Oysters and Seafood Experiences
This is the place, the ‘meeting of the waters’, where two great ocean currents collide. The two systems – one from the Equator and one from Antartica – create a superhighway for thousands of species of marine life. And we are the winners. Pristine Sapphire Coast oysters and seafood!
Fresh oysters to sample lakeside at Pambula Lake.
Pambula Lake oysters have a smooth, subtle flavour influenced by the water they are produced in. The clean, clear waters of the lake are a combination of fresh water moving down the Pambula and Yowaka Rivers, and the tidal exchange from the Pacific Ocean – perfect for the production of the finest Sydney Rock Oysters.
Chat to the farmers, and see oysters being opened when you arrive to sample and buy from our lake side shed. Oysters are available in a range of sizes, opened, unopened or bottled.
We are open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, and Saturdays from 8 am to 2 pm
Mail orders: Email [email protected] or call (02) 6495 6704
The Rodely family have been farming their Sydney Rock Oysters in the pristine waters of Nelson Lake, in Mimosa Rocks National Park since 1988.
They are the only growers in this wonderful little estuary and have won over 180 awards for the oysters’ flavour and presentation.
Visit the shop in Tathra for a taste, and the learn how to open oysters or visit the website to view select city restaurants and the innovative mail order service.
Merimbula Gourmet Oysters “Oyster Barn”
For those that want to savour a few oyster delights right on Merimbula Lake, a visit to Merimbula Gourmet Oysters is a must. Situated in Millingandi on the western edge of Merimbula Lake, this oyster producer has recently opened their brand new ‘Oyster Barn’, featuring a sun-drenched deck by the mangroves, stunning views across the lake and a delicious range of eat-in or takeaway oysters on the menu. Did we mention it’s BYO wine, too!?
Open 8am to 5pm 7 days a week.
Captain Sponge’s Magical Oyster Tours
Discover the secrets of beautiful Pambula Lake on a 2 hour cruise aboard Sponge’s oversized oyster punt.
Sample the world renowned Pambula Lake Sydney Rock oyster as fresh as can be – straight from the waters of the lake. Get a crash course in oyster husbandry and inspect the native Angasi species of oyster which are also grown on the farm.
The estuary is also the site of ancient Aboriginal middens and home to white bellied sea eagles who nest in gum trees right above the farm.
Private group charters by appointment. Minimum 6 persons, max 23.
Wheelers Seafood Restaurant & Oyster Tours
Serving Wheeler’s own Merimbula Lake oysters, the farm to plate experience comes full circle within the architecture of reclaimed wharf timber, high ceilings and stunning coastal bush surrounds. Oyster Farm Tours are run before lunch Tuesday to Saturday, and on a sunny afternoon you can perch on a barstool in the al fresco Oyster Bar for a cocktail, some oysters and a view of the leases they came from. Oyster tours daily at 11am where you can journey through the history of the Wheeler’s family, get insider access to their state-of-the-art factory. Meet the farmers and taste prized Sydney Rock Oysters fresh from the pristine waters of Merimbula Lake – before they even hit the table.
K&C Henry Wonboyn Rock Oysters
Wonboyn Rock Oysters is a family owned oyster farm on Wonboyn Lake, one of NSW’s most remote estuaries.
Kel and Caroline have been farming Sydney Rock Oysters for over 25 years. They harvest a range of award-winning oysters, from cocktail to plate, with a flavour that is ‘creamy and sweet with a very mild aftertaste’.
They are at the oyster shed most days, but phone ahead before your visit just to make sure.
Wonboyn estuary is around 40km south of Eden, and 25km north of the Victorian border, and one of the gateways to the Sapphire Coast’s most remote and wild national park, Nadgee Nature Reserve.
Eden Smokehouse is a popular stop for locals and visitors.
The man behind it all, Stan Soroka, is passionate about producing gourmet quality food that’s natural, healthy and sustainable. Browse the range of nationally acclaimed, artisan smoked seafoods including mussels, pilchards, trout, hoki, eel and atlantic salmon, much of it sourced from the rich waters of the Sapphire Coast, and Stan’s family recipe for Gravlax is amazing!
There’s also smoked garlic (incredible for cooking) and chicken breast.
Southland Fish Supplies Factory Tour
Southland Fish Supplies unloads approximately 1900 tonnes of fish a year from local and visiting fishing vessels. The professional fish processing team at Southlands fillet approximately 200 tonnes of value added product a year.
You can also visit the Southlands Fish Shop shop in Imlay Street.
Visit Southlands Tuesday to Friday between 9:30 and 11:30 am to learn more about modern fish processing and watch the experts at work.
Blue Wave Seafood – Bermagui
Blue Wave Seafood is located at the Bermagui Fishermen’s Wharf complex, right next door to the Bermagui Fishermen’s Co-operative.
All fresh seafood is caught in local Bermagui and Sapphire Coast waters and processed on the purpose built premises. A highlight is seeing the catch unloaded, right out front!
Hours: seven days, 8am to 8pm.
Longstocking Brewery, Bar & Oyster Bar
From the moment you walk into Longstocking Brewery you’ll be instantly made welcome by hosts Joey, Peter and Simon. Tucked away in the beautiful surrounds of Oaklands in Pambula, this little brewery is big on brewing ales, lagers and ciders that have unique and distinctive flavours, retaining the integrity of traditional beer styles.
The atmosphere is relaxed, think lots of indoor greenery, plenty of seating and the deck often full of craft beer and oyster lovers enjoying a Sunday live music session. Friday and Saturday nights are a popular hotspot with locals for gourmet wood-fired pizza, cocktails and live entertainment. Visit their website or check them out on facebook or instagram @longstockingbrewery
Meet the farmer when you buy direct from the boat, the Maree-Eva, Monday to Friday!
Our famous Eden Mussels are grown in the nutrient rich waters of Twofold Bay, a natural spawning ground, and have been farmed for more than two decades. As filter feeders, they require no additional feed.
Eden Mussels are frequent finalists in the Sydney Fish Market Seafood Awards and available from other local fishmongers and restaurants on the Sapphire Coast. Visit the website for recipes.