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Penguin Island Tours

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Penguin Island
Just 45 minutes from Perth, Penguin Island is an engaging ecotourism destination. Home to over 1,000 of the world’s smallest penguins, the island is teeming with animal activity. Attend a penguin feeding presentation, look to the skies for signs of seabirds, or search the seas for a glimpse of dolphins or a rare Australian sea lion.
 
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.
 
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. 

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.
 
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.
 
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.
Address: 153 Arcadia Drive, Shoalwater, Western Australia 6169, Australia
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Penguin Island Tour

Penguin Island Tour

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Penguin Island is blessed with white sandy beaches with crystal clear water. Enjoy a guided tour of the island from the local tour-guide, watch the Penguins feed, experience the Penguin and Sea Lion cruise, and view the nesting Pelicans.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$100.25
Price varies by group size
From
US$100.25
Price varies by group size
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Penguin and Seal Island Kayak Tour

Penguin and Seal Island Kayak Tour

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Discover the wildlife of Penguin Island and Seal Island on a kayak tour from Perth. Located within Shoalwater Islands Marine Park, the rugged islands shelter animals including Australian sea lions, little penguins and thousands of seabirds. Your expert instructor provides a paddle lesson, then guides you to the islands so that you can observe the critters. You can snorkel around the reef in the summer months, and take guided walks on the islands. Your tour includes gear, morning tea and lunch, and admission to the Penguin Discovery Centre.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$139.55
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US$139.55

Penguin Island And Fremantle - Canoe, Chocolate & Coffee

Penguin Island And Fremantle - Canoe, Chocolate & Coffee

It is all about the experience. We make it how you want it. We take you to special places only the locals know. Experience canoeing across Shoalwater Bay Penguin Island. The crystal water, the cliff, and of course the penguins, are incredible sights to be seen. If you are lucky, you can see the dolphins or the sea lions.  We have a picnic lunch on the beach, and then make our way to have coffee and chocolate and wander through Fremantle Market. We customised the itinerary to suit you!
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$107.41
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US$107.41

Seal Island and Penguin Island or Point Peron Sea Kayak Tour

Seal Island and Penguin Island or Point Peron Sea Kayak Tour

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Embark on a guided full-day sea kayaking adventure from Perth and get up close to the wildlife of Western Australia. Hop on a double kayak; paddle your way around scenic Shoalwater Bay, Seal Island and Penguin Island; and look out for dolphins, Australian Sea Lions, penguins and sea birds. After a delicious picnic lunch (included) by the beachside, enjoy free time to swim, snorkel or hike around the islands before heading back to the city.
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  • 1 day
  • Free Cancellation
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US$118.40
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US$118.40

Dolphin, Penguin and Sea Lion Cruise

Dolphin, Penguin and Sea Lion Cruise

Wild dolphins, rare Australian sea lions, pelican rookeries, and birds of prey are regularly sighted and our friendly crew will get you right amongst the action! The cruise concludes on Penguin Island to see the penguin feeding and then enjoy some island time before returning on the ferry at your own leisure.
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  • 1 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$46.55
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US$46.55

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