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Published October 13th 2015
Feed the fish
Aquascene, located in the center of Darwin, is an easy-to-walk-to, budget friendly activity suitable for any tourist or citizen of Australia's Top End. For $10-$15 visitors can grab some bread, wade ankle deep into the water and feed some of the many varieties of fish that are brave enough to swim up to the water's edge.
Aquascene doesn't require you to book ahead so at 7:40 we left our hotel (for a 8am start) and wandered down to Doctors Gully Road where this fun little experience was to take place. We arrived before the hoards of families who were to soon turn up, and were able to enjoy a patch of water to ourselves. Within seconds mullet, catfish and puffer fish swarmed us all wanting a bite of the bread held between our fingers.
We also met some larger fishies whose names I cannot remember and whose little mouths would poke up out of the water and actually wrestle your fingers for larger bits of bread. It was pretty cool being able to play tug-o-war with a marine animal. We also saw some stingrays resting on the bottom of the water. At this point one of the workers took the time to remind us that this was in fact open water and dangerous animals could potentially swim on up to our bare feet. No one was really too stressed, I mean they hadn't seen sharks in a while anyway.
The fish feeding went on for two hours and during this time we saw many more fish we couldn't name, including one gigantic creature that we were told could weigh well up to 250kg. We walked away from the open water chatting about how feeding all these gorgeous sea creatures was the perfect way to start our day in Darwin.