Rhyll Trout and Bush Tucker Farm
Back to nature
There is nothing quite like standing with a line in the water and feeling that first bite. Listen to the squeals as your little fisherfolk triumphantly reel in their catch. The chances are extremely good as both indoor and outdoor pools teem with trout. And don’t worry, if you don’t fancy pulling the squirming fish off the hook, there are staff on hand to do it for you. Watch the pride on your little ones’ faces as they take their catch to the restaurant chef.
36 Rhyll–Newhaven Rd, Rhyll; (03) 5956 9255
■ The Bush Tucker Trail. While you wait for your fish to be cooked, get the kids to lead you down the trail. With the aid of a map and signs, they can spot all the bush foods used by local Indigenous people.
The fish in these pools are rainbow trout. Originally from North America, they were introduced to Australia for sport fishing in 1894. Local anglers have been rejoicing ever since, but the native fish are probably not so enthusiastic. Rainbow trout can grow to over a metre long and weigh over 20 kilograms, and it is thought they may be the reason why some smaller native fish are now endangered.
■ This can be a reasonably priced, fun, educational and tasty way to spend a few hours. Take care to check the price list carefully, though. Apart from entry fees, you pay for the fish you catch and for services such as cleaning, and cooking.