SUMMER 2020-21



Pearls of Australia, the only pearl farm on the entire east coast of Australia, and located here on the Central Coast, grow the world-famous Akoya pearls in the pristine waters of their Broken Bay Pearl farm. Ten lucky COAST couples will be given a behind-the-scenes Shellar Door experience and boat tour of the pearl farm to see how the tiny oyster spats are carefully nurtured to grow into mature pearl shells. Watch as shells are prised open to reveal a lustrous pearl. Learn the seven qualities that make up the value of a pearl.


The one-hour tour includes a boat tour out to the pearl farm on the scenic lower Hawkesbury River and will touch on the main points of how Pearls of Australia grow the pearls. Back on land at the Shellar Door, the pearl farm team will guide you through an enthralling experience on the history of pearling in Australia and the qualities that make up the value of a pearl. You can also see the jewellery made from locally grown pearls.

Just tell us why you’d like to be given a private behind-the-scenes tour of the Broken Bay Pearl farm located on the Hawkesbury River at Mooney Mooney on the Central Coast.

The winning entry will be drawn by COAST ONLINE on July 24, 2020 and the winner notified by email. 

Competition Terms & Conditions:
The winner will be notified by email. Relatives and employees of Pearls of Australia and COAST Publishing are ineligible to enter. Entries close at 5pm, July 24, 2019. Entries will be judged by two members of COAST Publishing team. The prize cannot be exchanged or redeemed for cash. By entering we’ll deliver future issues of COAST ONLINE free to your Inbox (you may unsubscribe at any time), and you undertake that the Entry words are yours and that the publishers will not be held liable for any breach of these terms and conditions.

Pearls of Australia Terms & Conditions:
The prize is valued at $95 pp and is subject to availability (the tours currently operate four days a week). It is valid within this year, 2020 and is not available in peak/Christmas periods, public holidays or school holidays. Original voucher must be presented at the Shellar Door to be valid. Voucher is not transferable, cannot be paid in lieu of booked dates, and can only be amended outside 7 days prior to the confirmed date. Once your booking is confirmed, Pearls of Australia Terms & Conditions apply. Pearls of Australia follow the strict COVID-19 cleaning and sanitising schedules, personal safety and hygiene and social distancing requirements. We ask that when you visit you follow the signage provided and observe social distancing. Please remember, if you are unwell, don’t visit — for your safety and ours.

2½ hour tours:

If you’re interested in a more immersive experience for your family or friends at some time, there is also a two-and-a-half hour tour that includes the boat trip to the pearling grounds, and back at the Shellar Door the chance to touch and feel pearls, learn about pearl grading, the history of pearling, and how pearls are valued. $225 pp.

Bespoke tours:

Customised tours are also available in which you’ll harvest your own pearl. The tour includes a picnic hamper featuring locally grown Sydney Rock Oysters, and a taste of the rare delicacy — pearl meat. $500 pp. Talk to Pearls of Australia about adding on luxury transfers by air, road or water from Sydney! Upgrade your lunch to one of the nearby fine dining restaurants on the Hawkesbury.

Broken Bay Pearl Farm Shellar Door, 12 Kowan Road Mooney Mooney, 20 minutes up the M1 north of Sydney.

Photography: Reed Plummer Central Coast Drones, Jacs Powell.