lovely Mums for and the gratitude we feel for their support, guidance, wisdom and love is never ending. Every year we think of new and wonderful ways to celebrate our Mums on Mother’s Day and as the old saying goes, it’s the quality not the quantity that really matters.
For us, this means time well spent loving and laughing with our Mums, as well as a special treat or two. If you’re one of the lucky ones spending Mother’s Day with your Mum and are stuck for inspiration, we hope our little list of ideas might help you to discover a new adventure and create wonderful memories together.
Give her flowers
For us, flowers are a symbol of life and the magic of Mother Nature. They radiate beauty, give joy and brighten any room, attributes many of us associate with our own lovely Mums. Full of natural perfume and colour, flowers are our number one way of saying ‘I love you’ and the perfect start Mother’s Day. Pre-order or pick your colour palette on the day at boutique florist Floral Ink, in Wentworth Falls.
Watch as Edith and her team create wild and botanical masterpieces unlike your usual bunch of flowers. Full of native and ornamental blooms and complete with love, Floral Ink’s flowers are guaranteed to leave Mum smiling for the rest of the day. The shop also has an array of beautifully curated homewares to choose from, including Southern Wild Co luxury candles. We promise it will be hard to walk out with just the one thing for Mum!
Plants and picnics at Sorensen Glasshouse
For a relaxed coffee and picnic with Mum, a visit to the newly-opened Sorensen Glasshouse and Garden in Leura is a must. Formerly used by renown Danish landscape gardener Paul Sorensen as his nursery, the glasshouse and its grounds have been lovingly restored to their former glory, including a beautiful café and gift store. High quality, locally-sourced artisan gifts and produce are available, as well as a small nursery full of house plants and succulents to tempt the garden lover. The coffee is superb and a perfect match for the baked goods supplied by mountain local Black Cockatoo Bakery. Meander with Mum down winding paths of natives, conifers and pines, then picnic on the lawn or amongst the trees. Gourmet picnic packs filled with cheese, cold cuts, bread, olives and crackers can be reserved and enjoyed within the grounds for an al fresco dining experience. Picnic blankets are also available to hire. It’s the perfect opportunity for everyone to enjoy the fresh mountain air.
High Tea at the Hydro Majestic
With its mixture of Art Deco and grand Edwardian architecture, the Hydro Majestic is the perfect setting for the traditional and much-loved afternoon high tea. Both elegant and charming, the building’s iconic domed roof and grand chandelier invites you in to the luxurious interior of the Wintergarden Restaurant, providing stunning views of the Megalong Valley and beyond. Sit by a crackling fire and enjoy a range of petite pastries and finger sandwiches with Mum, but we must admit, the freshly baked scones, served with locally made jam, fresh clotted cream and a choice of tea, coffee or sparkling champagne is impossible to beat. It’ll be hard for Mum to not feel rather queenly when treated to this experience.
Apples galore at Loganbrae Orchard
For a more relaxed and rustic experience with Mum, don’t miss a visit to Loganbrae Orchard on the Shipley Plateau. A five minute drive out of Blackheath, this has always been one of our favourite spots in the Blue Mountains and there is no reason why Mum won’t feel the same way. Home to a view which rivals any in the mountains, this family-run orchard provides some of the best apple treats you can imagine. Sit with Mum on old farm chairs in the sunshine and enjoy a hot spiced apple juice and a sweet apple pie fresh from the oven, whilst taking in the view and watching the chooks scratch within the orchard. And once you’re done, don’t forget to treat Mum to a bushel of freshly picked apples, apple jelly, cold-pressed apple juice, toffee apple slices, apple muffins or another apple pie (they really are that good!).
Art and the bush: Sculpture at Scenic World*
Venture down into the pristine wilderness of the Jamison Valley with Mum and experience art like never before. Set within the Jurassic rainforest on the valley floor, this year’s Sculpture at Scenic World showcases 25 incredible artists and their works. Incorporating sound, light and colour, installations and artworks, both large and small, provide a sensory experience for Mum and the whole family and don't forget to stop and admire the beauty of Mother Nature when walking through the ancient trees and ferns.
The rainforest room is the perfect place to stop for a bite to eat but remember to pack your own picnic as the closest café is on top of the mountain! The cableway is a great way to exit the valley floor, but if Mum is feeling adventurous (and fit), we highly recommend bush walking out. It may take over a good hour, but the views, waterfalls and time spent with Mum will not disappoint.
*Exhibition ends on Sunday 12 May.
The Everglades by Paul Sorensen
Visit a mountain garden
Two of the most established and beautiful gardens to visit in the Blue Mountains are the Everglades in Leura and Nooroo Garden in Mount Wilson. Visiting both in Autumn affords a stunning display of colour and original plantings of grand and majestic trees in all their glory.
Constructed by Paul Sorensen in the 1930s, The Everglades is a graceful and charming place to stroll with Mum along formal European-style terraces and paths. The Reflection Pool and Grotto Pool provide tranquil places to stop and reminisce and the surprising vistas of the Jamison Valley are the perfect place to enjoy a cup of tea from the garden’s Tea Rooms.
Autumn colour at Nooroo
At Nooroo, roasted organic chestnuts, hand-picked from the property and sold at the gate provide a healthy snack whilst walking amongst the oaks, ash and cedars. A guided tour of the garden, established in 1880, will allow Mum to discover and appreciate all the hidden wonders of the Autumn garden with the maples and shrubs a blaze of colour not to be missed.