Smoky Bay Oyster Farm

Smoky Bay Oyster Farm

Posted by SA Weekender on Thursday, 31 January 2019

Smoky Bay is located 40kms from Ceduna on the Eyre Peninsula. With its pristine, unpolluted waters, it’s renowned for producing some of the best oysters in Australia.

To find out more about this marvellous mollusc – SA Premium Oysters is just the place. Here, Collen, Jeff and their son Wayne have five hectares of oyster leases.

The Holmes family has been in the business for nearly 30 years and raise their produce using the ‘rack and rail system’. Divided into mesh baskets according to their size – the oysters are exposed when the tide is low – which actually trains them to become stronger and more water-tight. Then when the tide’s high – they feed on micro-nutrients from the water.

Colleen and Jeff used to be land farmers, but during the recession in the late 80’s – reinvented themselves when the industry first began in the area. Knowing it took hard work and constant care to raise healthy livestock – they transferred their skills to raising healthy shellfish.

If you’re in the Smoky Bay area – why not stop in and visit SA Premium Oysters yourself? Just give Colleen and Jeff a call beforehand so they can be there to welcome you. Or, if you don’t live in the area you can order their oysters to be sent straight to you!