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Penguin Island

#2 of 27 things to do in Rockingham Features Animals
Corner Arcadia Drive and Penguin Road | Rockingham/Shoalwater Bay area, Rockingham, Western Australia 6169, Australia
+61 8 9591 1333
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Located in the spectacular Shoalwater Islands Marine Park, just 45 minutes south of Perth is Penguin Island- a beautiful, unspoilt nature reserve home to WA's largest colony of little penguin as well as dolphins, sea lions, stingrays, pelicans, ospreys and more. Visitors can see the penguins being fed by rangers at the Discovery Centre. It's also fantastic for swimming, snorkelling, having a picnic or just enjoying some of the best coastal scenery in Perth. Rockingham Wild Encounters operate an hourly ferry service to Penguin Island (it's only a 5 minute ride), glass bottom boat cruises of Shoalwater Bay and adventure style cruises to watch the local dolphins and explore more of the marine park. Sea Kayak Tours and Kite boarding Lessons are also available.
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Corner Arcadia Drive and Penguin Road | Rockingham/Shoalwater Bay area, Rockingham, Western Australia 6169, Australia
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Great day trip with the kids (8 and 10) Ferry ride was comfortable and quick. The island itself is pretty with a pleasant easy walk around it, some spectacular spots. Penguin show was fun and entertaining. We didn't see any penguins on the island itself...More

Thank hoolabalula10
PenguinIslandLocal, Tour Guide at Penguin Island, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hi yay10, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. I am so glad you had a nice time on Penguin Island. Unfortunately any time of the year, we cannot guarantee you will sight any wild Penguins during daylight hours as they are...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Thank you to Sarah, Angelique & Louie for our couple of hours on the glass bottom boat. We didn't see anything through the glass but the cruise itself was brilliant. It was a birthday gift to a friend, the weather was absolutely magnificent. There was...More

Thank Deb_1968_11
PenguinIslandLocal, Tour Guide at Penguin Island, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hi Deb_1968_11, Thank you for your fantastic review and I will pass your kind words onto the rest of the crew! It was definitely a lovely morning exploring Shoalwater Bay and I am glad your friend enjoyed her birthday gift! I am sure I will...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Penguin Island as you depart from Rockingham Jetty, it takes a glass bottom boat about half an hour to arrive. Before we visited the penguin island the boat will take you to view the Pelican Colonies where you can see plenty of Pelicans hanging around...More

1  Thank ShifuWong
PenguinIslandLocal, Tour Guide at Penguin Island, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hi ShifuWong, Thank you for taking your time to write us such a great review! It sounds like you had an amazing day out exploring Shoalwater Islands Marine Park. I hope you get the chance to visit us again! Regards Sarah Rockingham Wild Encounters

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Pinguim Island is an excellent place to visit in Rockingham! There's a ferry point close to the Mersey Place Reserve to cross the sea through the island.

Thank SauloCavalieri
PenguinIslandLocal, Tour Guide at Penguin Island, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi SauloCavalieri, Thank you for your review and that you enjoyed your day exploring Penguin Island via a quick 5 minute ferry ride! I hope you get the chance to visit us and the Little Penguins again! Regards Sarah Rockingham Wild Encounters

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Penguin island is a fun day trip for the kids. It could work out quite pricey if you get the ferry across and then pay for entry to see the baby penguins. We had kayaks and paddled across which is easy and fun. You can...More

Thank Jared B
PenguinIslandLocal, Tour Guide at Penguin Island, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Jared B, Thank you for your review and it sounds like you had an amazing day exploring Shoalwater Islands Marine Park! In terms of crossing the sand bar to access Penguin Island, this route has inherit dangers involved even on relatively calm days. The...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Since spotting dolphins was high on my bucket list I booked the penguin island tour with cruise. It was an amazing experience. It took a while before we spotted some dolphins but in the end they were surfing our boat's waves. This is not a...More

Thank Tani x
PenguinIslandLocal, Tour Guide at Penguin Island, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Tani x, Thank you for such a fantastic review and it sounds like you had an absolutely amazing day exploring the whole of Shoalwater Islands Marine park! I hope you get another chance to visit! Regards Sarah Rockingham Wild Encounters

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Unfortunately, we arrived too late to see the dolphins or go kayaking, so we decided to visit the island and see the little penguins in captivity. We had to catch a boat to reach the island after a shot trip. Walking around the island was...More

Thank savuka1958
PenguinIslandLocal, Tour Guide at Penguin Island, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi savuka1958. Thank you for taking your time to write a review! As you found out from the 5th of June till the 15th September Penguin Island has restricted access via our Wildlife Cruise, giving you the opportunity to visit for that 30 minute period...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Worth a visit to this pretty Island. Learnt a lot about the life of these cute little birds. They are obviously loved and cared for by the keepers.More

Thank Yvonnemandurah
PenguinIslandLocal, Tour Guide at Penguin Island, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Yvonnemandurah, Thank you for your review and it sounds like you had a wicked day exploring Penguin Island and getting to know all the cute little birds. I will pass your kind words onto the staff :) Hope you get the chance to visit...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

One of the local icons and operated by a great local business and people. The knowledge of the guides and the mass of different ocean wildlife is certainly worth the visit.

Thank PeterH1972
PenguinIslandLocal, Tour Guide at Penguin Island, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi PeterH1972, Thank you for such an awesome review and I am glad you had a "great day out". I will pass your kind words onto the rest of the staff and I hope to see you visiting us again! Regards Sarah Rockingham Wild Encounters

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Penguins are nocturnal so they'll not be running around ya feet, you can go into the discovery centre where there will be a guide to tell you all about them. They're so cute. Nice place to walk around. Bring a picnic and set up at...More

Thank BJP738
PenguinIslandLocal, Tour Guide at Penguin Island, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi BJP738, Thank you for your review! The Little Penguins are definitely very cute, however in terms of their sleeping habits they do sleep at night time and are not nocturnal animals. During the day their natural behaviour is to go out fishing, returning to...More

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Lisa D
When is the best time of year to visit to guarantee seeing a wild penguin? Recently came in April, and didn't see any. 😔
April 21, 2017|
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Response from PenguinIslandLocal | Property representative |
Hi Lisa D, As you would have found when you visited, the natural behaviour for the wild penguins is to go out fishing during daylight hours, they return to the island when the sun is setting and the visitors have gone home... More
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Katlyn S
Is the Island open all year?
March 26, 2017|
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Response from PenguinIslandLocal | Property representative |
Good morning Katlyn, Penguin Island is open from September 15th - Early June each year. However over Winter we do operate a tour called the Seal Island Wildlife Cruise if you were visiting between June and September 14th... More
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Dloo
May I know if we need to buy ferry ticket to the Penguin Island, on top of the ticket for Dolphin, Penguin and Sea Lion Adventure cruise? What time is the adventure cruise? And what time is the last ferry from Penguin Island to the mainland?
November 22, 2016|
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Response from PenguinIslandLocal | Property representative |
Hi Dloo, Thank you for your enquiry. The Dolphin, Penguin and Sea Lion Adventure Cruise ticket is a package deal which includes the ferry transfers and penguin feeding show. Therefore it is the only ticket that needs to be... More
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