Australia’s oceans, rivers, and estuaries provide plentiful opportunities for commercial fishing with high-quality catches. We love our seafood, and this is borne out by the popularity of fish n’ chip shops, thriving fish markets, and an abundance of seafood restaurants. Dining venues along the coastline have access to fresh daily caught seafood that is among the best produce in the world. So whether it’s casual or fine dining you’re after, here’s our take on the four best places to find seafood in Australia.
1. Darwin’s Coastal Precincts
Fisherman’s Wharf boasts the Darwin Fish Market and several top-rated seafood restaurants. The freshest of fresh prawns, oysters, crabs, barramundi, jewfish and barracuda are just some of the regular produce from daily catches. Restaurant locations provide excellent views, with outdoor dining one of the great pleasures in Darwin’s balmy weather.
Beyond the wharf precinct, heading northwest along the Esplanade, and on to the marina area at Cullens Bay, you’ll find more eateries offering top-quality seafood dishes. Further up to the northern shore area around Nightcliff, there’s another cluster of dining venues. You’ll need a long stay in Darwin to sample a good number of the superb seafood dishes this city offers.
2. Explore Brisbane River Restaurant Locations
One of life’s great pleasures is to overlook the sparkling Brisbane River in the evening from one of the city’s top-rated seafood restaurants. Dining on Moreton Bay bugs, wild-caught prawns, local scallops, and other seasonal Queensland fish species doesn’t disappoint. Several city and nearby fish markets make chefs spoilt for choice in fresh produce for their dishes.
In addition to the river precinct, there are numerous seafood restaurant locations in Brisbane’s CBD. After feasting, enjoy the vibrant nightlife at bars, clubs, theatres and other entertainment venues.
3. Sydney Harbour and CBD Top-rated Restaurants
Seafood restaurants are dotted across much of Sydney, with a host of top-rated dining venues near the harbour. Watson’s Bay, The Rocks, Pyrmont, Darling Harbour and the Opera House precinct are just a few restaurant locations to explore. Get onto the Good Food Guide and search for Sydney seafood eateries. Then grab your Good Food Gift Card and head out to one of the many top-rated seafood dining venues.
For a change of pace, book an evening cruise with a price that includes a sumptuous seafood buffet. Fine dining on the glittering harbour with views across the city skyline is all it’s cracked up to be.
4. Hobart’s Waterfront
The pristine waters around Tasmania host a huge variety of crustacean and fish species. Tasmania is famous for the quality of its rock lobsters, abalone, oysters and deep-sea fish. Produce quality is so high that much of it is in high demand for export markets. Fortunately, Hobart has many seafood restaurant locations on the waterfront. Constitution Dock and the surrounding wharves are a great place to stroll, enjoy the heritage sights and pick a top-rated dining venue.
Seasonal Seafood Dining
If you’ve been lucky enough to have received a Good Food Gift Card over the festive season or another special occasion, you can make the most of seasonal dining. Enjoy paying less for delectable seafood dishes or any other cuisine that takes your fancy.