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Mother's Day In The Whitsundays 2024

Updated Fri 19 Apr 2024

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Spoil your mum and do something special to celebrate her this year! Make the most of your time in the Whitsundays this Mother's Day with these local events, gift ideas and best Whitsunday Island trips to do with the whole family!


When is Mother’s Day in Australia?

This year, Mother’s Day will be observed on Sunday, 12 May 2024. Falling on the second Sunday of May, the date of Mother’s Day does change every year. While Mother’s Day isn’t a public holiday in Australia, it is on the weekend, giving families the chance to celebrate their mums, grandmothers and mother figures with an array of activities and ocean views!

Three women cheersing with champagne and a fruit platter


What to do for Mother’s Day in the Whitsundays

Charter a Private Yacht

Elevate Mother’s Day this year and treat your mum to something extra special with a private experience out to the islands. A private charter offers genuine family time away from everyday distractions, and is a truly magical natural experience. This is an unforgettable way to celebrate mum, with an array of personalised itinerary options you can opt for. Dreaming of a picnic and a bottle of wine on Whitehaven Beach for your mum? Or perhaps breakfast and coffee with a sunrise island view on the bow of the boat? Or even snorkelling with turtles in the Great Barrier Reef? Your incredible crew can craft a special day to show your mum how special she is with this tailored, private charter experience.

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Perfect Private Charters For Mother's Day


Explore The Whitsundays For A Day

Whitsunday Bullet

Bullet is a family-friendly catamaran that is both fast and stable that's perfect for those who are limited on time but want to see and do it all! Make the most of your time around the Whitsunday Islands and snorkel, go to North and South Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet Lookout and paddle board or go for a short bush walk on Whitsunday Island.

Two women on a stand-up paddleboard with Bullet in the background

Providence V Sunset Sail

Escape into the sunset with an intimate Sunset sail aboard tallship Providence V. Perfect for those who just want an afternoon on a boat but still want that island ambience, relax with your mum and enjoy champagne and nibbles - a real treat!

A tallship with sails up at sunset

Great Barrier Reef Pontoon

Take a day trip to the Outer Reef with your mum on the high-speed Cruise Whitsundays vessel. This trip is perfect for the whole family because it includes options to rest and relax on the pontoon, snorkel, scuba dive, view the marine life from the underwater observatory, and even get a massage. The whole family will enjoy this experience!

A woman getting a massage on the Great Barrier Reef


Treat Mum On An Overnight Trip To Island Paradise

Overnight Style Catamarans

The perfect option for a truly immersive getaway, and one of our favourite ways to explore the Whitsunday Islands and Great Barrier Reef, opt for an overnight catamaran trip for your mum. If it's just a mother-daughter or son trip, there are private cabins, or if you're going with the whole family, some even offer family suites or shared sleeping spaces. With a jam-packed itinerary with highlights and hidden gems, this is an unforgettable way to treat your mum this Mother's Day!

A couple on the beach picnicking with champagne and kids stand-up paddleboarding

Reefsuites Underwater Hotel

If visiting the outer Great Barrier Reef for the day doesn't seem like enough, why not sleep there overnight? Cruise Whitsundays' latest Reef Suites are a first on the Great Barrier Reef, as they offer the once-in-a-lifetime chance to sleep underwater in one of two of their state-of-the-art suites! If you are a family of 4 this is perfect, as they can split the bed into two singles. Looking for a more rugged experience under the stars? Try their newly upgraded glamping option! (Minimum age is 10+).

A bed in an underwater room


Celebrate Mother's Day On Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island Freestyle Ferry

Cruise to Hamilton Island and explore the island at your own pace, giving you plenty of downtime to spend with your mum. Not only does this package give you a return ferry over to Hamilton, but it offers lunch at either the Marina Tavern or Manta Ray Cafe, and full use of island shuttle bus, pool areas, and access to Catseye Beach. Cocktails at the swim-up bar, sunbaking with a good book, a trip to the spa and gourmet dining are at your fingertips with this relaxed, easy day trip.

A woman in a hammock on Hamilton Island


Wine & Dine in Airlie Beach

If you’re more of a land creature, don’t stress. There is an array of excellent things to do on the Airlie Beach mainland, including excellent bars and restaurants to dine! Our top pick for a Mother’s Day lunch or dinner with a view is the oceanfront Sandbar Restaurant & Bar in the heart of town. Bookings are essential for this weekend, as everyone is looking to celebrate their mum, so remember to reserve a table in advance.

A plate of eye fillet with colourful garnishes and a knife and fork cutting


Mother’s Day Events in Airlie Beach 2024

There are an array of Mother’s Day festivities in Airlie Beach and the Whitsundays region for 2024. From special lunches to markets and more, check out the best things to do in Airlie Beach with your mum this year.

Saturday 11 May & Sunday 12 May

Perfect for a fun mum’s day, head to the Airlie Beach Hotel Pub for lunch and a wild sing along to all of your fave Mamma Mia hits with an energetic tribute band! Book a table in advance and receive a complimentary bottle of rosé for an ensured fun time.

Sunday 11 May

Follow your tastebuds this Mother’s Day with an incredible banquet lunch menu at the elegant, fresh Eastwoods Dining in the heart of Airlie. Just $75 pp with an exquisite, south-east Asian culinary experience plus a pink passion spritz on arrival!

Sunday 11 May

Catch the free shuttle out to Northerlies Bar & Bistro this Mother’s Day for a seaside lunch. With something for everyone, Northerlies has a flower wall perfect for those everlasting family photos, balloons and face-painting to keep the little ones entertained and cocktail specials for the big kids!

Sunday 11 May

Treat your mum to a relaxed morning buffet breakfast at the Jubilee Tavern. All mums receive a complimentary drink upon arrival to go with a colourful, delicious breaky spread. Or, if your mum prefers a sleep in, reserve a table for an a la carte lunch.

Buffet breakfast with croissants and juice

All of these events require a table booking, so don’t forget to reserve your spot for Mother’s Day in advance! Events are subject to change without notice, please check the T&C’s available through the links provided above.

Mother’s Day Whitsunday Markets

Mosey through rows of handmade crafts, scrumptious market treats and an array of eclectic local goods for a wholesome, low-key Whitsunday Mother’s Day.

A woman picking a necklace up at a Airlie Beach market stall

For the active mum

Soak up some sunshine and get back to nature with your mum with these fun, outdoor activities.

A mother and her two young children at sunset


Ideas for Mother's Day gifts 2024

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Whatever you choose to do, Mother's Day in the Whitsundays is bound to be special!

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