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Penguin Island

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Corner Arcadia Drive and Penguin Road | Rockingham/Shoalwater Bay area, Rockingham, Western Australia 6169, Australia
+61 8 9591 1333
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Located in the spectacular Shoalwater Islands Marine Park, just 45 minutes south of Perth is Penguin Island- a beautiful, unspoilt nature reserve home to WA's largest colony of little penguin as well as dolphins, sea lions, stingrays, pelicans, ospreys and more. Visitors can see the penguins being fed by rangers at the Discovery Centre. It's also fantastic for swimming, snorkelling, having a picnic or just enjoying some of the best coastal scenery in Perth. Rockingham Wild Encounters operate an hourly ferry service to Penguin Island (it's only a 5 minute ride), glass bottom boat cruises of Shoalwater Bay and adventure style cruises to watch the local dolphins and explore more of the marine park. Sea Kayak Tours and Kite boarding Lessons are also available.
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Corner Arcadia Drive and Penguin Road | Rockingham/Shoalwater Bay area, Rockingham, Western Australia 6169, Australia
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Adding to the serene & idyllic beauty of this island is a "rustic charm" made possible by these long "boardwalk trails" which I'm sure run the entire length of the Island although I didn't get to explore it as much as I wanted due to...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visiting in the winter and the Island was closed, however, you can see plenty of birds on the island and if you are lucky some Dolphins as well. Penguins a plenty plus other nesting birds. Best to leave it alone once in a while and...More

Thank Matt J
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Reviewed 7 July 2018 via mobile

This place is closed from June through September but you can go here when you use the encounter tour guide. Penguins were away so we didn’t get to see them.More

Thank Eunjin C
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PenguinIslandLocal, Tour Guide at Penguin Island, responded to this reviewResponded 8 July 2018

Hi Eujin C, Thank you for your review and for joining us on our winter tour, The Penguin Island Wildlife Cruise. The natural behavior for the Little Penguins is to spend the day light hours out at sea fishing and only return to the island...More

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Reviewed 7 July 2018

When we arrived at the place to go on the boat it was pouring. After half an hours the sun came out. We liked the Penguin Island. Most of these little penguins are very nice, except one of them. We watched the show. We learned...More

Thank Robby G C
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PenguinIslandLocal, Tour Guide at Penguin Island, responded to this reviewResponded 7 July 2018

Hi Robby G C, Thank you for your great review, it sounds like you had a great trip to Penguin island. I'm glad you liked most of the penguins in the Discovery Center, my guess is that Kevin was too cheeky for your liking! There...More

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Reviewed 30 June 2018

The price is pretty fair for the attraction. We didn't see any penguins roaming the island but the reason for this is explained to you in the display talk, where you see lots of penguins and learn a bit more about them. Despite the lack...More

2  Thank C R
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PenguinIslandLocal, Tour Guide at Penguin Island, responded to this reviewResponded 7 July 2018

Hi lovinit88, Thank you for taking the time to write your review and also for your understanding with regards to sighting wild penguins. As the rangers would have explained, it is unsafe for the Little Penguins to be out on the island during daylight so...More

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Reviewed 25 June 2018

Finally, an inexpensive, highly entertaining, majestic day excursion. The grandkids loved it as did the adults. Bonus....got to see a Sealion sleeping in one of the caves. The penguins are absolutely gorgeous. Excellent day. We will be back!More

Thank Louart02
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PenguinIslandLocal, Tour Guide at Penguin Island, responded to this reviewResponded 28 June 2018

Hi Lauart02, Thank you for the great review. What a lucky spot, the local Australian Sea Lions are known to sleep in quiet locations around the marine park but normally Penguin Island is a little busy for them! I am glad you enjoyed your visit...More

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Reviewed 21 June 2018 via mobile

Nice trail and seaside views, sunset. Don't pay though. Go there free or go somewhere else. You're not going to see many penguins anyway.More

Thank Peter W
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PenguinIslandLocal, Tour Guide at Penguin Island, responded to this reviewResponded 24 June 2018

Hi Peter W, I think your review may be for the local marine park area or another visitor location as Penguin Island closes to human access at 4pm daily which is before sunset. The island closes at this time to ensure there is no human...More

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Reviewed 18 June 2018 via mobile

It is indeed the smallest penguin but they are so adorable. Kevin (not sure if I catch the name correctly) is the cutest penguin who loves to be with people. The guide is friendly and island is good for protecting the animals are free to...More

Thank Jamie L
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PenguinIslandLocal, Tour Guide at Penguin Island, responded to this reviewResponded 24 June 2018

Hi Jamie L, Thank you for your great review! Yes the little penguin you met is called Kevin and what a funny little fella he is. Our main goal is to protect the wildlife on the Penguin Island Conservation Park. I am so glad you...More

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Reviewed 1 June 2018

I travel solo by public transport from Rockingham train station, take bus no. 551 or 552 walk 5 mins to penguin island information centre to purchase ticket for 20 mins ferry ride --A$24 includes watching penguin feeding . There is no penguin within the island...More

1  Thank sschen28
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PenguinIslandLocal, Tour Guide at Penguin Island, responded to this reviewResponded 2 June 2018

Hi sschen28, Thank you for leaving your review and I am sorry you did not get the most from your recent visit to Penguin Island. Penguin Island is a nature reserve area which is why there are no cafes or shops. Although there are several...More

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Reviewed 16 May 2018 via mobile

We have been too Rottnest n Phillip island in Victoria But penguin island is by far 10 times better. Unreal place You just need too take your own food n drinks n rubbish bags

Thank Jen N Brett S
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PenguinIslandLocal, Tour Guide at Penguin Island, responded to this reviewResponded 18 May 2018

Hi Jen N Brett S, Wow, what a fantastic review! It's great that you had such a wonderful time. We hope to see you again soon, Trini Rockingham Wild Encounters

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mardhiahzain
17 May 2018|
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Response from Jen J | Reviewed this property |
I took my family from Singapore on the Penguin and Sea Lion tour. We all got to see the dolphins swimming alongside our ferry, which was amazing. That was my second trip taking family to Penguin Island. I hope that helps.
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Beatrix C
4 May 2018|
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Response from stella w | Reviewed this property |
The Island is closed to visitors June -September. I do not know when it reopens exactly. The reason is that it is the breeding season for the penguins. Perhaps there are penguins at Perth Zoo? I have not been there so you... More
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Celunac
15 April 2018|
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Response from PenguinIslandLocal | Property representative |
Hi Celunac, May is a great time to visit Penguin Island. The penguins that are being cared for in the Discovery Centre are in the centre until the end of season which is June 5th. The wild dolphins live in this area all year... More
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