Penguin and Burnie

A morning stroll in Devonport on the north coast of Tasmania. Then we end up at the Visitor Information Centre to plan out our tour around the island. We met other travellers at McDonalds (not sure why we’ve stopped there actually) and headed west along the coast passing through a few towns. Ulverstone felt a bit ordinary, so we tried to spot a platypus in nature at Fern Glade Reserve with not much success. Penguin (that’s the next town) has a massive statue of a… penguin right on the beachfront, and Burnie offers a long boardwalk from the centre of town to the Little Penguin Observation Centre where you can take the kids at night on a guided tour to watch the penguins. We spent the night at a Freebie – apparently in Tasmania you’re allowed to park overnight pretty much anywhere, unless it specifically says you’re not welcome. Free overnight camping is very popular – with no power or water supply, in the middle of nowhere, close to the beach and next to other caravans and motorhomes, so you’re never really alone.

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