School Education Tours
We have a great Education Program for schools Kindergarten- year 12 as well as University/Tafe groups on Sustainable Fish and Vegetable Production as well as covering Food Technology Subjects. With our Restaurant on site we are also able to do Commercial Kitchen Tour and Cooking Demonstrations.
Our education program fits neatly with the current HSC Syllabus requirements for Food & Technology, Industry Studies, Agriculture and Geography and K-6 PDHD and the new Science and Technology Stage K-6 syllabus.
Tailor Made was Incorporated in 1997 an obtained the 1st licence to grow Barramundi on the eastern seaboard of NSW. Construction began in 1998, and today enjoys the title of the largest Barramundi producer in NSW.
The farm site is 43 acres of which we only use 2 acres and are able to produce 1,000 kilograms of fish every week for fresh seafood restaurants. What makes us different to most fish production is that our wastewater is utilised as a resource to grow hydroponic vegetables. These are sold into the local Newcastle market and served fresh in our Cookabarra Restaurant.
The food production model that has been developed here is an environmentally responsible land based food production system that has gained international attention. We even received an award for emerging exporter of the year in 2008 for a technology sale into Poland, where the farmer is now producing 100-tonnes of Barramundi per year for restaurants and hotels.
Applying good Science has enabled us to develop an innovative animal production system that has world-wide applications wherever there is a need for a quality fish in a sustainable and reliable fashion.
- That 70% of the Barramundi consumed in Australia is imported from Asia
- That to get 1 kilo of fillets 2.2 kilos of fish are needed
- Barramundi are able to live either full sea water or fresh water
- Barramundi all start life as a male and then change sex
- A mature female will lay 3,000,000 eggs over 3 consecutive nights during the Wet Season in the tropics
- In the wild survival numbers are greatly reduced due to cannibalism - the old story survival of the fittest!
- A large mouth lets them swallow live fish to 2/3 their size
Payment is to be made prior to excursion and is non refundable.
Teachers - Free of Charge for Tour Only - Lunch $15p/h for Teachers
All rates inclusive of GSTTeachers - Free of Charge for Farm & Kitchen Tours Only
Rates for Kindergarten - Year 4
Barramundi Farm Tour only
$10 per student or $8 per student for more than 20 students
Rates for Years 5 - University/Tafe
Barramundi Farm Tour
$11 per student inc GST or $9 per student for more than 20 students
Barramundi Farm Tour + Cooking Demonstration
Allow (1hr 30 mins)
$24 per student inc GST or $22 per student for more than 20 students
Less than 10 Students $25 per student + flat fee of $150 for Kitchen & Cooking Demonstration
Barramundi Farm Tour + Lunch Assorted Pizzas with can of Drink
Allow (1 hr 30 mins)
$27 per student inc GST or $25 per student for more than 20 students
Barramundi Farm Tour + Kitchen Tour + Cooking Demonstration & Lunch Assorted Pizzas with can of Drink
$39 per student inc GST or $37 per student for more than 20 students
Less than 10 Students $35 per student + flat fee of $150 for Kitchen & Cooking Demonstration
if you are wanting the students to have fish meals please see normal coach tour packages for pricing.
Recommended Accommodation for overnight visits to Port Stephens
The Retreat Port Stephens
NO.1 SCHOOL GROUP ACCOMMODATION VENUE IN PORT STEPHENS
Quality accommodation, delicious healthy meals and complete itinerary planning for your school. The Retreat offers a very private and secure environment for school camp accommodation.
Ideal for both Primary and High schools with curriculum based tours and activities covering: HSIE, Geography, Science, History, Biology, Environment & Conservation, Agriculture, Marine studies, Food Technology & Business studies.
The Retreat is the only accommodation venue in Port Stephens with group style accommodation houses available all year round. Brilliant onsite facilities for everyone to enjoy plus onsite activities available for team building and evening entertainment.
Our variety accommodation options can accommodate a variety of group numbers with a total capacity of 120 guests.
Schools Brochure booklet - http://theretreatportstephens.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/D4746-Schools-Booklet-Jan-2015sml.pdf
The Retreat Port Stephens
4302 Nelson Bay Rd
Anna Bay NSW 2316
Ph: (02) 4982 1244