If you were sad about The Curated Plate festival cancellation, this news might perk you up: Caloundra Jetski will be going ahead with its seafood and strawberry jetski safaris over the originally scheduled days for the festival, from 6-9 August.
While guide Ken Jeffreys understands why this year’s festival had to be cancelled, he says there’s been such an appetite for outdoor adventures that he decided to go ahead with a ‘mini food festival’ over the scheduled long weekend and we are all for it.
"The half-day Jetski Seafood Safari debuted at last year’s Curated Plate, and involves riding the entire length of the Pumicestone Passage Marine Park, through wetlands, and past ancient volcanoes, to Spinnaker Sound Marina at Sandstone Point, Bribie,” says Mr. Jeffreys.
A new restaurant at the Marina, SEASARS Seafood Cafe and Bistro will serve a mouth-watering feast featuring the Sunshine Coast’s finest ocean catch, including Mooloolaba prawns, blue swimmer crab, whiting, oysters, calamari and lots of accompaniments.
The Caloundra Seafood Safari will depart at midday each day over the long weekend and it will set you back $440 per jetski. Although that might sound steep, if you're two people, it comes down to $220 per person, making it the perfect adventure for couples or friends. The trip is fully guided, with a qualified marine instructor to convey the remarkable story of the region’s geological and cultural background on the trip to and from Bribie Island.
And if that’s not enough to whet your adventure appetite, Ken will also be offering a Jetski to Strawberry Heaven tour, taking off from Caloundra and jet-skiing to historic Roy's Strawberry Farm. There, you can pick and sample a tray of luscious, ripe strawberries on a grassy hillock overlooking the Pumicestone Passage. The whole thing takes about 90 minutes, with a cost of $220 per jetski ($110 per person if two people share a jetski). Best part? Cocktails are included, so hop on!
Obviously, to ensure that all COVID safety requirements are met, bookings are essential, so don't miss out.
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