Spend a weekend exploring one of the best farming experiences rural Victoria has to offer at Tuki Trout Farm. Here guests fish for their very own trout, which is then prepared and cooked for them at the on-site restaurant.
No matter the season Tuki will give you a warm welcome; over the cooler months a roaring fire keeps things toasty, and during summer you can dine alfresco, soak up the sun and take in the panoramic views.
Robert Jones and his family opened Tuki Trout Farm in 1985 creating a farm-based tourism business that capitalised on the spring water, natural environment and fabulous views. The land was traditionally a grazing property, thanks to its location on Stoney Rises, and so Robert named the farm after the flock of Tukidale sheep he had on-site.
Today the property is home to cross-bred sheep, low line Angus cattle and many rainbow trout. The cattle and sheep are treated with organic drenches and they are fed on native pasture to ensure a quality product and fabulous flavour. Tuki has also expanded to include a trout farm, a restaurant, a produce shop and accommodation.
Robert works with Alistair Jones to manage the aquaculture system in a sustainable way. Tuki Trout Farm is home to six landscaped ponds in which
guests can fish for rainbow trout and additional growing ponds to complete the aquaculture process.
There is an ample supply of fishing rods for guests to hire or you are welcome to bring your own – either way your catch is cleaned and packaged for you either to take home or enjoy at the restaurant. For those less interested in the fishing itself, the staff at Tuki Trout Farm can net a trout for you – either way, you know that it’s going to be fresh.
All of the produce from the farm features on the menu in the restaurant, alongside other seasonal and region as produce, which is complemented by a wine list of local beer and wine.
What’s more, an array of fresh farm produce is available to take home, including smoked trout, pate, lamb chipolatas and various cuts of beef and lamb. Tuki Trout Farm also offers hand-crafted stone cottage accommodation for those who wish to stay a little longer. The restaurant and fishing are open daily and they more than happy to open in the even for functions or weddings.
So take a drive down the two-kilometre driveway, enjoy the view and relish in some of the delightful harvest from central Victoria.