Years ago a man, Doctor Atkinson, hand fed a couple of fish at the beach where he lived. The next day they came again and he repeated the feeding. So it grew.
When I came here to live in the 1970s fish feeding was well established at Doctor's Gully and it was free. A local family bought the site, improved the facilities, and established a small business called Aquascene. The fish come only at high tide so Aquascene is only open then.
Fish feeding sounds boring but it is definitely not. The idea is to stand in the water and the fish just come along and eat bread from your hand. Most people stand in the water for a while and the fish will swim around you. Young and old, tourists and locals. You can sit and watch. You can throw bread into the water and watch what happens. I have taken most house guests there at some time and our children went there many times. Stale bread arrives from various bakeries around town and this is freely available to the customers. The owners provide a commentary about which fish are there, the tides, the history and anything else the audience asks. I have seen many species there including mullet, catfish, garfish, rays, turtles, mud skippers, and milk fish. For some unknown reason the crocs never come. Perhaps they wait a little further out and grab a passing meal.
Here is the website about this place. http://aquascene.com.au/
This is not a paid advertisement. I know some people who read this blog are stuck inside because of the ice and snow, so this piece of tropical life will hopefully give them a warm hug.