Swan Valley winery Oakover Grounds is found in a lovely setting, by a lake and surrounded by rolling lawns and grape vines. Oakover offers a lot for families. We were there recently, on a hot summer’s day, checking out their huge inflatable waterslide which is there for the summer school holidays.
Oakover Grounds has a chilled out hipster vibe, with the interior or the café/cellar door being very eclectic. There’s loads of tables inside and out, making it a great spot for a gathering.
As well as sampling the Oakover wines, there’s a small selection of boutique beers on tap. On this day, coffee was calling my name. Oakover Grounds is also home to FiORi coffee, which is roasted fresh on site. And their iced coffee really hit the spot!
The menu is a good mix of casual favourites – share plates, burgers, salad and more. This time arouond we were at Oakover for some casual Sunday afternoon drinks and nibbles. The hand cut chips with creamy aioli, $9, didn’t last long!
Neither did the more-ish sweet potato chips with a yummy nacho cheese sauce, $11.
In the past, Chef has enjoyed their beef burger, $26. Topped with tomato relish, bacon, cheese, lettuce, pickle and mayo, with a generous bowl of chips on the side.
For the under 12’s they offer ham & cheese toasties with chips, penne bolognaise and fish n chips for $10.
Another new addition to the popular venue is the Smokehouse, a takeaway kiosk on the grassed area. Here they offer mouth-watering smoked meats like coffee brisket and BBQ lamb, salads and sides. There’s kids sliders (with a choice of meat) too.
The 10 meter inflatable waterslide costs $7 per child (for ages 7 to 13 years). It’s open on weekends during summer from 11am to 3.30pm, check their FB page for up to date details.
Make sure you bring a change of clothes, towel and sunscreen! It’s a heap of fun, but the kids can get a little muddy, after they trudge through the slide a few times.
There’s peddle boats on the lake and big lawns, with plenty of space for a game or cricket or giant connect four. The grounds are also a great spot for exploring, playing hide and seek, though if you have a toddler in tow, you may prefer to request a table inside to remove the stress of them gravitating towards the lake.
When we visit Oakover, Little Chef is always keen for a ride on the peddle boats. They are free to use. It’s good fun and worked off a little bit of lunch! Life jackets are available inside the restaurant. Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
Keen Fisherman Chef was excited to find that the lake is stocked with fish. Head over the bridge, to the little island with your fishing rods (free to use) and if you catch anything then you can take it home for dinner, at $16 per fish (or throw it back!). The boys caught some Barramundi. They were stoked – and so was I – yummy fish for dinner!
My whole family really enjoyed our visit to Oakover Grounds and we’ll definitely be back again and again.
For more information visit www.oakovergrounds.com.au
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