Stars launch seafood trail
GOLD Coast fishing guru Paul Burt and Tweed star chef Steve Snow joined forces yesterday to launch the new Seafood Discovery Trail.
The trail, a joint initiative of Connecting Southern Gold Coast and Tweed Tourism, showcases more than 50 dining experiences and outdoor activities inspired by the oceans and waterways from Currumbin to Cabarita Beach.
The trail stretches along 35 kilometres of coastline and a network of rivers, creeks and tranquil broad waters. Connecting Southern Gold Coast general manager Jim Wilson said the journey of discovery would take participants from award-winning fine-dining restaurants to sleepy riverbank fishing spots.
“The Seafood Discovery Trail is the first of a number of initiatives that will evolve from the Memorandum of Understanding between Southern Gold Coast and Tweed Tourism to promote both regions jointly as part of Australia's Green Cauldron,” Mr Wilson said.
“Designed as a self-drive itinerary, the Seafood Discovery Trail offers an exciting new way to experience the traditional pastimes of the area from Currumbin to Cabarita, which has always been a favourite haunt for anglers, whether they're casting a rod off one of our beautiful beaches, dropping a line from a riverbank and breakwater, or fishing the off-shore reefs.
“It's also renowned as the best place to buy fresh seafood, with our fish markets stocked every day with locally caught prawns, tuna, snapper, mahi mahi, spanner crabs and muddies, as well as our locally grown and harvested Tweed River oysters.”
In recent years there has been a growing number of dining venues offering seafood to suit every budget, Mr Wilson said.
“In creating the Seafood Discovery Trail we have brought all of these elements together in an easy-to-download format, so that residents and visitors can design their own holiday or weekend itinerary, just a short drive from wherever they may be staying in the region,” he said.
The trail includes Mr Burt's round-up of the best places to drop a line and a signature seafood recipe from celebrity chef Steve Snow.
Tweed Tourism general manager Phil Villiers said it was hoped people would use the trail to explore the region in more depth.
“From crab-catching cruises and whale watching through to kayaking, snorkelling and scuba diving, there are plenty of reasons to stay longer, so you can sample even more of our fantastic seafood restaurants and cafes.”