Port Lincoln Things to Do Tips by pedroswift
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Port Lincoln is famous for its farmed and wild caught seafood products.
What better way to introduce yourself to the wide range of products available than by visiting a factory which handles most of the local product? A guided tour gives not only an insight into the range of product but also the method of capture; the price received by the fisherfolk; the processing involved between capture and distribution and, most importantly, the taste.
We enjoyed our visit immensely by starting our exploration of the Eyre Peninsular by seeing the fish, crustaceans and shell fish that we would be eating in the meals we would later enjoy. We also received useful lessons on oyster shucking and fish filleting.
The tour finished off with tastings of fresh and processed seafood (smoked or pickled).
This is a great place to buy un-shucked oysters for a picnic in the park or to eat in your hotel room with a bottle of South Australian white wine.
Port Lincoln Fresh Fish Company conducts guided tours at 10.30am Monday, Wednesday & Friday (excluding public holidays).
Don't ring their home number : make a booking at the Port Lincoln Visitor Information Centre
3 Adelaide Place, Port Lincoln - phone (08) 8683 3544 or 1300 788 378 - www.visitportlincoln.net - approx. Lat & Long - 34º43'14.60"S : 135º51'29.00"E
Tour Prices: Adults $15 - Children under 18yrs $7.50 - Children under 5yrs Free of Charge
Address: 20 Proper Bay Road , Port Lincoln
Directions: approx. Lat & Long - 34º44'40.30"S : 135º51'00.00"E
Get a map of Port from the Information Centre
Phone: 08 8682 2166
essential oyster shucking gear
A very good reason to visit the Eyre Penninsula is to gormandise on fresh oysters. The farmed oysters from Coffin Bay and other areas are some of the best in the world. Buying from the grower or the grower's agent ensures that the product is the freshest and the price the lowest...8 dollars a dozen in late 2010 which was a fraction of the price of opened oysters at a restaurant.
Oysters in shell are a "live" product. There is a requirement ( law) that they are sold for 'home' consumption un-shucked ie shell still unopened.
"shuck"??? = the operation required to open the oyster shell and detach the meat from the top and bottom shell without losing the liquid within.
An essential part of the shucking operation is an "oyster knife" specially designed for the purpose. A wise precaution against inadvertent contact between the knife and the hand holding the oyster is a reinforced or kevlar glove.
So true blue oyster lovers will come to this part of the world already equipped with their shucking gear....or buy some when they arrive. NB. put the knife in checked luggage if you fly!!
Bring your own tabasco sauce and/or buy a lemon before heading to the park for an oyster picnic.
Check out a U-Tube demo on how to shuck oysters shorter videos are listed as well.
Address: seafood outlets on Eyre Penninsula
boat at the departure point
Port Lincoln has more millionaires per head of population than any town in Australia. This is due to the Tuna Industry. Every year wild Tuna caught in the Southern Ocean about 350 nautical miles from Port are put into huge floating enclosures and then slowly towed for many days back to the waters around Port Lincoln to be fattened for the very lucrative Japanese sashimi market.
Adventure Bay Charters run a two hour trip out to a specially set up tuna pen during which you and I can learn quite a lot about the industry; hand feed tuna and, for the more adventurous, dive with the tuna and hand feed them underwater.
The boat, which holds 38 passengers, departs from Marina Hotel Boarding Pontoon, Jubilee Drive and takes about 15 minutes of easy motoring in protected waters to arrive at the pen. Pontoon - approx. Lat & Long – 34º44’34.00”S : 135º52’28.00”E
Adventure Bay Charters claim, “Our Swim with the Tuna tour has been described as ‘the most exciting and unexpected underwater experience anywhere!!’ ” Something to tell the folks back home.
There is an underwater viewing platform for those averse to slipping on a wet suit. All equipment is provided and the boat has facilities and drinks/snack bar. A taste of product on the way back will have you sold on sashimi grade tuna forever.
We booked a 1400 (2pm) tour with the Port Lincoln Visitor Information Centre, 3 Adelaide Place, Port Lincoln. Phone (08) 8683 3544 or 1300 788 378 www.visitportlincoln.net
Cost to swim with Tuna $95 for adults. Children $65
The non-swimmers $65/$45. Concessions available.
Address: Marina Hotel Boarding Pontoon, Jubilee Drive
Directions: Get a map from the Port Lincoln Visitor Information Centre, 3 Adelaide Place.
Phone: 0488 428 862
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