Alpine Trout Farm, Noojee

NOOJEE | Trout is one of my favourite fish. It’s versatile, affordable, sustainable, and delicious. Driving along the Baw Baw highway in Noojee, on the first day of my Gippsland road trip, I saw a sign for Alpine Trout Farm, and popped in to pick up some fish. ⁣

Alpine Trout Farm has been operating for 45 years, but had become quite run down when current owners Mate and David Batarilo, and their nephew Michael bought it in 2009. The family set about revamping the farm using a low stocking, low stress philosophy, and word class cleanliness and biosecurity processes.

Today, their trout is found whole, in fillets, smoked and as caviar at Melbourne and Sydney’s fish markets, as well as other retailers, and even abroad. But there’s nothing like buying your fish from the source.

You can fish for your own trout (all equipment is provided) at the farm. I usually oven bake my fresh trout with a bit of lemon, salt, and olive oil, but on this occasion I decided to grab some of the smoked trout, which had been hot smoked on the morning of my visit.

I found a nearby park to stop at, and enjoy my fish, and yeah, it’s great. Flaky, flavoursome, with a beautiful balance between fresh caught and subtle smoke in each bite. Exactly what I look for in hit smoked trout.

The smoked trout lasts about a week if you buy it unsealed (perfect for my road trip) and keep it cold, and about three weeks kept cold if you go for the vac sealed option.

Alpine Trout Farm

115 Mt Baw Baw Tourist Road
Victoria 3833

Telephone: (03) 5628 9584
E-mail: [email protected]

Sun – Sat: 10:30am to 4:00pm

Paul founded The City Lane back in 2009 as a place to share photos of his travels around Europe with friends and family. The City Lane might have changed quite a lot since those early days but one thing that’s remained constant is Paul’s passion for food, travel and culture, and a desire to photograph and write about his experiences. Paul has a strong inquisitive nature that drives him to look beneath the surface in order to discover what really makes a city and its people tick, and what better way to do this than over a good meal or drink, with a city’s locals, at places that people who live in that city actually frequent. Paul is also a co-host of The Brunswick Beer Collective, a podcast that may or may not actually be about beer.


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