One of nature’s most humbling aspects is the indifference towards human existence. Whether us humans were here or not, waves would still crash, sunsets would still glow, and hundreds of clumsy Little Penguins would storm Phillip Island at sunset. Of all the Phillip Island Nature Parks, the Penguin Parade is inarguably the most popular due to this evening show. Each night at dusk, hundreds of these penguins waddle up the beach to rest and feed their young, and since 32,000 of the Little Penguins live on Phillip Island, it’s believed to be the largest colony of the world’s smallest penguin. Arrive early and have a drink at the coastal penguin café, or tour the informative visitor center to learn about the curious critters. As dusk approaches, make your way towards the multi-tiered seating and keep your eyes on the shoreline, and when the first penguin comes rolling ashore and shakes the water of its back, it will soon be followed by hundreds more as they shake, waddle, and roll.
Penguins go on parade at sunset on every day of the year. Tickets can sell out early, however, so advance reservations are essential. For the best experience, it’s recommended to arrive an hour before sunset to ensure a good spot for viewing. In June, sunset can be as early as 5:15pm, whereas the December sunset is at 8:45pm. Due to the penguin’s sensitive eyes, no photography is allowed, and the Penguin Parade visitor center opens at 10am.