WHERE TO BUY THE BEST AND FRESHEST SEAFOOD ON THE GOLD COAST

The Gold Coast is lined with kilometre after kilometre of pristine beaches, all backed by that alluring blue canvas that is the Pacific Ocean. Not only does it look impressive to the naked eye, but it also provides us with some incredibly fresh seafood to tantalise the taste buds. If you are a true fan of food from the ocean then you really are quite spoilt here on the Gold Coast.

Here we take a closer look at some of the best places to find the best and freshest seafood in the area.

FISHERMAN’S COOPERATIVE

If freshness is paramount for your sea fare then look no further than the Fisherman’s Cooperative at Main Beach. The organisation takes prawns, fish and crabs from up to 12 sea-going ships at one time. The ships return often in the early hours of the day from their night trawls, they then unload their bounty right there for you to buy straight off the boat. This means you could be buying something that has literally been pulled from the ocean only hours before; it doesn’t get any better than this, people!

SANCTUARY COVE

Looking for a top-notch seafood experience on the Northern Gold Coast? Rise early and head to local’s favourite, the Marine Village at Sanctuary Cove for some of the freshest daily catches of ocean-caught seafood. Green and cooked prawns, bugs and crabs are sold by the kilo and based on their reviews, you’ll certainly be coming back for more.

Dave and his crew dock at the Marina Fridays through to Sundays (until sold out), at the Cove’s G Pier Marina.

the Marine Village Sanctuary Cove
Fresh off the trawler at the Marine Village. Image Credit: Sanctuary Cove

THE FISH HOUSE

Having nurtured and fostered a special relationship with a fish supplier from Victoria, this iconic Gold Coast restaurant doesn’t mess around. Getting the freshest and best available seafood from Victoria and South Australia flown up every morning to Coolangatta Airport is something very unique. Whether it’s Port Lincoln Hiramasa Kingfish or Hand dived scallops from Port Phillip Bay, the strive for great food is truly evident at The Fish House.

So conscious of their efforts to freshness they won’t even take fish from WA, as it’s ‘simply too far away to remain fresh’. Worthy of its high reputation, head here for some of the country’s finest seafood in a relaxed and elegant setting, set in full view of the stunning Burleigh Heads beach.

The Fish House Burleigh
Dine-in at The Fish House for an exquisite Seafood experience. Image Credit: @cravegoldcoast

PETER’S FISH MARKET

No list of this nature would be quite complete without the inclusion of this establishment. Peter’s Fish Market has quite the cult following and reputation, with little argument as to why either. Situated very close to the Fisherman’s Cooperative at Main Beach, the market also prides itself on getting the best and most fresh seafood there is going.

Renowned for having some incredible fish and chips, the business prides itself on its ample outside seating, meaning you can enjoy your delicious fried bounty with an incredible view over the Broadwater.

CHARIS SEAFOOD

Another worthy supplier of some incredible seafood is Charis Seafoods in Labrador. The biggest in size of all the suppliers, the long-time owned and ran family business makes catering for a large gathering or event quite the breeze. They offer well-priced seafood platters and whole ‘eskies’ with an array of the ocean’s best; perfect for when the sun’s out and the family decide to drop by. Or better still, want to dine alfresco in the great outdoors.  

Charis Seafoods
Seafood lunch to go at Charis Seafoods. Image Credit: @dremerfoodtravels

And there you have it. At great prices and killer seaside locations, look no further than the Gold Coast for some of the best and freshest seafood that money can buy.

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