By Ellen Hill, Blue Mountains Attractions Group
From thrilling rides, jaw-dropping scenery, cute furry friends, unique art, exquisite gardens and luxurious pampering, the premier attractions of the Greater Blue Mountains offer more than just cheap chocolates this Mother’s Day.
Blue Mountains Attractions Group president Dave Robertson said: “Of course mums are very special every single day but Mother’s Day is an opportunity to pause and really show our appreciation.
“You could just give her a box of choccies and a bunch of flowers like everyone else. Or you could really win some serious brownie points and whisk her off for a weekend of memorable experiences in the Greater Blue Mountains.’’
Here are just some of the special offers, activities and events available this Mother’s Day:
Mums who visit the adorable collection of furry friends on their way to or from the Blue Mountains this Sunday, May 10, will be treated to a special gift pack.
However, every visitor to the park can wish two of the baby koalas, Caesar and Chester, a happy birthday.
See if you can catch a glimpse at the new baby joeys, although you won’t spy the jelly bean-size baby koalas hidden in their mother’s pouches.
A Mother’s work is not necessarily easy at Featherdale with different species giving birth under sometimes challenging circumstances. The ghost bats and grey headed flying fox have to give birth to their babies while hanging upside down. They fold their babies up in their wings to ensure they don’t drop them for the first day or so until the baby is strong enough to hold on tightly by itself. And reptile mothers barely get a chance to see their babies once they’re delivered. They can give birth to up to 30 eggs or live babies, which are ready to go out into the big wide world the minute they are born.
Treat your mum to a luxurious dining experience at this famous Leura establishment on Sunday, May 10. Pop open a bottle of bubbly (BYO) for a completely decadent Traditional High Tea experience in the new Trivet Terrace Tearoom. Then browse the extensive retail section and take advantage of the 20 per cent discount renovation sale.
Take Mum on a thrilling adventure to Scenic World and she will receive a complimentary glass of bubbly with any meal purchase in the EATS270 restaurant. Be sure to also ride the famous railway, cablecar and skyway and amble along the boardwalk. A Scenic World pass includes unlimited rides: $35 adult; $18 per child (4-13yrs), $88 family (2 adults, 5 children), $32 concession.
Delight Mum with dahlias or chrysanthemums freshly cut from nearby Orange and for sale in the Visitor Centre on Mother’s Day. Go all out and book a table at Tomah Gardens Restaurant overlooking the exquisite garden and Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. Bookings: 0421 552 746.
Owner of Australia’s largest and most awarded teddy bear speciality store Nana’s Teddies & Toys at Blaxland (hint: every mum loves a teddy bear), Mr Robertson encouraged visitors to “stay a night or three’’ to fully experience the wonders of the Greater Blue Mountains region.
“Remember too that we reward loyal local tourism ambassadors through our Residents Rewards program simply for showing family and friends around the region and visiting our attractions businesses,’’ he said.