Thursday, 7 July 2022

All the fun family-friendly things you can do with the kids in and around Perth

The Western Australian capital of Perth deserves a place on the family travel bucket list. It is filled with a great selection of child-friendly attractions, eateries and activities to help to keep the little ones entertained. From pristine beaches to the chance to get up close with nature; fun-filled and educational activities to traipsing around the great outdoors, Perth certainly has every member of the family covered.

Below, we share some of the best things you can do to make your Perth jaunt a trip to remember.

1. Take a stroll at Elizabeth Quay

Soak up the sunshine with your tots by wandering along Elizabeth Quay, a picturesque waterfront precinct located on the banks of the Swan River. Take a ride on the whimsical carousel or get a family photo at the Elizabeth Quay Bridge – a suspension bridge that’s an iconic feature of the area. The kids will especially love the free water park, which boasts lighting effects and choreographed water jets, and the nature-inspired playground that includes a sand pit, a slide, log steppers and climbing ropes. Take some time to admire the public art installations dotted around the area, then wind down with a meal and a tipple at one of the many alfresco restaurants.

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The scenic Elizabeth Quay Bridge. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com

2. Discover your inner scientist at Scitech

From interactive galleries covering themes such as the earth, nature and sustainability to science performances, puppet shows, a planetarium and a hands-on science lab, Scitech fuels the curiosity of both kids and adults alike. Its permanent exhibition boasts more than 40 engaging and interactive exhibits, ranging from a plasma ball to whispering dishes that amplify sound waves.

3. Go sandboarding in Lancelin

Just an hour and a half away from Perth by car, Lancelin is a favourite among water-sports lovers for the wave and wind conditions, pristine beaches, abundance of marine life and sheltered fishing spots. The charming fishing town also boasts towering snow-white sand dunes that are some three-storeys high. Entry to the dunes is free, but do reserve a sandboard before you go (note: surfboards won’t do) and bring along a pair of shades. Take your pick from smaller and gentler dunes to larger and steeper ones, decide whether you wish to sit or stand, then proceed to enjoy the ride of your life!

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Families enjoying sandboarding in Lancelin. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com

4. Have a blast at Hillarys Aqua Park

Bounce, swim, slip and slide – you can expect all this and more at Hillarys Aqua Park. The inflatable obstacle course can be found floating in a sheltered marina within Hillary’s Boat Harbour, located some 30 minutes away from Perth by car. Suitable for children ages six and up who can swim. The kiddos will be suitably exhausted from the various stations, which include climbing walls, monkey bars, slides and a rodeo splash.

5. Snap a photo with a quokka at Rottnest Island

A protected nature reserve just 19km off the coast of Perth, Rottnest Island is home to a population of tiny wallaby-like marsupials called quokkas. Besides a selfie with the adorable smiling critter – deemed the world’s happiest animal – a snorkel in the crystal-clear blue waters is a must, and you’d be hard-pressed to finish exploring the 60-odd beaches on the island. Join a four-hour electric bike tour as an entire family or embark on various free guided walking tours. Note, however, that it’s illegal to touch or feed the quokkas, so do keep a respectful distance.

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A quokka mother and its baby eating twigs on Rottnest Island. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com

6. Head out to the countryside of Avon Valley

With rolling green hills and picturesque landscapes, Avon Valley is a peaceful hour-long drive from Perth and is a lovely destination for a day trip. Seven towns make up the whole region – which is Western Australia’s first inland settlement – and each has its own intriguing story to tell, as well as fun-filled activities for the whole family. Take to the skies in a hot air balloon, go white-water rafting in the winter, or explore the terrain on horseback. For a more laid-back experience, you can sup on locally produced food and wine and spend afternoons at restored historic buildings, browsing curio shops or picnicking beside the Avon River.

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Spectacular sunrise at Avon Valley. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com

7. Explore the port city of Fremantle

This charming waterfront precinct is known for its maritime history and has loads to entertain the kids. The Esplanade Youth Plaza has a playground as well as spaces for bike-riding and skateboarding, and you can follow that up with a ride on the Tourist Wheel. A visit to the Fremantle Prison – a World Heritage Site that used to serve as a maximum-security prison from 1887 to 1991 – is also not to be missed. Sign up for tours where you can explore prison cellblocks, cottages and prisoner-built tunnels and view artefacts as well as actual footage of prison life. Be sure to also make a pit stop at the Fremantle Markets, a buzzing affair where you can sample local delights, admire street performers, buy Indigenous crafts and chill out in a hammock.

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The landmark Fremantle Markets, which was built in 1897. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com

Please check the establishments’ respective websites for opening hours as well as booking and seating requirements before visiting, and remember to adhere to safe-distancing measures while out and about.

To learn more about Singapore Airlines flights, visit singaporeair.com. For updates and travel advisories, please visit Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ website.

This article was originally published in November 2020. 

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6 underrated experiences you need to try in and around Perth

With its temperate climes, abundance of natural scenery and thriving culinary scene, it’s no wonder Perth is often top of mind for travellers from Southeast Asia.

We have scoped out the most unique things to see, do and try in and around Perth. Most visitors to the capital of Western Australia would make a beeline for Fremantle Markets or drive out to Margaret River, but there are plenty more to experience in The Wildflower State. Here are six to put on your travel wish list.

1. Bushwhack through Fitzgerald River National Park

While it might be easier to stick to tried-and-tested routes such as the Zamia Trail in Bold Park or the Coogee Maritime Trail, the pandemic has left many of us feeling inspired to venture into proper wilderness.

Fitzgerald River National Park, located about five hours from downtown Perth, offers solitude and serenity in spades. For some serious trekking, hit up the Mamang Trail, a 26.8km route from Point Ann that covers St. Mary Beach, Point Charles and Fitzgerald Inlet, where you’ll get unblocked views of the dramatic coastline. If you’re visiting during whale migration season (July to October), there is a high chance you’ll see the cetaceans resting in the sheltered bay. The area is also a great spot for birdwatchers, with a wide variety of species – including the Chestnut Teal, Grey Teal and Australian Shelduck – often sighted out on the water or lounging on the sand spits.

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Fitzgerald River National Park is located five hours from Perth. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com

2. Go on an epicurious journey through Swan Valley

Often referred to as the food bowl of Western Australia, Swan Valley has a rich heritage of old and new world Australiana cuisine. This self-guided food trail takes you through the many farms, vineyards and distilleries dotting the area. Highlights of the tour include Maalinup Gallery & Bush Food Providore. This Aboriginal owned and operated centre offers visitors a look into Aboriginal culture and a chance to try unique bush tucker. Another must-visit is Edgecombe Bros, which specialises in comfort food enlivened with Australian bush herbs and spices. Also on the trail are Great Northern Distillery, where you’ll find rum made with Australian botanicals like wattleseed and lemon myrtle, and Old Young’s, an award-winning gin distillery.

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Sample a range of bush tucker at Maalinup Gallery & Bush Food Providore

3. Indulge your inner child at Gnomesville

What began as a single garden gnome cheekily placed in the middle of a roundabout quickly grew into a quirky collection of thousands of garden gnomes. Gnomesville is a whimsical tourist attraction nestled in the bucolic Ferguson Valley, a two-hour drive from Perth. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own gnome to add to the collection – you can also buy one from the nearby Ferguson Valley Visitor Centre.

After you’ve gotten the requisite snapshots for Instagram, continue your journey through Ferguson’s undulating hills and be sure to make pit-stops at the area’s many family-owned wineries, craft breweries and restaurants. Stay the night at the gorgeous adults-only Peppermint Lane Lodge, which overlooks the serene Ferguson River, or at Evedon Lakeside Retreat, which is surrounded by 320 hectares of natural bushland and is perfect for a spot of trekking or mountain biking.

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Gnomesville is a whimsical tourist attraction in Ferguson Valley

4. Jump out of a plane over Rottnest Island

You can take a leaf from Chris Hemsworth’s playbook and grab a selfie with the island’s quokka population… or you can shake things up and skydive over the beautiful nature reserve instead. Skydive Geronimo’s tandem skydiving package includes a 20-minute flight over Rottnest Island, offering you stunning views of turquoise waters and white-sand beaches before you take the plunge at a hair-raising 200km/hour. Ride the adrenaline wave at local beachside restaurant, Thomson’s Rottnest, where you’ll be treated to a complimentary glass of beer or wine to celebrate your successful skydive.

5. Race like a speed demon with Rally Action Driver Training

Channel your inner Lewis Hamilton or Sebastien Vettel at Rally Action Driver Training. This rally driving experience is owned and operated by Perth rally drivers. This heart-pumping adventure gives you the rare opportunity to get behind the wheel of a turbo-charged Subaru WRX and rally drive sideways on forest tracks and dirt roads. Even if it’s your first time, don’t worry – every participant is accompanied by a professional rally driver, who’ll be in the co-driver seat, coaching you as you go.

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High-octane action with Rally Action Driver Training

6. Get up close with wildlife at the Academy of Taxidermy

If you’re time-strapped and only have a couple of days in the city, you can still enjoy a unique experience in the quiet suburb of Guildford on the Swan River. Part of the Museum of Natural History, the Academy of Taxidermy is housed within the historic Regent Theatre, which was built in the 1920s. With over 2,000 taxidermic creatures under its Art Deco roof, this is one of the largest collections in the country. Wander through preserved versions of kangaroos, emus, snakes, sharks and other native Australian fauna as well as life-size models of dinosaurs.

Please check the establishments’ respective websites for opening hours as well as booking and seating requirements before visiting, and remember to adhere to safe-distancing measures while out and about.

To learn more about Singapore Airlines flights, visit singaporeair.com. For updates and travel advisories, please visit Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ website.

This article was originally published in December 2020.

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Wednesday, 6 July 2022

Explore the latest additions to Singapore’s Botanic Gardens

Built in the mid-1800s, the Botanic Gardens covers an impressive 82 hectares of land right in the heart of the city. A stone’s throw from Singapore’s Orchard Road shopping belt, it’s the only tropical garden to be honoured as a Unesco World Heritage Site.

Those who have already spent an afternoon picnicking near Swan Lake, wandering through the National Orchid Garden and enjoying a concert at the Shaw Symphony Stage, fear not, there is plenty more to see (and eat). 

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Tropical Montane Orchidetum at National Orchid Garden. Photo credit: NParks

The Gardens’ have continued to evolve, with some of the latest attractions including the Seedbank and Tropical Montane Orchidetum. The Gallop Extension is the most recent addition and features two conserved buildings that have been revamped from a former colonial bungalow. It’s accessible via a 200m bridge from the Learning Forest.  Explore these new additions, along with some of our other long-time favourites in this guide to the Botanic Gardens. 

Learn about the importance of seed storage at the Seedbank

Home to 25,000 plant species, the Botanic Gardens Seed Bank is an expansion of the Gardens’ conservation capacity. The adverse effects of climate change have resulted in the need to preserve our natural habitat. This facility has an interpretive gallery that showcases the importance of seed storage for sustaining certain species together with seed dispersal mechanisms. Through varying interactive mediums including infographic panels and laboratory equipment, visitors can get a glimpse of the Seed Bank processes.
Open daily, 9am-6pm. Closed every last Friday of the month.

Admire iconic works at Botanical Art Gallery

Housed in the newly opened Gallop House No. 7, the gallery is an archive of more than 2,000 botanical artworks. Visitors can view the Gardens’ collection which ranges from paintings to sketches and photographs. Iconic pieces include the Gardens’ oldest dated painting (completed in 1890) of Phaius tankervilleae, an orchid which grows in freshwater swamps. There is also an illustration of Durio singaporensis, more commonly known as the Singapore Durian. Open daily 9am-6pm. Closed every last Thursday of the month.

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The Botanical Art Gallery, part of the Gallop Extension

Explore the Forest Discovery Art Centre @ OCBC Arboretum

The oldest surviving black-and-white bungalow from the colonial era is now a showcase for Singapore’s forest ecosystems. The installations and interactive displays are suitable for both kids and adults, providing the opportunity to explore the depths of the environment and gain a better understanding of its historical significance in Singapore’s biodiversity.
Open daily 9am-6pm. Closed every last Monday of the month.

Climb and play at COMO Adventure Grove

Kids are encouraged to reconnect with nature at the COMO Adventure Grove. The centrepiece is a 10m Banyan tree-like structure made with steel posts that have been hand-painted to resemble bark. Ambitious climbers will be rewarded with great views when they reach the 5.8m tree tower using netted ropes. Also known as “Nangka” in the Malay language, the giant jackfruit is a must-see during your visit here. This play garden recreates the experience of tree-climbing and being together with your friends and family during the “Kampung Days’.
Open daily 7am-7pm.

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Kids and family at the COMO Adventure Grove. Photo credit: National Parks Board

Hike along Mingxin Rambler’s Ridge

Discover the Gardens’ new hiking trail and explore nature along with trees such as the Spike Oak (Lithocarpus elegans) and Braided Chestnut (Castanopsis inermis). Its design was inspired by the forest habitats of South Asia. The Ridge also features unique plant species that have adapted to the harsh environment, with exposure to poor soil and strong winds. Perfect for a short stroll, the 350m long trail leads to the highest point of the Botanic Gardens.
Open daily 7am-7pm.

Tropical Montane Orchidetum

The Tropical Montane Orchidetum stimulates the experiences of moving up a tropical mountain forest. It features more than 1,000 species of orchids and hybrids including bromeliads, gingers, tropical rhododendrons and gesneriads. This spectacular glasshouse attraction contains three display houses:  The Sembcorp Cool House, Yuen Peng McNeice Bromeliad Collection and Tan Hoon Siang Mist House. All three have been replicated from forest environments and you can experience the varying altitudes and temperatures in each house.
Open daily 8.30am-7pm (last ticket sales and entry at 6pm).

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Tan Hoon Siang Mist House. Photo credit: NParks

Soak in the views during lunch at The Halia

Named after the Malay term for ginger, The Halia was one of the first restaurants in Singapore to serve European dishes with Asian influence when it opened 20 years back. Surrounded by tranquil views and lush greenery, diners can also enjoy an unobstructed view of the Ginger Garden. This is a perfect spot for get-togethers with families and friends, as well as couples who are looking for a romantic ambiance. Open Mon to Fri 11am-9pm. Sat, Sun & Public Holidays 10am-9pm.

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The Halia’s comforting interior

Enjoy omakase-style dining at Corner House

The restaurant is named after E J Corner, a British botanist who resided in the house for 13 years while serving as assistant director of the Singapore Botanic Gardens. The black-and-white bungalow is filled with charming places to dine, including a wide porch overlooking the Gardens, a private verandah on the second floor or the wine cellar. In 2020, executive chef David Thien, who comes from a small village near Bordeaux,  took over the kitchen. Many of the dishes featured on the omakase-style menu — such as beef rendang and crab poppadum — are named after Asian classics, although rooted in French techniques. Open Tue to Sun, Lunch: noon-3pm (Last order 1.30pm). Dinner: 6.30pm-11pm (Last order 8.30pm).

Corner House is now helmed by French-Asian chef David Thien

Please check the establishment’s website for actual opening hours as well as booking and seating requirements before visiting, and remember to adhere to safe-distancing measures while out and about.

This story was originally published in October 2021.

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7 iconic experiences in Singapore you must try

The Lion City may be small, but it doesn’t fall short on things to do and see, especially when it comes to sharing tales of its history and catering to a modern crowd. Adventure and fun is located in plain sight, whether you’re a hands-on person looking to cook up a storm or a visual learner who appreciates a leisure day out, you’ll be pleased to know that there’s something for everyone in Singapore.

1. Take an orchid tour

There’s no better place to learn about the country’s national flower – the Vanda Miss Joaquim – than at Singapore Botanic Gardens. At the National Orchid Garden, visitors get to feast their eyes on the largest collection of orchid species in the city. The garden houses over 700 species and 3,000 hybrids from all across the tropics with some named after highly influential personalities such as Nelson Mandela and Princess Diana. Visitors will also learn the origin story of how the Vanda Miss Joaquim was discovered and came to be the nation’s heritage icon.

In 2021, several additions to the Singapore Botanic Gardens were made. Check out the new Botanical Art Gallery, where paintings and sketches can be admired, or head to COMO Adventure Grove, where kids are encouraged to reconnect with nature.

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The Secret Ravine trail is part of the Tropical Montane Orchidetum, a new addition to the National Orchid Garden. Photo credit: NParks

2. Learn how to make Hainanese Chicken Rice

Join Ruqxana Vasanwala’s popular cooking classes to learn how to whip up some of Singapore’s most popular delicacies. Participants get to choose what they like to prepare – depending on the schedule, they can pick from a range of local favourites, including Hainanese Chicken Rice, char kway teow (fried flat rice noodles with seafood) and Nonya laksa. Book a private class for a group of friends or the more hand-on, one-to-one option and choose up to three dishes to be taught within the lesson.

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Try your hand at cooking local cuisines with a professional. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com

3. Catch your own dinner

Seafood doesn’t get any fresher than this – fish for your own dinner at Smith Marine, a local kelong (aquaculture farm) located off the island of Pulau Ubin. Diners arrive by bumboat from Changi Point Ferry Terminal and try their luck at baiting a fish (typically snapper or sea bass) at the indoor pond. They then pass their catch to the chef, who will cook it in a variety of styles. Other notable dishes here include the Lala (Live Venus Clams) cooked in chilli paste or garlic butter and steamed lobster.

4. Fly in Sentosa

Get a bird’s-eye view of the resort island of Sentosa as you whizz past its jungle canopy and Siloso Beach on Mega Adventure’s 450m Megazip flying fox. And if soaring 72m above sea level is not thrilling enough, explore the treetops by tackling Megaclimb (in the same area as the Megazip park), an aerial obstacle course that includes wobbly bridges, swaying tightropes and airy cargo nets, all set at dizzying heights. If skydiving is your thing, try it indoors at the wind tunnel at iFly Singapore. You’ll receive guidance from a professional instructor before you go in for the actual experience, which comes with unparalleled views of the South China Sea and Siloso Beach.

You’ll also have the option to laze around – or party the night away – at one of Sentosa’s many beach clubs, including Rumours Beach Club or Tanjong Beach Club.

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Feel the cool wind against your skin on the MegaZip

5. Farm in the city

How does a farm that’s right in the middle of concrete-jungle Singapore – in the heart of its famous Orchard Road shopping strip – survive and also thrive? ComCrop is an urban farm that supplies some of the most popular restaurants and bars in the city with herbs like basil and habanero. The rooftop establishment employs aquaponics, and you’ll get a chance to learn all about it at one of its monthly farm tours. There are also additional farms around Singapore to help you escape the urban jungle.

6. Hop on a leisurely cruise around Singapore

You don’t need an excuse to enjoy a romantic breezy sunset dinner on a superyacht, do you? The Royal Albatross is a great way to experience an unforgettable and luxurious dinner cruise experience on the Little Red Dot. Choose between two types of journeys – a sunset cruise to see the orange and yellow gradient of the horizon or an evening cruise for a picture perfect night view of the city lights. The price includes a welcome mocktail and free-flow of soft drinks. Top up an extra S$100++ for a wine pairing option while you bask in the golden rays or as you count the stars in the night sky. Bonus: The city lights cruise includes a complimentary limo ride.

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On deck of the Royal Albatross Cruise. Photo credit: Longkong/Shutterstock.com

7. Plan a day trip to the islands

The many smaller islands surrounding Singapore are definitely worth a visit and provide a tranquil respite from the bustling city state. Kusu Island, also known as Tortoise Island, is among the many lesser known islands to visit and is the perfect place for a day trip. Visit the various sacred sites, including the Da Bo Gong Temple that was built in 1923 and dedicated to the Chinese God of Prosperity, as well as the Malay keramat (shrine) atop a steep hill. Go snorkelling to see hundreds of tortoises or simply visit the island’s Tortoise Sanctuary. Getting to Kusu Island requires visitors to ride a ferry from Marina South Pier. Other islands to consider hopping to include St John’s Island and Lazarus Island, both of which make idyllic beach escapades.

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Exterior of Da Bogong Temple on Kusu Island Photo credit: PeJo/Shutterstock.com

Please check the establishments’ respective websites for opening hours as well as booking and seating requirements before visiting, and remember to adhere to safe-distancing measures while out and about.

This article was originally published by Singapore Press Holdings on 4 August 2016 and updated on 21 April 2021.

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7 kid-friendly wineries and breweries in Margaret River, Australia

West Australia’s ‘wine region’ is a must visit for its lush produce, premium wines and welcoming vineyards. Travelling with kids? Margaret River – a small town south of Perth – provides tons of fun, without compromising the grown-ups’ need for fine wine and cuisine. At these seven wineries and breweries, dedicated kids’ menus, playgrounds and activities aplenty will keep your children entertained.

1. Brews on tap at Cheeky Monkey Brewery

If you are visiting Margaret River with kids, Cheeky Monkey Brewery is a must visit. The grounds are lush and allow for ample space to run about. It has one of the largest, most inviting, fenced-in playgrounds where kids of all ages can have hours of fun. They serve award-winning brews on tap and in canned form for you to take home to enjoy. The restaurant menu has a ton of hearty eats (specialty burgers, pizzas and fries). Grab a table outdoors – the vista views of the lake and vineyard are amazing. The spacious grounds are very welcoming to four-legged kids too.

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The fenced playground at Cheeky Monkeys Winery

2. Sparkling fruit wines at The Berry Farm

The Berry Farm’s jams, preserves, sauces and syrups are as popular as their sparkling fruit wines and dessert wines. At their Cottage Café, little ones can enjoy tucking into their freshly baked scones with house-made jam and clotted cream. After which, they can muck about in the rustic adventure playground, or on the colourful slides and climbing structures. Walking around the lush grounds is a great way to work up an appetite and it is also a great spot for bird watching.

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Scones with The Berry Farm’s artisanal berry jam

3. Hand-crafted wine at Flametree Winery

Even with the kids in tow, you should still visit some of the more prolific wineries at Margaret River. Located on the shores of Geographe Bay, Flametree Winery has a whole list of award-winning wines made with fruit sourced from growers within the Margaret River Wine Region, including their Embers and Flametree range. Their beach house style cellar door building is elegantly furnished and perfect to visit at any time of the year. Not only can you participate in wine tasting and gourmet make-your-own platter sessions, it features an inviting deck, beautiful gardens and a spacious lawn for the kiddos to play a bout of frisbee or to wind down for a family picnic. Also, Flametree Winery is pet- and wheelchair-friendly!

4. Award-winning restaurant at Leeuwin Estate

This family business may not have a dedicated children’s playground, but Leeuwin Estate makes up for it with their expansive front lawn and their family-style outdoor seating. The restaurant adopts a paddock-to-plate philosophy and their food is fresh, local and mostly free-range. At the cellar door, sip their opulent and age-worthy wines under the ‘Art Series’ labels, which will keep the parents happy while the kids run about on the grounds outside.

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View of the Leeuwin Estate building from the outside

5. Sports cars and decadent wines at Aravina Estate

When it comes to family-friendly wineries, the guys at Aravina Estate win top honours. Their large and lush lawn have views of undulating vines, sparkling lakes and a beautiful garden that has a range of roses, hydrangeas and camellias. Their cellar door serves decadent wines, and the restaurant boasts exhaustive menus for both kids and adults. For motor enthusiasts young and old, Aravina Estate has an enviable collection of rare sports cars and vintage vehicles – have a drink, grab a bite, and go ahead and browse.

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The kids playground at Aravina

6. Vineyard views at Swings & Roundabouts

You know the estate boasts a host of kiddie-friendly fun when you see the name Swings & Roundabouts being used. The wine aspect is kept light-hearted to appeal to novice wine drinkers and they have wood-fired pizzas to pair with the drinks. There are many things for kids to enjoy: the estate is equipped with a large wooden playground, outdoor seating and there is even an old-school tyre swing. There are often local live music acts on Sundays, when the cellar door backyard takes on a picnic vibe.

7. Xanadu Winery

Xanadu’s grounds may be smaller than other Margaret River wineries, but it ticks all the right boxes. A well-stocked cellar door with friendly and personable service, outstanding wines, and lush grounds to run about in. There’s also a casually elegant restaurant serving delectable cuisine by head chef Aaron Lim. The chef Lim grew up in Singapore and Malaysia, has worked in top restaurants around the world and now uses seasonal produce to create delicious dishes at Xanadu. Kids are well taken care of, and so are the adults.

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Xanadu has the most beautiful green lawn to go with their outdoor seating

Please check the establishments’ respective websites for opening hours as well as booking requirements before visiting, and remember to adhere to safe-distancing measures while out and about. 

The information is accurate as of press time. For updated information, please refer to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ website.

To learn more about Singapore Airlines flights, visit singaporeair.com.

SEE ALSO: The best wine bars in Lisbon, Portugal

This article was originally published by Singapore Press Holdings on 2 January 2018 and updated on 21 March 2021.

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