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“Experience with nature for city kids”
Review of Catch a Crab

Catch a Crab
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Gold Coast Catch a Crab Tour with Optional Seafood Lunch
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Owner description: An Experience of a lifetime: Enjoyed by all ages, the multi-award-winning "Catch-a-Crab" tour offers a truly unforgettable experience. From the moment you step aboard, you'll take part in an exciting range of fun activities. You'll see some of the natural wonders of this spectacular region up close and catch a glimpse of the unique Australian lifestyle. Enjoy activities of pelican feeding, trapping for crabs, fishing, yabbie pumping (tide permitting) learn how we farm our oysters and enjoy freshly opened oysters in the riverside oyster farm cafe. Try Freshly cooked mudcrab or spanner crab combined with local oysters or one our mixed seafood platters for a delicious seafood experience.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase
Reviewed December 12, 2011

Location is in Tweed Heads (NSW). They operate on Queensland time. 30 mins drive from Surfers Paradise. If you drive you can easily miss the turnoff into a small road leading to the attraction. No signage at all. We relied fully on the GPS, so was fine, provided you plotted the location correctly. Tour and lunch is rather expensive. you have a choice of tour only without lunch. Booking essential. Morning tour was full so we got a call to informed us we managed to get on the afternoon tour (not advertised on website). Good service in that sense. Not sure the staff were too happy with the extended working hours (?)

Kids enjoyed feeding the pelicans from the boat and the yabby pumping experience. You get off the boat on a sand bank (shorts preferably otherwise jeans folded to knee). Very interesting activity for younger kids. Not sure it was really yabbies though!.

Pulling up the crab pod (left overnight) gave the tourists instant gratification of catching the crabs right away with no waiting time - this is the most touristy bit (I guess). Photo shoot follows with the crabs. The boat supplied baits and fishing rods for some fishing experience. You actually get to pull up some fishes. Great for young kids going to the nature (as opposed to the themeparks).

Recommended for younger family with kids. Expect overseas tourist on organized tours joining the boat tour.

Thank Sing_Aus
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Reviewed July 29, 2011

O.k. I may be biased. I prefer nature than theme parks.
I arrived on the Goldcoast a couple of days ago.
My wife picked this attraction with lunch.
We got lost driving here and we were late.
A recipe for disaster? A family crisis? Noooo

This is a fanmily run and owned businessn you can tell the difference. We called and they kept the boat another 10 minutes. They kept everyone occupied by feeding the pelicans fish.

The staff were extremely friendly and helpful.

You did not get the impression that it is always money money money, ie buy this gift, this foto etc.

The tour was interesting. I loved getting into the water and doing yabbi pumping...

My daughter loved it.

Lunch was very nice, oysters very tasty, crabs (we just caught then) and fish. The portions were large (we shared with our daughter) and fresher than you can get anywhere else.

This is a great family outing, it is a pleasure to see the joy in the childrens eyes.

In my opinion much better for the family than a theme park.

Thank rednrosy
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Reviewed July 8, 2011

Had always wanted to take this tour and had the opportunity during the last school holidays to go with my wife, 10 year old daughter and 7 year old son. The location next to the Tweed River is not particularly well sign-posted, and if you are using a car navigation system the dirt track that leads to the boathouse does not seem to show up on it. The operators mentioned that quite a few people driving themselves to this attraction get lost - they are happy to take a call from you on approach and guide you if that is the case.

The boat is quite spacious, and was not crowded on our visit. At the beginning of the boat-ride, the whole family gets the opportunity to feed the pelicans with tiny fish provided. Then the boat travels to a sand-bank where everyone is encouraged to get off (this is where it's a good idea to be wearing shorts and easily removable shoes) and "pump" for yabbies. This procedure consists of inserting a vacuum tube into holes in the sand, and hopefully squirting out these tiny prawn-like creatures onto a sieve. Quite a lot of fun, especially if one has success.

The actual mudcrab "catching" simply consists of one nominated member of each party pulling a different crab-pot in - on our trip every pot had at least 2 crabs in it, so many photo opportunities. You are also given a quick tutorial on how to handle these crustraceans, and another photo opportunity is where you are holding a crab by itself on both front claws.

The trip is rounded off by a spot of fishing (using the just caught yabbies) and a brief discussion about their onsite oyster farm (not particularly exciting). One thing I would advise is to stay for lunch - there is nothing more succulent that fresh mud-crab, for the adults, while they happily serve fish and chips for the little ones with less adventurous palates.

So, overall, fine for what it is, without being a highlight of the holiday. My 7 year old son stated that it was "boring" but my 10 year old daughter enjoyed the yabbie pumping.

Thank paul_and_family
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Reviewed December 15, 2010

7 year old boy- enjoyed it
14 year old girl- bored
Partner- Bored and felt it was very expensive
Me- ...I am not sure.

The trip is around 2.5 hours and consists of the following activities:
*pumping yabbies- this was fun
*pulling crab pots out of the water in groups- why bother
*fishing- a big boat but lots of crossed lines as lot of people on our tour.

The Staff are great at getting people involved and are very friendly. There is a bit of eduction on the oyster leases and mudcrabs.
If you wish to you canhold a crab and have your photo taken with it.
Our trip was full with tourists from Singapore/China. Around 80 people in total. You are allocated a table to sit at. We shared our with another family. Tea/coffee juice were served with some biscuits and there was an area to buy water and other drinks.
We paid $201 for 2 adults and kids . Most of the time was spent sitting down. Not really value for money. You do not get to taste the crabs or any fish you catch for that price. You have to pay more to eat.

2  Thank Drew2003
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Reviewed October 4, 2010

I recently took my Granddaughter 9yrs and Niece 4yrs out on the Catch a Crab boat tour and had the best time. The crew were fantastic and couldn’t do enough to include the girls in all the activities making it so much fun for us. After the cruise we stayed for lunch and what a good decision...the crab and oysters were the best I have had and they catered for the kids also. I would not hesitate in recommending the tour but recommend taking a change of clothes for the children, the kids can get a bit carried away with the yabbie pumping.

Thank go27
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