THE RYDGES POST
Darwin’s Aquascene Fish Feeding is a unique experience that happens at Doctors Gully (28 Doctors Gully Road). Since the early 1950s this natural phenomena has been occurring on the high tide in the tranquil tropical waters of Doctors Gully.
Hundreds of friendly local wild fish swim to the shallow shoreline to partake in meal of fresh bread. Talk about the loaves and the fishes! Since the tradition started the fish have shed their normal shyness and spread the word that a free feed with no strings (or hooks) attached is on offer.
Since 1981 Aquascene has been operating this magical family attraction that attracts more than 70,000 visitors every year.
Visitors can choose to feed the fish from the comfort of the concrete stairs of the viewing platform or wade into the water and have the added dimension of the fish tickling feet as they jostle over each other to get to the bread.
It is safe to wade in the waters amongst the busy feeding fish – they have no teeth or dangerous barbs but, as a precaution, they advise no further than knee deep during the box jelly fish months (no one has been stung at Aquascene by the way).
Aquascene is proudly Eco Certified and all efforts are taken to minimise any impact on the natural environment. Visitors can get up close and personal with a number of species that may include Diamond Scaled Mullet, Rock Cod, Bream, Catfish, Milkfish, Sea Garfish, Shovel Nosed Rays and Fantail Rays.
The gardens around the property make for a pleasant stroll and feature a display of beautiful tropical orchids and a rainforest. The kiosk has a great variety of cold drinks, ice-creams and souvenirs including T-shirts, pencil cases, magnets and wind chimes.
This fish sanctuary is open on the high tide and you can click here for fish feeding times
Admission - Adults $15.00, Children aged 3 to15 years and Seniors $10.00, Families (2 Adults plus 2 or 3 Children aged between 3-15) $43.00.