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Fairy penguins and where to find them

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Lillico Beach, located in the city of Devonport in Tasmania, is home to a colony of fairy penguins, also known as little penguins. These adorable birds are the smallest species of penguin, standing at just 30 cm tall. Visitors to Lillico Beach can catch a glimpse of the penguins as they return to their burrows after a day of fishing at sea.

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Fairy Penguins

The best time to see the fairy penguins at Lillico Beach is from October to March, when the penguins are most active. During this time, the penguins can be seen returning to their burrows in the late afternoon and early evening. It is also possible to see the penguins during the early morning, as they leave their burrows to go fishing.

To get the best view of the penguins, it is recommended to visit the Lillico Beach Penguin Viewing Platform in the late afternoon or early evening. During this time, the penguins are more active and easier to spot. It is also important to remember to be respectful of the penguins and keep a safe distance from them, to avoid disturbing their natural behaviour.

In addition to the fairy penguins, Lillico Beach is also home to a variety of other wildlife, including seabirds. Located within the city of Devonport, Lillico Beach is a beautiful and serene place to spend a day exploring the natural beauty of Tasmania.

When is the best time to see the fairy penguins at Lillico Beach?

The best time to see the fairy penguins at Lillico Beach is from October to March, when the penguins are most active.


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