Thursday, June 19, 2008

Catch a rainbow....trout!

Back in November 2006 in Secrets of New England - along the Fossickers Way Day Two I mentioned Nundle's Arc-En-Ciel Trout Farm. The Farm is now offering visitors the unique opportunity of catching their own Rainbow Trout and cooking it fresh on the barbecue.

Situated 20km outside the historic village of Nundle, in the beautiful mountains of Hanging Rock, Arc-en-Ciel has been providing Rainbow Trout to restaurants and gourmet food outlets around Sydney, the Hunter and New England North West NSW for the past 25 years.

On a guided tour, which costs $7 for adults and $5 for children, visitors can learn some trout breeding secrets and see how an aquaculture farm operates. They can then spend some time fishing at the dam. All fishing gear is supplied. There are barbecues available for those who want to make a meal out of their catch on the spot.

A limit of four fish per rod is applied. While a catch is not guaranteed, your chance of catching at least one trout is pretty solid, according to Arc-en-Ciel’s owner, Russell Sydenham. The fishing costs are $8 per rod and any trout caught is then charged at a rate of $15 per kilogram (they clean and gut and pack them for you, too).

Mr Sydenham said trout fishing is very popular among families with children, grey nomads and older teenagers. A family pass, which includes the tour and fishing for two adults and two children, costs $49. The farm is also open to bus tour groups, who usually take the guided tour, then relax with refreshments. A smoked trout and scrambled egg breakfast can be arranged for groups of 12 to 50.

There’s a coffee shop on site, where you can enjoy some delicious cake along with a hot or cold drink.

If you haven’t got the energy to catch a trout yourself, the Arc-en-Ciel farm shop sells fresh and smoked trout, whole or filleted, trout caviar, as well as smoked trout pate and gravlax, a cold-cured trout. Arc-en-Ciel’s Rainbow Trout Gravlax won a bronze medal at the Sydney Royal Fine Food Show this year.

The farm is open 5 days a week from 10am to 4pm. It is closed on Saturdays and Tuesdays.

For further information, please phone 02 6769 3665 or visit

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