Salmon Ponds Heritage Hatchery and Gardens

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Salmon Ponds Heritage Hatchery and Gardens

Salmon Ponds Heritage Hatchery and Gardens
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Bodies of Water • Gardens
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Rowan H
Cairns, Australia987 contributions
Jan. 2022
The Salmon ponds were established in the early 1800's - with the subsequent successful introduction and subsequent breeding of rainbow and brown trout from England in 1864. This in itself is a very interesting story and worth a visit alone. These days the salmon ponds still exist, in a the setting of a well maintained Victorian garden with numerous preserved buildings showcasing the history of this very interesting place.

I visited with my wife and here are a few of my thoughts.

PROS
* This is a very unique attraction which I haven't come across anywhere in Tasmania, or Australia for that case.
* The entry fee of 8 dollars is very reasonable.
* The gardens are quite beautiful to stroll through
* The pancakes in the attached restaurant were quite tasty.
* There are numerous salmon and trout on display - some excessively large.
* There is a plethora of interesting information regarding the rich history of this place
* A visit here can easily be combined with one to Russell falls which is around half an hour away.

CONS
* The fish appeared to be in poor conditions. They were clearly overfed, with large amounts of food sitting in the ponds. Unfortunately when this occurs it encourages the growth of fungus which then make the fish sick. I witnessed over 4 dead or dying fish in the ponds which is a very bad sign.

Overall worth a visit, particularly when combined with a visit to Russell falls but I feel management would benefit from limiting the availability of fish food to the public.
Written 7 January 2022
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hornymull
Cairns, Australia102 contributions
Jan. 2022 • Family
Reading reviews we thought the Ponds would be lovely and interesting, we were quite let down unfortunately. It was $22 for a family but then you have to pay extra for fish food, it should be included, the fish didn’t even want to eat it anyway. The ponds had quite a lot of fish, but nothing too exciting, and the gardens weren’t anything spectacular. We were interested in the hatchery but it just had about 4 baby fish and a couple of eels, the rest was messy and not being used. We understand tourism has struggled, but of our 4 weeks in Tassie, this was our biggest letdown.
Written 2 January 2022
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Linda G
4 contributions
Aug. 2021 • Family
This was a beautiful way to spend a warm, sunny Sunday morning. The gardens are beautiful and the fish were hungry. A great little adventure for families.
Written 5 September 2021
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CodyMav
Gold Coast, Australia27,608 contributions
Mar. 2021
These stunningly presented grounds tell an interesting story with a shed, museum and a wide variety of salmon.

The grounds stretch to a flowing river behind which you can walk along, aside from numerous ponds separating species.

The Cafe was just the icing on a great visit
Written 19 July 2021
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Angie H
Hobart, Australia503 contributions
Aug. 2020
When I was there with my husband we enjoyed the beautiful gardens and had an excellent seat in the sun. We waited a long time for the pancakes which were delicious. We had a glass of wine which was also very pleasant. Then we went to the Salmon Ponds and we did not need to pay anything at all. The grounds were magnificent and the many fish in the ponds were really fat. However, this place is not cheap but it is an icon to have visited this amazing place at least once.
Written 4 July 2021
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Clara R
23 contributions
Jun. 2021 • Couples
I wasn't there for the Salmon but OMG I was in my glory with the grounds, the large trees. The scenery alone too my breath away, So beautiful. Of course I looked at the fish and the history behind it all which is fascinating. For a very cheap entry price I would recommend.

Do take change as we only had card so unable to buy feed but being 2 adults we didn't really need to feed them. Other children were feeding the fish and it was a delight to see the expressions on their little faces.

A winter's day was wondering in the sunlight walking through slowly and enjoying the Salmon ponds.
Written 26 June 2021
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Granules2013
Darwin, Australia1,993 contributions
Apr. 2021 • Family
First time I’d been here in a long time, it’s still an amazing place and has been modernized and updated nicely. The scenery and setting there is beautiful. Can easily spend an hour or so walking around the ponds seeing all the trees and museums and displays. Great to see and very informative.
Written 20 May 2021
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Michelle Roberts
73 contributions
Apr. 2021
I am giving three stars for the beautiful pancakes in the restaurant but not for the actual Salmon Ponds staff. We walked in and not seeing the small sign to say we had to pay to get into see the salmon in the pond, the main guy at the till came running after us to tell us we need to pay to go in. After apologising and saying we did not read sign, he was not very friendly after that.
Bit of a rip off having to pay to go and look at salmon in the pond anyway I thought.
It was a lovely area out there with lots of salmon in the ponds but you had to pay to get in then you had to pay to buy food to feed to the salmon. Lots of nice areas outside to sit and enjoy the sunshine and the beautiful gardens but we decided to eat at the Pancakes on The Pond which was really nice.
Loved the gorgeous Fagus trees along the driveway as you enter too. Beautiful grounds.
Written 17 May 2021
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travelgirl254
Perth, Australia177 contributions
Apr. 2021 • Couples
We found the information about the history of the Salmon Ponds on the boards as we entered very informative. It was great being able to buy some fish food. Our daughter found it fun to feed the fish in the various ponds. It’s quite exciting when one jumped up out of the water. The ambience of the whole place due to the advanced trees was wonderful. We found it interesting to visit the Museums too. We had lunch in the restaurant. Quick service and delicious food. We enjoyed the riverwalk. Disappointed we didn’t see any platypus anywhere. We weren’t sure the $8 entry fee per person would be worth it but we decided it was.
Written 14 April 2021
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Simon S
7 contributions
Feb. 2021
Quite historic with beaut gardens and a very nice café/restaurant. Buying a $2 bucket of fish food is great fun as the very large and mature trout and salmon leap to gobble down the tucker. As a museums person I was very impressed with the small museum on site as well as the well labeled 19th century trees.
Written 15 February 2021
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