Incredible Seafood Tours & Experiences in Western Australia
Join experienced fishers, farmers and chefs, and learn about Western Australia’s renowned seafood industry. Whether you choose to pull in the catch yourself, watch the experts do it or simply sit back and eat a freshly cooked seafood meal, there’s a tour for every taste and interest. Many of these tours will also take you through some of the most stunning waters and remote landscapes in our state, providing unique behind-the-scenes insights you won’t find anywhere else.
Cruise, Catch & Feast
Seafood always tastes better when it’s caught and freshly prepared in front of you. Throughout Western Australia you can jump on board and enjoy your own seafood catch cooked by an on-board chef as you lay back and take in the spectacular views of the open ocean.
Rottnest Island Seafood Tours operate the indulgent Wild Seafood Experience, where you get the chance to catch your own lunch on a luxury crayfishing boat. The three-hour cruise leaves from Thompson Bay and travels to the Island’s outer reefs where you can have a go at pulling up the cray pots yourself. The cruise heads into one of the Island’s pristine bays for a chef cooked five-course seafood banquet – including your own freshly caught crayfish! After lunch, you can cool off in the water and enjoy lounging on the sundeck with free-flowing beer and wine.
For a similar experience set amidst Mandurah’s estuaries and coastline, the Mandurah Wild Seafood Experience takes guests out into the Indian Ocean on the 35-seater luxury boat. As with the Rottnest tour, guests can have a go at pulling up the cray pots, before travelling back into Mandurah’s picturesque canals for a seafood buffet. Look out for wild dolphins, pelicans, ospreys and other local marine life along the waterways. Note that this tour is currently only available by group booking.
Behind the Scenes Tours
Hosted by local restaurants and fisheries, these tours offer an insight into how Western Australia’s quality seafood gets from the ocean to your plate. With help from experienced fishers, you can learn about sustainable fishing practices and have a go at reeling in your own fish. The Lobster Shack’s Lobster Catching Tour takes guests through the Cervantes A-Class Marine Park to watch the skipper pull up his pots and search for the perfect lobster catch. Learn all about the Western Rock Lobster and look out for the rare Australian sea lions swimming beneath the boat. Visitors can select a lobster from the day’s catch to take home or have it cooked fresh on board for lunch.
Part of the Geraldton Fisherman Co-operative, Brolo’s Tours offer Live Lobster Tours through the Geraldton Fishermen’s Wharf’s impressive live lobster processing facility. Led by an experienced tour guide, guests are shown through the lobster tanks and invited behind the scenes of the one of the Australia’s most important and best managed seafood resources. If you’re feeling brave – you can also have a go at holding a live crayfish. On the wharf nearby, you’ll also find the Brolos fish market which is located in a sea container with a window. Here, you can watch the fish being filleted before you buy it. Plus, the Barnacles Fish and Chip shop is located next door, so you can grab a bite to eat after your tour. Tip – make sure you check for availability in advance of your visit.
Aboriginal Traditional Fishing
Operating in alluringly remote locations, on Country tours offer an insight into the ancient cultural heritage and traditional fishing methods of the region’s first nation people. Wula Gura Nyinda operate the Francois Peron Catch & Cook Safari, taking guests on an overnight adventure through the world heritage listed Shark Bay are on the Coral Coast. Led by experienced guide Capes, whose family have deep roots in the land and waters, guests explore Francois Peron National Park’s sheltered bays, coral reefs and deserted beaches while leaning about local aboriginal culture and heritage. Heading out on kayaks, Capes will show you how he catches fish with his bare hands. At the overnight Eco Cultural Camp beach campsite, you can have a go at catching your own dinner and cooking it on an open campfire under the stars.
Lombadina Tours offer five-hour long Mud Crabbing Tours in the Dampier Peninsula in WA’s North-West. Guests are picked up from Lombadina in a 4WD and driven to a nearby tidal estuary. There, a local guide will explain how local people hunt in creeks, and you will get the chance to catch and tie a mud crab yourself. The tour will return to Lombadina for a freshly cooked feast of mud crab, salad and Lombadina bread.
Discover WA’s Pearl Industry
Explore Western Australia’s fully operational pearl farms discover the State’s renowned pearl industry. Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm is an Australian South Sea Pearl farm located two and a half hours north of Broome. The farm’s one-hour long Pearl Farm Discovery Tour takes guests through pearl cultivation, harvest and grading while explaining the history of pearling in Cygnet Bay. The tour concludes with a unique appreciation tasting of fresh pearl meat.
Willie Creek Pearl Farm is located on a protected tidal estuary 38kms outside of Broome. Their award-winning Creek Pearl Farm Tour offers a unique insight into modern cultured pearl farming.
Led by expert guides, the tour begins with the collection and spawning of oysters in the hatchery before going through the operation of seeding and harvesting oysters. You’ll marvel at the sight of an oyster being opened to reveal a magnificent pearl, learn about how the pearls are valued and then crafted into jewellery and even see live oysters aboard a stunning boat cruise along the azure waters of Willie Creek. Your guide will talk you through the animal husbandry practices used to ensure the health of the oysters and WA’s precious South Sea Pearls.