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seeing penguins

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We are careful and respectful wildlife watchers. Will be staying overnight in Port Sorrell and wondered if we are likely to see penguin come ashore on the beach? (Or is,early morning viewing better?) Can we walk to where we would see them? Do not want to drive,at dusk because of being a hazard to wildlife. Will also be staying in Freycinet NP. Realise there are tours from Bicheno, but prefer on foot from campsite if possible.

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It's possible, however Port Sorell is a little way into the estuary so the penguins will prefer to be further seaward. Try going up to Hawley Beach (past Hawley House) and walking along the beach from there.

A better option would be to head to Lillico Beach Conservation Area just off the highway (signposted) 6km west of Devonport where there are guided viewings. http://www.think-tasmania.com/little-penguins-big-attraction-in-tasmania/

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Thanks for this. Will take up your suggestion re. Hawley Beach. Don't suppose you know if it's possible to get a ferry across the river to the national park?

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No it's not possible. Narawntapu is one of our least accessible places, but well worth the effort.

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Lillico Beach is a good option.

If not on a tour, please readthis page first: http://www.parks.tas.gov.au/indeX.aspX?base=2995

By the way, if you're a genuine respectful penguin watcher who followsghe PWS guidelines above, you might like to know that there is no "official penguin ranger"in Bicheno. I was approached by such a character the other day but the local council confiimed that there is no such position either with them or the PWS It was therefore most likely a man from the penguin tours who was upset at losing $30 due to my DIY effort.

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