7 Family-Friendly Wineries in the Margaret River Region

 

Family-Friendly Wineries

that go above and beyond for kids

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

Glenarty Road

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.

Cullen Wines

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 Family Friendly Yallingup

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

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.

Flametree Wines

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

Aravina Estate, Yallingup

Aravina Estate

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.

Happs Winery

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.

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Sarina Kamini

Author Sarina Kamini

Sarina is an Australian-Kashmiri author, spice mistress, one-time magazine editor and food journalist who has settled in Margaret River following 20 years of living and writing in New Delhi, Bangalore, Southern California, Melbourne, Paris, Edinburgh and Barcelona. When she is not working on a manuscript or running spice classes, she can be found swimming laps of Gnarabup beach or wandering the forest with her two sons and her dog, DJ Chips.

7 Comments

  • Avatar mark says:

    Wow some fantastic looking wineries here.
    In Gippsland Victoria where we live Vineyards are starting to con onto having things for kids and its excellent
    Happy kids happy Parents and we will stay longer and spend more

    cheers

    mark

  • Avatar Fiona says:

    Great round up there! I wonder if there are many kid-family estates in the Hunter.,,

  • Avatar Reeva says:

    Great list – we have been to a few of these and it’s hard to get the kids to leave! It was raining when we went to Rivendell though so will definitely have to go back there to explore the grounds and Aravina looks amazing!

    • Jenny Lee Jenny Lee says:

      Hi Reeva, thanks! There will be lots going on at Rivendell during the holiday period and beyond, so we definitely recommend a return visit! Aravina is just gorgeous, the car gallery is very cool and the food is beautiful – they have a kitchen garden out the back which you should go and have a look at when you’re next there!

  • Avatar Amanda says:

    What a fantastic list!! Aravina is my absolute favourite – its got it all! I didn’t realise Laurance catered so well for kids too. Looking forward to our next trip to MR to check some of these out 🙂

  • I never thought about taking kids to a winery… till now!

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