Arc-En-Ciel Trout Farm is situated 80kms from the city of Tamworth, nestled within minutes of the township of Nundle, 2 1/2 hours drive to the vineyards of the Hunter Valley, and 4 hours drive to Newcastle.
The farm is 1200m above sea level on top of the Great Dividing Range with the Peel Valley to the west, the Barnard Valley to the east and the Hunter Valley to the south.
"At the end of the drought in 1982 we were battling low commodity prices for our sheep and cattle enterprise, so we decided to look for another avenue to increase our earnings", state Ron and Ivy Bishop, founders and former owners.
From pilot trials in the early 1980s to producing close to 15 tonnes of fish currently, the farm produces fresh trout, smoked trout and fillets of both, smoked trout pate, trout gravlax, a range of flavoured vacuum packed smoked trout fillets, smoked trout and yabby bisque and trout caviar.
In 2006 Arc-en-Ciel Trout farm was purchased by the Sydenham family. Russell, Meg and son Roger made the ultimate tree change from the Central Coast of NSW to this little piece of paradise.
Arc-en-Ciel hatches between 60 000 and 80 000 eggs each year, supplying many farmers with fingerlings for dam-stocking for recreational use.
The products are sent as far afield as Canberra, Sydney, Newcastle, Orange, Hunter Valley winelands the Central Coast and the east coast of NSW, Humpty Doo in NT and the New England Northwest region.