Visit the Little Penguins


Friends of Burnie Penguins provide a free interpretative guided experience to visitors to the Burnie Little Fairy Penguin colony. You will have an opportunity for an intimate view into the seasonal life of penguin families from courtship, through to chick rearing and moulting adults at the end of the breeding season.

The colony is located along the foreshore in Burnie a very short distance from the city centre, you can observe baby penguins in their burrows along the Burnie boardwalk, and lookout over the forshore to the Penguin Observation Centre.  The viewing area is level with wheelchair access and is child friendly.  

On dusk knowledgeable volunteer guides talk to you about the penguins, answer questions and help you view and photograph penguins as they go about their normal activities - without flashes!

The Little Penguins might be cosy in their snug feathers, but humans do need to be warmly wrapped as our viewing area is exposed to the weather, fair or foul.


Donations are welcome and are used to protect penguins and their habitat. 
Guided Penguin viewing operates October to March each year. Starting at dusk from the Penguin Observation Centre, with penguins starting to come ashore shortly after.


Where else can you see little penguins in Tassie?

There are many popular spots to see little penguins around Tasmania:

NW Coast:

  • Godfrey’s Beach Viewing Platform - Stanley 
  • Lillico Beach - Devonport.


  • Low Head Penguin Tours - Launceston


  • Bicheno Penguin Tours on the East Coast


  • The Neck - Bruny Island


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Penguin Observation Centre, Parsonage Point, Burnie 7320  View Map and directions

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