Pearls of Australia is pleased to announce the launch of the first ever pearling tourism in New South Wales. Broken Bay Pearl Farm, an hour north of Sydney in Woy Woy, opens its doors from this December.
Broken Bay Pearl Farm Tours invite guests to board a 10m catamaran where an experienced farm skipper introduces you to the pearl of New South Wales, until now a best-kept-secret hidden among the local 150 year-old Rock Oyster industry.
On board the cruise, guests will be immersed in the virtues of the pristine marine environment that give birth to our immaculate oysters.
Incredible marine wildlife including pelicans, turtles and stingray as well as abundant fish are a living display of the thriving central coast marine ecosystem, essential to the pearl farm’s success.
Throughout the experience, Broken Bay Pearl Farm’s pearling team will reveal the intricacies of pearl farming before returning to land where guests will take part in a very special hands-on session with the pearl harvest.
Each will be offered a selection of Akoya and South Sea pearls while an expert shares the seven virtues that underpin the true value of these farm-direct pearls of Australia.
Broken Bay Pearl Farm and Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm located in the Kimberley Coast of Western Australia both offer the rare opportunity for the public to experience an authentic, working pearl farm.
Together they form Pearls of Australia.
Managing Director and third generation pearl farmer James Brown explains why opening these farm-gate experiences to the public are so important to the future of Australia’s pearling industry which produces the world’s most valuable pearls, in unique marine environments on opposite sides of the country.
“To discover how a pearl of Australia is preciously cultivated in pristine marine environments is to experience something very rare and special, and allows you to understand the value and beauty of these high-quality gems,” said James.
Akin to the ethics of Pearls of Australia which began with Cygnet Bay Pearls, Broken Bay’s farming processes are environmentally sustainable.
Great pride and care are taken to maintain the pristine waters in which the farm is situated, creating the perfect edu-tourism opportunity for local and visiting guests from around the world.
“As an entirely brand new tourism offering that celebrates a world class product produced on the Central Coast, we hope to see Broken Bay Pearl Farm offer a new attraction to the region, as well as a complimentary value-add to existing industry offerings such as wineries and harvest trails,” said James.
Broken Bay Pearl Farm Tours follow the demonstrated success of Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm, Australia’s original family-owned and operated pearl farm which first opened its doors to the public in 2009, where guests are given a “back-stage” look at the highly secretive industry and an opportunity to purchase pearls directly from the waters in which they are farmed.
While still operating as a working pearl farm, Cygnet Bay has since grown to become a “must see” destination on the Kimberley Coast, featuring a homestead restaurant, infinity pool with several styles of accommodation, and has been the recipient of many esteemed tourism awards.
Established in 2003, Broken Bay pearl farm is the only pearl producer in New South Wales, and has continually produced high quality pearls since then.
The Broken Bay Akoya pearl is exceptionally high quality and rare, believed to be the premium Akoya on the global market today due to its longer cultivation, extraordinary lustre and wide range of unconventional natural colours.
Pearls of Australia offers a world-first with certification of provenance and purity – two additional virtues of our two native Australian pearl species.