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Australia's best seafood experiences
Discover the seven most deliciously thrilling seafood encounters on offer with these unmissable feasts for the senses.
If there’s one thing Australia boasts, it’s a very enviable smorgasbord of high-quality seafood. While you can certainly experience all of the country’s delicacies cooked to perfection at one of our incredible restaurants, why not get your hands dirty and discover the delightfully unique experiences that showcase the natural environment responsible for producing such top-quality seafood.
Australia's seven best seafood experiences
Sample freshly caught abalone and sea urchin in Tasmania
Rob Pennicott, Pennicott Wilderness Journey
"We are the only operator in Australia who has a licence to harvest wild abalone and prepare on the boat. Guests can touch and feel the produce, see it prepared and enjoy the freshest seafood possible.”
For avid seafood aficionados, Tasmania is home to some of the world’s most unusual and exotic oceanic delicacies. You’ll not only discover new types of seafood; you’ll also get to experience the ocean-to-plate process first-hand.
Connect with the wild lands of Bruny Island and jump on board with Pennicott Wilderness Journeys for their Seafood Seduction Tour. Stand in the fresh ocean and shuck the famously sweet and creamy Freycinet oysters straight from the sea for one of the freshest seafood experiences you will ever encounter. Cheer on your guide as they dive for untouched abalone and sea urchin to prepare for you on the boat as you enjoy a full day cruise of local seafood, gourmet produce, wines ciders and beers along the iconic Hobart coastline.
Learn to prepare gourmet seafood
Fill your belly and your brain with some take-home culinary wisdom so you can recreate the best of Aussie seafood culture back home.
Talk shop and grab some insider secrets with all the local vendors before learning to prepare your own Sydney Fish Market seafood dishes with live, hands-on interactive classes. The 3-in-1 format ensures you’ll enjoy learning new cooking skills starting with a demonstration before you whip up a delicious meal (with all ingredients and a detailed printed recipe provided), then sit down to enjoy the results with a glass of paired wine. Don’t forget to make some memories while you take a break and enjoy a plate of freshly caught and cooked fish and chips while taking in this unique corner of Sydney’s harbour.
Use your bare hands and spearfish for mud crab
If you’re looking to truly connect with Australian seafood culture, embracing ancient Indigenous traditions is the most authentic and memorable place to begin. Australia’s First Peoples have long enjoyed mud crabs or “muddies”, found around most of the Australian coastline and readily available year-round.
Try your hand at spearfishing and handling as they have been practised for thousands of years with Queensland’s Traditional Landowners via Walkabout Cultural Adventures. Mud crabs are best consumed as soon as possible after catching so, for the best and freshest taste, catch and cook your own lunch (if you can!) as you get your hands dirty in the Port Douglas Daintree region for the ultimate hands-on cultural adventure.
Shuck your own oysters fresh from the ocean
Embark on an epicurean adventure along South Australia’s stunning coastline. Referred to as the ‘Seafood Capital of Australia’ South Australia’s uncrowded Port Lincoln is renowned for its oceanic treats and local seaside culture. Perfect for those who love seafood, a good scenic voyage and a restful atmosphere.
In Coffin Bay, in South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula, Oyster Farm Tours will take you wading out into the idyllic waters for a hands-on shucking lesson and taste of fresh Pacific and native Angasi oysters straight from the clear, rippling waters. Want to stay dry? Grab your mates and challenge yourselves with a one-kilogram (two-pound) plate of rich and salty Coffin Bay oysters at the Port Lincoln Hotel, where you can pair your platter with samples of local produce, wine and beer.
Catch and cook your own like a local
Feeling a little more daring? The Northern Territory is world-famous for wild barramundi, which comes into season between March and November each year. The long-held local ritual is to earn your seafood feast aboard a rigorous fishing charter, then head ashore to “the Barra” (The Arnham Land Barramundi Lodge) to fry up your catch and swap stories with the other “salty dogs” (fishers).
On the north coast of Australia, brave the high seas and fish for your own barramundi alongside professional fishers before grilling up your catch at the local pub in Arnhem Land, the eponymous Barramundi Lodge. Located on the pristine far north coast of the Northern Territory, you won’t want to miss this energetic seafood experience.
Trap your own lobster aboard a luxury vessel for a gourmet lunch
Western Australia’s seafood and freshwater fish is some of the finest you’ll ever taste, especially when you pair it with a luxe gourmet cruise complete with rock lobsters you catch yourself and diving off the ship’s bow for some swimming and dolphin spotting.
Embrace your inner-adventurer with Rottnest Cruises as you catch your own Western Rock Lobster before having it cooked up by the on-board chef as part of your five-course deluxe seafood banquet. Imagine a dreamy day spent on Western Australia’s most talked-about holiday island, Rottnest, for an up-close encounter with Australia’s wild seafood in the crystal-clear waters of the west coast.
Lounge seaside while indulging in haute gastronomy
Fine dining more your thing? Stay connected with the natural setting as you take in the stunning ocean vista of Melbourne’s breezy, bohemian St Kilda, while enjoying an award-winning seafood menu at Stokehouse. Try a polished version of the classic Aussie fish and chips, feast on fresh local snapper and clams, or share an Aussie Seafood Platter, exquisitely prepared in the style of haute modern Australian cuisine.
The Stokehouse dining room has unparalleled views of the sea, with custom mirrors angled perfectly to ensure all guests have views of the water. Enjoy some sea air on the terrace – perfectly positioned to capture the Aussie sunshine. This is the ultimate designer way to experience Australian seafood.