In this post, we review one of our newly discovered oyster farms in Sydney South – Drake’s Endeavour Oysters, just 40 minutes drive from Sydney CBD.
One thing I’ve learned about planning a trip, is the best trips never go as planned.Kida
See, we anticipated a beautiful sunny day to take our family on an epic day trip down Sydney South coast. On the itinerary, we planned to beach hop, and try our luck whale watching at Cape Solander Kurnell.
Unfortunately, the weather turned south too, and we ended up catching only a few glimpses of splashes from whales, far in the distance, and in the rain. Our fussy baby whined and cried throughout the whole day, and everyone was getting grumpy.
Keeping an open mind and a positive attitude, we discovered Drake’s Endeavour Oyster Farm^ from a humble sign on the side of the road. Being a mega seafood fan, this is one stop that I could not miss. Despite of everyone’s temper on such a messy day, the trip to the oyster farm turned out to be the highlight of our day.
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Drake’s Endeavour Oyster Farm
Address: LOT 2 Captain Cook Dr, Woolooware NSW 2230, Australia
We were greeted by the friendly blokes as we entered the gate. Our first impression: this is not a retail shop, but a local authentic oyster farm. That was a pleasant surprise!
Aaron, if I remembered correctly, led us to the ‘shop’ front, pulled out trays of oysters and prawns, and welcomed us in. He promised the oysters are freshly shucked, so fresh that they would just slip out of the shell, and right into your mouth. The prices are almost half of what some of the retailers sell for in the city. Sounds pretty good to me!
We bought a dozen of Sydney Rock Oysters to try, and it didn’t take us long to ask for another dozen! There’s no need for any condiments, just hold it at the hinge, and slurp it down. The natural salt of the seawater combined with the juicy meat of the oysters are heavenly satisfying! We couldn’t resist but to add a tray of prawns to go with it! I couldn’t recommend any better place to get fresh seafood this close to the city!
Oyster Farm Tour
After our feast, Aaron guided us to the back of the farm for a behind-the-scenes tour of oyster farming. Across the wooden bridge, sitting on the water is a little shed, where our seafood came from. Looking out from the deck, there are countless number of sticks in the water where millions of oysters are grown there. They’re also testing to grow a breed of pacific oysters, these oysters are larger in size but harder to grow. Pacific oysters have white meat, as opposed to the yellowish meat from Sydney rock oysters.
Aaron was very informative. He educated us on how to sort and harvest oysters with the machines. We learned about the journey of how baby oysters of 1mm, grow to become an edible adult size in about 2 years. With the knowledge of the hard work and sweats these farmers put in each day, we appreciate oysters so much more now.
Satisfy your taste buds with the freshest oysters and prawns in Sydney with Drake’s Endeavour Oyster Farm. Don’t forget this oyster farm sits along the coastline, so make a day trip out of it by visiting the beaches and check out the panoramic view at Cape Solander Lookout!
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