Last Updated on June 5, 2021 by Travels with Kids
Join us and visit a Busselton winery – or two – and discover some recent additions to the Busselton breweries scene! If you are Western Australian, you’ll know that there are not a lot of Busselton wineries. In fact – very few indeed! This is because the prime grape-growing areas are further south, near Willyabrup, Yallingup, and Margaret River. There aren’t any wineries or cellar doors in Busselton itself.
While not technically in Busselton, we’ve covered some of our favorite wineries/cellar doors close to Busselton. These include Flametree Wines in Dunsborough, the Mailolo Wines which have a very elegant cellar door, and our long-term favorite, and Aravina Estate.
Now, what about Busselton breweries? We did a massive research trip last year and explored The Best Margaret River Breweries. It was a tough trip, I know! This year we stayed closer to Busselton where we discovered there are now a couple of Busselton breweries – and just had to make a visit.
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As mentioned above, in my research I don’t believe that there is a cellar door in Busselton itself. Please drop me a correction in the comments if I am wrong. That’s why this review will focus on wineries near Busselton.
The closest cellar door to Busselton town (and the famous jetty) is technically located in Dunsborough. However, it’s more like halfway between Busselton and Dunsborough. Located on the corner of Caves Road and Chain road, it’s not far from some of the bigger resorts like the Ramada Dunsborough or the Aqua Resort Busselton.
Just a stone’s throw from Geographe Bay this is a gorgeous cellar door building, white, stylish, and very pleasing to the eye! In fact, everything about Flametree Wines is aesthetically pleasing from their distinctive minimalist wine label to the lovely gardens and deck. We loved arriving in autumn and driving down an avenue of flaming trees, alight with red leaves. Flametree Wines support the local art community with exhibits throughout the year. They also feature live music from time to time.
Flametree has got a lot of interest of late for its SRS Chardonnay. Also, the cellar door staff are helpful and knowledgeable.
For families, Flametree Wines is a dog and kid-friendly winery. There is a wide, spacious lawn area to play on. And if you see the sign, someone has a sense of humor too!
Another Dunsborough winery that is easily accessible from Dunsborough is the Tuscan-inspired Cellar door at Palmer Wines. Not as well-known as some of the “big names” in the Margaret River wine scene, this is a well-loved winery in a beautiful, picturesque venue. Wines are also available by the glass to enjoy on the verandah and make the most of the vineyard’s serenity
The Palmer Wines Restaurant is known for its modern Asian cuisine and excellent service. Reviews rave about the delicious taste and presentation of the meals.
Palmer Wines are one of the pioneers of the Margaret River winemaking industry. Established in 1977 and having been awarded many national and international awards.
We’ve covered Dunsborough wineries a little here.
Beautiful grounds, there are lovely white buildings that overlook a large lake and views out across sprawling vines. The extensive gardens really are a delight and if you are traveling with kids. They will love to stretch their legs and also visit the playground.
If you are just looking for a quick bite to eat then you can get a pizza from their famous wood-fired pizzas section. If you prefer a more formal meal they have a lovely restaurant with views.
In addition to the cellar door which gets pretty good reviews, our favorite part of Aravina Estate is the Surf Memorabilia and Cars Gallery.
I’ve seen slightly acerbic reviews of Aravina Estate. People ask, what is it, a winery, a cars museum, or a kids playground? I have to say that this is why we loved it. Everyone left Aravina Estate happy with the visit. The large playground with a good variety of play equipment meant the kids had a really good time while the folks got to sit and rest for a moment. The playground is completely fenced, which is wonderful given its proximity to the lake. That said, with the kids running in and out you need to keep an eye on any kids who might get near the lake.
Aravina Estate –WA Surf Gallery
Very close to the famous surfing breaks in Margaret River, Yallingup, and Gracetown, this collection of surf memorabilia is clearly a labor of love – you can see surfboards from the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s along with images from legend WA surfers in their days before being launched onto the world stage. This is a must-visit spot for anyone who loves surfing, but everyone will appreciate the stories!
Aravina Estate – Sports Car Gallery & Vintage Cars
Again, you can tell that the Sports Car Gallery is put together by someone who is passionate about cars – you can see an interesting range of Aussie muscle cars, vintage cars, and motorcycles means there is something for every car enthusiast. We were told that this is a personal collection so it gets updated and changed as cars are sold, and new ones added.
When I pull off the busy Bussell Highway and drive in through the vines to the Mediterranean-style Maiolo Cellar Door, I am transported overseas to Europe.
Upstairs, in the unique building, there is a Woodturning Gallery which features handcrafted pieces made from some of Western Australia’s finest timbers. Specialist items include clocks fitted with imported timepieces, platters, and cheeseboards.
The Maiolo family are Margaret River pioneers from the 1950s and starting planting vines in the late 1980s. Their first wines were made in 1999 and include Cabernet Sauvignon and blends, Shiraz, a Sauvignon Blanc Semillon, and a Rose.
We recommend a stop at Maiolo Winery not just for the wines but for the kids to run among the vines.
With the popular trend of micro brewing taking off in the South West at exponential proportions, there are two new faces on the Margaret River brewing scene! That’s right, when we did our full review of Margaret River Breweries last year, neither of these were on our radar (The Shelter wasn’t even open)!
The Rocky Ridge Brewing Co
I get the feeling that the Rocky Ridge Brewing Co, located in a small place on Marine Terrace Busselton is pretty new. I don’t remember driving past a place with such an obviously happy vibe. In fact, it definitely looked like the place to be! Reading their website I discovered a little of the incongruity as this bar/cellar door is located in a refurbished family home.
They’ve put together some of the South West’s best beers and they have a changing beer list depending on what’s being brewed in the brewery along with some limited edition beers or wine from LS Merchants.
The whole Rocky Ridge cellar door is dog friendly and there’s a little grassed area out the back to put down a picnic blanket or you can sit in the front beer garden –it’s definitely family-friendly.
There is no restaurant at Rocky Ridge Brewing Co, but on Friday, Saturday & Sunday a food truck from the Margaret River Burger Company serves up delicious burgers and sides.
Shelter Brewing Co
If you haven’t been to Busselton for a while, you’ll get a surprise when you see the massive Shelter building right near the jetty. You will either love this modern brewery with on-site brewing tanks… or you might resent the changes to the foreshore area.
You can’t be but impressed by the architectural design and space inside this building – it looks quite stunning. There are massive vats that really give the feeling of being in a brewery! Being so new, it has also had some teething problems with its immense popularity. Apparently, service has been hit and miss since it opened in November 2020.
However, if you have ever spent an evening on the Busselton foreshore at sunset, you will know why the Shelter Brewing Company is a beautiful place for a drink or a meal. If you sit out front you can see the sunset, accompanied by beautiful colors over the famous Busselton jetty. They have a tasting paddle so you can try different beers. The menu is extensive, and people certainly look like they are having a good time.
There is a cute little play area at the front featuring a caravan. However, my 2-year-old spent most of the time running around in the grass in front of the Shelter Brewing Co.
The Shelter is pet-friendly, allowing dogs in the outdoor area.
The Fire Station Specialty Beer & Wine Bar
I was unsure whether to include the Fire Station in this review of the Busselton breweries. I mean; it’s not a brewery or winery. However, it’s a long-standing favorite of most visitors – and locals – to Busselton. It has a very large drinks menu with many boutique wines and beers to try. If you are traveling with a varied group sometimes it’s better to have some variation on the menu. The Fire Station has a really fun décor, the food always good and the outdoor seating is area is fun and relaxed. Dogs are allowed in the outside area.
The Best Restaurants In Busselton
If all that beer drinking and wine tasting left you hungry, not to worry. We have compiled a list of the best restaurants in Busselton. Our list includes the best dog-friendly restaurants in Busselton and locations around Busselton to grab a bite to eat. Read our post The Best Restaurants In Busselton for all the details.
The Verdict – Visit A Busselton Winery And The Best Busselton Breweries!
So, if you are looking for the new brewery Busselton – you are looking for The Shelter; but then again, the Rocky Bridge Brewing Co. should be on your to-do list as well.
For those who are looking to visit a Busselton winery, then there aren’t any in Busselton itself. Though the good news that there are a couple fairly close. We’d recommend checking out Flametree Wines or Palmer Wines which are both located on the Busselton side of Dunsborough.
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