Great fish & chip and seafood takeway on Pumicestone Passage
Visitors to the Bribie Island area are discovering The Oyster Shed down by the water on the grounds of The Sandstone Point Hotel. This great fish & chippery does excellent fish & chips, great calamari, fresh oysters and a fantastic seafood platter. It is well worth checking out on your next trip to the area.
Sandstone Point lies just across Pumicestone Passage from Bribie Island. Being right next to the bridge it is an easy place to stop on the way to and from the island. The Oyster shed lies right beside the water on the grounds of the Sandstone Point Hotel. This is the location of the area's first Oyster Shack setup over 100 years ago when the region was opened up for oyster farming.
The deck of the Oyster Shed overlooking Pumicestone Passage and Bribie Island
There are plenty of fish & chip shops in the area, but the Oyster Shed stands out for its great seafood and dining deck right on the water. There is also an enclosed dining area if you need to escape the elements. While the location requires a little bit of a stroll, it also means you are far away from crowds and traffic noise.
Unfortunately, there is no road up to The Oyster Shed, but it is a pleasant walk in the grounds of the hotel. For the elderly and infirm, you can ask at the hotel for their courtesy buggy that will deliver you to and from the Oyster Shed.
Of course, the cool people come by boat. There is a little jetty at The Oyster Shed and I am not sure about who can tie up there, but kayakers have been known to paddle across from Bribie Island for their seafood fix.
The jetty at the Oyster Shed is a nice place to stroll. Some people kayak over to the Oyster Shed and tie up their kayaks here.
Being The Oyster Shed, there is a fine selection of locally grown oysters at $12 for 6 and $20 for a dozen. You can then order natural, with red wine vinegar & lemon, wasabi & Japanese soy sauce as well as with wakame seaweed salad.
Along with fish, there are prawns, calamari and sea scallops, you can also order cold seafood dishes as well, such as a prawn bucket, Moreton Bay bugs, sand crabs and prawn rolls. Then there are the hot and cold seafood platters for $85, which include all of the above plus smoked salmon.
The Sandstone Point Hotel is a great hotel and worth visiting in its own right. The restaurant features a great selection of full and light meals, and of course oysters cooked in a variety of ways. Many first time visitors to the hotel are surprised by the quality of the menu selections. Light meals start at $16 and mains from $24. This is great dining at a reasonable price.
The Oyster Shed is on the grounds of the Sandstone Point Hotel
The hotel grounds often host a range of festivals and events. The huge space allows quite large crowds to enjoy live entertainment, visit market stalls and kid's rides or just relax on the grassy hill overlooking Bribie Island.
Crowds enjoy the grounds of The Stone Point Hotel during a festival
Though you don't really need much of an excuse to head out to Bribie Island. The Oyster Shed and The Sandstone Point Hotel are two options for dining. Certainly both are a cut above the fish & chip shops and pubs on the Island itself, and they are just across the bridge from the island.