From the archives: This post was originally published on 6 May 2020.

With a huge thanks to the efforts of Australia’s healthcare workers, COVID-19 restrictions finally started to ease last weekend. Brisbanites eagerly crawled out of their houses and apartments with their picnic blankets and takeaway brekky’s in hand and enjoyed the beautiful simplicity of just sitting outside with a friend.

South Bank is all about Brisbane spirit and since the restrictions lifted, it reopened its doors (aka parklands). For anyone who’s grown up in Brisbane, South Bank is a treasure vault of memories. Maybe you swam in the artificial beach when you were little and got terrified when you found out how deep the bottom actually was? Maybe you went to Riverfire as your first outing without a chaperone? Maybe you had some pretty great first dates sitting along the boardwalk? Maybe walking through the markets was your favourite weekend ritual? Either way, South Bank is a beloved gem and Brisbane just isn’t Brisbane without it.

To celebrate South Bank’s return, why not grab your mum and a takeaway coffee for a Sunday stroll under the bougainvillea this Mother’s Day? There’s plenty of space to sit on the greens and plenty of restaurants offering all kinds of picnic hampers!

To name but a few:

  • Denim Co is inviting you to build your own Mother’s Day hamper and fill it with your mum’s favourite treats. There will also be a pop up cake and flower stand because what’s Mother’s Day without some gorgeous blooms?
  • Mucho Mexicano is creating the ultimate Mexican fiesta for mums that love a bit of spice! The picnic hamper includes a family taco pack with your choice of chicken, lamb shoulder, or pork belly, and a bottle of sparkling wine.
  • The Jetty has you sorted with a picnic hamper for just $45. Think your mum likes a bit of choice? Think hummus, cheese, meats, fritters, and bread. Think easy crowd pleaser!
  • Papa Rossi is the closest you can get your mum to Italy right now and who knows food better than the Italians? Get ready to carb up with a 20% discount for all online orders! South Bank will also be providing 30-min free parking for picking up takeaway orders.

Your mum deserves to be spoiled and we all deserve a day out in the sun, so come and support your local businesses in the heart of Brisbane!

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