Mother’s Day

Sunday May 12th is Mother’s Day.

Excerpt from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (02/05/2019).
Mother’s Day
Observed by 40+ countries
Type Worldwide
Significance Honors mothers and motherhood
Date Varies per country
Frequency Annual

“Mother’s Day is a celebration honoring the mother of the family, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. It is celebrated on various days in many parts of the world, most commonly in the months of March or May. It complements similar celebrations honoring family members, such as Father’s Day, Siblings Day, and Grandparents Day.

The modern Mother’s day began in the United States, at the initiative of Ann Reeves Jarvis in the early 20th century. This is not (directly) related to the many traditional celebrations of mothers and motherhood that have existed throughout the world over thousands of years, such as the Greek cult to Cybele, the Roman festival of Hilaria, or the Christian Mothering Sunday celebration (originally a commemoration of Mother Church, not motherhood).  However, in some countries, Mother’s Day is still synonymous with these older traditions.

The U.S.-derived modern version of Mother’s Day has been criticized for having become too commercialized. Founder Jarvis herself regretted this commercialism and expressed views on how that was never her intention.”  Read more here.

However, if like me, you’re more inclined to the “commercial” version to show appreciation for your Mum, here are a few ideas.

Sunrise Coast n Country Merchandise: Botanical Series 1

Sunrise Coast n Country Merchandise: Botanical Series 1 selection.

Go straight to Botanical Series 1 Scarf here, and then scroll down for the full description, and to check availability on other products, including those shown above, if the scarf isn’t your preference.  (It even includes a duvet cover!)

And if the Botanical design doesn’t appeal, then check out our range of designs  on women’s clothing here, or our full portfolio here.

And while many folk will take mum out for a Mother’s Day breakfast or lunch at a favorite cafe or restaurant, another popular option will be to shout her a “pampering” at a Day Spa or resort.

You can choose from one of nine personally selected Hotel Spas, Spa Resorts and Day Spas in the Northern Rivers – Gold Coast hinterland region for an overnight or longer luxury stay and spa treatment here.

Or check availability for Celestial Dew Guest House, Day Spa Retreat at Tyalgum in the Tweed Valley, Escarpment Retreat & Day Spa on Mount Tamborine, and Peppers Ruffles Lodge at Willow Vale on the Gold Coast, via  These spas in particular, are popular with Big Volcano web site visitors.

Family friendly Farmstay holidays

Some of the best family holiday memories have come from those unexpected moments when you and the kids get back to nature.

If you haven’t got your Easter holidays sorted yet, why not go bush rather than opting for the sun, sand and surf these holidays?

It’s a bit shocking to read in various surveys* that many city kids don’t know that milk comes from cows, and they’ve never seen a live farm animal.

Varying in popularity as a holiday option over the last few years,  Farmstays and farm stay accommodation has now made a return as an often affordable alternative to national parks camping or beach side holiday cabin accommodations.


Photo © courtesy Hosanna Farm Stay

Hobby farms on smaller acreage, will usually have animals more used to handling and petting, with kids having the opportunity to learn appropriate behaviour around animals, while working farms on larger land holdings, give families a chance to see farm routines and join in farm activities, with the children able to get up close and personal with cute and sometimes not so cuddly farm animals.

Activities like horse riding, bush walking, canoeing, bicycling, archery and fishing are often available on-site or nearby.

The chance to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, and experience the lifestyle of the “man and woman on the land”, where mum and dad can relax while the kids enjoy the wide open spaces, fresh, clean air, get filthy dirty and run themselves ragged before a sound nights’ sleep, is an often overlooked family holiday option.

The Big Volcano Farmstays, farm stay accommodation and host farm holidays directory, with web links or contact phone details, covers the Northern Rivers of New South Wales, Gold Coast Hinterland and Scenic Rim region of Queensland, Australia.

It also has a curated selection of host farm options via

Disclosure: Hosanna Farm Stay is a Big Volcano Tourism customer.

*This article has been slightly updated from the originally published version from September 2017.

Emerald Rock for St Patrick’s Day

In honour of St Patrick’s Day this Sunday March 17th, here’s an emerald rock for you.

This rainforest jewel was found on a damp day in Springbrook National Park – Natural Bridge section, in the Gold Coast hinterland in Southern Queensland.

It was the most impressive of many luxuriant mossy objects: rocks, trees even concrete steps!

If you like this image, you can purchase it in a variety of product formats including wall art, phone cases and skins, and home decor items.



Sunrise Coast n Country Art shop

Welcome to our art and “Product On Demand” (POD) shop at  Red Bubble.

Unity and Botanical Series 1 are the first contributions.

Created by David Palmer, Unity is a fractal digital print commissioned for the Science Art Festival held in Murwillumbah in the year 2000, in the NSW Northern Rivers.


Unity, © by David Palmer.

It’s available in a limited selected range of products including unisex, men’s and women’s T-shirts, as iPhone and Samsung cases/skins, as wall art, an art block (which looks rather trippy), a wall clock and a travel mug.

Given the symbology of the piece, we found the clock product option rather amusing, so we hope you do too.

Botanical Series 1 is a work created by our friend Liz Challis. We already have 3 other works by her, in our private collection.

We bought this art work from her in 2016, and got full reproduction rights with it.

A water colour with floral inspiration, it is available as a wall tapestry, scarf and duvet, and in a range of apparel, device cases and skins, wall art options, drawstring bag, and stationery, with each product having the image carefully positioned for best effect.

The framed print in particular, would look fabulous with a flat white frame and bright white mat.


Botanical Series 1, © by Liz Challis

It’s a beautiful art work, and every time we look at it, we see something new in it. We just love this work, and are so happy to be able to share it.

(Oh, and a bit of scuttlebutt. Liz hadn’t signed it when we bought it, and it took a minute to work out which way was up.  If you purchase the wall tapestry or any wall art option, I’m sure you could hang it in any position, and it would still look amazing.)

For these and other works including original photography featuring landscapes, seascapes, flora and fauna of our region, along with vintage stamps and antique map reproductions, please visit our Redbubble shop at Sunrise Coast n Country.

Whether you decide to put it on a mug, hang it on a wall or wear it down the street, we hope you will get as much pleasure from our selected images, as we have in sharing them.

And be sure to also check out our Redbubble affiliate “Art Shop” at


Will you be my Valentine?

If you’re looking for a last minute getaway to a romantic couples only retreat this Valentine’s Day, or an extended weekend, now that it’s “off peak” after the school holidays, then why not check our the Big Volcano Couples Only Accommodation guide?


Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat romance in the rainforest.

With getaway options ranging from an affordable and comfy retro self catering studio just minutes to the beach, to five star luxury retreats in the rainforest, you’re sure to find something to make the mood.

Or how about our Honeymoons, Anniversaries, Romantic Holidays and Special Occasions guide?

And if a getaway isn’t an option, why not go for a date night at a local restaurant, and present a special gift, like this A-Line dress or Drawstring bag?

Oh no!  You’ve just broken out in a cold sweat, because getting back into the work groove has already pushed romance far from your mind?

Then check out these articles:

5 Valentine’s Day-Proposal Ideas That Are Anything but Cliché

Pros and Cons to a Valentine’s Day Proposal

Rules for a Valentine’s Day proposal

Oh, and if you’ve already got a yes, and you’re now hunting for a wedding and reception venue, or you’ve decided to elope, then check out our Big Volcano Wedding Venues Guide and directory.

Disclosure: Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat is a Big Volcano Tourism customer.

Some links in this post are “affiliate or commercial links”.  This means that if you click on a link and purchase an item or make a booking, we may get a commission or payment.

Sharing waves at Snapper Rocks

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When a friend drops in on your wave…. Reposted from @southerngoldcoast – Sharing waves at Snapper 🌊 🐬🏄‍♂️ Photo by @vnsurf