Oysters from Smoky Bay are renowned throughout the world for their sensational “Sweet Ocean” taste. Smoky Bay is a beautiful coastal village on the Western Eyre Peninsula, located within the Great Australian Bight.
Incredibly pristine, the waters of Smoky Bay are fed by the cool nutrient rich waters of the Southern Ocean, giving freshly harvested oysters that wonderful flavour and presentation.
Extensive seagrass meadows and shallow sand banks abound throughout the local coastal region, particularly surrounding the Eyre Island national park, which is part of this beautiful setting.
Smoky Bay is also well known for excellent fishing, with the local King George whiting highly prized as one of Australia’s best tasting fish. Visitors are also treated to the sight of dolphins, seals and a variety of native seabirds hunting in their natural wilderness.
The oyster industry first started in Smoky Bay in 1988, when oyster “icon” Kiwi Evans identified the region as having the potential that has been realised today. Kiwi had his faith in Smoky Bay rewarded when he went on to win the first three state oyster competitions.
Smoky Bay has now become the home to over 20 different oyster operations, providing much needed employment and support to the surrounding region. If you are present at the Smoky Bay Boat ramp at certain times of the day, you will have the chance to see many of the different types of aluminium barges used to carry oysters, all locally designed and manufactured.
If you are lucky enough to be visiting this vibrant part of South Australia, you can purchase some of these sensational oysters directly from those that produce them, and even get a lesson in how to shuck them yourself.