The Dandenong Ranges are known for the scenic lookouts, ferntree forests, mystical walkways, spotting wildlife and birds, beautiful gardens, fruit orchards, and so much more. One thing it may not be so well known for is fishing. We managed to explore The Australian Rainbow Trout Farm recently, and I have to admit, we had a great time. The children enjoyed their first experience at fishing, and the best part is that the adventure ended in success, as they both caught a fish.
Entrance and Children's Playground
The Rainbow Trout Farm is located in Macclesfield, nestled on a dirt road, but once you reach the destination, there is much to explore. The farm is open every day of the year from 10am to 5pm (they are closed on Christmas day). At the time of writing this article, the entrance fee is as follows:
Children 14 and under $5.50
Children 3 and under are free
(Pet are not allowed)
Some rules to remember for Mini Golf
As you enter, there is friendly and helpful staff waiting to greet you in the kiosk. Apart from the tickets, you can also buy some snacks if you did not bring your own. You may also wish to buy some souvenirs, although there is not a wide range available. There is a brand new Mini-Golf for everyone to enjoy.
Children will be happy to run around and stretch their legs after riding in the car to get to the farm in the playground. There is much to explore, including the life-like sculpture of a giant tortoise, a triceratops and a pig. There are parrots and chooks roaming about as well.
You may spot some unusual wildlife
When you are ready to head to the fishing area, it's best to roam about and see what is the optimum way for your family to proceed. You also want to collect the bait from the fish-cleaning area, and collect the fishing rods. (Use of fishing rods, reels and bait is included in the entrance fee). You are welcome to use your own fishing gear as well.
There is a large lake, where fish are scarce. If you or your child want to practice with the fishing rod, this is a good place. The fish will not come easy. It is a great place to sit and relax and enjoy the views and the sun. There are Rainbow Trout in various sizes and Atlantic Salmon as well.
Once you have had a warm up, head on to the smaller lakes, where fish are plentiful. Your children will be pleased as the fish gets hooked fairly quickly. It is exciting when the child gets their first fish. Decide on how many fish you want to purchase. The price is charged by the total weight of the fish, so you may want to be mindful of that. Also to be noted is that you pay for all the fish you catch - you cannot throw a fish back into the lake.
When you have had your fill of fishing, head on to the fish cleaning area. The cleaning of the fish is free, but there is a charge for fillets, cutlets and sashimi preparation. I saw people carrying out up to $300 worth of fish from the farm.
After the fishing, you can enjoy a fresh BBQ as facilities are provided on premises. While you prepare the BBQ, the children can explore the playground. There are plenty of picnic tables. You will enjoy the beautiful parrots that come to feed in the birdhouse.
Something for everyone
Spending the whole day will be easy enough for the whole family. You will surely make loads of memories at the Rainbow Trout Farm. We are very excited to recommend this place as a great day to spend out and about. The place is totally child-friendly. We give this fishing farm two thumbs up.