Family friendly wineries aren’t defined by playgrounds, but by ethos; smiles, tolerance and open space count as much as slippery dips and sand pits. Trust that these venues will prove accessible and welcoming for families eager to experience, not just the region’s wines, but also its own unique and well-developed brand of inclusive hospitality.
Glenarty Road, Karridale
A family farm. A vineyard. A winery. A restaurant. A meeting place. Glenarty Road is the essence of Margaret River region country hospitality. The food cooked mostly from farm produce is exceptional. Tables outside plunked between shading trees and the working vegetable patches are scenic. The wine is delicious. And the vibe is welcoming for mixed age groups who need multiple requirements fulfilled – peace and beauty for the parents, and adventure for the younger ones. Glenarty Road’s Sunday lunch is local legend.
The biodynamic circle garden dug into the lawn at Cullen Wines is such a great starting point for kids who don’t value quiet as much as their lunching parents: let them look and learn about the workings of this specialised winery in a garden language they can appreciate and understand. The flow between inside and outside at this elegant restaurant (like the architectural farmhouse you always wanted to build) means an easy relationship between lunch and outdoor exploration. Dogs with leads are allowed on the deck, so everyone in the family can join in.
Swings & Roundabouts, Yallingup
Swings & Roundabouts
Space is at a premium when it comes to families enjoying a communal cellar door outing – if kids are cramped, it’s a thumbs-down for everyone. This is where the cellar door and restaurant at Swings & Roundabout comes into its own. The lawn is enormous. A timber playground fort is tree shaded. Totem tennis junkies can get their fix. And for the adults? Exceptional wine poured by a great cellar door crew, cosy corners inside during winter, plenty of outdoor seating, and a food menu that’s a deliciously rustic reminiscence of Mediterranean flavour – a superb match for the winery’s style of wine. The vista is pure Yallingup; gentle Australian bush showed off to its best advantage in dappled light.
Leeuwin Estate is one of the region’s higher end dining experiences, but the enormous expanse of lawn and grounds surrounding the two-storey glass and timber restaurant means there is no dearth of space for restless children. Lawn-sized games are kept on hand at the downstairs cellar door (giant Jenga anyone?), and the grassed area is certainly big enough to handle ball games. The restaurant itself offers stunning views over old Karri forest. Wines are, of course, exceptional, with a menu by head chef, Dan Gedge, to match.
Hampton Beach-style architecture gets a showing at Flametree Wines, an intimate cellar door between Busselton and Dunsborough on Caves Road. An eye to design carries through to the kind of small welcome details that make this cellar door a win for families: pets are welcome, exhibitions of local artworks are of interest to aspiring creative types, the open lawn has room to run, and the build-your-own gourmet platters satisfy any and all “I’m hungry!” moments. A fire roars in winter, and the cellar door team want you to experience the best this winery can offer in a glass. Seems like a winning equation all ‘round.
Aravina Estate, Yallingup
A sports car gallery. A Western Australian surf gallery. Grounds to make a kid’s eyeballs pop. So. Much. Space. Aravina Estate is all things, to all family members. The wrap-around veranda is the ideal viewing platform for parents who want to keep an eye on children thrilled to have so much room to run. The winery produces elegant wines. The restaurant sources local produce, along with farming its own garden, to create a seasonal menu focussed on light and textural flavours. The drive in to the winery off Caves Road is beautiful. A lovely Margaret River region experience from start to finish.
Artistic endeavour is built into the Margaret River region DNA, and at Happs Winery families are able to witness this firsthand: wander into the gallery and perhaps stumble upon an artist-in-residence producing work as you watch. The work of artists and winemakers has plenty of correlation, and this insight is one few other cellar door’s offer. There are wines here, too, a wide range catering to diverse tastes at cellar door. Decide to spend some time, and take your pick from a range of local produce to build-your-own picnic: cold meats, artisan cheeses and pickles, smoked trout – a Ploughman’s lunch of regional excellence. The gardens are great for hide-and-seek. Or for an easy afternoon chilling a blanket. Take your pick.
This blog was originally published in 2017 and has been recently updated to reflect new details.
Browse all of the region’s family-friendly wineries.
Aravina EstateMonday to Thursday - Closed Fri, Sat & Sun - 10am - 5pmGreat For: Child Friendly,Disabled Access,Open for Business,Outdoor Playground,Seated Tastings
61 Thornton Rd, Yallingup WA 6282, Australia
Flametree WinesMonday - Sunday: 10:00 AM until 5:00 PMGreat For: Cellar Sales,Child Friendly,Dog Friendly,Fireplace,Grazing Platters & Hampers,Open for Business,Picnic Spot,Seated Tastings
Corner Caves Road and Chain Avenue, Dunsborough WA 6280, Australia
Happs WinesMonday - Sunday: 10:00 AM until 5:00 PMGreat For: Child Friendly,Dog Friendly,Grazing Platters & Hampers,Indoor Play Area,Open for Business,Outdoor Playground,Seated Tastings,Takeaway
575 Commonage Road, DUNSBOROUGH WA, Australia
Glenarty Road | Kerfuffle WinesMonday: 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM
Tuesday - Thursday: Closed
Friday - Sunday: 10:00 AM until 5:00 PMGreat For: Cellar Sales,Child Friendly,Dine In,Dog Friendly,Open for Business,Seated Tastings
70 Glenarty Road, Karridale, WA 6288, Australia
Swings & RoundaboutsMonday - Sunday: 10:00 AM until 5:00 PMGreat For: Cellar Sales,Child Friendly,Dine In,Dog Friendly,Fireplace,Open for Business,Outdoor Playground,Seated Tastings,Takeaway
2807 Caves Road, Yallingup WA 6282, Australia
Cullen Wines & RestaurantMonday - Sunday: 10:00 AM until 4:30 PMGreat For: Cellar Sales,Child Friendly,Dine In,Disabled Access,Dog Friendly,Open for Business,Seated Tastings,Vegan Wines
4323 Caves Road, Wilyabrup, Western Australia, 6280, Australia
Leeuwin Estate WineryCellar Door open daily 10am - 5pm. Restaurant open for lunch Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.Great For: Cellar Sales,Child Friendly,Dine In,Disabled Access,Open for Business,Seated Tastings,Workshops & Classes
Stevens Road, MARGARET RIVER