They say that if you give a man a fish, you'll feed him for a day; if you teach him how to fish, you'll feed him for a lifetime; and if you run an eco-tourist seafood farm that takes customers out crabbing and then serves them their fresh catches, you'll give them both a fun day out and a delicious seafood meal.
Oysters and pearls are the main attraction at this venue, with farming display demonstrating how oysters are cared for and how various types of pearls are cultivated. Did you know that pearls come in five different colours, and that each colour has a different meaning? After perusing the displays, detour past the Oyster Bar, where you can enjoy oysters straight from their beds, served in your choice of style.
The River Cruise takes participants on a tour of the Tweed River, focusing on wetlands habitat Birds Bay. Here, you will see a wide variety of birds in their natural territory, explore the mangroves and estuaries and see the fish breeding habitat. There is also an Estuary Educational Tour available for school groups, which provides interactive activities on local wildlife, the food chain and oyster farming. Morning tea and educational modules are supplied.
Finally, the Catch a Crab tour has proven to be the most popular activity on the programme. Don't let the name fool you – as well as crabbing, you'll also fish and pump for yabbies, as well as feed pelicans, visit the oyster farm, bird watch and take morning tea during the three hour cruise along the river. Afterwards, you have the option of purchasing lunch prepared with the freshly caught seafood.
A trip to the Birds Bay Oyster Farm is highly recommended for all lovers of fresh seafood. They are open seven days a week from 9.00am.