Springett’s History: A Fish Tale!

Adding a bit of positivity to the end of a difficult year, Springett’s Arcade happily announces that the iconic fish tank is back and it’s better than ever!


Long-time residents of the Southern Highlands may remember the original fish tank installed around 1948 in what was Springett’s Café located in Bong Bong Street. There were fish tanks on both the left and right hand sides.

The second aquarium and teardrop fountain was opened in November 1984 when the arcade was extended. This was a great attraction to the arcade for locals and visitors alike. The Koi fish were an attraction to the young children who visited the arcade and became a “meeting” location for people.

The  aquarium was relocated in 2012 within the arcade with a large screen television above and the floor was levelled to create a food court area with tables and chairs.

The new, state of the art aquarium has been custom-made, shipped in installed to accommodate its newest residents – a school of cichlid fish – and launched in January 2021!

Cichlids are primarily freshwater fish and are found in tropical America, mainland Africa and Madagascar, and southern Asia.

Pop in and see the fabulous fish today in Springett’s Arcade!


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