It sounds like an oxymoron but yes I found the perfect destination for kids and adults alike in wine country. Margaret River is simply perfect for families. It really surprised me how family friendly this destination was. I recently spent 5 days exploring all that the beautiful Margaret River wine region had to offer with my family and I think we’ll be going back for more.
Let’s start with the wineries. I should say before I go on that my husband and I drink responsibly and took turns each day to drive. This worked for us – we got to see loads of lovely wineries and had the opportunity to do a couple of tastings as well. The majority of wineries have awesome parks for the kids to play at while you take in the view and sample some of the local wine. Our favourites were:
1) Cheeky Monkey Brewery and Killerby Wines – We had a cruisy Sunday lunch here. There was a band playing and the kids absolutely loved the park. The park is fully enclosed and has a variety of equipment. The food was casual but tasty and the whole place had a great vibe.
2) Laurance Winery – I blogged about this place previously but it was such a highlight of our trip I had to mention it again. You can have lunch outside under the shade of the trees and supervise the kids playing at the park. The food was fabulous and they do a “take away” wine tasting where you can purchase 6 samples for a small fee and take it back to your table. This winery has a beautiful ambiance and the view across the lake is spectacular.
3) Aravina Estate – This lovely winery is a little more upmarket. We had a beautiful gourmet lunch here overlooking the gardens. The kids loved exploring the vintage hotrod collection and there is also a huge enclosed park for the kids to play in.
There are loads of other attractions too. My favourites were:
1) Ngilgi Caves – this is an awesome cave network where you can take a partially guided tour of the caves. Access is via a series of steps and walkways. My biggest adventurer who is 4yrs old had no trouble navigating the pathways and staircases however it was a little tricky to juggle for me holding onto my littlest adventurer who is 10months old. My biggest adventurer thoroughly enjoyed exploring the caves though and says this was the highlight of the trip.
2) Busselton Jetty – this was an amazing family friendly adventure that we all enjoyed. Extending 1.8 kilometres across stunning Geographe Bay, the heritage listed Busselton Jetty is the longest timber-piled jetty in the Southern Hemisphere. We took the famous Jetty Train out to the spectacular Underwater Observatory. The Observatory is 8 metres below the water’s surface where you can see some of the 300 different marine species below the jetty.
It was a fantastic trip for everyone and we can’t wait to go back for another adventure!