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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.

Highlights

  • 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

What You Can Expect

Bonnet Island Wildlife Cruise from Strahan

Cruise to Bonnet Island

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. 

Customer Reviews

Chao Lung G

4 star rating: Recommended June 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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