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The Little ‘Fairy’ Penguin

At the base of the steps are boardwalks and viewing platforms where you can observe the short-tailed shearwaters and the little (fairy) penguins. Peak viewing times are from September to February. There is an interpretation board located in the parking bay. During peak viewing times there is a parks and wildlife interpretation guide present at dusk to give advice and assistance.

The fairy penguin is the smallest penguin in the world, reaching only 40cms in height and weighing about 1 kilogram, with a life span of approximately six years. It breeds in colonies along Bruny Islands coastline and nests in burrows in the ground.

“Penguins will start to leave the water at last light in small groups. As they move up the beach to the rookery, they are extremely vulnerable and wary. IT IS IMPORTANT that you wear dark clothing and remain on the boardwalk. Do not shine torches on the penguins, and do not visit the rookery with dogs or cats. Penguins are protected wildlife.”

The ‘Neck’ Game Reserve

The Truganini steps lead to the lookout and memorial to the Nuenonne people and Truganinni, who inhabited Lunnawannalonna (Bruny Island) before the European settlement of Bruny. Panoramic 360 deg. views from the top of the Lookout are spectacular and well worth the climb. Walking along the Neck beach to the north will take you to Moorina Bay, named after the sister of Truganini. Unusual rock formations including an interesting archway can be seen as you enter Moorina Bay.The grassy dunes in the foreground are home to fairy penguins and shearwaters or mutton birds as they are known locally, as well as an abundance of other wildlife that is native to Bruny Island. In the distance you can see Cape Queen Elizabeth which is home to nesting white sea eagles.