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“High expectations not met”

Freycinet Marine Farm
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Wineglass Bay and Freycinet National Park Active Day Trip from Hobart
Ranked #8 of 13 things to do in Coles Bay
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Owner description: Freycinet marine farm is a Oyster and Mussel farm located on the Freycinet peninsula. As part of their farm they have a farm gate produce stall where they sell their Oysters and Mussels freshly harvested. They also sell Local Rock lobster, Scallops, Abalone and Local wine and Beer. They have a simple hot food menu to eat on there picnic tables.They are open daily 9-5pm and Finish cooking at 4.30pm daily. You can buy fresh seafood to take away or eat on the deck.In winter June, July and August we are open 10-4pm daily
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“High expectations not met”
Reviewed December 30, 2012

I was soooooo looking forward to sampling the super fresh seafood at this shack by the side of the road. I had visions of a relaxed atmosphere, a few salty sea dogs shucking oysters to order whilst sharing a yarn or two. I couldn't be more wrong. The atmosphere has great potential. It is indeed a shack by the side of the road with benches, an outdoor sink and tons of atmosphere. But unfortunately there's as much care and attention to your order as you'd expect from a Coles supermarket. We did visit at a premium time - ie midday on NYE, but there was only a party of about 6 tourists, plus a couple of other tables, and yet the service was rushed and the oysters were PRE-SHUCKED AND WRAPPED IN CLING FILM. AARRRGHGHGH. We paid $40 for half a rock lobster and 6 pretty briny oysters (no sign of the legendary "creamy" tasmanian taste). How long had those oysters been sitting shucked in the fridge? They were so dry it could have been hours. No excuse really. Also ordered the mussels with lemon - great size serving and VERY yummy. Had the scallops and abalone special with roll for $20 - absolutely loved the garlicy/buttery sauce it came with. So, all in all, it's an absolutely fine stop before you head off on your historic walk to beautiful Wineglass Bay, as long as you don't mind dry oysters and conveyor belt service. Shame - could be perfect.

Visited December 2012
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“yummy yummy kilpatrick oysters”
Reviewed December 9, 2012 via mobile

it's the cooked oysters that won me over... super nice seafood... totally no fuss seating.... u serve urselves.... n a bush toilet...

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“Seafood feast at fairly reasonable price”
Reviewed November 30, 2012

We had
- a dozen open oysters ($15), mussels steamed with lemon ($15)...@ pretty cheap price, but oysters wasn't exactly very fresh but mussels is a MUST HAVE! slurp!
- Grilled garlic scallops with bread roll ($15) & Today's special Grilled scallops & abalone ($20).. which wasn't exactly cheap as there were around 8 scallops for $15... and for the Today's special, there were 4 scallops with a few thin slices of abalones. Scallops were excellent but for abalone, it was so thin we can barely taste much.
- another item was 6 opened oysters with half a crayfish ($51), which wasn't cheap imho, thus we didn't order that

we went to salty seas at St Helens, much fresher seafood at much better prices for their crayfish!

Visited November 2012
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“Poor service & unfriendly staff”
Reviewed November 15, 2012

We were excited to visit the farm, however we left dissapointed due to the general attitude of the staff. We found them to be very unfriendly and unwelcoming, unfortunately leaving a very sour taste in our mouth.

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“If you go to Coles Bay, you MUST go here”
Reviewed October 22, 2012

Amazingly fresh seafood. And they are smart enough to let it be the star, not mess around with it. Great deck to sit on. Local wines on sale too.

Visited October 2012
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