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Lobster Shack
Ranked #6 of 10 things to do in Cervantes
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Owner description: Come and share this company's passion for Western rock lobster..... the Lobster Shack provides a close up encounter with the world famous WA rock lobster. Go on a factory tour and see how they are brought in from the wild, processed and packaged up to be sent Live to destinations all over the world. Once you have finished the tour, visit our shop where you can purchase freshly steamed Lobster or any of our Australian Seafood products.
Reviewed March 14, 2014

Probably the main draw located within the lovely little town of Cervantes, Western Australia, the Lobster Shack is the bronze medal winner for Tourist Attraction and Excellence in Food Tourism at the 2013 Western Australian Tourism Awards.

It is the retail segment of a family-owned business started in 1966 by Mr David Thompson. To date, the business is now in the hands of the third-generation of the Thompsons and seems poised to continue growing from strength to strength.

Genuinely humorous Skipper Micky took us on a very informative and interactive journey that took about 2-3 hours in total, onboard the Shack Attack - a customized boat that provided enjoyable rides along with pot-pulling facilities that allowed for passengers to get up close to lobster fishing in action.

During the journey, Micky shared with us about how they maintain a delicate balance between commercial interests and ensuring sustainable fishing. Here, the size and condition of the lobster (what the locals refer to as cray) plays a key consideration. If the lobster they pull out from the pot is pregnant, or below a certain length, or has clear signs of physical defects brought about by an injury (e.g. broken legs due to fear when caught), they release them back into the oceans to ensure renewal or for the lobsters to be nursed back to health, whichever the case may be.

As part of the itinerary, we also had the chance to visit a nearby islet that was home and sun-bathing spot for at least 20 sea lions. Getting to watch them frolic in their natural habitats was truly delightful.

The package also included a visit to the lobster processing factory. Here, equipped with audio devices that provided a narrative on each stage of the process, we did a self-guided tour of the facilities. Highly informative and enjoyable. Guess where in Asia did most of these little crustaceans end up?

The best part of the whole experience was probably the opportunity for my wife and I to select any fresh lobster that was pulled out of the pots for tagging and lunch. Served together with a generous portion of chips, fresh salad greens, the whole lobster cost us about A$60. And how do we know we've got the right lobster we tagged earlier? Well, the chef kept the tag on after the lobster has been beautifully grilled to perfection.

That said, the whole onboard experience would be a little unnerving if you are the sort who gets a little queasy out at sea, do bring along some motion sickness medication. You do spend quite a bit of time out at sea.

But overall, a worth while experience that costs A$75 per pax (not including the lobster meal).

4  Thank JedidiahTan
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Reviewed March 5, 2014

My friends in the California says they have some few places there that offers an ëat-all-you can lobsters for a few bucks. To think there are no lobster fisheries in that part of US. Why cant Cervantes offer that deal or at least something like that? Maybe it will be good for their tourism.

3  Thank Cam T
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Reviewed March 3, 2014

I live in Cervantes and wanted to buy 5 frozen crayfish at $30 each for 20 people attending my mothers 100th birthday. naturally I went to the Lobster Shack. What a mistake. One when shelled was a dirty grey and fell to pieces , another had what looked like a bruise on the flesh and when cut in half had pink through it , then another two had no legs on them . I have written to the manager complaining and to date have had no reply . I will not be recommending them to tourist or family instead tell them to buy them in Jurien Bay

4  Thank Rosalyn C
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Reviewed February 19, 2014

Its an ok experience, and Cervantes probably did need another attraction, but walking around seeing crayfish being processed to their doom didn’t really do it for me!

The crayfish on sale in the shop/restaurant was nice enough.

Thank Waddler
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Reviewed January 20, 2014 via mobile

Tour was great and interesting to see the process the lobsters went through. Fresh lobster platter was great and the fish and chips yum!! Fantastic all round.

1  Thank Coops94
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