Museum of Trout Fishing and the Salmon Ponds

  • Historic Trout Hatchery (Circa 1861)
  • Museau of Trout Fishing and Hall of Fame
  • Native Fish Interpretation Centre
  • Licenced Restaurant
  • Feed the Fish
  • Picnic by the Ponds

  • The Museum of Trout Fishing is located at the Salmon Ponds just 10 minutes from New Norfolk on the south western side of the Derwent River.

    Take a walk back in time amidst the historic buildings, hatchery and fish ponds, all set within the original English parkland "leisure garden" of superb trees, hedges and lawns.

    Feed the trout and salmon - the grounds at the Salmon Ponds contain large ponds brimming with trout and salmon.

    Pause for a moment of reflection...


    The museum houses a fascinating collection of memorabilia illustrating the many changes in fishing tackle over more than a hundred years. The collection is housed in the cottage built for the first superintendent of the Salmon Ponds in 1865. There is an excellent collection of fishing reels, rods, flies, lures and angling accessories. A variety of books, souvenirs and ‘fishy’ gifts are available.

    The Salmon Ponds is the oldest trout hatchery in the Southern Hemisphere - in operation since 1864. There are six different ponds displaying trout and salmon including brown, rainbow, brook and tiger trout. Displays explain the annual cycle of fish breeding activities.

    Since the late 1880s the Salmon Ponds has been a favourite picnic spot for Tasmanian families and a popular place to take visitors. The Ponds is a must see for visiting anglers heading to the lakes from Hobart.

    Salmon Ponds

    Heritage Hatchery and Gardens
    70 Salmon Ponds Road
    Plenty, Tasmania, 7140

    Telephone: (03) 6261 5663 . . . Fax: (03) 6261 5945

    The Salmon Ponds is open every day of the year from 9am to 5pm and an entry fee applies. Special arrangements can be made for weddings and special events.

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