We had the best afternoon at The Oyster Shed situated right on the waters edge at Sandstone Point, located just opposite Bribie Island in Queensland.
As a child growing up visiting my grandparents on Bribie Island the old oyster shed held intrigue and my imagination ran wild every time we crossed the Bribie Island Bridge.
Now at 49, I’ve just sat on an Adirondack style beach chair in an oyster garden and filled my belly with FRESH oysters.
THE HISTORY OF THE OYSTER SHED
The Oyster Shed as it sits today was originally built in 1875 by James Clark who was also known nationally as the Oyster King.
In 1875, James Clark operated a very successful Oyster farm out of the Pumicestone Passage.
During its peak in the 1900’s, he owned over 30 dredging sections and employed over 25 families all working in the area, which was unheard of at the time. *
THE PUMICESTONE PASSAGE
To make this day of exploration even better, we arrived on the jetty by boat! We were staying with friends at Toorbul (now there’s as hidden Fishermans paradise), when one of the neighbours offered to take us for a cruise on the Pumicestone Passage with a stopover at The Oyster Bar.
The Passage has its northern mouth into the ocean off Caloundra and its southern end filtering into Deception Bay. The Pumicestone Passage is a 35 kilometre ecological marvel and a waterway of pristine, virtually untouched coastline. The Passage is a sanctuary for Dugong who feed on the sea grasses and dolphins who often playfully appear alongside the boats whizzing along.
SO BACK TO THE OYSTER SHED
After setting foot onto the jetty we could feel the emerging wonder of the location and as we approached we realised we were in for a real treat! The decor oozed nautical seaside in a contemporary and traditional mix of coastal styling heaven.
The combination of gardens beds filled with empty oyster shells, an outgoing tide, grey weathered timber decks and nautical artwork all set the mood. There are festoon lights along the jetty which look amazing in the evenings. Big blue and white stripe umbrellas are available along the deck for sun protection and the ship lantern lights really strike a pose against the pure white shiplap style external walls.
CHAMPAGNE AND OYSTERS?
OH, IF WE HAVE TO!
An order for cold glasses of bubbles was soon made and in hand we sat on the beach chairs soaking in the surrounds. We opted for takeaway oysters to allow us to continue to sit by the water and sip our champagne.
My family and friends chose fresh battered fish from the Oyster Shed Fish and Chippery and went on to explore the rest of the Sandstone Point Hotel and its facilities. Meanwhile, my best friend and I sat in “our” beach chairs and devoured more fresh, juicy oysters.
A WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE IN AN ICONIC LOCATION, WE WILL BE SURE TO BE VISITING AGAIN & AGAIN.
Also for your interest, The Sandstone Point Hotel is an amazing venue and they are currently building a brand spanking new holiday park onsite! I believe they have teamed up with BIG 4 Holiday Parks so I suspect that this will be epically amazing!
Make sure to visit !
By Lisa McGowan:: The World Is your Oyster :: 17 July 2018 Info: firstname.lastname@example.org
* Excerpt from http://sandstonepointhotel.com.au/the-oyster-shed/
All information contained in this article was correct at the time of publishing and is based on my own personal experience. This is NOT a paid advertisement for any parties mentioned.