Aquascene, Darwin

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Time your visit to Aquascene for high tide when hundreds of fish approach the shore to be fed by curious onlookers. You get to hand-feed the fish while dangling your feet in the water. Though some of the bigger fish sometimes nibble on your toes, not even the scariest-looking ones ever bite hard. The site is known for its friendly atmosphere and helpful staff. You can mingle with visitors from around the world, all enjoying this rare close-up experience with Australia's underwater world. When planning your visit, remember that feeding times are dependent on the tide, so be sure to check the website or call ahead for the schedule. Before you head to Darwin, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Darwin online holiday planner , to make sure you see all that Darwin has to offer, including Aquascene.
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  • October 8, 2017
    Arrive early (when the gates open - see viewing times on line), slip off your shoes, grab some bread and start feeding! Lots of swarming hungry fish - especially loved the Moonfish who took the bread ...  more »
  • September 28, 2017
    Lots of fish come up to the shore where they get fed with bread by the visitors. Both children and adults had great fun feeding the fish.  more »
  • September 25, 2017
    Great morning activity for reasonable cost. So many fish and quite a few varieties. The kids and the big kids loved it. Need to check as relies on the tides. Close walking distance from CBD.  more »
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  • July 20, 2017
    Much more than I expected. For the reasonably priced admission fee we could feed the fish which were at times huge. Many were happy to swim around our feet as they gummed our soft bread provided by the company. A knowledgeable guide spoke into a microphone telling us all about the types of fish and answering people's questions. He didn't get in our way just happy to help as much as possible. Once we had fed the fish as much as we liked we could look around their gardens and learn about the Chinese history of the area through their collection of statues and informative posters. Also they had a pet cockatoo who was very friendly and loved pats. As well as local seabirds and another fish pond which had some crabs and other types of fish to see. Well worth the visit! Would definitely recommend!
  • August 21, 2017
    Great and fun place. I found it very enjoyable, eapecially the talkative Jimmy Shoo, the cockatoo. The downside was the staff that sold me the ticket. The ladies were rude and looked down on me for no reason, which ruined my mood a little bit and made me feel somewhat less welcome. The girl that did the presentation and kept an eye on everyone was great though - very kind, friendly, knowledgeable and patient with children. Still, the place is worth recommending. 4/5
  • July 12, 2017
    We where our walking and found ourselves there near closing time. I asked if my young son could use the toilet. The girl at reception desk point blankly refused. We have been twice before and know that they have a toilet. This is not how they should treat tourists. She said the nearest toilet was a kilometre away in the city. We will never be back.
  • July 31, 2017
    Fantastic! That's all I can say. Heaps of fish that you can hand feed and feel them brush past your legs. Well worth $15.00.
  • August 25, 2017
    Great experience of feeding wild fish that would swim right up to your feet! Important notice: check the opening hours as they are limited subject to the tidal conditions

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