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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
USD47.25 per adult
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Worth the visit
The best part about the trip was Watching the penguin show and hearing about their declining number sadly. Also watching the sleeping dolphins near the beach was a mesmerising experience. I never knew dolphins can sleep while half awake?!
Ahmed_E, May 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Perth

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Penguin Island discovery
Amy_R, Jan. 2022
Dolphin, Penguin and Sea Lion Cruise
First time visiting Penguin Island it was an unforgettable experience. We were very lucky to see six dolphins close-up on the cruise around the small rock formations seen to the right of Penguin Island. Penguin in itself is stunning very clean wildlife are very well looked after and the rescue penguins not only are adorable but are a great educational experience if you want to learn more about where they have come from and the need to save these at risk species.
star-5
Awesome
Nina_P, Mar. 2022
Dolphin, Penguin and Sea Lion Cruise
Stuff made you feel very welcome and its lovely to see all the animals in there environment and beautiful and clean deffently would go back
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
Fabulous day out
Vicky_M, Apr. 2022
Dolphin, Penguin and Sea Lion Cruise
Had a fabulous day ! The staff on Penguin island were very informative as were the staff on the boat .We saw the rescue penguins being fed , we went in April so the wild ones tend to be out at sea , we also saw many birds including the pelican’s and was so blessed to see quite a few Dolphins had an amazing day out
star-5
Mothers day trip
Katherine_B, May 2022
Dolphin, Penguin and Sea Lion Cruise
Whole island experience was amazing and the cruise around was very informative and exciting. Highly enjoyed the whole day
star-4
Penguin Island - simple, back to nature
Simone_H, Apr. 2022
Dolphin, Penguin and Sea Lion Cruise
I would highly recommend a trip to Penguin Island (which should be renamed Seagull Island!). Do your own exploring & walking around. Take your own food & drink or purchase at Pengo's Cafe on the main land before departure, as there's none on the island for good reason. Take your own rubbish back as well. The penguin feeding is beautiful. The cruise is nice, but sadly numbers of penguins, sea lions & dolphins are dwindling, not just because you can't see them while they're out feeding all day.
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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Saw lots of wildlife and...
Katrina_S, May 2022
Dolphin, Penguin and Sea Lion Cruise
Saw lots of wildlife and the tour guide was very friendly. Lots of interesting information about the animals and environment.
star-5
Unexpected Beauty
Nicki_A, Apr. 2022
Dolphin, Penguin and Sea Lion Cruise
A lovely experience to share with family. Great team on board. Such unexpected beauty on our doorstep.
star-5
Must do adventure
Kay_J, Apr. 2022
Dolphin, Penguin and Sea Lion Cruise
The whole experience was great from the feeding of the penguins to the boat cruise. All staff were exemplary…..gorgeous day.
star-5
The trip was all worth it!
Jorge_M, Apr. 2022
Dolphin, Penguin and Sea Lion Cruise
We saw lots of dolphins, little penguins and a sea lion which made the experience so worth it! The cruise guide’s commentary was very entertaining and packed with information.
star-5
Strongly recommend this tour!!!
William_O, Dec. 2019
Seal Island and Penguin Island or Point Peron Sea Kayak Tour
1) I am very impressed with the guides Emily and P. Emily is very knowledgeable and seeks to value add our experience with her knowledge of wildlife. 2) Rivergod has very good and prompt service which I strongly recommend. I have done with a bit of research on which company to do this sea kayak adventure with. Rivergod is competitively priced with quality guides and service. 3) We were pleasantly surprised that my Husband and I were the only ones on the tour but yet, they did not cancel but proceeded with the tour. Most other tour agencies would have cancelled if the numbers are not to the maximum. For these three reasons, you guys are exceptional!! *send me the pictures from the tour!😄

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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