Our Sunday morning family outing for brunch and babycino’s at the beautiful historic Fairfield Boathouse on the banks of the Yarra sounds rather relaxed, fun and frivolous. First there was a “Boatman’s breakfast” on the BBQ complete with eggs, toast, sausage, bacon, mushrooms, potato and tomato, which some may call rustic or homely, and a very expensive babycino ($2 and no marshmallow!). Followed by a couple of rides for the little one, then feeding the duckies, admiring the ducklings, a walk through the bush, a run on the grass and then a play in the playground. The overall experience of the Fairfield Boathouse and what is on offer for groups, families and for the little ones is fantastic fun and our toddler certainly had a gay old time.
There’s room for prams, and even more room for groups, no changing facilities but there was a random cafe table in the disabled loos which we chose to interpret as a change table and highchairs too (the same as the one we have at home, the trendy Danish Handysitt which I was surprised to see as most other cafes have the cheaper reproduction versions).
There’s also a special “Little Nipper” kid sized BBQ breakfast, sausage in a roll, burgers, pizza and nachos for lunch, milkshakes, smoothies and big old fashioned spiders to drink, ice cream sundae’s and banana splits for a cool treat on a summers day and traditional Devonshire tea.
Of course there are row boats for hire, and even parasols too, but more fun for the wee ones includes two old school vintage coin rides, a pony and a giraffe (just like Sophie) and at only 40c a ride it is dirt cheap, which of course meant our little one had three rides all up, bringing the grand total to just $1.20, so much cheaper than the Wiggles Big Red Car outside Coles which is $2! You can also buy duck food for 50c so you can feed the duckies and watch them ducking, dipping, diving and looking after their sweet little ducklings. The playground, picnic tables and BBQ’s in the park next door complete the family friendly package.
It really is a great place to visit with little ones and is fun for the whole family, but there definitely needs to be an even or greater adults to kids ratio in order to assist with the ordering system and lack of customer service.