Where in the world would you take your mum if money were no object? The staff at Australian Traveller have devised their own decadent ideas to spoil the most important woman in the world.
Quentin, director: Barossa Valley by herself. She (my wife) loves the Shiraz, I reckon she would park herself at the Grenock Creek cellar door and never move: it is the smallest cellar door in Australia and only fits one so she wouldn’t be disturbed.
Nigel, director: Barossa Valley. Mum and Dad had their honeymoon here in the 1970s, a time when wineries and antiques were unfashionable. It was a trip of a lifetime and they still talk about it. Not sure Dad will be able to get a carton of Henscke’s “Hill Of Grace” at $1.75 a bottle anymore though.
Georgia, editor: qualia. Mum’s a bit of a luxe lover, so I reckon a week here would earn me a few brownie points. Although a week trekking through the Bungle Bungles together would be pretty special, too.
Ken, CFO: Icebergs at Bondi for a very long lunch (she lives in Auckland). I mean can you think of a more beautiful location?
Alex, sales manager: Mission Beach, Queensland, 14km of beach which is like you’re on a deserted island with no-one around.
Nikki, account manager: While Mum loves an island escape she is a huge fan of game fishing and Melville Island, north of Darwin, is perfect for it. She has always wanted to visit our gorgeous Kimberley Region so I would take her on a cruise through the Kimberley and organise a chopper to fly through for an experience of a lifetime.
Alissa, staff writer: Lizard Island. Like most mothers, Mum rarely gets a chance to just stop and unwind. At this tropical escape we’d spend our days swimming, sleeping, wining and dining and, well, not much else. Bliss.
Megan, sub editor: After reading Georgia’s feature for our next issue, I think I would like to take Mum down to Daylesford for a weekend full of much-deserved pampering and relaxing girl time with my two sisters also. We would have to stay at the Lake House I think.
Steve, web editor: Lord Howe Island: Mum loves the place just for the serenity. She rugs up and takes to the beach and the trails.
Tobi, marketing: I’m pretty sure Mum would love a weekend’s stay at Mona on Tasmania’s Berridale peninsula. A luxury pavilion overlooking the Derwent River, a visit to the museum followed by a long lunch at The Source.
Elliott, advertising: Sunshine Beach, Queensland. A long sunset walk on Sunshine Beach beach followed by a nice dinner at one of Noosa’s fine establishments.
James, advertising: I think my mother would love to see Uluru. I know she hasn’t had the chance yet, but I do know it’s on her list. Ayers Rock Resort offers a sound of silence dinner package, and I think that would rock her socks off.