Today on the blog we welcome Rachel Noonan, the owner and operator behind the kids & baby online shop – Bubbalove. The parent-daughter team are based in Fremantle and have a huge selection of kids toys and products available online for delivery around the world (over $50 orders are free in Aussie!). Being Perth locals they love exploring their backyard and have shared with us some awesome kid-friendly wineries in WA.
Western Australia is renowned for its magnitude of amazing wine producers. With the Swan Valley wine region a mere 25 minute drive from the Perth CBD and the Perth Hills region not much further – we truly are spoilt for choice. Not to mention the wineries in Margaret River, the Great Southern and everything in between and surrounding like Pemberton, Manjimup, Blackwood Valley, Geographe and Peel.
All of WA’s wine regions have something unique to offer the wine and food lover and we’re proud to say many of them are also very welcoming towards kids (with their parents in tow of course).
Just because you have kids, it doesn’t mean you can’t go out and enjoy an afternoon in the sun sipping on vino and nibbling on a cheese platter in amongst beautiful outstretched grape vines (just don’t forget to take a sober skipper with you). Actually it’s a good reason to do it. Every Mum deserves a good glass of wine!
So we’ve put together the ultimate list of family friendly wineries in WA. If you feel we have missed one, please do email Casey or comment below.
Swan Valley Wineries:
Carilley Estate is a very family friendly venue whether you’re popping by for a spot of wine tasting or to dine at the accompanying restaurant. There’s a rope climbing playground, toddler climber with slide and a cubby house. Plus there’s plenty of lawn for the kids to run around on and play footy.
Address: 45 Hyem Rd, Herne Hill WA 6056
Mandoon has the best of all worlds; a huge grassy area and playground for the kids, a cellar door for wine tasting, the Homestead brewery, fine dining restaurant and more! It’s a place you can take the family to for the entire afternoon. Kids menu at the deli includes the likes of home-made sausage rolls, seasonal fruit tubs and mini Margherita pizzas.
Address: 10 Harris Rd, Caversham WA 6055
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Who doesn’t love paddle boats! Oakover has a lovely small lake on site with paddle boats to use for free. Plus there is tons of open space for the kids to run amuck and tire themselves out for an early night to bed. The cafe has a kids menu which includes toasties, crumbed chicken and the ultimate kids cheese burger.
Address: 14 Yukich Cl, Middle Swan WA 6056
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The Laughin Barrel
If you’re looking for a big playground and a lot of running room for the kids, The Laughin Barrel is a winner. The kids menu for those 12 years and under includes wood fired pizzas, fish’n’chips, popcorn chicken, toasties and of course ice-cream and icy poles for dessert.
Address: 247 Haddrill Rd, Baskerville WA 6056
Great Southern Wineries:
Such a beautiful setting in the heart of Mt Barker! The ‘lunches for little people’ at the newish The Shed cafe alongside the cellar door include the likes of mac’n’cheese and Boston beans and sausages. Lovely grassy area for the kids to play around on and a colourful playground to keep them busy too!
Address: 45 Albany Hwy, Perth WA 6160
A winery and brewery – you really can’t go wrong with that now can you. Sit back with your favourite tipple and a bite to eat from the resturant as the kids let loose on the playground. Kids meals are $12 and we have to admit the Mt Barker Chicken Wings with Roast Potatoes and Peas sound pretty tasty!
Address: 678 S Coast Hwy, Hay WA 6333
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Margaret River Wineries
These guys truly are kitted out for all ages. There’s the mobile tasting benches for the winos and the kids are treated to an awesome high-tech computer gaming area (see some pics over on Buggy Buddys). Plus the large outside area is perfect for a picnic while the kids play with the ball or have a game of cricket. The kids menu at the cafe is also rather tasty looking and all kids meals include a free fruit juice and a lolly bag or ice-cream. $16 for a meal.
Address: 3193 Bussell Hwy, Cowaramup WA 6284
Aravina is a must-visit spot in Margaret River. From the award-wining wines to the amazing cuisine, to the sports car collection in the cellar door – it’s such a fabulous place to visit. The kids are treated to a gorgeous European design playground and we’ve heard from certain little mouths that the children’s menu is pretty good too – home-made vegetable spring rolls, spaghetti, fish burgers and of course delectable desserts like piccolo vanilla cones and chocolate cookie crumble with chocolate mousse and strawberries.
Address: 61 Thornton Rd, Yallingup WA 6282
Robert Oately (Previously Laurance Wines)
You can’t miss this spot when driving along Caves Road, it’s simply stunning and so are their wines! Your little ones are well catered for at Robert Oately with a playground and a massive amount of lawn to run around on. The kids menu is for 10 year olds and under. The meals are served with hand cut potato chips, fresh fruit, a brownie, pop top and activity bag for a pretty decent $15.
Address: 3518 Caves Rd, Wilyabrup WA 6280
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Killerby Wines sits alongside Cheeky Monkey Brewery so if you can’t decide on beer or wine in Margaret River, then this is your spot. This family friendly spot is equipped with an outdoor play area built around a large grassed area to keep the kids entertained as you enjoy your vino or pint!
Address: 4259 Caves Rd, Wilyabrup WA 6280
With Howling Wolves wines and impeccable food, you can’t go wrong taking the family to Rivendell in Margaret River. Kids Around Perth shared their experience at Rivendell Estate and we must admit it looks like the kids and adults alike had a total ball!
Address: 1172 Wildwood Rd, Yallingup Siding WA 6282
Swings & Roundabouts
This is the perfect laid-back, casual spot to spend an afternoon. The kids will entertain themselves with the likes of t-ball or munching on delicious wood-fired pizzas while you slip into full relaxation mode.
Address: 2807 Caves Rd, Yallingup WA 6281
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Watershed pride themselves on being a winery for the whole family. The kids will enjoy the child-friendly cafe which features a playground in an enclosed courtyard while you find your favourite tipple. All children’s meals come with fresh fruit and range from $8-10.
Address: Bussell Hwy, Margaret River WA 6285
And we can’t end the post without a shameless little plug, if you’ve got kids or a bundle of joy on the way please pop over to our online store for everything from out and about bits and pieces to kids toys and more! Cheers, Rachel.