Has Mother's Day become too commercialised with more teddy bears than you can hug? Or perhaps you are tiring of the opportunities you are affording your sweet tooth with scrumptious, yet sugar-laden high tea affairs.
If you would like to spend the special day with your family minus the retail influence, why not do so in the company of the ultimate life-giving, nurturing entity - Mother Nature herself?
Here are our top suggestions for fun, nature-inspired Mother's Day family trips (in ascending order of adventure):
1. The NSW town of Orange can be the scene of a tranquil, yet fun Mother's Day getaway for the whole family. Just a short, three hour drive from Sydney, the town of Orange will host its annual Apple festival celebrating the area's produce of the humble fruit coinciding with Mother's Day from the 8th-10th of May 2015. Families can take an apple orchard tour, taste an apple right off the tree and enjoy the various treats whipped up by local chefs at the long table lunch in the orchard. Bike riding and fun runs are other activities families can enjoy on the day in the scenic, natural setting. There are several other opportunities to continue the serene experience with lakeside picnics and walks at Lake Conobolas and appreciate the colours of autumn at Cook Park.
2. If you prefer an all activities arranged outing for the entire family in the great outdoors, the YMCA Yarramundi Mother's Day camp will tick all the boxes. Opt for a classic way to enjoy the outdoors in a camp or choose to stay at a cabin, either way allowing for quality time to forge great memories. Activities like rock climbing, archery, flying fox, stories around the camp fire and marshmallow toasting can also be followed with some quiet time and special activities for mum. As the camp tagline says, "because kids never remember their best days of watching TV. Camp memories last a lifetime."
3. For families tiring of the modern day water playgrounds that are theme parks, the natural setting of gentle waterfalls and scenic water holes in Malney, QLD will be just what the doctor ordered. Enjoy a swim in the rockpools surrounding the waterfalls or if you are the adventurous type, try the tall or short rope swing to dive into the stream. The lush greenery surrounding the gentle sounds of the waterfalls make it an ideal spot for a picnic lunch or if you prefer, treat the family to a special Mother's Day lunch at Tiffany's Malney.
4. For another twist to a water-based family experience, try thermal hot springs. As the cooler weather descends upon us around the time of Mother's Day, why not enjoy a soak in the 37 degree comfort of Dalhousie Springs - situated at the western edge of the Simpson Desert in South Australia, amongst the lush vegetation of the Witjira National Park. This unique setting is sure to fascinate the nature-lovers in the family as you will be treated with spotting rare aquatic life as well as the arid land bird life. Stay on site at the campgrounds or choose a cabin-style accommodation at Mt. Dare Hotel, about an hour away.
5. Enjoy the sounds and smells of the outback by booking your family in for a wilderness experience at Kings Canyon in the Northern Territory. The Kings Canyon Wilderness Lodge is a working camel and cattle station near Uluru and is sure to have the family enthralled by day and night. From escorted quad bike tours and camel back rides during the day to explore the natural landscapes to star-gazing and story-telling by the campfire at night, this glamping experience is one that no one will forget.
What is your favourite way to spend Mother's Day? Leave your comment below.