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Penguin Obsevation Centre

Bass Highway, burnie, TAS, Burnie, Tasmania, Australia
+61 437 436 803
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Free and Fabulous

The number of penguins depends on what time of the year you go. There were still a few young chicks... read more

Reviewed April 6, 2017
Lyn S
Nerang, Australia
Great experience

We visited the Penguin Observation Centre last night and we very excited to see the small... read more

Reviewed March 18, 2017
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“red light” (4 reviews)
Bass Highway, burnie, TAS, Burnie, Tasmania, Australia
+61 437 436 803

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Reviewed April 6, 2017

The number of penguins depends on what time of the year you go. There were still a few young chicks waiting for the parents to come onshore at dusk to feed them in late February. So cute. The volunteer guides were really amazing. A wonderful...More

Thank Lyn S
Reviewed March 18, 2017 via mobile

We visited the Penguin Observation Centre last night and we very excited to see the small penguins. Volunteers from the centre provide a free service each night for people to view the penguins as they come to shore after dark. They provide lots of information...More

2  Thank patriciarT3332XD
Reviewed March 8, 2017 via mobile

Wasn't expecting much, was so surprised at how many lovely little penguins we saw! All in their natural surroundings! Well worth it!!

Thank Isobel T
Reviewed February 21, 2017

This is a wonderful experience, the penguins came in almost on cue and were happy to have people shine torches at them and watch as they went about feeding their chicks. Well organised with local volunteers who were a fountain of information abut the penguins,...More

1  Thank Peter D
Reviewed February 10, 2017

There are not many places where you can walk right off the street to the beach and see penguins, but Burnie Ian one of those places. The little penguins come most nights after sunset and you can see them make their way back to their...More

Thank marekka29
Reviewed February 9, 2017

A one time experience to see the little ones waiting for dinner from their parent. You need to take a flashlight, if possible. It is so exciting to see the babies appear from their nests looking for mom or dad. The volunteers explain the process...More

1  Thank Ann H
Reviewed February 9, 2017 via mobile

Took my mother-in-law with a walker as is perfectly suitable for those with mobility issues and saw plenty of fairy penguins. The volunteers were fantastic and in return simply ask for a small donation. We even had some off-duty guides join us during the night....More

1  Thank sirius03
Reviewed January 26, 2017

We attended an evening 'penguin viewing' - check their website for details and times etc The volunteer staff running it were knowledgable and gave a quick talk about Little Penguins at the beginning, before bringoing out Pedro the stuffed penguin to show the kids how...More

1  Thank Jonathan C
Reviewed January 17, 2017

A great spot to see adult penguins and their cute babies at feeding time. We had visited a rookery on a paid tour in another town, but this free tour at the Burnie Observation Centre, manned by volunteers, was actually a better experience. Penguins came...More

1  Thank Janelle R
Reviewed January 13, 2017

What a cool experience to witness these little fairy penguins coming home after a long day's hunting to feed their young! The youngsters were hopping around, excitedly waiting for their parents, and the homecoming parent had to patiently make their way over a considerable distance...More

1  Thank Andrea R
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Will we get to see the penguins in second half of September? What's the night temperature like?
May 3, 2017|
Response from Tropicalshowers | Reviewed this property |
Yes you will see the beautiful penguins! Temp...bloody cold!! (we are Queenslanders though). Worth every minute of frost bite. :)
I am visiting burnie in early May, are there any chances of seeing the penguins? Also, are there any accommodation nearby the observation center?
March 19, 2017|
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Response from patriciarT3332XD | Reviewed this property |
Hi, The Little Penguin Observation Centre runs tours between September and March so I don't think May will prove successful. The penguins finish moulting in March before going out to sea. They return in September when they... More