Who would have thought Phillip Island had this hidden gem! With my wife and 3 children (5, 7 & 8 yo) we decided to visit Phillip Island on a recent trip to Victoria. Our first stop was the penguin parade and it was here that a family told us about the Rhyll Trout Farm. As a novice fisherman I was reluctant but the kids were excited so we decided to try our luck.
Ten minutes from our hotel in Cowes we arrived at Rhyll Trout and Bushtucker Farm. The kids were given bait and rods by Paul and then shown how to bait, cast and haul in their catch. After a few “fishy” stories from Paul we were then left to catch our dinner. A number of bites (but no fish) later it started raining so we ventured inside and were shown the rainforest. AMAZING! In no time we had caught a fish each and had them wrapped up for dinner. Next visit we will make sure we leave enough time for them to cook it for us!
The smiles and stories told after their first ever fish were then repeated at show and tell after the holidays. I cannot thank Paul enough and will definitely be recommending the Rhyll Trout and Bushtucker Farm as a favourite of my family.
- The sheltered port of Rhyll on the north-east tip of Phillip Island offered safe moorings to early explorers. Rhyll is named after a holiday resort in North Wales. The town has an excellent all-tide boat ramp, slipway, two jetties, yacht club, angling club and sailing school. Other services available include boat hire, a general store, restaurants and cafés. There is a full range of accommodation including bed and breakfasts, holiday units and a caravan park.