Adventure on a Budget: Ten Fun & Affordable Mother’s Day Activities in the Yarra Valley & Mansfield

Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and what better way to celebrate with your mum (or someone you love like a mother) than with a breathtaking hot air balloon flight?

If you’re looking for great activities for after your Yarra Valley or Mansfield ballooning adventure that won’t break the bank, we’ve got you covered with some fun and budget-friendly activities to enjoy with your mum for Mother’s Day under $20. So, let’s dive in and make this Mother’s Day a memorable one!


Wine Tasting at Yering Farm Wines

The Yarra Valley is known for its picturesque vineyards and world-class wines. After your exhilarating hot air balloon ride, why not head to one of the many local wineries for a wine tasting experience? Yering Farm Wines offer a wine tasting experience that allows you to sample a selection of their award-winning wines for $10 per person, which is redeemable upon purchasing a bottle of wine. It’s a great way to taste some exquisite Yarra Valley wines. Plus, Yering Farm also has a charming cellar door where you can enjoy the rustic ambiance and learn about their winemaking process from their knowledgeable staff. It’s a win-win for a budget-friendly and enjoyable wine tasting experience. Cheers to a memorable Mother’s Day!

A Scenic Picnic

The Yarra Valley is abundant with breathtaking scenery, and what could be better than a relaxed picnic in nature with your mum? Pack some sandwiches, fruits, and snacks, and head to one of the many picturesque spots in the region, such as the Yarra Valley Regional Park or the Maroondah Reservoir Park. Spread out a blanket, soak in the serenity of nature, and enjoy a leisurely picnic with your mum without spending a fortune. It’s a simple yet delightful way to spend quality time with your mum on her special day.

Visit Tarrawarra Museum of Art

The Yarra Valley is also home to a vibrant arts scene, with many local art galleries showcasing talented artists from the region. Tarrawarra Museum of Art offers entry under $12 – and here you can admire beautiful paintings, sculptures, and other art forms, and engage in interesting conversations with local artists.

Explore the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery

Indulge your sweet tooth and surprise your mum with a visit to the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery. Located in Yarra Glen, this delightful destination offers free entry and is a paradise for chocolate and ice cream lovers. You can watch the skilled chocolatiers at work, sample some delicious treats, and enjoy gelato and ice cream options. It’s a fun and affordable way to satisfy your cravings and make your mum feel extra special on Mother’s Day.

Take a walk or bike ride along the Warburton Rail Trail

For nature lovers and fitness enthusiasts, a leisurely walk or bike ride along the scenic Warburton Rail Trail is a fantastic option for a Mother’s Day experience. The trail stretches for 38 kilometres through the picturesque Yarra Valley countryside and is perfect for a leisurely adventure with mum. You can enjoy the fresh air, lush greenery, and stunning views of the Yarra River, all while spending quality time with loved ones. Pack some snacks and water and make it a memorable Mother’s Day outdoor adventure, without spending a dime.


Visit Mansfield Mini Golf, Coffee & Donuts

If you’re looking for a laid-back getaway with mum, consider going to the Mansfield Mini Golf Club, where you can enjoy a fun round of mini golf on a fantastic course, along with delicious coffee and mouth-watering donuts. For just $12 per person, it’s a perfect option for a relaxed family outing.

Picnic at Goughs Bay

Take a short 20-minute drive from Mansfield to Goughs Bay and indulge in a peaceful picnic by the picturesque Lake Eildon. With amenities like shelter, barbecues, toilets, and a playground, everything you need for a comfortable outing is on hand. And if you feel like taking a dip, the refreshing waters of Eildon are just a stone’s throw away!

Historical Moment at the Jamieson Museum

Nestled in the scenic Victorian High Country, the charming town of Jamieson is steeped in history and offers a quaint atmosphere to explore. Once a bustling gold mining hub in the late 1800s, Jamieson’s rich past is showcased through historic displays and relics at the Jamieson Museum. From old mining equipment to antique household items, there’s something to captivate everyone’s interest. If you and your mother love history, this is a perfect spot to spend a morning or afternoon during your visit to the High Country.

High Country Gardens, Gallery and Maze

If your mother is young at heart, she’ll delight in exploring the High Country Maze, just a short 15-minute drive from Mansfield. With an entry fee of only $18 per person, this two-hectare oasis is a masterpiece of art and design. Renowned for its exquisite beauty, the gardens at High Country Maze offer a stunning backdrop for photographers year-round, featuring vibrant roses, colourful spring bulbs, magnificent water lilies, and breathtaking deciduous trees.

Mt Wombat Lookout

They say the best things in life are free, and the Mt Wombat lookout is a prime example. Situated atop Mt Wombat at an impressive 799 meters, this lookout offers breathtaking 360-degree views of the surrounding area. Marvel at the stunning Waranga Basin and Goulburn Weir at Nagambie from this vantage point, easily accessible via the Euroa-Strathbogie Road with clear signposts. Alternatively, if you and your mother are up for a more pleasant walk, you can park halfway up and enjoy a leisurely stroll to the summit.

A hot air balloon flight over the Yarra Valley is a fantastic way to celebrate Mother’s Day, but the fun doesn’t have to end there! With these budget-friendly activities, you can continue the celebration and create cherished memories with your mum.

Check out our Mother’s Day Special Offer For 2 here.

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