+61 7 4745 2211 info@barracentre.com.au

About the Les Wilson Barramundi Discovery Centre

 

 

 

Explore our interactive displays.

Discover the amazing secrets of the mighty barramundi at The Les Wilson Barramundi Discovery Centre, the only hatchery in the world to breed the Southern Gulf strain of this iconic fish!

From humble beginnings with second hand, donated equipment the Centre was started by a group of professional fishermen who set out to restock the local waterways with fingerlings to ensure a sustainable fishing future for years to come. They became known as the Barramundi Restocking Association.

The brand new interactive and state of the art Interpretive Centre provides the history, stories, lifecycle and habits of these sought-after fish. Discover the wetlands and mangroves and learn about the incredible birdlife and stunning southern Gulf flora.

Watch an amazing short film in our theatre – about Barramundi, the fishing industry and our wonderful community of Karumba, and hear stories from the Commercial fishermen who catch them.

Enjoy views over the saltwater lagoon, displaying flora and fauna straight from the Norman River.

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Enjoy a quality coffee or scrumptious meal overlooking the beautiful lagoon at the Wild Fish Cafe!

 

Get all the background information on the amazing Southern Gulf strand

of Barramundi and see the amazing over 1 metre fish – Flossie and her

friends.

 

You get to hand-feed those amazing creatures – if you dare!

 

Make sure you have your camera or mobile phone ready for the action…

Plan your day

There is a lot to see and do at the Centre so plan on spending anywhere from 1 – 2 hours here depending on whether you take a tour or just want to explore at your own leisure. Tours are held three times a day and take approx. 45 minutes. Tours leave promptly at 10am, 11am and 1pm – please arrive 10 minutes before departure so we can check you in. Places are limited but you can book in advance online to secure your spot.

Be sure to allow some extra time to enjoy shopping for souvenirs, dining at the restaurant or exploring the Art Gallery and the Visitor Information Centre.

Services and Facilities

To make sure that your visit is enjoyable and memorable there is an extensive list of services and facilities available that will help you plan your ideal Discovery Centre experience.

Accessibility

  • Disabled parking
  • Disabled amenities
  • Guide/Service dogs are permitted
  • Ramps, pathways and all internal areas are designed to be accessible by most transport aids
    contact us on 4745 2211 for more information
  • Free admission for carers with government issued companion cards who will be performing this role during their visit

Facilities

  • Online ticket sales
  • Visitor Information Centre
  • Retail Store
  • Restaurant/Café
  • Conference / Meeting Room
  • Free car parking
  • EFTPOS
  • Air conditioning
  • Free WiFi
  • Extensive outdoor areas and large saltwater lagoon