More often than not, Mother’s Day is anything but relaxing. If you’re not hosting a lunch, you’re rushing between visiting your own mum and mother- in-law. Wouldn’t it be great to share the load, and try something new that everyone will enjoy?

Tell everyone to bring a plate of food and drinks, wear comfortable shoes and pack their fishing rods. This year, you’re all heading out on the beautiful Burnett River.

Don’t have a boat licence? Not to worry! You and 11 of your loved ones can still immerse yourselves in this idyllic setting with the help of BBQ Boat Experience.

Pop the bubbly, and enjoy your daily dose of Vitamin D on the sundeck while the kids wet a line and the fellas get the barbecue going.

Already made plans for Mother’s Day? Why not enjoy a romantic champagne breakfast for two or an afternoon birthday beer with your mates bobbing on the Burnett.

Not just for special occasions, the 8m pontoon cruise boats are available for hire on an hourly, half day or full day rate. They’re wheelchair accessible with toilet onboard. You can even hire a skipper to show you the best spots and sights.

More than 40 tributaries flow into the mighty Burnett River, as it snakes its way through Mundubbera, Gayndah, Wallaville and Bundaberg before spilling into the ocean at Burnett Heads.

It’s a bird watcher’s paradise and regarded as one of the Region’s best places to go fishing.

Around Bundaberg, the River can be fished anywhere between Burnett Heads and Ben Anderson Barrage, but Kirby’s Wall is a firm favourite.

Equipped with fishing rod holders and a freshwater sink, you can cook what you catch on a BBQ Boat. Seafood doesn’t get any fresher than that!

One of the best and most relaxing ways to get a feel for the Bundaberg Region’s industrial heritage is to cruise upriver to Tallon Bridge.

Journey past the sugar storage and loading terminal at the Port up to Millaquin Mill, the Bundaberg Rum Distillery and Bundaberg Walkers Engineering.

Admire the city of Bundaberg from a whole new angle, where fishing trawlers unload their bountiful, fresh catch on the southern side of the river.

If you look closely enough, beyond the mangroves, you’ll see some of Bundaberg’s most spectacular Queensland timber homesteads nestled in amongst poinciana trees.

Only a few subtle signs of the devastating 2011 and 2013 floods remain.

Departing from Bundaberg Port Marina. 15-17 Marina Drive, Burnett Heads QLD 4670