Daylesford & Macedon Ranges
The Tuki Retreat Trout Farm is the whole package - fishing, pretty surroundings, good food, farm animals and it's very peaceful, making it an ideal day trip from Melbourne.
The farm is situated in Smeaton in the Daylesford and Macedon Ranges. Pay attention to the road signs and eventually you'll drive up a dirt road and arrive at this passionate family-run business.
The farm supplies the rods (or you can bring your own) and bait. It takes about 5 minutes to catch a fish and you must keep what you catch. There's a few different ponds on the farm, all with different degrees of difficulty. Being first timers (note: not having a clue how to fish) we opted with the beginners pond. Naturally. We didn't have to wait long when our little man had caught his first ever rainbow trout. Hooray, a happy camper already! All up, 3 fish were caught and bought indoors to be cleaned and served up and cooked to perfection or you can choose to take the fish away with you.
It's all about the fresh food and produce indoors. The restaurant is warm, rustic, casual and comfortable (perfect for children!) and the view on the enclosed deck area is a lovely spot to dine and admire the view. As usual the kids finished their lunch quickly and went and sat on the nearby sofa then wandered outside while we finished our food at a more casual pace. We devoured a platter of smoked trout, sausage, crackers, olives and some other nibblies - all very tasty and left us wanting more. Our trout came to the table still wrapped in a cocoon of aluminium foil. Our waiter (the owner) expertly served up the rainbow trout bone-free, deboning it on the spot with two large spatulas. That's skill right there! Fresh bread arrived as did an orange salad and roast potatoes - both perfect side dishes. The trout was incredible and melted in the mouth.
The farm is perfect for all ages and a beautiful day out with the family (especially if you're from the City!).
Even if you (or the kids) are pros at catching fish, the breath-taking surroundings that stretches for miles around the property is well worth it.