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Enjoy high tea at the Studley Park igloos this winter

Imagine yourself in a winter igloo perched under oak trees and beside a twinkling river….

Well this winter Studley Park Boathouse at Studley Park, Kew has exactly that experience waiting for you!

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On weekends from Saturday 22 May to January 2023, you can book a private igloo for up to four guests alongside the Yarra River and enjoy a cosy high tea experience package catered by Studley Park Boathouse.

In previous years, the Studley Park igloo experience gave off a winter like design that made you feel as though you were actually in a dome covered in a thin layer of ice. This year however, Studley Park has revamped their igloo experience into an enchanting Winter Paradise with a design that now shows off an elegant garden pod coated in ivy runs and boho inspiration.


We are so excited about this refreshing experience and can't wait to see it ourselves during our visit this year but just for this post, we will be using photos from our 2021 experience.

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A minimum of 2 adults are required per igloo and each adult is $52 per person. The igloos are decked out in comfy chairs, blankets, small tables and lanterns and fake foliage.

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The high tea winter igloo experience at Studley Park includes sweet and savoury bites plus unlimited tea and coffee. The scones are particularly large and I like the chunky fruit jam with the serving.

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Kids are allowed to order from the cafe's a la carte menu, including a few kids meal options.

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Each booking lasts for a two-hour period with 30-minute breaks in between for their cleaning protocols. However, for $25 per person, you can get the bottomless sparkling and mimosa package which will allow you to stay for an additional hour and thirty minutes and really soak in the views!

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After your visit enjoy the rest of Studley Park, with numerous walking and bike paths to explore in a green pocket of Melbourne that's so close to the city.

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Book your winter paradise high tea experience for a visit any day of the week, at all the times that the cafe is open.

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As there are only a small number of igloos it’s best to book your igloo ahead of time – weekends are particularly busy.

For more igloos in Melbourne visit The Winter Village Federation Square Square, Auburn Hotel Hawthorn, Wharf Hotel South Wharf and Station Hotel Footscray

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Tips for Studley Park Boathouse Winter Igloos:

  • Pram access;
  • High chairs are available, though I don’t see them used inside the igloos and they're not a great fit;
  • There are disabled toilets at the cafe;
  • Book a private igloo for 2-6 guests. Igloos are available 7 days per week at all times that the cafe is open.
  • Private igloo guests choose from a $49 per person high tea menu;
  • Minimum 2 adults per booking;
  • Add 1.5hr bottomless sparkling & mimosa package for 25pp;
  • Kids can choose to eat from the cafe's a la carte menu;
  • Carparking available.

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Joyce Watts is a former intellectual property, IT and media lawyer turned serial entrepreneur.

As well as being the founder of TOT: HOT OR NOT she helps businesses with their SEO, email marketing & social media as BrightSmart.com.au; she owns an online bike store CycleStyle.com.au and develops and produces creative experiences for families via WheelieGoodFun.com. She used to publish another popular lifestyle and food blog called MEL: HOT OR NOT The decisive guide to Melbourne.

She lives in inner-city Melbourne with her husband, two children and seven bikes.

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