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Penguin Island

#2 of 28 things to do in Rockingham Features Animals
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 1 March 2016

This is a lovely place with great beaches and shallow water, lots of birds but we only saw one penguin outside of the discovery centre. That said, it didn't detract from our day in any way :)More

Thank Suks_12
PenguinIslandLocal, Tour Guide at Penguin Island, responded to this reviewResponded 3 March 2016

Hi Suks_12, It's great to hear that you enjoyed your trip to Penguin Island. The majority of the penguins go out to sea fishing in the day light hours so you were very lucky to find one hiding out on the island for the day!...More

Reviewed 23 February 2016

A short ferry ride takes you over to this pretty little island. The penguins only come out at night, so it is rare to see the wild ones but there are a few penguins in the Discovery Centre recovering from injuries. And there are lots...More

Thank J L
PenguinIslandLocal, General Manager at Penguin Island, responded to this reviewResponded 24 February 2016

Hi Jl Thank you for your review its always lovely to hear how everyone's day was. Penguin Island is a lovely place to relax and explore to find many hidden treasures. Most people spend a little longer on Penguin Island exploring swimming and snorkeling or...More

Reviewed 22 February 2016

Booked the ferry to PENGUIN island and the Sea Lions, only 2 Sea Lions basking on the beach but what a thrill when we followed round a group of Bottle No Dolphins as they played around. Great. Then we watched the z little Penguins being...More

Thank Stephen D
PenguinIslandLocal, Tour Guide at Penguin Island, responded to this reviewResponded 23 February 2016

Hi Stephen Thank you for your review! Seal island is populated by approximately 30 male sea lions. They spend 80% of their life in the water to go out fishing for 3-4 days and on return they need to rest and re-energize by sleeping, in...More

Reviewed 22 February 2016

Great spot for a day trip with well marked paths, clear water and clean beaches. There is a good show which features penguins of course which is cool because you probably won't see any others on the island - just heaps of seagulls. The joke...More

Thank lucass_10
PenguinIslandLocal, Tour Guide at Penguin Island, responded to this reviewResponded 23 February 2016

Hi Lucass_10 Thank you for your positive feedback! There are actually around 1000 penguins that call this island home, but their natural behaviour during the day light hours is to go out fishing in the waters or hide in their burrows. Therefore you wont necessarily...More

Reviewed 20 February 2016

This is one day out that all the family will love. Tickets can be bought just before boarding, and the staff are helpful and informative. We took the penguin and sea lion glass bottom boat tour, and had the bonus of seeing lots of playful...More

Thank Mally472
PenguinIslandLocal, Tour Guide at Penguin Island, responded to this reviewResponded 21 February 2016

Hi Mally472 Thank you for your positive feedback! I'm so glad you had a great experience. Our 'Penguin and Sea lion Cruise' doesn't guarantee dolphins, so it sounds like you were very lucky to spot some wild dolphins in the bay with their calves. Our...More

Reviewed 19 February 2016

Summer was a good time to see the penguins because they come on the island to shed their feathers and grow new ones. so they are usually hiding under rocks and under the boardwalk. i joined the tour that took us out to sea to...More

Thank PikTzeHong
PenguinIslandLocal, Tour Guide at Penguin Island, responded to this reviewResponded 20 February 2016

Hi PikTzeHong, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. From the months of January-February the little penguins are molting so this is the time of year when it is more likely to see a wild penguin but they are very stressed...More

Reviewed 16 February 2016 via mobile

Went to penguin island with my 4 grandchildren on Sunday. Easy to get tickets as we were early but I think there could be problems for later ferry service. Also went to see the Penguins getting fed. Although the ferry only run every hour coming...More

Thank keith250751
PenguinIslandLocal, Tour Guide at Penguin Island, responded to this reviewResponded 18 February 2016

Hi keith250751, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review, I am glad you had a nice day on Penguin Island with your grandchildren. The ferry goes over to Penguin Island every hour on the hour from 9:00am - 3:00pm. We do...More

Reviewed 15 February 2016

Was here a few years ago and there were penguins everywhere. Amazing to see. Went there again in December to so a friend, only to find it totally over run by people and no penguins. Very sad 😔More

Thank Leif J
PenguinIslandLocal, Tour Guide at Penguin Island, responded to this reviewResponded 17 February 2016

Hi Leif J, Thank you for your response about your day at Penguin Island! There are actually around 1000 penguins that call this island home, but their natural behaviour during the day light hours is to go out fishing in the waters or hide in...More

Reviewed 13 February 2016

Didn't spot any wild penguin but those little penguins in the pool are still a joy to watch! I liked how the pelicans are separated from human interactions, and can only be seen from afar using camera zooms and binoculars. Staff were friendly and informative....More

Thank Razorius A
PenguinIslandLocal, Tour Guide at Penguin Island, responded to this reviewResponded 15 February 2016

Hi Razorius A, Thanks for taking the time to leave a review! There are more than 1200 little wild penguins which live on Penguin Island but the natural behavior for a wild penguin is to go out fishing and hunting in the ocean during the...More

Reviewed 11 February 2016 via mobile

It's a beautiful small island accessible by a short ~5 min ferry trip. The island is the conservation site and home to the world smallest penguin. Activities around the island includes penguin feeding/observation at the conservation centre, bird watching, strolling along the beach, and picnic....More

Thank Yvonne L
PenguinIslandLocal, Tour Guide at Penguin Island, responded to this reviewResponded 13 February 2016

Hi Yvonne L, Thank you for taking the time to leave us the great feedback! The 10 rehabilitated penguins that live inside the discovery center have been injured and rescued and cannot be released back into the wild. There are over 1200 little wild penguins...More

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Muhammad J
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Yes they are open October and all year round. October is one of the best times to see the nesting pelicans.
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Muhammad J
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Yes I blueberry they do
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Lisa D
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Hi Lisa D, As you would have found when you visited, the natural behaviour for the wild penguins is to go out fishing during daylight hours, they return to the island when the sun is setting and the visitors have gone home... More
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