Love Oysters and want to learn more about the magical mollusc?
Join us as 'deckie for a day' in the pristine waters of Stansbury on South Australia's Yorke Peninsula.
Get that farm fresh feeling as you feast on our Oysters right from the water.
Learn how they grow, about regionality and the importance of our hands on sustainable farming.
WANT TO KNOW MORE? CHECK OUT OUR FAQ'S BELOW
DECKIE FOR A DAY - FAQ
1. WHERE IS STANSBURY?
In terms of timing – Stansbury is a pleasant 2 hours drive from Adelaide (Gepps Cross - intersection of Grand Junction Road and Main North Road) – so if you left Adelaide (Gepps Cross) at 7:45am – you will arrive in Stansbury at 10:00am allowing for a short rest stop at Port Wakefield (Kilpilngs Bakery – Yummy!!)
2. WHY IS THE TIME OF DEPARTURE SO IMPORTANT?
We work the tide. As such we will leave the boat ramp at the appointed time. We cannot delay (otherwise we can’t get our work done). We recommend that you arrive 10 minutes before the appointed departure time.
3. WHY DO YOU NEED A MOBILE PHONE NUMBER?
This is a working vessel and our work on the leases is subject to the tide. The time we gave you when you booked is based on the tide predictions produced by the Bureau of Meteorology, they are averages only. The actual water height is affected by wind direction and strength on any given day, such that our departure time may need to be brought forward or delayed by as much as 45 minutes. This means, we might need to contact you at short notice to bring the departure time forward or push it back.
4. WILL THERE BE A SAFETY BRIEFING?
You bet there will be! As a working commercial Oyster vessel all crew are required to be briefed on basic aspects of marine safety. Crew and vessel safety are always the number one priority.
5. WHO CAN SIGN UP TO BE 'DECKIE FOR A DAY'? CAN I BRING MY CHILDREN?
Children under 12 are not capable of understanding instruction or carrying out the designated work.
Unfortunately - This means someone will have to stay on shore with them. There is a nice café in the main street (“the Blue Lime”), the Dalrymple Hotel has a play room and excellent meals (including our oysters) or there is a sheltered picnic area adjacent the boat ramp.
6. DO I BRING FOOD AND DRINK?
The Tour takes around 90 minutes so no food is required on the tour (don’t forget you can eat some oysters!!), but if you want to have a picnic after the tour – the picnic area adjacent the boat ramp has BBQ and tables and is available for public use, or the hotel in town (with views over the bay has a nice lunch time menu). You can bring your own drinks, but as this is a working vessel we do not allow alcohol on board. We will supply bottled water on board.
7. DO I NEED SPECIAL CLOTHING?
In terms of protective clothing we will supply what is necessary for you to work safely. However a water proof jacket is a good idea – to keep the wind out and the occasional splash. The vessel is largely open - so you are subject to the elements and you might get some ocean spray. It can be cold so it pays to come prepared with appropriate warm clothing!
8. HOW LONG DOES THE EXPERIENCE TAKE?
The shift is scheduled to last 90 minutes but it can take up to 2 hours depending on the work load. PEO has 3 leases on the spit – adding up to 20 hectares – all doing different things. To help you understand the oyster industry - we try and visit them all.
9. WHAT ABOUT TOILETS?
We do not have any toilet facilities on board so it's best to ensure you go before we depart. There are public toilet facilities at the Stansbury boat ramp. If you get caught short, we are only around 10 to 15 minutes back to the boat ramp at any time on lease so just yell out!! It happens!!
10. SUN PROTECTION?
Regardless of the time of year in South Australia the sun can burn. As we are going to be out for up to 2 hours – a hat, long pants, long sleeve shirt and sun screen are always a good idea. We keep sun screen on board (in the pilot house) – don’t hesitate to ask one of the crew.