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8 Family-Friendly Wineries in the Margaret River Region

We have the kids covered while you swirl and sip.

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
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, 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.

Lentedal Vineyard Estate, Marybrook
Lentedal Vineyard Estate, Marybrook

Lentedal Vineyard Estate

Perfectly positioned between Busselton and Dunsborough, Lentedal Vineyard Estate is quickly establishing itself as a delightful stop for families, with kids of all ages and pups on leashes welcome. A small family run operation, they have expansive lawns to roam, friendly farm animals to meet, games and colouring sets to entertain, and tasty woodfired pizzas to keep tummies happy. The whole cellar door experience is designed to be a place where parents can sit back and sip on some of their (award-wining) wines, while the kids have a ball! Open Friday – Sunday.

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.