Need a quick seafood education? Look no further than this laid-back showroom on the water’s edge at Coles Bay in Tasmania.

Everything is seasonal and with the water sparkling mere metres away you know the produce can’t have come far.

The Freycinet Marine Farm staff will crack and cook your oysters right in front of you. Feel like mussels instead? No problem.

There are so many places you “must” eat seafood in this tiny state that things can get a bit overwhelming. At Freycinet’s it’s all very easy. Simply pick out your produce and carry it to the picnic tables once it’s cooked.

The oyster interpretation area is kid friendly, so send the little ones off to learn while you skip straight to sampling. Choose from the farm’s own Pacific or Angasi oysters and mussels or rock lobster, abalone and scallops brought in fresh from local fishermen.

Everything is seasonal and with the water sparkling mere metres away you know the produce can’t have come far.

The only other industries around are some farms and vineyards, so pollution isn’t a problem. The estuary and marine growing areas are peaceful pastures for a crop flourishing under attentive care.

You’ll soon be able to tour the Freycinet Marine Farm but make sure you don’t miss the Sales Room at lunchtime. Owner Julia Fisher says, “We don’t do salad and we don’t do coffee but bring your own and we’ll serve the seafood.”

Where: 1784 Coles Bay Rd, Coles Bay Tas. (03) 6257 0140, www.freycinetmarinefarm.com

Did you know: The alfresco-style showroom here is designed to keep costs down so customers can get the real product. Self-contained cottages onsite are tempting if you want to stay on for a few more meals.

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