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  • Address: 153 Arcadia Drive, Shoalwater, Western Australia 6169, Australia
  • Hours: 9am-4pm daily from September 15-early June. The island itself is closed in winter, although boat tours still run offshore. Discovery Center hours are 10am-3:30pm daily.

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Penguin Island Tours

Penguins are one of those wild animals you simply can’t help but love, and here on aptly named Penguin Island, just 45 minutes from Perth, over 1,000 lovable Little Penguins all call the island their home. It’s Western Australia’s largest colony of the world’s smallest species of penguin, although since they spend their days at sea, Little Penguins can actually be pretty tough to spot in the wild. Luckily there’s much more to do on the island than search for waddling penguins, as sea caves, trails, and white sand beaches are also part of the attraction. Keep an eye out for clusters of sea lions that often sun on the shorelines, or dolphins splashing just offshore in the Shoalwater Islands Marine Park. Aside from the popular Little Penguins, the island is also home to over 50 species of seabirds, as well as a thriving pelican rookery full of clumsy, curious birds. While it’s possible to visit the island on your own, many visitors opt to take part in a guided kayak or boat tour, where dolphins splash in the wake of the boat and you snorkel in search of marine life. From there it’s off to the Discovery Center to see the Little Penguins, and join in one of the ranger-led feedings that take place three times per day.

Insider's Tip: For the best chance of spotting a wild penguin, look under boardwalks and wooden sets of stairs where they will sometimes hideout in the daytime.

Practical Info

Penguin feedings take place at the Discovery Center at 10:30am, 12:30pm, and 2:30pm. There are minimal facilities on Penguin Island, so visitors should pack their own food and drink to enjoy at one of the picnic areas. Since the waters offshore are part of a marine park, visitors are encouraged to bring their own snorkeling gear, or hire some gear on shore, and ferries to the Mainland run every hour, with the last one at 4pm.

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Penguin Island and Caversham Wildlife Park Day Trip From Perth

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Penguin Island Tour with Dolphin and Sea Lion Cruise, Perth, Day Trips
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Penguin Island Tour with Dolphin and Sea Lion Cruise

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Discover the wildlife of Penguin Island and Shoalwater Island Marine Park during a 90-minute cruise with an expert guide. Watch wild dolphins frolicking near ...  Read more

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