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Kangaroo Island Penguin Centre

Kingscote Wharf, Kingscote, Kangaroo Island, South Australia 5223, Australia
(08) 8553 3112
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Ranked #11 of 13 attractions in Kingscote
Type: Tours, Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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Nairne, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

We visited the centre on the first night of our stay only to discover that the penguin tours are closed until further notice due to the penguin numbers declining because of the New Zealand fur seals eating them! Bit disappointing.

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Cikarang, Indonesia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

Amazing,,,Fantastic,,,Beautiful,,,Cute,,,Specta,,,Paradise,,,Fun,,,Relax,,,Ga Nyesal Ke Kangaroo Island. Hehehehe

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Sydney, Australia
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6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014 via mobile

We were told we wouldn't see any. Kingscote tours no longer run so we just went down the beach with an orange covered torch and found 2 burrows 3 penguins quite easily despite a nearby fur seal under the jetty where the penguins like to hide. They were on the beach to the south of jetty. Just follow the smell... More

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Washington DC
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

Sadly, the Little Penguins are essentially gone and the tour is closed. The reason(s) are subject of hot debate locally. The operator of the tour has a notice in his window blaming predation from New Zealand fur seals. Others attribute it to over-fishging of pilchards (small fish the penguins and seals rely on) and other reasons. Who knows, and it's... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2013

I like Little Penguins. I really do. The trouble is, once you've been to Philip Island in Victoria, you a kind of spoiled for other rookeries that perhaps aren't the size of PI. We met our guide at the Penguin Centre down near Hogs Bay and walked over to the rookery near the ferry terminal. Our guide told us that... More

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Cooroy, Australia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

Unfortunately the Pennishaw Penguin Tour is unable to guarantee a penguin sighting. Whilst I understand that nothing is guaranteed in nature, the penguin numbers have been so depleted that there are currently none to be seen. It is believed that the seals have decimated the numbers as well as other sea life predators such as sharks. It was disappointing and... More

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Federal Way, Washington
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58 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

The guide spent a lot of time with the 4 of us and did his level best to help us see the little critters but they are elusive. We would not have seen a one without him but the admission is $13.

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Sydney, Australia
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9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013

This was one of the kids favourites. Starting off looking at the aquarium then venturing out to see the little penguins. They put on a good show and we saw lots of them. Even a chick ventured out of the nest briefly.

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Reston, VA
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87 reviews 87 reviews
46 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

There were two times for group tours to see the penguins. We took the later time. There were about 6 or 7 people in the group. It was dark and there were no penguins! The guide shined an infra-red light into the burrows (to prevent blinding them) in order for us to see a couple of them. In all, it... More

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Kangaroo Island, Australia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

Informative, suitably scientific and an easy stroll that included the aquarium. The guides also told us of regrettable incidents of dog and youth attacks on the Kingscote colony. Nevertheless, a recommend

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