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Aquascene: The Most Fun to Have with Fish, Without Eating Them!

By Korgan Hucent

If you think of fish, chances are you’ll automatically think of the amazing sport and barra fishing opportunities available here in Darwin. Did you know however, that you can actually get up close and personal with the fish that call the waters off our tropical city home?

It’s called Aquascene and it’s an incredible fish feeding experience like no other! Since the early 1950’s, at high tide many fish flock to Doctor’s Gully in the CBD to feed. Over the years, the fish have become quite social in their interactions with locals and tourists and in 1981, a business idea was spawned which we now know today as Aquascene.

Opened in 1981, Aquascene welcomes more than 70,000 visitors each year, and has received fabulous media coverage here in Australia and overseas. Visitors to the attraction can hand feed wild fish in the wild, without any enclosures! In fact, the waters around Doctor’s Gully are a protected marine sanctuary and the fish inhabiting this area are protected accordingly.
Fish feeding times at Aquascene are determined by tidal activities, with fish arriving for a feed and staying for just a short window of time, before they return back to sea as the tide recedes. The best way to check out fish feeding times at Aquascene is to visit this page of the attraction’s website, which is dedicated to times and schedules:

To experience the hand feeding for yourself at Aquascene, you’ll pay $15 per adult, $10 per child (3-15 years) and $10 per senior. If you’re a family, you can purchase a family admission for $43, and that will admit two adults, and 2-3 children aged between 3-15.

You can buy your tickets at Aquascene or at the Darwin Visitor Centre, located at the Bennett Street end of the Smith Street Mall.

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