Tasmania's world-class oyster farm, restaurant and gourmet food store is found in Barilla Bay, 15 minutes from Hobart. Barilla's landscaped gardens overlook the bay and oyster farm.
Tasmania has an overload of fresh local produce enjoyed in many of its fine restaurants. Much of it is purchased at the gate and taken home to enjoy later.
Barilla Bay Oysters was established by the Forrest family in 1980. They looked for water quality, total tidal water replacement and proximity to the airport and found it all.
They set about developing methods of cultivating oysters to enhance their quality and in 1988 added a processing shed which streamlined processing, splitting and packing. The delicate taste and texture of Barilla Bay oysters is thanks to the cold, clean Southern Ocean waters of south-east Tasmania.
The Forrests were one of the first to export oysters to the United States, expanding later to Japan, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom and Singapore.
They opened their farm shop in 1992 and sell oysters direct to the public. They now have a restaurant and it's casual, relaxing and has great views.
The restaurant is open for lunch every day and dinner every night between October and June and Tuesday to Saturday the rest of the year. It has an a la carte menu and an excellent selection of wine and beer.
The Gourmet Foodstore has a tempting range of Tasmanian produce, including their secret version of Worcestershire sauce, perfect for the preparation of oysters Kilpatrick. There are cheeses, wines, patés, pickles, condiments and honey, as well as succulent fresh seafood. It's a wonderful way to extend your holiday once you return home.
Barilla Bay Tasmania employs over fifty people and one of them will pack your oysters and cheeses in an insulated container with an ice pack. This will keep everything fresh for up to 24 hours and they are accepted by airlines. You can even phone ahead and pop by to collect your bounty on the way to the airport.
15 minutes from the centre of Hobart.
Barilla Bay Oyster Farm and Restaurant has half-shell oysters packed for travelling at $14 a dozen. Guided tours are $9.50 for adults and $4.25 for children.
Virgin Blue has flights to Hobart.
One-way fare from;
- Melbourne, $89
- Sydney, $99
- Adelaide, $125
- Brisbane, $139
- Perth, $300
- Darwin, $340
There are limited seats which may not be available at peak times or on all flights. Fares are Internet-only and one-way. An extra $15 will be charged for phone bookings. A credit card surcharge of an additional $2 per person per one-way flight is applicable. Fares are correct at April 12, 2007 and are subject to change.
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