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Penguin Island

Penguin Island

153 Arcadia Drive, Shoalwater, Western Australia, 6169

The Basics

While Penguin Island is most famous for its little penguins, it also offers plenty of outdoor activities. After you’ve attended one of the three daily ranger-led penguin feedings in the Discovery Centre, you can wander along trails and check under boardwalks and wooden stairs for hiding penguins. If you’d prefer a marine adventure, take part in a guided kayak or glass-bottom boat tour for a chance at seeing local dolphins up close.

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Dolphin, Penguin and Sea Lion Cruise
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Dolphin, Penguin and Sea Lion Cruise
star-4.5
USD61.53 per adult
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Dolphine, Penguin and Sea Lion Cruise
Very knowledgeable and friendly Tour Guide. Thank you, we all enjoyed the cruise. Highly recommend if you are interested in the ecology of the region.
Julia_G, Jan. 2023

Recent reviews from experiences in Perth

star-5
Wonderful sea kayaking experience!
HeinLuanCrystal_Q, Dec. 2022
Penguin and Seal Islands Sea Kayaking Experience
Great sea kayaking experience for me and my 11yo child! Jimmy, Abby and Rosie were great at ensuring our safety and comfort, with the safety briefings and practice before actual activity. Jimmy shared lots of knowledge on penguin island and its surroundings, so it was great!!! Had a picnic lunch of DIY wraps. Overall, a fantastic experience!
star-4
Osprey Nests and Sea...
Jo_A, Jan. 2023
Dolphin, Penguin and Sea Lion Cruise
Osprey Nests and Sea Lions were the highlight of our cruise. Unfortunately the weather was a little too choppy for any dolphins to join us but the captain of the boat was very skilled at getting in close and the tour guide was very easy to listen to. She also had some great things to share about the area we were in.
star-4
Peaceful
Judith_L, Jan. 2023
Dolphin, Penguin and Sea Lion Cruise
Wonderful staff and plenty to see lots of birds and wildlife in the natural environment you get so close and lovely photos wellness at its best
star-5
Wow what an amazing day!
Kathryn_D, Dec. 2022
Penguin and Seal Islands Sea Kayaking Experience
OMG what an amazing day! Seeing sea lions pelicans osprey and other wildlife in their natural habitats was amazing. Learning about the plight of the little penguins was very interesting The guide/ instructor was very knowledgeable and made everything easy to understand Lunch was incredible The whole day was faultless and would definitely do again
star-4
Marvelous Penguins
Bonnie_D, Dec. 2022
Dolphin, Penguin and Sea Lion Cruise
Penguin Island is a magical place, teeming with giant pelicans, nesting gulls, and other sea birds. I especially enjoyed watching the little penguins being fed, but could have stayed all day just observing them. The boat trip showed us huge sea lions, beautiful isles, and dolphins swimming with the boat.
star-5
Good trip
Bernardes_M, Dec. 2022
Dolphin, Penguin and Sea Lion Cruise
We saw many dolphins en Australian sea lions en the explanation was excellent. Well organized. The Penguin Island is also very nice to visit: pelicans feeding their youngs.
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Julianne_W, Jan. 2023
Dolphin, Penguin and Sea Lion Cruise
Love love loved the whole experience, the tour around the rocks and learning a bit about the local history priceless and the acknowledgement and Nyoongar language was so good ..the views the wildlife, and swim were amazing as well.. Highly recommended it.
star-5
Was fantastic thank you to all
Joanne_W, Jan. 2023
Dolphin, Penguin and Sea Lion Cruise
What a fantastic experience I have a daughter in the wheelchair that skipper and crew awesome in the knowledge that they passed on to us Was fantastic thank you to all
star-5
Beautiful views
Katie_P, May 2022
Seal Island and Penguin Island or Point Peron Sea Kayak Tour
The views from the island were truly beautiful. We saw the seals laying on the beach. Super cute. They may or may not be in the water depending on whether they are feeding or resting.
star-5
Fun day on the water!
Holly_T, Dec. 2022
Penguin and Seal Islands Sea Kayaking Experience
I had never kayaked before but Jimmy and his other instructors were very helpful and friendly. It was fun and felt like an achievement to be able to kayak across the ocean to two separate islands! The seals for excited when they saw us approaching the island and a few came running into the water and they were playing around our kayaks. Great to see them in their natural habitat!
star-5
Brilliant wildlife cruise
Francoise_M, Dec. 2022
Dolphin, Penguin and Sea Lion Cruise
The guide was very knowledgeable about the animals we saw. Lots of birds, sea lions and dolphins spotted on the cruise.
star-5
Still smiling-We had a great time!
Barbara_M, May 2022
Seal Island and Penguin Island or Point Peron Sea Kayak Tour
We were promptly picked up from our hotel. It was about a 30 minute drive to the drop in point. We (my sister and I) were the only ones on the trip that day and we couldn’t have had more fun! The paddle out to Seal Island - We were told lots of good info about the Sea Lions and the Island. Then a good paddle over to Penguin Island where we had morning tea, watched to penguin feeding, got a great tour all around the island, had lunch and paddled back to the start. It was a great day and our guide even made 2 (moderately active) women well in to their 60’s with minimal kayaking experience, feel safe and we had a great time!
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Wear comfortable footwear, a hat, and sunscreen, and bring swimwear and towel if you plan on getting in the water.

  • The Boats can get cold in the sea breeze, even in the summer. Bring a warm, weather-proof jacket.

  • There are no shops or cafes on Penguin Island, so be sure to bring your own food and drinks or purchase some from Pengos Café before you leave the mainland.

  • Penguin Island has a strict “no touch or take” policy when it comes to flora and fauna. Leave all items where you find them, stick to wooden boardwalks or beaches, and don’t touch or feed the wildlife.

  • Strollers and standard wheelchairs are welcome on the ferry and the glass-bottom boat.

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How to Get There

Penguin Island is located about 45 minutes south of Perth. Drivers can park for free on site or at the nearby Safety Bay Bowling Club. To reach the launch site via public transport, take the Mandurah line train from Perth to Rockingham, catch the 551, 552, or 553 bus to Penguin and Watts Road, and walk along the beach to the Penguin Island shop, where ferry tickets can be purchased. Do not attempt to cross the sandbar on foot. Ferries to the island leave every hour.

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When to Get There

Penguin Island is open every day of the week, subject to weather, from September 15 until early June. The island is closed on Christmas Day. While the island is closed in the winter (during the nesting season), the Penguin Island Wildlife Cruise continues to sail around the island every day, weather permitting.

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More Animal Adventures

If you’re hungry to see more of the local wildlife around Perth, head to the Aquarium of Western Australia (AQWA). The family-friendly attraction is home to species from all across Western Australia’s 7,500-mile (12,000-kilometer) coastline, ranging from coral to colorful fish to sharks. Kids can enjoy workshops and play areas, while adventure seekers can go diving among the aquarium’s sharks, stingrays, and turtles.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are the nearest attractions to Penguin Island?
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