Shellabrate with Oysters on the Central Coast
Hungry for Oysters? The Central Coast is bursting with these salty ‘guardians of the ocean’
Natural, Kilpatrick... however you like them, you now have a local list for exactly where to find some of the top places to get your Coastie oyster fix.
Love them or hate them, the Central Coast is brimming with ‘the food of love’. We are lucky enough to have many places across the region to delight your taste buds including NSW’s only oyster farm right here on the Hawkesbury River.
Whether you are after a delicious lunch or dinner or want to learn how oysters are harvested, here are some excellent local spots to harness your oyster obsession and find the finest salty molluscs you must try if you are a true oyster connoisseur.
If oysters aren’t your thing, and seafood hits the spot or maybe some good old traditional fish and chips, then check out our seafood guide!
Meet farmers at their farm gate and graze on oysters on your plate
Sydney Oyster Farm Tours
Truly immerse yourself at Sydney Oyster Farm Tours and dine on fresh Sydney Rock and Pacific Oysters at your ‘in-water’ table from the waters they are found in or enjoy a ‘white-table cloth ‘gourmet seafood lunch at a secluded beach with break taking views of the Hawkesbury River. These beautiful curated immersive culinary tours also include visiting oyster authentic oyster leases guided by 2nd and 3rd generation oyster farmers and learning about the sustainable farming methods. A true farm-gate to plate experience that you will cherish.
Broken Bay Pearl Farm
Nestled on the edge of the Lower Mangrove at Mooney Mooney, is Broken Bay Pearl Farm, the only pearl farm in NSW and they now offer guests an exclusive private tour called Pearlers Private Lunch Cruise. Gather friends and step aboard a traditional flat bottom oyster boat and meander along the mighty Hawkesbury River. Graze on a lunch of fresh local produce and Sydney Rock Oysters while taking in the sights of the stunning surrounds of this eco certified destination. Keep an eye on their website because once a month thy offer oyster tasting experiences.
Restaurants and cafes
White cloth dining to river side picnics
Hawkesbury River Oyster Shed
Supplying fresh oysters straight from the source is Hawkesbury River Oyster shed, a small local rustic oyster farm situated in the heart of the Hawkesbury River at Mooney Mooney. Order your fresh shucked oysters at the waterfront shack, grab a table, pop the cork of your BYO wine and enjoy a beautiful afternoon of seafood and scenery.
Fine dining at Yellowtail serves fresh tasty oysters plus teases tastebuds with tantalising variations including roasted oysters topped with sake horseradish cream and pepperberry!
The Joker and the Thief
Oh shucks, why not celebrate the end of the week or any day of the week with Oysters and champagne at The Joker and Thief overlooking the shimmering Pacific ocean.
If you have an Oyster Obsession, the award winning The Cowrie restaurant is where you need to be. Serving freshly shucked oysters, dressed oysters with sake, green apple and eschalot and Pacific Oysters roasted over hot coals with miso butter you will be spoilt for choice.
The Box on the Water
Situated on the absolute waterfront at Ettalong, The Box on the Water brings you the classic Sydney Rock Oyster but perhaps you would prefer them with a zesty Gin & Tonic and lime cucumber pearl topping?
Woy Woy Fisherman's Wharf
Serving locally sourced seafood on the Central Coast for over 40 years, the iconic Woy Woy Fisherman's Wharf boasts an award-winning restaurant and serves beautifully prepared and sustainable fresh Sydney Rock Oysters and Pacific Oysters from local fisherman.
Gosford Sailing Club
Tucked away on Brisbane Water at Point Frederick is the Gosford Sailing Club restaurant offering 180 degrees waterfront views. Their seasonal menu is kept fresh but one thing is for sure there is always Sydney Rock Oysters available and presently they come served with Sherry Mignonette and Lemon!
Dart and Feather
Recently relocated from Davistown, the chic the Dart and Feather restaurant offers a classy dining experience and every Friday between 3-6pm you can enjoy $2 nude oysters or spice things up with some of their Nam Jim!
Little Miss Mezza
The newly opened Little Miss Mezza has a menu full of Middle Eastern flavours and creativity, and this is the same with their oysters. Offering half dozen or a dozen, their freshly shucked oysters are garnished with a delightful salmon caviar and rose water mignonette.
Avoca Beach House
What could be better than a seaside restaurant with incredible sand and surf views? Enjoying creamy natural oysters with yuzu dressing or kilpatrick oysters from the tapas menu with special friends and family at Avoca Beach House.
Savour the moment of the beachy breeze at The Beachcomber Hotel & Resort while enjoying a dozen / half dozen natural Oysters or Kilpatrick Oysters, or even a seafood platter adorned with delicious Sydney Rock oysters in the newly refurbished bistro.
Whitten’s Organic Oyster Farms
You don’t have to wait for a special occasion to enjoy oysters! Whitten’s Organic Oyster Farm specialise in the Australia’ native oyster the Sydney rock Oyster and have two locations on the central coast, Brisbane Water at Woy Woy and Hawkesbury River at Mooney Mooney. The farm ships the oysters directly to you in temperature controlled packaging, direct from farm to your families plate!
Tucked away in an isolated bay of Brisbane Waters at Umina Beach is Westray Oysters. The boutique oyster farm welcomes visitors to visit their oyster shed to purchase the finest oysters and see how they care for their sustainably grown produce.
Dates for your Calendar
Brisbane Water Oyster Festival
12 November 2023
Ettalong is the place to be for oysters lovers on November 12! A day of oysters, food, wine, entertainment and market stalls. 'How Many Oysters Can You Eat in 30 Seconds' is a highlight of the day at Brisbane Water Oyster Festival with many competing for the famous trophy and prize.
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