Oyster Growers & Oyster Farm Tours
SA Premium Oysters is a working oyster farm in Smoky Bay, 45 kms from Ceduna, in the region known as the Oyster Capital of Australia. The family-owned and operated farm is open to the public for tours and tastings of the freshest oysters on the planet. You can also have their fresh oysters delivered directly to you.
About SA Premium Oysters
SA Premium Oysters has been a family-owned and operated oyster farm since 1990. Jeff and Colleen Holmes farm and grow their oysters in the pristine waters of the beautiful Smoky Bay, which is known around the world as one of the most respected oyster growing regions. SA Premium Oysters is one of around 24 active oyster farms that operate from the Aquaculture Park in Smoky Bay, which contributes over 30% to South Australia’s total oyster sales. SA Premium Oysters thrive as being one of the leading parts of this famous seafood frontier in the Eyre Peninsula.
SA Premium Oysters have leases situated a few kilometres around the jetty at Smoky Bay. The interesting and rewarding process of farming oysters goes from the cultivation to the management of the leases and includes the variables of wind, tide, temperature, quality, and nutrient levels. After three decades of testing, tweaking, and sampling, Jeff and Colleen are confident that their oysters are some of the highest qualities that you can find on the peninsula. For those passionate about quality seafood, it is a fascinating experience to see the process at work on their farm at Smoky Bay.
The Holmes’ welcome customers to their farm so that visitors can learn more about the process and enjoy fresh oysters right from the waters in which they grow. They run farm tours, tastings, sunset dining experiences, as well as, fresh delivery of oysters if you’re in the region. They have also built South Australia’s only viewing and dining platform for visitors to enjoy the stunning views over the oyster leases. If you’re interested in learning about and tasting some of the freshest and most delicious oysters in Australia, a visit to SA Premium Oysters is a must on your trip to the Eyre Peninsula.
Products and services on offer
Oyster farm tours
SA Premium Oysters operate Smoky Bay Oyster Tours and offer a range of oyster farm tours so that you can get a closer look at their oyster leases and sample some of their fresh products. You can take a shed tour or a tour of the leases, as well as, enjoy a wine and dine at sunset. You can pick the brains of a seasoned oyster grower, learn how to shuck an oyster, see the sorting and grading process, and enjoy oysters harvested straight from the water all at SA Premium Oysters.
- Shucking Shed Tour$39 per person
If time or circumstances don’t permit taking advantage of the full on-water oyster farm tour you can still join us at the ‘Shucking Shed’ for an in depth look at how oysters are grown and handled while sampling some of our sensational premium oysters. Learn from a genuine oyster farmer how we grow our juicy oysters and history of the area Learn how to shuck an oyster from an expert See the oyster sorting and grading process Pick the brains of a seasoned oyster grower Enjoy 1/2 dozen fresh SA Premium Oysters and a glass of wine
- Shuck ‘N’ Sip Tour$99 per person
Immerse yourself in the oyster growing life. Includes: Barge Trip to the Oyster Lease (3km from Smoky Bay Boat Ramp) Learn from a genuine oyster farmer how we grow our juicy oysters and history of the area Learn how to shuck an oyster from an expert Enjoy fresh oysters harvested straight out of their natural environment with a touch of lime or lemon Relax on our beautiful viewing platform and enjoy 1/2 dozen oysters or cheese platter coupled with a glass of red or white wine (tastings held on barge throughout September) This tour allows you to get involved at the up close and personal level to the degree you wish and to taste the oysters straight from the waters of the environment in which they were grown
- Sunset Oyster Session$189 per person
A sensory feast as you watch the sunset! Includes: A late afternoon outing on the waters of Smoky Bay when you can relax and soak up the atmosphere Barge Trip to the Oyster Lease (3km from Smoky Bay Boat Ramp) Learn from a genuine oyster farmer how we grow our juicy oysters and history of the area Learn how to shuck an oyster from an expert Enjoy fresh oysters harvested straight out of their natural environment with a touch of lime or lemon Relax on our beautiful viewing platform and enjoy a dozen oysters or cheese platter coupled with a glass of red or white wine (tastings held on barge throughout September) This part of the world is regularly blessed with spectacularly beautiful sunsets Watch the Sun set across the water as you share freshly shucked oysters complete with paired wine – a truly mesmerising experience to take away with you
You can also visit SA Premium Oysters for a tasting experience. You can relax on their beautiful platform overlooking the water and enjoy a dozen oysters or cheese platter paired with the perfect red or white wine. Sunset is the best time to visit for a tasting when you can enjoy the oysters with the stunning views of the sun setting over the leases. It’s a completely unique experience to have with either your family and friends or your significant other. Colleen is even happy to share some of their recipes which have been perfected over the years for both raw and cooked oysters. You can also check their website which has a number of delicious recipes accessible for everyone.
You may also like to have SA Premium Oysters deliver your order of fresh oysters directly to you or your business.
Contact them today to arrange delivery of their products to wherever you are.
Updated & Approved: 17 December 2021