Salmon Ponds

Heritage hatchery and gardens

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The Salmon Ponds, circa 1861, is the oldest trout hatchery in the Southern Hemisphere. It was the birthplace of trout in Australia and the origin of Tasmania’s legendary trout fishery.


View and feed trout and salmon, explore 19thCentury English gardens and perhaps even catch a glimpse of local wild platypus.


Anglers with an interest in the history of their sport will appreciate the collection showing the changes to fishing equipment over time and the history of angling in Tasmania. The museum is housed in the cottage built for the first superintendent of the Salmon Ponds in 1865.