By Freya Ensbey.
Australia’s most Southern state, with a reputation proceeding itself, offering
a contrasting landscape abundant with the ideal growing conditions for many of
the mainland’s produce and wine demands. However, it is the salty elixir of the
Tasman Sea, lapping at the untouched Eastern coastline of Tasmania which has
put the area waves above the rest on any seafood gourmand’s radar. With cool waters
travelling North from the Antarctic and pristine water purity, several sea
creature varieties flourish, growing clean and pure flesh, delivering an
unparalleled taste which has the world seeking what locals can enjoy daily. Join
us for a road trip along the East Coast of Tassie as we highlight the must
visit seafood pit stops and destinations it has to offer.
On tour with Seafood Seduction.
Seafood Seduction | Hobart
We kick off
our road trip in Tasmania’s capital city of Hobart, with the most hands-on
seafood tour you could experience, Seafood Seduction. Situated on Franklin
Wharf, next to Constitution Dock, Seafood Seduction is a full day tour hosted
by the multi award-winning company Pennicott Wilderness Journeys. Boarding
guests from Franklin Wharf, next to the Constitution Dock lifting Bridge on
Hobart’s waterfront, Seafood Seduction offers an exclusive tour for a maximum of
12 guests, ensuring an intimate experience.
well looked after by two local guides on board their comfortable, custom built
vessel, featuring an enclosed cabin and luxury leather seats. Anchoring in
select locations to dive for wild abalone, extremely sought after Southern Rock
Lobsters, sea urchin from the crystal clear waters of Bruny Island and salmon
from local farms, delighting guests as the day’s catch is turned into a seafood
feast accompanied by gourmet local produce and Tasmanian wines, boutique beers,
ciders and juices.
"I think it’s a once in
a lifetime experience. I have been there many times, any friends that come to
visit in Australia, I have taken them to Seafood Seduction.” – Tetsuya Wakuda.
Flippers Fish and Chips | Constitution Wharf, Hobart
visiting Tasmania, it is on most tourists to do lists to visit Hobart, a
tourist mecca rich in culture offering a contrast of old world charm which
meets a modern coastal atmosphere. Sitting on the very edge of Constitution
Wharf, bobbing docked in the bay, is Flippers Fish and Chips, the take away
seafood eatery which has cemented itself as a must visit tourist stop. Why not
grab a succulent piece of crumbed trevalla to enjoy with a side of fresh
coleslaw and chips and sit on the water’s edge whilst you watch the boats
coming and going from the Marina.
On a taste tour at Mures' Upper Deck with a Chef's selection white fish.
Mures Lower Deck | Hobart
Found just a short stroll from Hobart’s Salamanca Place, is
the iconic, family owned and operated seafood eatery, Mures Tasmania. The Lower
Deck is devoted to serving a more casual crowd, offering hungry tourists fish
and chips, grills, salads, fresh oysters and share platters, which has all been
sustainably caught and sourced with an emphasis on Australian wild catches, specialising
in line fishing aboard their very own vessel, the Diana.
Styled with timber clad walls, table tops to match and lush
upholstered chairs, the Upper Deck of Mures offers a more stylish and refined a
la carte dining experience for those who prefer. The Upper Deck serves a menu
swimming with seafood sourced straight from the suppliers below incorporated
into a Mod Oz menu of favourites.
The Fish Van | Triabunna
Moving further North, when finding yourself in the suburb of
Triabunna, be sure to make a pit stop at popular local haunt, The Fish Van,
parked along the Main Wharf End of Charles Street. Take a seat in their alfresco
dining space of relaxed picnic tables or grab your meal to devour on the go.
Offering seafood straight from the Marina which it sits adjacent to, The Fish
Van serves up tasty seafood treats authentically wrapped in brown paper, with
options like the Tackle Box with fish, seafood bites, squid rings, crab stick,
salt and pepper squid and chips.
Oyster Bay Seafood | Swansea
Take the scenic drive north from Triabunna to Swansea for a
pit stop and enjoy a meal at Oyster Bay Seafood. A must visit stop off on the
take away trail offering weary travellers a tasty meal to keep them fuelled on
their journey. Try golden pieces of crumbed flake, a seafood platter for two
with fresh and cooked local seafood delights or perhaps a bowl of warming, smoky
seafood chowder with a side of crusty bread on a cold day.
On a seafood tasting tour at Freycinet Marine Farm.
Freycinet Marine Farm | Coles Bay
After spending the day exploring the stunning surrounds of
Freycinet National Park, satisfy your ravenous appetite with a trip to
Freycinet Marine Farm and enjoy fresh seafood harvested straight from the water
whilst enjoying spectacular views from the deck. If you’re just passing
through, perhaps purchase some seafood to take away like fresh mussels, Pacific
Oysters or wild caught Tasmanian Abalone, pan fried and served with lemon to bring
out the natural flavours, along with seafood catches from their outlet the
Fishers, located within the Devils Corner vineyard.
Whether arriving by plane or boat, the state of Tasmania
feels worlds away from the mainland, offering an abundance of culinary
experiences, inviting visitors to sample in their bounty of produce. Visit here for more of Tasmania’s must-visit restaurants.