Tuki Trout Farm
"Stoney Rises" 60 Stoney Rises Rd, Smeaton, VIC
03 5345 6233
Tuki Retreat sits in the centre of the Loddon-Campaspe Valley on historic pasture where livestock have grazed for over 150 years. “Stoney Rises”, a traditional grazing property, offers a 100km vista with lush green pastures, dry stone walls and a sense of place. It is the home of Tukidale sheep, a coarse wool breed, producing wool for carpet.
The retreat takes its name from the sheep breed, yet its initial focus was on another species all together. The concept of Tuki began in 1985, when the farm first opened to guests as a trout fishing venue. Today it offers romantic stone cottages, trout fishing and a restaurant that prepares your freshly caught yield, serving it to you bone-free. Sheep and cattle are still raised on the property, much as they were 150 years ago, and many of the historic buildings are still being used.
When asked what makes Tuki Retreat special, proprietor, Robert Jones, said “The combination of the view, the open space, spring water, and the opportunity to be at a working farm.” This unique working farm has led to the Retreat being inducted into the Hall of Fame in the Goldfields Tourism Awards in 2000. Tuki Retreat’s specialty is trout fishing. “If you haven’t been to Tuki, you haven’t tasted trout,” is the Tuki catch-cry. The area is renowned for its quality spring water, high in minerals, and the ponds found at Tuki are spring-fed. Guests can cast a line, catch trout and then they will be expertly cooked at the restaurant for you. Fishing rods are available for hire and there are a variety of ponds to fish from. Tuki Retreat provides assistance with fishing, so providing a family friendly atmosphere. The native pasture and slow breeds ensure nutritious and sweet lamb and beef.
Located only 20km from Daylesford, Tuki Retreat is just a short distance from golf courses, day spas, wineries, and the famous goldfields of Victoria. The retreat’s hand crafted stone cottages with open fireplaces, verandahs and high ceilings are designed for maximum comfort and relaxation. All amenities are also included, such as electric blankets, televisions, and DVD players. Tuki Retreat offers self-serve breakfast provisions of farm-fresh eggs and sausages so that guests never have to leave their cosy accommodation. The Miners cottage is an historic weatherboard cottage, and, with three bedrooms, it is the largest cottage available. It is great for families. The menu at Tuki Restaurant features the farm’s own lamb and beef, and Robert serves local produce, cheeses, and olive oil. He also smokes a fresh batch of trout once a week. The wine list is all local, so a stay at Tuki offers a true regional experience.