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“Fairy penguin tour Victor Harbor”
Review of Penguin Centre

Penguin Centre
Reviewed April 18, 2017

This was always going to be a bit of a hit and miss tour as fairy penguin numbers are well down on what they once were on Granite Island at Victor Harbor. We were warned by the guide that we might see several or none at all as they are shy birds. Not long after starting the informative tour we spotted one coming up from the sea and sheltering behind some giant boulders. After waiting 20 minutes we moved to another spot. He (or she) eventually came out and waddled along a well worn path to a burrow. During the two hour tour we were lucky enough to see three more, including one who came out of a burrow next to our path, sat there for several minutes looking at us and then returned to the burrow. The guide was a wealth of information, giving us the history of the area, information about the growth and decline of penguins in the area, early shipping wrecks and general history. Torches and the use of flashes when taking photos are not allowed as penguins eyes are very sensitive, instead, the guide uses a red or orange torch which allows you to take photos without disturbing the penguins. All in all the tour was extremely informative, very good value. A tip: Granite Island can get very cold, especially in the cooler months and winter, so a thick coat is advised. The tour walk is flat and suitable for all ages. Highly recommended.

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Reviewed March 9, 2017

If you are staying in Victor Harbor with the kids you should visit the place! Little penguins are very cute and kids love to see them! There are not so many organised places in Australia were you can enjoy these creatures in their natural habitat.

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Reviewed February 26, 2017 via mobile

Very enjoyable and informative evening with Steve from the Granite Island Penguin Centre.
We saw a number of penguins plus a Long Nosed Seal and Dolphins chasing fish and squid.
Highly recommended and not to be missed when you are in Victor Harbor.

Thank John B
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Reviewed January 27, 2017

A fantastic and informative tour and we did see penguins :) These little guys were so cute and we excitedly watched the adult fairy penguins waddle back to their young to feed them.

Thank Sally640
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Reviewed January 7, 2017 via mobile

We thought during the holidays we would take the kids (4&5) for a tour and spend the night in Victor. This tour was quite dissapointing only seeing one penguin arrive on the night, unfortunatly for the colony of fairy penguins there are only a few left and some nights they dont see any arrive. I think its time that they stopped offering tours becuase the $40 for the family pass could be much better spent plus we paid for 2 lunches, dinner and breakfast because we based the trip around this tour.

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