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Penguin Parade

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Address: Summerland Peninsula, Summerlands, Phillip Island, Victoria, Australia
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A disgrace to "conservation" - ashamed this is happening in my country!

Cannot tell you how dreadfully disrespectful to conservation, penguins and Australia in general this place is. A special mention also goes to the incredibly selfish and ignorant... read more

1 of 5 starsReviewed March 1, 2015
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Brisbane, Australia
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Brisbane, Australia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

Cannot tell you how dreadfully disrespectful to conservation, penguins and Australia in general this place is. A special mention also goes to the incredibly selfish and ignorant tourists, mostly Japanese, who completely ruined the experience for many by flagrantly disobeying rules of no photos, staying quiet and not moving as the penguins came out of the ocean. There is no... More 

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Melbourne
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

Im with Rowan D. Far out what a mad house - massive crowds who have absolutely no respect. Went Friday night 27 Feb, on crutches due to recent knee surgery but went anyway as my 3 kids wanted to see the penguins. Eventually found a seat but what was the point as soon as the penguins came out the non... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

We attended the parade last night and left in disgust after the terrible behavior of the overseas tourists. We were all warned several times about being quiet, no moving around quickly, no filming - but that was all ignored and appeared to fall on deaf ears. Once the penguins began to land- they all began standing up and talking loudly-... More 

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Changwon, South Korea
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

Rowan D is spot on with his review of this highly disturbing attraction. We arrived an hour before sunset as advised. The first thing that caught my eye was the large number of tour buses in the carpark. Upon arrival to the welcome centre our tickets were checked and we were instructed to head straight down the boardwalk to find... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

We took a day trip from Melbourne, with stops at a nature preserve, a beach and the visitor center. It makes for a very long day, but was well worth it. The small penguins were a sight to see as the clustered up in groups on the beach and made a dash across the sounds. It was a bit hard... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 via mobile

Absolutely agree with rowan, they could not of summed up my thoughts more succinctly. The most disappointing part were the boardwalks which ran alongside the penguins where they walk back to their burrows, flashes going off,people trying to touch them and generally doing everything that you are not advised to do but no wardens protecting the penguins. We were told... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

It's about an hour drive from Melbourne city, but once we have reached the area, we found that it's really worth the trip. You have to be patient though, wait for an hour or so before sunset, get yourself a nice and comfortable spot to see the penguins marching in. Unfortunately we were not allowed to take any pictures. Some... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

we booked in melbourne on the day we where going with the tourist information centre at federation sq. as we didnt have alot of time we just went to the evening tour not a day tour with grayline the bus tok us there and back was very informative. we paid extra for penguin plus..do this as you get to sit... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

We came to Philip Island with high expectations. We were expecting to see one of natures purest little creatures in a natural environment, and what we saw and experienced couldn't have been farther from that. After paying $23.40 each for general admission (options ranging up to $100 available for "VIP") we were guided with the masses down to stadium seating... More 

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PhillipIslandNP, Manager at Penguin Parade, responded to this review

Dear Rowan D Thanks for taking the time to post your feedback and we appreciate your comments. We're sorry to hear that this is the impression you had from your visit but it is worth pointing out that Phillip Island Nature Parks (which includes the Penguin Parade, Koala Conservation Centre, Churchill Island Heritage Farm and Nobbies Centre) is a not-for-profit... More 

Mississauga, Canada
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

The penguins are so cute but don't rush with everyone else to get good seats! They come out of the water slowly in groups of 2-3 and then more. This goes on for a couple of hours but most people rush off after seeing the first few. You get to walk besides the waddling penguins as you go back up... More 

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