Ardyaloon Trochus Hatchery & Aquaculture Centre
Welcome to Ardyaloon Hatchery, situated at the tip of the Dampier Peninsula in Western Australia’s spectacular Kimberley region. Here you can learn about the Bardi-Jawi people’s strong connection to their saltwater traditions and get up close and personal with some of the fish and coral species most prevalent in the area.
The Ardyaloon Hatchery was established to address the declining stocks of the Trochus niloticus shell and seek to create a commercially sustainable industry harvesting the shell.
The hatchery has been successful in restocking juvenile trochus to support community members commercially fishing for the species and for sale to the Australian aquarium industry.
Where are you located?
Visit Ardyaloon Hatchery located at One Arm Point within Ardyaloon Community at the tip of the Dampier Peninsula. The Hatchery is located 16 km north of the Kooljaman at Cape Leveque resort turn-off.
Link to map
Is there an entry fee to the Hatchery?
$18 per Adult & $5 per child (6-16 years) for the Ardyaloon community visitor pass which includes a guided Ardyaloon Hatchery tour and access to Jologo Beach, Middle Beach and Round Rock. See the Guided Tours page for tour times. Link to tour times
Entry fees contribute to the operating costs of the Hatchery and Community.
Eftpos facilities are available at the Ardyaloon office and Hatchery and is the preferred method of payment.
Where can I stay overnight?
No visitor accommodation is available at Ardyaloon. There are several accommodation facilities on the northern tip of the Peninsula, including Kooljaman at Cape Leveque, which is part-owned by the Ardyaloon community. www.kooljaman.com.au
What are your opening hours?
CURRENTLY CLOSED DUE TO COVID-19. Until Further Notice
April to September: 8:30 – 2:30pm
Guided Tours (2 per day) 9:00am & 2:00pm
October to November: 10:00am – 2:30pm
Guided Tours (2 per day) 10:00am & 2:00pm
What Our Visitors Say
- Xavier Sly
Local indigenous community and local indigenous people managing thier local endeavour. Beautiful location well worth a visit. See turtles and local fishes up close.
- Johnny Beacon
Loved this place
- Lynette Cartwright
This hatchery grows more than Trochus shells! They have a beautiful array of soft and hard corals, anemones, clown fish, giant clams and baramundi. This locally run facility is simple, but impressive and the staff are informative and friendly! Well worth a visit 😊
- Chantel Westley
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