Aquascene Fish Feeding at Doctors Gully
in Darwin Northern Territory Australia
Aquascene Fish Feeding: There are many signs
throughout the Esplanade to guide you to Aquascene Fish Feeding.
Aquascene Fish Feeding is where hundreds of fish come to shore
at high tide to be fed by hand. At high tide, there may be some
hundreds of milkfish, mullet, bream, catfish, bream and even
barramundi that come to the shoreline to be hand fed by the
owners and tourists. Out swimming in the foreground you may
also catch a glimspe of other fish such as rays, diamond, mangrove
jack and cod fish.
The walk down to doctor's Gully would be 20mins
to 30 mins as it is a steep climb for 400 metres. To
our Darwin motorhome hire clients you may consider to walk down
as even in low gear it can be difficult to manage passing
traffic. This is a must for the kids. A day to meet nature
face to face.
Also at Doctors Gully is another opportunity
to be the best parents on earth for kids. Our friend Carolyn
has launched Rock Climbing in the old oil tanks. Even if you
don't have time at least pop in and have a look it's worth it.
For a truly unique experience try Aquascene
in Darwin. Hundreds of Fish visit the shallows of Doctors Gully
every hide tide looking for a free meal. You can feed and even
touch fish species including milkfish, bream, catfish, mullet
and barramundi among others. A family experience not to be missed
with Adults and Children alike sharing in the action.
Doctor's Gully, Darwin.
Tel: (08) 8981 7837.
Carl Atkinson and Doctors Gully Darwin
The first thing one sees is the waterline and the beach so
look right and you will see Aquascene Fish Feeding. Bill's
further below for Bill's memories of this amazing man - Carl Atkinson
- Adventurer and salvage expert.
Bill's Reminising!!! This area was actually a boat landing
area during WW11 and it housed the 'Iron Lung' in the NT for divers
that got the bends. Carl Atkinson actually made the 'Iron Lung'
himself and saved many a life - such as Chinese Malay and Indonesians
divers who were as Bill said often here pinching the pearls on
the NT Coastline. Carl Atkinson is credited with saving at least
16 lives. Carl Atkinson obtained a lease in perpetuity of Doctors
Gully we think in the 50's. Carl Atkinson used to have an old
Willy's Jeeps he salvaged from a sunken ship in the harbour with
his German Shepard in the back. Always seen around town.Funny
thing is customs cornered him one day and wanted excise off him.
Now Carl never letting anyone get the better of him he took the
jeeps he salvaged back out on a barge and dumped them back into
the harbour. Carl Atkinson then threw scraps in the water for
many years and noticed the fish coming in on every high tide to
feed on them. In 1964 he successfully applied for the area to
be declared a Fish Reserve and he layed the foundations for a
tourist attraction known as 'Doctor's Gully' in his day - we say
unique in the world. A stroke in 1972 affected Carl. Then he constructed
the groyne which to this day protects his cheerished wild fish.
By 1978/79 he had decided to move south and sold the property
to Marshall and Cherry Peron. Marshall Peron the retired Chief
minister who began Aquascene Fish Feeding. Carl Atkinson died
at Murwillumbah, NSW in February 1985.
Carl Atkinson - Adventurer and salvage expert.
Reputedly the first man to water-ski on Sydney Harbour in 1932,
he became an instructor in Darwin. (Also Billy Burrow's as he
owned the boat.)