Aquascene, Darwin

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28 Doctors Gully Road (08) 8981 7837

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    Aquascene & Doctors Gully

    by Mikebb Updated Aug 27, 2009

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    We drove down to Doctors Gully the last morning we were in Darwin to catch the fish feeding. Like many other people who arrived we were a little late but still enjoyed our visit.

    The area has a nice section of mangroves growing waterside which were nice to view. The tide was in and the water looked good. Would have been better if we had witnessed the fish feeding.The cost of lingering over the hotel breakfast buffet.

    Fish feeding times change with the tides. Essential you check feeding times in local publications, hotel reception or phone Aquascene the day before.

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    Aquascene Fish Feeding

    by balhannah Written Oct 11, 2008

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    This attraction is feeding the Mullet, Bream, Catfish & Milkfish and any other wild fish that come along. You can get in the Ocean with them, or feed them from the edge. Every day, when its high tide, they come for a free feed. The children probably would love this more than adults. The tides change every day, so does the time of the feeding to coincide with high tide.
    There is an admission charge.

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    Aquascene - Darwin Fish Feeding

    by skatzcatz Written Feb 25, 2006

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    For 2 hours every high tide only a walk from the centre of Darwin, Aquascene has been feeding fish for now 50 years. A great spot to experience something a little different.

    Adults: $7
    Choldren $4

    check website or phone for times as they change to match the tides.

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    Aqua Scene

    by HarShe Written Jul 17, 2005

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    Treat yourself to an unforgettable experience.
    Visit AQUASCENE - you'll be amazed. Right in the heart of Darwin and within walking distance of most city hotels is a unique attraction and voted "most popular attraction" in tourism surveys. AQUASCENE is where hundreds of fish come to shore at high tide to be fed by hand. This unique and increasingly popular attraction gives you an introduction to several of the marine species living off the Darwin coast.

    At high tide hundreds of fish come into the shallows looking for a free feed. It is a ritual that began in the late 1950's when a local resident threw scraps of food to a few mullet. Somehow word got around in the fish populace and now milkfish, bream, catfish and many other species join the mullet in the skirmish for a meal.

    Feeding frenzy!
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    Feed the Fish

    by Rosie-o Written Dec 15, 2003

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    I was at first sceptical about wading out into the water and feeding mullet - one of the creepiest experiences I've ever had was watching a seething mass of trout at a farm in Gippsland. Anyway this was much nicer, the fish were fewer and their 'schlepping' was actually endearing. Worth the visit.

    not me!

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    by a5floor Updated Sep 7, 2002

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    Aquascene is where hundreds of fish come to shore at high tide to be fed by hand. Milkfish, mullet, catfish, bream and barramundi can be seen close enough to touch as they compete with each other for food. Many other species including rays, cod, mangrove jack and diamond fish may also be seen in the shallows if you watch carefully.
    This daily fish feeding ritual began over 40 years ago when a nearby resident started throwing bread scraps to a few small mullet at high tide. Since then it has grown to the amazing spectacle it is today, attracting thousands of visitors each year.
    Trays of bread are provided at regular intervals during the feeding period for hand feeding the mullet and milkfish. If you are very gentle, you can even stroke the fish as you feed them however, please be very careful not to frighten them and do not pick them up.
    Darwin harbour is subject to tide movements of up to 8 metres and the fish that visit Aquascene can only come to the shore for a few hours each day, then must return to sea with the tide. The numbers of fish which arrive and opportunities to hand feed them will vary each day according to the size of the tide and clarity of the water, as well as breeding seasons, time of day that feeding occurs, and general seasonal and weahter conditions. The most favourable conditions are generally found when feeding occurs in the mornings and fish numbers are highest from December to August.

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