The Gaden Trout Hatchery is on the Thredbo River, 10 km north-west of Jindabyne. It is one of Australia’s main centres for breeding and rearing four types of cold water sport fish - rainbow trout, brown trout, brook trout and Atlantic salmon.
Visitors can visit and sometimes it will be okay to feed the big fish that come to the surface in the hatchery’s brood stock ponds. There is a 10 minute introduction video outlining what happens at the hatchery and visitors are able to go for a walk around the grounds with one of the experienced hatchery staff. There is over one hectare of parkland on the banks of the river with coin operated barbeques and picnic shelters. It probably comes as no surprise that fishing is not permitted at the hatchery.
The visitor’s centre is open daily from 10:00am to 4:00pm and guided tours happen at 10am and 2pm daily (closed Anzac Day, Christmas Day and Boxing Day)
Entry is $10 for adults, $7 for children/concession and $28 for families (two adults, two children)
They also have traditional wood smoked trout for sale.
Rydges Horizons Snowy Mountains Resort is in Jindabyne for all you accommodation needs.
Photo by Clint & Todd Wright for NSW National Parks