JOIN FEEDING FRENZY

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A small en­try fee gives you ac­cess to one of Dar­win’s more vin­tage but equally en­joy­able at­trac­tions at Aquascene Fish Feeding Sanc­tu­ary. Bream, mul­let and the odd ray have been vis­it­ing the shal­low wa­ters of Doc­tors Gully since the 1950s and ev­ery day vis­i­tors from all over the world come here to see this nat­u­ral phe­nom­e­non oc­cur­ring on high tide. Kids will love tot­ing gi­ant chunks of bread down to the wa­ter’s edge to find the wa­ters froth­ing with hun­dreds of friendly wild fish wait­ing for their break­fast. Keep your eyes peeled to see many of their shyer friends hang­ing around at the edge of the main gang. You may be lucky enough to spot cod, man­grove jack, par­rot and di­a­mond fish. Steeped in his­tory, the area is also home to a fresh­wa­ter spring that once fed the first mar­ket gardens sup­ply­ing veg­eta­bles to lo­cal res­i­dents. Started by two Chi­nese broth­ers, there is a dis­tinct flavour in the art and mem­o­ra­bilia here that serves up some in­ter­est­ing his­tory, so even if you are not that keen on get­ting nib­bled by fish, there is a lit­tle slice of kitsch here for ev­ery­one to en­joy. The gardens around the prop­erty also make for a pleas­ant stroll in­clud­ing a show­case of trop­i­cal orchids and even a rain­for­est. Make sure you check tide times be­fore you visit Aquascene.

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