Experience No.072 in Australian Traveller Magazine’s 100 Greatest Australian Gourmet Experiences.
Australian crayfish is considered some of the world’s best. And the King of Crayfish is considered the Southern Crayfish. Fishing for these monsters is a big part of the Tasmanian economy, as they thrive in the pure waters of the Tasmanian coastline.
The world’s largest freshwater crayfish (Astacopsis gouldi) is an endangered species found in Tasmania. It can weigh in excess of 5kg.
The beautiful and award-winning Henry Jones Art Hotel at the Hobart waterfront has developed a gourmet experience to sample these wonderful crays and get a feel for the pristine Hobart waters at the same time.
The procedure is simple. As a guest of the Hotel, they can book you into a guided tour around the Harbour with Blackaby’s Sea Kayaks.
The kayak trip will allow you to explore the harbour in more detail – perhaps even spotting a few of the submerged crustaceans – then, when you come back into the harbour, one of the hotels chef’s will accompany you to Mako’s or Mures seafood (which is where the hotel sources its prime seafood) and help you pick out your own crayfish direct from the supplier.
While you relax upstairs in your room, your crayfish will be cooked for you under the supervision of Andre Kopp, the hotel’s head chef. It doesn’t get any fresher than that.
Where: Henry Jones Art Hotel, 25 Hunter St, Hobart. (03) 6210 7700, www.thehenryjones.com
Did you know: The world’s largest freshwater crayfish (Astacopsis gouldi) is an endangered species found in Tasmania. It can weigh in excess of 5kg.