Bicheno Penguin Tours
Back to nature
From your vantage point in the middle of the penguin rookery, you enjoy an intimate view of the little penguins waddling past en route to their burrows. You’re close enough to see two penguins pause and squabble before disappearing into separate dark doorways among the rocks and bushes. A fluffy round ball of a chick squeaks impatiently outside its home and you all giggle with amused sympathy as it tries to grab a bite to eat from every penguin that passes. At last the real mum and dad arrive, bringing supper in their beaks.
Depart from Penguin Tour Kiosk, Tasman Hwy, central Bicheno; (03) 6375 1333
■ The opportunities to see right inside the penguin burrows. There are a few man-made wooden burrows with lids, and the guides can raise the lids for you to peek inside.
Little penguins are the smallest penguins in the world, not much more than 30 centimetres high. Their activities change according to season. At the beginning of the breeding season, you see males dragging grasses into the burrows to build comfortable nests, and calling loudly, advertising for mates. During courtship, penguins may waddle around the burrow in circles. Once eggs are laid, both parents take turns to sit on the nest, and when the chicks hatch the feeding begins.
■ You are taken by bus, a trip of five minutes, to a private property where the one-hour tour takes place.
- Bicheno penguin tours, Eco-friendly activity