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Penguin Observation Centre

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NO FLASH PHOTOS or plain torches

Terrible wet evening as we got off to a slow start waiting for the Chief honcho, all the "Indians... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Gympie, Australia
Free penguin viewing

This attraction is located right on the beach up near the rocks. There are screens set up with... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Chris L
Brisbane, Australia
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“red light”(5 reviews)
Bass Highway, burnie, TAS, Burnie, Tasmania, Australia
+61 437 436 803
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Terrible wet evening as we got off to a slow start waiting for the Chief honcho, all the "Indians" were on time . Very little seating, none under cover. Interesting intro talk after which you could join an "Indian" in a small group or wander...More

Thank raffles123
Reviewed 1 week ago

This attraction is located right on the beach up near the rocks. There are screens set up with viewing portals at various heights to accommodate all ages. Also as part of the facility is an information wall that tells you all about the penguins. See...More

Thank Chris L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Easily located on the beach it is staffed by volunteers. The cute fairy penguins arrive each night on darkness and waddle their way up to their nests. It is very cute and the staff offer great information and assistance. It is amazing to consider these...More

Thank C_and_J_Lewis
Reviewed 5 October 2018

This was a great experience. We saw many fairy penguins, fighting over mates and mating! Make sure you take a torch. The guides were very friendly and knowledgable.

Thank Meredith F
Reviewed 24 March 2018

This is a marvellous place to view the penguins when returning from a day of catching food. we were at the right time to see baby penguins waiting the return of the parents. Very cold at night so come dresses appropriately and wear warm clothes...More

1  Thank Anne A
Reviewed 17 March 2018 via mobile

An excellent way to view Little Penguins, safely behind the fence, but very close and easily seen. Volunteers offer information and a red torch light (best for not upsetting penguins) and a donation is appreciated.

Thank Kathy G
Reviewed 28 February 2018 via mobile

This was a fantastic free talk and walk to see the penguins in the area. They only nest at a specific time and end of Feb it is nearly over. Very friendly and knowledgeable volunteers. Wheelchair friendly and no fitness required. They have a building...More

1  Thank James R
Reviewed 3 February 2018

Well worth the stop, it is amazing to see the little penguins up close. The guides are fantastic and very knowledgeable and if the timing is right you might get to see little chicks as well. Thoroughly enjoyed it and its FREE

2  Thank MEC2015
Reviewed 15 January 2018 via mobile

I took my very young children, partner, and the grand parents to view the fairy penguins and we all really enjoyed it. The volunteers who man the center were friendly and informative, they’ve done a great job to try and help the declining numbers of...More

1  Thank Rebecca S
Reviewed 7 January 2018 via mobile

Worth doing, knowledgeable and passionate volunteers will open your mind to the life of these beautiful penguins.

1  Thank Thrtpolice1
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Claire P
14 September 2018|
Response from Charles W |
Don't know. Planning to visit soon.
Peg H
15 June 2018|
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Response from 11royboy | Reviewed this property |
There are volunteers at the Little Penguin Observation Centre prior to the little penguins coming ashore. They give a very informative talk about the little penguins and how to behave around them. Once the little penguins... More
3 May 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. :)