Burnie’s Fairy Penguins and our Mate Boris!

After SZG finished work today we went for a walk along the Burnie Boardwalk. It was just before sunset as we wanted to try and grab a glimpse of the fairy penguin colony that actively live in Burnie. Apparently the colony is very big and from around an hour before sunset to about an hour after dark, the adult  fairy penguins start to return from the sea, to look after and feed their young.

The children where very excited to be going down by the beach to see if we could see any penguins. We were initially greeted by a tour guide at the Penguin Centre, who voluntarily gave us a short talk about the life and times of the fairy penguin and told us their life cycle and other interesting facts. They also showed us Boris, the freeze dried and stuffed Fairy Penguin, who is available for photographs! The children enjoyed being able to get up close with a ‘real’ penguin – even though he was obviously not alive! They had a very hands on experience and got to touch Boris, which was great.

Once Sunset started we went for a short walk along the boardwalk to see if we could grab a glimpse of some live penguins – and we were not disappointed at all. There where a number of small chicks who came out to await the return of their parents. Then after some strange noises, which we were informed were the penguins talking to each other we could start to see the adult penguins emerging from the water and making their way across the rocks to their young. It was all very exciting and interesting. Unfortunately the penguins hate light, so we were unable to use a flash on the camera, and therefore did not manage to get any good shots to share of the live penguins and their chicks, but the experience was great none the less and the children enjoyed it immensely as did SZG and I!

Here are some photos we did get to take of Boris!

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Burnie Pioneer Village Museum

Well today the children and I visited the Burnie Pioneer Village Museum. I had been told about it by a few people and also found information about it online, therefore we decided that as we were in Burnie, we would check it out.

I must say that even though the Pioneer Village was much smaller than I initially expected it was very well set out and the children and I loved it.  It was quite amazing the amount of history it had within its walls, however it was a little disappointing that we could not walk into the different shop and could only view them from the doorways or windows. It is set up so that you walk along the ‘main street’ and the shops are all along the road side. With a great big horse and cart situated on the road.

According to totaltravel.com The Burnie Pioneer Village Museum

Allows you to experience the sights and sounds of 100 years ago. The Burnie Pioneer Village Museum was the first indoor historical street to be recreated in Australia and is still ranked among the best. A spectacular display with thousands of rare and interesting objects displayed in authentic commercial and domestic settings.

The Village is designed to interpret the environment of the period 1890 – 1910 when Burnie was at the height of its first economic boom. Each unit is built of authentic 19th century materials, the colours used and the architectural variations here are those that were fashioned along the North West Coast.

If you get the chance and have a real interest in history, or the time period around 1890 to1910. I would definitely encourage you to visit the museum if you are ever in Burnie!

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Enjoying a Morning at the Burnie Park

Well we woke this morning to a reasonable day. The weather forecast said rain is due this afternoon, so the children and I decided to make the most of what we had and visit a few places around Burnie while we had reasonable weather and a chance to do so.

Our First stop was the Burnie Park. this is a beautiful park, which has a lot of interesting things to see and do depending on what your interests are. the children and I first walked around and had a look at the few animals that are in the park. there was a peacock and some ducks. Years ago when SZG and I had been to the park, I recall seeing a lot more animals but the children did not seem to mind there being just a few to see.

After we checked out the animals we wandered around the flowers and took some amazing photos and also we paid our respects at the war memorial in the park. this is the third time in almost as many weeks that the girls and I have visited a war memorial, so they both now really understand the importance and significance of such a monument. which is great!

After a short play in the Parks playground, the weather started to get drizzly, so we moved on to other things, but here are some photos from our time at the Burnie Park.

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