Like most mothers I usually wait until the kids are in bed before I crack open a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc. But I’m afraid I don’t have that kind of discipline when I’m in wine country!
Oh no, it’s all about finding kid friendly wineries in Margaret River, so the parents can sample some fabulous wine, while the kids are entertained at the same time.
The Margaret River wine region of Western Australia is one of my all-time favourite places to visit. Thankfully I didn’t have to give up my annual indulgence when the kids came along, as blessedly there are plenty of family friendly wineries in Margaret River, meaning wine tasting with children can be easy and enjoyable.
Many of these in our Margaret River wineries list have garden games for the kids or toy boxes in the tasting room and some even have playgrounds for the kids! Failing that, there is usually lots of grass outside for the kids to run around on.
And even though some of these wineries boast the best Margaret River restaurants dishing up fabulous seasonal produce, they even have kids menus to keep the little ones happy.
Here is a round-up of some of the best child friendly wineries in Margaret River… and they all do fabulous wine too, naturally!
Will’s Domain is renowned for having one of the best restaurants in Margaret River and is an absolute must-do for lunch if you are in the Margaret River with kids.
Everyone’s a winner at this child-friendly winery in Margaret River – with the restaurant boasting sweeping views across over the Margaret River vineyards and dishing up some of the region’s best Mod Oz cuisine (although I’ve still not forgiven the chef for refusing to share his roasted sweet potato recipe with me).
But the main reason this is one of the best places to visit in Margaret River with kids is it has a playground! This is located adjacent to the restaurant terrace, so you can keep one eye on your kids and the other eye on that fabulous view, while you indulge in your degustation lunch.
A lunchbox-style kids menu will keep the kids happy in between turns on the slide and seesaw.
Xanadu is another of the best wineries in Margaret River to visit with kids, thanks to it big grassy lawn and on-site playground. The large flat lawn is within view of the restaurant, which serves fabulous mod-Aus cuisine, and has a children’s menu.
Not only have their wines been garnering a lot of respect from Australia’s top wine writers and winning many awards in recent years, they are pretty reasonable value too.
Swings and Roundabouts Winery
One of our favourite things to do in Margaret River is spend a lazy afternoon at Swings & Roundabouts. It’s the perfect place to kick back with a chilled glass of rose in the sunshine.
Their large grassy lawn is filled with fun outdoor games for the kids, such as cricket, soccer balls and swing ball. There are big beanbags to laze around on and a tree swing to play on too.
Kids will love the wood fired pizzas here and parents will love the wine, so everyone’s a winner! We never leave “Swings” Margaret River without a bottle of their rose and a bottle or two of their very reasonably priced sparkling.
Aravina Estate is one of the most beautiful places to eat in Margaret River with its stunning gardens and fabulous cuisine. If you are visiting Margaret River with kids, you will be pleased to know that it has a fenced playground, which is in view of the restaurant terrace.
If you have any little car fanatics in the family, they will also like looking around the vintage car collection at Aravina.
Cullen Estate Winery
Home to Diana Madeline, one of Australia’s most respected red wines, this child-friendly Margaret River winery is a great spot for lunch on a sunny day.
Renowned as one of the top wineries in Margaret River, head here to enjoy fresh, biodynamic, organic produce at shaded picnic tables under the trees. There are no garden games, but the kids can run riot on the vast lawn, play hide and seek among the trees or bounce around on the beanbags.
Hay Shed Hill
One of my favourite Margaret River wineries, both before and after kids, Hay Shed Hill has a stunning range of wines, plus a laid-back child-friendly café and gardens.
There is a toy box in the wine tasting room, and a selection of outdoor play equipment available, including cricket equipment and boules. Becky the dog and the free-roaming chickens are always a hit with my city-kids too.
Windows is a smaller boutique Margaret River winery but it is a good one to visit with kids. It has a vast lawn to run around on and a selection of outdoor games, such as giant Jenga, Connect 4 and Chess.
Windows Estate is also right across the road from Gabriel Chocolate, so you can call in for a quick chocolate tasting with the kids after you’re done tasting all that delicious Windows wine.
Another smaller lesser known Margaret River winery good for kids is Credaro. We visited this as part of our Margaret River wine tour with Wine for Dudes.
There’s no restaurant here but they have a large lawn outside for playing on and a selection of outdoor games for the kids to keep themselves entertained while you sample the wine inside.
Of course there is more to the region than just wine tasting in Margaret River. Check out our article about things to do in Margaret River with Kids post for more family-friendly suggestions, including beaches, petting farms, caves and ice creameries.
Want to learn more about where to get the best winery lunch in Margaret River? Click here to read our in-depth guide to the best wineries for lunch in Margaret River.
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