Oakover Grounds

Swan Valley winery Oakover Grounds is found in a lovely setting, by a lake and surrounded by rolling lawns and grapevines. Oakover offers a lot for families.

Oakover Grounds has a chilled-out hipster vibe, with the interior or the café/cellar door being very eclectic. There are loads of tables inside and out, making it a great spot for a gathering.

Upgraded paddle boats at Oakover have arrived and we can confirm they are a lot of fun!

Oakover Grounds

Oakover Grounds

It was also great to see some new areas for the kids to play – a small nature playground with a basket swing, climbing logs and a see-saw. Note they are in the full sun for most of the day so you’ll need to ‘slip, slop, slap’!

Oakover Grounds

Oakover Grounds

Oakover Grounds

You’ll also find big lawns, with plenty of space for a game of 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.

Oakover Grounds, Swan Valley

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!

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 around 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 bolognese and fish n chips for $10.

Oakover Grounds, Swan Valley

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 are kids sliders (with a choice of meat) too.

My whole family really enjoyed our visit to Oakover Grounds and we’ll definitely be back again and again.

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About Amanda Carlin

Amanda Carlin has her own food and travel blog. Established in 2013, "The Chef, His Wife and Their Perth-fect Life" has enjoyed an exciting name change in 2021, as "The Chef's Ex-wife" embarks on new adventures with Simply PERTHfect. Amanda loves getting out and about in Perth and WA, as well as brunching, tapas or something a little fancy in equal measures. With her son "Little Chef" in tow, Amanda always has plenty of family friendly eating options to recommend too! Be sure to check out Simply PERTHfect.

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  1. […] 7. Treat Dad to breakfast or lunch at the chilled out Oakover Grounds in the Swan Valley. There is plenty of space for the kids to run about and Dad will not be able to resist a boat around the lake in one of the free pedalos or even try fishing!  Celebrate Father’s Day at The Grounds with a delicious brekkie, or Sunday lunch. Bookings are advised. Read the Buggybuddys review. […]

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