Venus Bay Prawns are recognised around the country for being the very best premium quality prawns. You can purchase them direct in Elliston, on the Eyre Peninsula, for the freshest prawns you’ll ever taste straight from the pristine waters of the Great Australian Bight.
The small fishing village of Venus Bay is famous for its superb Western King Prawns. This variety is the only prawn fished in South Australia and is found in the unspoiled waters of the Southern Ocean off the coast of the Eyre Peninsula. It is one of the most popular species of prawn in all of Australia due to its rich flavour and is highly sought-after seafood on menus across the country.
The Western King Prawn is caught off the coast in the deepwater of the Southern Ocean. The licensed boats use bottom and mid-water trawl nets to catch the prawns. In particular, Venus Bay on the Eyre Peninsula has been known as the hub of prawn fishing since Kon Paul opened a fish works in 1964 and secured a license to trawl for prawns. Since then, the small community in Venus Bay has been hauling up the tastiest prawns that you’ll ever eat.
Kon and his family now own three commercial fishing boats in Venus Bay, which leave the jetty in the afternoon and fish during the dark of the night when the prawns are most active. The hard-working fishermen work up to 20 hours overnight as they work to catch as many as possible. The trawling nets used in prawn fishing have minimal impact on the ocean environment and the now third-generation family business understands the importance of protecting the pristine waters of the Bight for the future of the fishing industry.
Once you’ve tasted Venus Bay Prawns, there’s no going back. They are considered by anyone who’s ever tried them to be the best in the country. If you can’t wait to try Venus Bay Prawns for yourself, then call into the shop on the Flinders Highway in Elliston to pick up some raw or cooked prawns to take home with you.
Products and services on offer
You can purchase from Venus Bay Prawns at the small shop on Flinders Highway in Elliston, just south of Venus Bay. The store sells direct to the general public so you can stop in and pick up some of the freshest prawns that you’ll ever taste straight off the boat. The store is open weekdays from 9 am to 5 pm and they offer both cooked and raw prawns fresh from the water.
If you want to get in quick, you can call ahead to order your prawns or get them to keep some aside for you so that you won’t miss out. The store accepts both cash and EFTPOS for payment.
Fresh or cooked Venus Bay prawns
They have a range of sizes of prawns from small to extra-extra-large available in boxes of 500g and 1kg. You can select from either cooked or raw to go.
You can also try their pickled prawns which come in four different flavours and two different jar sizes from chilli to zesty lemon. They also have pickled octopus available too for real seafood lovers.
Feel free to ask for cooking instructions or recipe ideas when you come through to pick up your prawns. They’ll be happy to offer their expert advice on cooking or you can grab a recipe book for the most delicious prawn meal ideas.
When it comes to prawns there is none better! Do yourself a favour and indulge – you’ll be glad you did!
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