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Address: 1019 Ventnor Rd, Summerlands, Phillip Island, Victoria 3922, Australia
Phone Number: 61-3-5951-2800
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A few things I learnt:  1. The website said visitor centre closed at 5pm and I was so worried that I had missed it especially since penquins were only coming at 8.45pm. Not to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 205 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

A few things I learnt:  1. The website said visitor centre closed at 5pm and I was so worried that I had missed it especially since penquins were only coming at 8.45pm. Not to worry - we could still come after that 2. They are very busy especially with this period being Chinese New Year. Buy tickets beforehand. - as... More 

Thank youke_worldwide
Sydney, Australia
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9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We had general viewing tickets and arrived a little after 7.30pm. We were able to find a good spot to watch from and the staff were very helpful. The Penguins arrived in lots of small groups and were so cute to watch waddling up the beach and in there burrows :) It was disappointing that despite the staff advising guest... More 

Thank lillybet101
London, UK
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17 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The moment these cute penguins emerge from the sea is a wonder to see and a daily event. The chicks are waiting in various burrows and holes and it is a minor miracle that the parents find the right ones but they do. Recently, a new walkway was installed to aide visitors view this spectacle. Those who arrive early tend... More 

Thank Oysterman55
Sydney, Australia
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This place has beautiful scenery and offers tremendous potential for nature lovers and those generally interested in seeing the little penguins. Unfortunately, the facility management is so desperate for funds that we walked away feeling nothing short of frustrated and sad for the fact that there were at least 2000 Asian tourists packing the beach to see the Penguins. A... More 

Thank Rob V
Cartagena, Colombia
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2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We were really looking forward to the penguin parade after reading so many good reviews about it. We were warned (as was everybody else) that it was a busy day so we should head down to the viewing area early. We went down around 7.40 and found ourselves a good seat. The rangers were great and repeatedly made it clear... More 

Thank JenniferAnn83
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We got the shortest coach trip we could find to go and see the Penguin Parade..... and was still to 6 hours round trip! To be honest it was a boring day with a few stop offs to fleece you for cash (food & drink)... The penguin parade was good to see but lasted about 20-30 mins. To be honest... More 

Thank Richie C
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 144 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We purchased general viewing tickets. The staff were very helpful and informative. You can either seat on the stands or on the sand. The parade starts anytime after 9pm and the gates to the beach open at 7pm. If you arrive early, you can have good seats at the front. We saw lots of penguins coming from the beach and... More 

1 Thank SmartTravellerHK
Swindon, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Paid a little extra and had the underground experience which for only a little extra gives a very special experience. It certainly brings you back to nature and I have never seen anything like these 34,000 penguins coming in from the sea and making their way up the beach. So very well done from a conservationist point of view and... More 

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Keller, Texas
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88 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Love the little Fairy Penguins. I spent the day on the island. Very cool. Make special note - NO CAMERAS!!!! Trust they will kick your but out. This includes cell phones!!! wear layers, hat, gloves, blanket, binoculars. Very chilly. You can do general seating or there are several tours. I did ranger tour which was really cool. Go early for... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We booked our tickets online, just the normal run-of-the-mill seating. The day of the penguin parade we received a call to offer us "premium" seating - an up close and personal encounter for a select few. The cost was nearly the same as the original tickets, but we thought what the hey and booked them. In retrospect we wouldn't bother.... More 

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