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Bonnet Island Experience departing from Strahan

Strahan, Australia
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icon2 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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Take an evening cruise from Strahan to Bonnet Island to see a colony of fairy penguins, aka little penguins, the world’s smallest penguin species. Disembark the boat on the island for a glimpse of the penguins waddling along the rocky shore as they return to their nests for the night. You’ll also spot the Bonnet Island lighthouse from the boat, where you’ll enjoy an evening snack of cheese and fruit.
  • 2.5-hour evening tour to see Bonnet Island’s little penguins, from Strahan
  • Encounter Tasmania's wildlife on a cruise to Bonnet Island with an expert guide
  • See the world’s smallest penguins in their natural habitat
  • Hear stories about the life of Bonnet Island lighthouse keepers and their families
  • Snack on gourmet Tasmanian treats after your island excursion
Local guide
Cheese platter, other snacks and all beverages
Gordon River Cruises beanie
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

Gordon River Cruises, 24 Esplanade, Strahan TAS 7468, Australia

Departure Time

45-mins before sunset

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Your tour starts in Strahan, where you’ll hop aboard your boat for the quick cruise to Bonnet Island, which lies near the entrance to Macquerie Harbour. Listen to narration about the island and its resident little penguins, and then disembark on the island for a walk with your guide.

Go in search of the penguins, treading carefully across the island’s rocky shores, accompanied by your guide’s special light that doesn’t disturb the birds. If you’re lucky, you’ll catch sight of the penguins as they waddle to their nests to spend the night after their day of fishing in the sea. Then return to the boat for a gourmet snack of fruit, cheese and beverages while you admire a view of the Bonnet Island lighthouse. Hear stories about lighthouse keepers, who have lived on this secluded island with their families, helping to prevent ships from crashing in treacherous conditions. Your cruise ends with return to Strahan.

Please note: Make sure to wear sturdy, closed-toe walking shoes and warm clothes, such as a hat, gloves, fleece jacket and waterproof outer jacket. 
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Bonnet Island Experience
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  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • 3-hour tour
  • Minimum of two guests are required to guarantee departure
  • Bonnet Island is closed for winter and for the Penguin breeding season which is from mid-September until mid-October. These dates may change closer to the dates dependent on the breeding at the time.
  • Minimum age is 5 years
  • Not wheelchair accessible and not suitable for guests with restricted mobility
  • Please wear closed-toe walking shoes and warm clothing. A fleece jacket, beanie and gloves and waterproof jacket are recommended
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • OPERATED BY The Royal Automobile Club of Tasmania

If you cancel within 3 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

If you cancel at least 4 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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What is the maximum group size during Bonnet Island Experience departing from Strahan?
This activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers.

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The weather was chilly and cold as it...
Chao Lung G
, Jun 2015
The weather was chilly and cold as it was in winter. The tour was interesting and we managed to observe a few penguins returning home to Bonnet Island. It will be wonderful if there was a toilet facility onboard the boat

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