Oyster Trail - Sapphire Coast Region
Love oysters? The Sydney Rock Oyster is famous for a unique blend of salt and cream, a lingering flavour that carries the scent of the pristine environments in which it grew.
Take the Oyster Trail between Bermagui to Wonboyn Lake to meet the growers at farm gates, restaurants and out on the water. Drive at your own pace, include village stops or take along your own adventure gear for that moment when you fall in love with an estuary or see the promise in a unsealed road that leads into a National Park.
Our five key estuaries imbue subtle differences in taste, and offer different experiences for the oyster lover.
Wapengo Rocks at il Passaggio, Bermagui Beachside Cafe and Bermagui Bait & Tackle
Organic oysters | Eat in | Unopened
Bermagui Fishermen's Wharf, Bermagui.
Wapengo Rocks is the first oyster farm in Australia to be certified organic and is surrounded by Mimosa Rocks National Park. The catchment is pristine, and Wapengo Lake is filtered by untouched forests and salt marsh. Owner Shane Buckley is a passionate grower who earned the organic tag in 2013.
Like many farmers, he uses a floating system which preserving and improving health of the lake.
Nearby: Visit the famous Bermagui Blue Pool, or walk from Camel Rock to Murunna Point via Horsehead Rock with a beer at Camel Rock Brewery afterwards. Explore the beaches & lagoons of Mimosa Rocks National Park.
Farm gate | Shucking | Trophies
1 Reservoir Street, Tathra, NSW 2551
(02) 6494 1453
The Rodley's family home on the edge of Tathra is the farm gate for the award-winning Sydney Rock Oysters. Stroll past over two decades of awards and memorabilia on your way to the custom built oyster shop out the back where you can have a yarn to Gary, Jo or one of the kids and even get a lesson in oyster shucking. Available December to June.
Nelson Lake is a thriving, shallow lake around 12 kilometres north of Tathra in Mimosa Rocks National Park. It opens to the sea via a beautiful sheltered Nelson Lagoon, a popular place for swimming, fishing and short bush walks.
Merimbula Lake, Oyster Tours and Restaurants
162 Arthur Kaine Drive, Pambula, NSW, 2549
02 6495 6089 or 02 6495 6330
Oysters have been farmed in Merimbula Lake since the 1900s and it is now a key producer of around 165,000 dozen oysters annually. It is a permanently open lake, created at the end of the last ice age when rising oceans drowned coastal river valleys.The oysters grown in its wide flats have a salty taste, reflecting the huge amount of water that flushes the lake with each tide.
A stop at any number of local restaurants will sate your appetite for fine seafood dining with ambience and views, cooked or fresh takeaway.
Pambula Lake, Broadwater Oysters & Captain Sponge's Magical Oyster Tours
Boat tour | Tastings
Landing Road, Broadwater, Pambula Lake
0429 453 545
Join Sydney Rock Oyster farmer Brett Weingarth (Sponge) for a tour and tasting on Pambula Lake, just south of Merimbula.
Oysters from here have a subtle earthy taste, created by the meeting of river waters from Yowaka and Pambula rivers and the saltiness of incoming tides from the scenic river mouth at Pambula Beach.A relaxed and comfortable tour that immerses you in the life of the oyster farmer, oyster husbandry with an introduction to the native Angasi species of oyster which are also grown on the farm. Tours take about 1.5 hours.
Shed 1, 52 Landing Road, Broadwater, Pambula Lake.
02 6495 6704
Broadwater Oysters is a working oyster shed on the shores of Pambula Lake where you can chat to the farmers as they tend to and process oysters. Enjoy freshly shucked oysters on the lake’s edge (bring a bottle of wine to enjoy at the picnic table) or take them home, shucked or unshucked, to have at your leisure.Oysters from Pambula Lake are highly acclaimed and have a smooth, subtle flavour influenced by a blend of two rivers and a big, healthy tidal flush.
Farmgate sales | Tastings | Shucking lessons
Myrtle Cove boat ramp,
Wonboyn Lake Road, Wonboyn.
0477 054 590
Meet Kel and Carolyn Henry at their waterfront oyster shed for a tasting and oyster shucking lesson. Wonboyn Lake is 30 kilometres south of Eden and is one of the most remote and untouched Sydney Rock Oyster producing estuaries on the coast.
The lake is bordered by Nadgee Nature Reserve, Ben Boyd National Park and the little village of Wonboyn.
Nearby: Explore Wonboyn by car or by boat; explore our wildest park, Nadgee Nature Reserve. Experienced hikers and walk-in campers can challenge themselves on the 50 kilometre Nadgee Wilderness Walk. Visit the fishing town of Eden and Twofold Bay and take the Killer Whale Trail.
To view an individual point of interest, click on a marker below and select 'more info'. From there you can step through the trail one point at a time. Download links for GPS devices and Google Earth can be found below.
If your GPS requires a specific format for map data, download the GPX file above and use an online converter such as GPS Visualiser to convert to a format appropriate for your GPS. Select 'Waypoints' as the type of GPS data you would like to convert.