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Set in the heart of Rock Oyster Country, the Narooma Oyster Festival is held annually on the first weekend of May. More more than Australia’s grandest oyster party— it’s a tribute to the South Coast’s native rock oysters and their dedicated growers.

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Festival goers enjoying music at the main stage.

Friday Night, May 3

4pm to 8.30pm – Festival Warm-up

If you have never been to the Friday Night Festival Warm-up before – this is your year!

It’s set to be bigger than ever and we hope you can join us as we gather round the MG Main Stage to watch Deborah Conway and Willy Zygier perform, along with other great acts, feast from the Oyster and Liquor Bars, watch the fireworks over the inlet and enjoy an intimate night ahead of the big day on Saturday. Plan to leave the car at home, there’s a free shuttle bus around Narooma.

Friday General Admission $25:

  • MG Main Stage headlined by Deborah Conway and Willy Zygier
  • Support acts Benji & the Saltwater Sound System and Robyn Martyn.
  • Street theatre and community performances
  • Narooma Rocks Oyster Bar
  • Borrowed Cuttings Festival Bar
  • Selected food vendors
  • Whale Coast Realty Fireworks Show at 8.30pm

Premium Experience

  • The Sunset Social supported by Merivale. ($190 inc Friday General Admission.)

Please note:

  • Pets are prohibited
  • Children under 16 require a free ticket
  • Free shuttle bus around Narooma
  • This event is cashless
  • See more in our FAQs
Oyster farmer shucking at shucking competition.

Saturday, May 4

10am to 5.30pm – the BIG day!

A huge day of tastings, oyster competitions and exploring the foreshore festivities.

Taste oysters fresh from leading farmers and estuaries across Rock Oyster Country. Cheer the farmers on in Australia’s Oyster Shucking Championships and Australia’s Biggest Oyster sponsored by Australia’s Oyster Coast.

Expand your culinary skills in Betta Home Living Cooking Demonstrations with local and visiting chefs, explore the markets and groove to live tunes on two stages, with the MG main stage headlining The SunBears and Dom Turner & the Rural Blues Project. Pack a picnic blanket and leave room for market treats! 

Plan to leave the car at home, there’s a free shuttle bus around Narooma and ticketed coaches operating between Bermagui and Batemans Bay.

Saturday General Admission $35:

  • Oyster Farmers Alley
  • Australia’s Oyster Shucking Championships
  • Australia’s Biggest Oyster
  • Betta Home Living Cooking Demonstrations
  • Narooma Rocks Oyster Bar
  • Borrowed Cuttings Festival Bar
  • Brewers, distillers and wine makers
  • Producers
  • Food vendors and markets
  • MG Main Stage headlined by The SunBears and Dom Turner & the Rural Blues Project
  • Support acts Los Zafiros Band, Jackson Carroll and Dan Cully
  • Community Stage
  • Street theatre.

Saturday’s Premium Experiences:

  • Sydney Royal Ultimate Oyster Experiences $125
  • Moet Champagne Oyster Cruises $85
  • Rock Oyster Lounge supported by Olsson’s Salt $220 (includes Saturday General Admission)

Please note:

  • Pets are prohibited
  • Children under 16 require a free ticket
  • Ticketed Coaches from Batemans Bay to Narooma
  • Free shuttle bus around Narooma
  • This event is cashless
  • See more in our FAQs

2024 Highlights

A group of people standing outside at a party by the water. A man and woman receive a welcome glass of champagne from a lady wearing an apron. The background includes festoon lighting, a gumtree and a beautiful sunset.

The Sunset Social

Supported by Merivale

Friday, May 3 | 5.30pm to 8.30pm | $190 inc Friday GA

An exclusive, twilight experience that celebrates the finest foods in a relaxed but sophisticated waterfront marquee.

Mingle with our guests as the sun sets over Wagonga Inlet while you enjoy the elegance of a glass of Mumm Terroir and indulge in exquisite Rock Oyster tastings curated by Australia’s Oyster Coast. Merivale’s talented chefs have crafted a bespoke menu of small and medium bites that highlight the finest seafood and produce of the south east regions and beyond. As the Festival’s opening night closes with a display of fireworks over the inlet, the feast concludes on a sweet note with ice cream treats from Bodalla Dairy.

It’s the ultimate way to warm up for the big day on Saturday. Tickets include Friday night Festival entry and all food and drinks.

Inclusions:

  • Friday General Admission
  • All food and drinks
  • Exclusive waterfront indoor and outdoor area
  • Live music by Jakob Poyner local star and Australian Idol contestant 2023 
  • Private amenities
  • Please note this event is not suitable for children under 18 years of age.
Two men a re shucking oysters and placing them on a bed of ice. A man reaches for one. The setting is outdoor are of the Rock Oyster Lounge, and there are tables in the background with people eating and drinking.

Rock Oyster Lounge

Supported by Olsson’s Salt

Saturday, May 4 | 11am to 4pm | $220 inc Saturday GA

Indulge in an exclusive retreat designed for those seeking an elevated experience amidst the festivities.

Located close to the heart of the action, the Lounge offers more than just a prime vantage point. Enjoy special tastings throughout the day and bask in exclusive access to a waterfront lawn, a cozy indoor area, private bar and amenities, featuring live music with Country award winner Corey Legge.

You’ll be well catered for with the Lounge boasting a shucking station hosted by Australia’s Oyster Coast, presenting the freshest Rock Oysters. There’s all-day gourmet bites and producer pop-ups including Oyster Gin cocktails crafted by Gavin from North of Eden Artisan Distillers, and a selection of exquisite concoctions featuring Altos Tequila.

This exclusive retreat is the ultimate haven to refresh and recharge between your festival adventures, offering a seamless blend of sophistication, comfort and indulgence.

Inclusions:

  • Saturday General Admission
  • 3 complimentary drinks and freshly shucked oysters
  • All day gourmet bites
  • Meet the producer sessions
  • Exclusive waterfront indoor and outdoor area
  • Live music with Corey Legge, winner of Australian Country Music People’s Choice Awards in Tamworth
  • Private bar to purchase additional drinks
  • Private amenities
  • Please note this event is not suitable for children under 18 years of age.
A close up of a plate of oysters, held by a man wearing an apron which reads Narooma Oyster Festival. The plate features rock oysters from 4 estuaries, an Angasi and a Pacific.

Sydney Royal Ultimate Oyster Experiences

Saturday, May 4
45 minutes | 10.30am | 11.45am | 1pm | $125

A transformative tasting experience showcasing the best oysters from the South Coast and the Sydney Royal Fine Food Aquaculture Competition. This experience is a rare opportunity to dive deep into the world of oysters with John Susman, Sydney Royal Aquaculture Chair of Judges. Discover the merrior of the native rock oyster from various key estuaries, the native angasi and the pacific. No tasting is complete without a pairing, and you will also receive a glass of sparkling wine on arrival with matched wine included with each tasting. By the end you’ll be an expert in oyster gastronomy and understand the importance of shucking your own oysters – we believe it’s a life skill! Sessions run for 45 minutes.

Please note:

  • This event does not include Saturday General Admission, please purchase this ticket separately.
  • This experience is not suitable for children under 18
A wooden ferry sits on a glassy inlet at sunset. Gulaga Mountain is in the background.

Moet Champagne Oyster Cruises

Saturday, May 4
50 minutes | 10.30am | 11.45am | 1pm | 2.15pm | 3.30pm | $85

Cruise the Wagonga Inlet from the festival fringe, with bubbles and Rock Oysters!

Glide by the oyster leases while you delight in freshly shucked rock oysters and sip on champagne or a craft beer. Learn more about the world of oysters from a local farmer and experience the natural features of this stunning inlet. The Wagonga Princess was built in 1905 of Huon Pine and sports whisper quiet solar electric engines. Cruises run for 50 minutes and depart from the southern end of the Festival.

This event is proudly supported by Moet Hennessy, where heritage and innovation, authenticity and creativity converge.

Please note:

  • This event does not include Saturday General Admission, please purchase this ticket separately.
  • This experience is not suitable for children under 18
Two men stand by a shucking bench concentrating fiercely as they shuck oysters. John Susman is calling the race along with Colin Fassnidge. In front of them are two large trophies.

Australia’s Oyster Shucking Championships

Supported by Australia’s Oyster Coast

Saturday, May 4 | Womens 3.15pm | Mens 4pm
Shuckers must be fast and tidy in their presentation. Shell grit? Penalty! A cut in the oyster? Penalty! Blood? Disqualification! A race like no other, these championships really raise the roof! Shuckers are judged on both speed and presentation with the winner invited to compete on the world stage in September at the World Oyster Opening Championships in Galway Ireland. Last year’s winner was Gerard Doody Denis, who shucked 30 rock oysters in under three minutes! Read more and apply to compete.

A shucker stands at the entrance of Oyster farmers Alley. She is wearing a belt with several steel buckets, one is full of unopened oysters and the other is for shells. Behind her are marquees with farmers representing different estuaries.

Oyster Farmer’s Alley

Saturday, May 4 | All Day
Oyster Farmers Alley is one of the main experiences people come for, and it is quite unique to the South Coast and to Australia. With the Rock Oyster as the hero, visitors get the chance to sample natural and topped oysters from different estuaries and can talk directly with the grower about the uniqueness of their waterway and the flavours it offers. Along with the native rock oyster, you can also try Angasi and Pacific Oysters including some 500g grandes! You’ll also find other seafoods here including lobster and prawns.

Australia’s Biggest Oyster

Supported by Australia’s Oyster Coast

Saturday, May 4 | 11.30am MG Main Stage
You won’t believe how big an oyster can grow until you see Australia’s Biggest Oyster! Featuring the Pacific Oyster, this long running competition is great fun for the family and you can meet the oyster and their farmers before and after the competition. Entrants are given a health check and the winner is chosen on weight, if there is a tie the length is also measured. These ‘grandes’ can weigh several kilograms and are treated like pets by their farmers. Last year’s winner ‘Jill’ weighed 2.74 kilograms and was grown by Bernie Connell on the Clyde River, she is at least nine years old!