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Mother’s Day Lunch Options on the Gold Coast!

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We’ve cooked up THE list for the best places for Mother’s Day lunch Gold Coast style in 2023.  

Read on for our top picks just for you!

Mother’s Day Gold Coast lunch 2023

Mother's Day Gold Coast

We hope you had a small breakfast, because here are some great venues who are promising an unforgettable experience for Mother’s Day lunch. From champers to buffets to special dessert treats – we’ve got all the info so all you have to do is get that knife and fork ready. All of these places will be filling up FAST so get in there and get booking!

Psst … while you’re organising lunch, make sure you also check out our ideas for unique Mother’s Day gifts. Give her something different than perfume or soap this year …

1. Mother’s Day at JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort & Spa 2023

Chapter and Verse Mother’s Day High Tea 2023

Mother's Day high tea at Citrique

Spoil your Mum this Mother’s Day with a speciality high tea, enjoying a resort tradition created by our culinary team using local ingredients sourced from the Gold Coast Hinterland.

Each homemade product is inspired by the echo of birds in the tranquil environment surroundings.

Indulge in a variety of both sweet and savoury dishes, in addition to freshly baked scones with double cream and homemade jams. Savoury delicacies include tiger prawn cos hearts, smoked salmon and caviar, salami, olive and tomato, turkey and cucumber brioche, honey ham and pastrami.

Artful sweets include hinterland wild mixed berry tart, mango passion cheesecake, chocolate macadamia brownie, JW macaroon, signature choux bun, strawberry and vanilla cream, chocolate bonbon, and a specialty red velvet chocolate dessert to celebrate your Mum on her special day.

Including a glass of Champagne, freshly brewed coffee and a beautiful selection of teas.

  •  Sunday 14th May 2023, 12pm – 3pm
  •  $109 per guest

Facebook Event Page here

Reservations essential via goldcoasttickets.com.au

For further information contact the team via 07 5592 9800 or visit chapterandversebar.com

Citrique Mother’s Day Seafood Buffet 2023

Mother's Day buffet at Citrique

Spoil Mum this Mother’s Day with a long lunch at Citrique’s award-winning seafood buffet.

Showcasing locally harvested seafood for the ultimate sea to table experience. Enjoy live entertainment and a JW gift for all Mothers.

Ocean treasures include grilled lobster station, Pacific oysters, Mooloolaba tiger prawns, Blue Swimmer crabs, Moreton Bay bugs, spanner crab, green lip mussels and Hervey Bay scallops.

Land lovers enjoy a wonderful choice of artisan antipasto, succulent roasts, Asian-inspired dishes, wood-fired pizza and European classics.

To finish, indulge in a chocolate dessert for Mum created by our pastry team.

  • Sunday 14th May 2023, 12pm – 3pm
  •  $129 per guest
  • $64 per child (5 – 12 years)

Facebook event page here

Reservations essential via goldcoasttickets.com.au

For further information contact the team via 07 5592 9800 or visit citriquerestaurant.com

2. Mother’s Day buffet lunch at Paradise Country Festival on the Farm 2023

Paradise Country

Paradise Country’s annual Mother’s Day Festival on the Farm returns Sunday 14th of May. Hosted by Hot Tomato’s Emily Jade, bring the entire family along for a day of live music, delicious food trucks, pony rides, character meet and greets, adorable animals and more! Upgrade your day with a delicious buffet breakfast or lunch at the Farmhouse Restaurant.

Entry Child $39 | Adult $49 | Entry not included with a Village Roadshow One Pass or Membership. Exclusive entry prices available. | Buffet Breakfast & Lunch upgrades available

Mother’s Day buffet breakfast 

If a hearty country style buffet breakfast sounds like the perfect way to start Mother’s Day, then bring the family along to the Farmhouse Restaurant. Soak in the gorgeous farm views and delight in wholesome bites! Served from 7.00am. Adults $65 and kids $45. Admission included.

Mother’s Day buffet lunch

Is a Sunday sleep in more of mum’s cup of tea (I know that is definitely on my agenda for Mother’s Day!)? Join Paradise Country for a delicious country style buffet lunch at the Farmhouse Restaurant that the whole family will love. Enjoy the likes of roasted meats, baked barramundi, seasonal vegetables, salads, sweets, soft drinks and more! Seatings from 11:30am. Adults $79 and kids $45. Admission included. Bookings required.

For more details click here.

3. Mother’s Day high tea cruise – Sea World 2023

  • Three sessions available: 9:30am-11am, 12pm-1:30pm and 2.30pm-4pm

No one is sweeter than Mum, so why not spoil her this Mother’s Day with a High Tea Cruise? Be welcomed aboard the modern and spacious vessel, the Spirit of Elston, delicately decorated with flowers fit for a queen. Indulge in a delectable selection of sweet and savoury treats served with love from our generous high tea buffet on the air-conditioned main deck while the kids are kept entertained with a complimentary activity pack. Then treat her to well-deserved me-time relaxing on our comfortable open-air deck. Let worries drift away as your supermum sips on her complimentary glass of sparkling wine, passing stunning Gold Coast skylines and iconic landmarks. Adults $99, kids 3 – 13 years $69, infants – free.

4. O’Reilly’s Mother’s Day Festival 2023

Picnic at Canungra Valley Vineyard

O’Reilly’s invite you and your family to their Mother’s Day Festival, high up at the spectacular Rainforest Retreat, set in ancient Gondwana Rainforest. Surprise your Mum with a delightful picnic lunch whilst enjoying live music at the beautiful O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards. Relax underneath our Silky Oak trees and enjoy a Mother’s Day Homestead Basket for Two which includes a bottle of O’Reilly’s artisan wine – all for just $110 including a special gift for mum ($80 for two adults without wine). The baskets are available on 13th or 14th May. We love Canungra Valley Vineyard so this will definitely make a special treat for mum. 

Find out more here. 

Mother’s Day High Tea at O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat

The O’Reilly’s invite you to our splendid Mother’s Day High Tea Delight, a scrumptious spread high up at our stunning Rainforest Retreat – surrounded by ancient Gondwana Rainforest.
Presented by Executive Chef Daniele Cavallucci – indulge in a delectable high tea selection of sweets, scones and savoury delights with freshly brewed teas and barista coffee. Be sure to enjoy a glass of O’Reilly’s sparkling wine or craft beer upon arrival – plus Mum will receive a special O’Reilly’s gift on the day.
Aside from our new High Tea Delight, you’ll enjoy magnificent views of the stunning McPherson Range whilst taking in all the splendour of the lush green rainforest of World-Heritage listed Lamington National Park.
Make more memories on Mum’s visit with a spa voucher at the award-winning Lost World Day Spa or take advantage of the Mother’s Day Delight Accommodation package with two nights stay, Mother’s Day High Tea Delight plus complimentary daily buffet breakfast (for up to 2 adults and 2 kids). Make more memories on Mum’s visit with a spa voucher at the award-winning Lost World Day Spa or take advantage of the Autumn Special including two nights accommodation including the breathtaking Sunset Experience.
Event takes place on Sunday 14 May from 12 – 2.30pm. Adults $89, kids (3 – 12 years) $39. 

5. Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary 2023

Your mum will be spoiled for choice with a huge selection of options to celebrate her special day at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.

Breakfast with koalas

Forget breakfast in bed this year. Indulge your Mum with a gourmet breakfast surrounded by Koalas. She can chat with the keepers, enjoy a koala cuddle, and have the moment captured by a professional photographer to take home. Afterwards, explore more of the sanctuary together at your leisure making memories that she can cherish forever.

From $89 per person (general admission included)

Koala high tea

Treat your Mum to an unforgettable wildlife experience this Mother’s Day! Spoil Mum with a Koala High Tea that offers a chef’s selection of tasty treats along with sparkling wine. Get up close with some of our Koala ambassadors and learn important facts from our expert keepers. Have this special moment captured by our professional photographers and receive a souvenir photo to take home with you.

From $99 per person (General admission purchased separately. Upgrade your Koala High Tea ticket to explore the Sanctuary afterwards.)

6. Mother’s Day at Gemelli Italian – TBC for 2023


Treat your Mum to an Italian shared feast this Mother’s Day at Gemelli Italian at Broadbeach. Their “Festa Della Mama” menu includes Arancini, pizza, pasta and a delcious Italian dessert. Gemelli also offers a full menu of great italian food and wonderful cocktails.

TBC for 2023

7. Mother’s Day at The Star 2023

Every mum is different, that’s why The Star has a heap of different events on this Mother’s Day to ensure they make your mum’s special day, extra special no matter what her tastes. You can lunch in: the Garden Kitchen & Bar, the Cucina Vivo Italian, the Harvest Buffet, Kiyomi Japanese, Uncle Su, add some sparkle with a shared menu and beverage package or lavish Mum at the Azure Spa. 

Check here to make a booking.

Have we missed any great Mother’s Day lunch Gold Coast ideas?

If you know of a top spot we’ve overlooked let us know in the comments. Happy Mother’s Day to all mums on the Gold Coast this year.

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Janine Mergler

Janine Mergler is a veteran Queensland teacher, graduating from QUT with a BEd majoring in Social Sciences. After many years in the classroom, Janine moved on to academia. She has proudly trained new generations of teachers in her role as a lecturer at Queensland University of Technology Faculty of Education. She has also worked in the Queensland Government as an education specialist, developing education resources and delivering community awareness programs to help families conserve water. Currently she is the owner and editor of Families Magazine, a publication specifically targeted at parents who value a quality education for children.  Janine leads a team of professionals who write about family lifestyle, early childhood, schools and education information and family-friendly events.

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