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Penguin Island

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Address: Corner Arcadia Drive and Penguin Road | Rockingham/Shoalwater Bay area, Rockingham, Western Australia 6169, Australia
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+61 8 9591 1333
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Located in the spectacular Shoalwater Islands Marine Park, just 45 minutes...

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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Seals, Dolphins and lots of bird life.

Our group; a senior kayak group, paid a visit to the island kayaking across past Seal and over to Penguin Island. Lots to see on the water including frolicking young seals and... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I was "stranded" in Rockingham on a recent visit too Perth-well Kwinana. Many hours to "kill" so I decided to walk, paddle, swim the sandbar - like I use to do as a teenager and had done with my family and/or children before. I've always loved this place, and have visited as my children grew up; so that would cover... More 

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Penguin Island is a little overshadowed by Rottnest Island for people visiting WA which is a shame as it is a lovely day out. Perfect picnic spot, great for kids to swim and snorkel in the calm waters and fantastic for nature lovers who like to explore. Well worth a visit, throw in a cruise as an added attraction and... More 

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Thank JScott09
PenguinIslandLocal, Tour Guide at Penguin Island, responded to this review

Hi JScott09, Thank you for leaving us such a lovely review! I agree Penguin Island is a beautiful place to spend a day exploring, snorkelling and taking in the amazing view points that overlook the whole of Shoalwater Bay. I hope you get the chance to visit again soon. Regards Sarah Rockingham Wild Encounters More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great day out for the family , well priced for what it is. A oasis in Rockingham good for all ages👍

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PenguinIslandLocal, Tour Guide at Penguin Island, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the 5 star review! Penguin Island is such a beautiful little island which is just a 5 minute ferry ride from Shoalwater in Rockingham. Definitely a great day out for the family, just make sure you bring some food and drinks with you, as there are no shops or cafes on the island. Kind regards,... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited penguin island early March and enjoyed taking advantage of the nice boardwalks and watching the feeding show. It's a lovely little place that requires some maintenance. Some of the boardwalk is damaged and holes covered by red tape, as a place that is used for conserving wildlife these things need to be fixed asap. Love what they are... More 

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Thank Chantal H
PenguinIslandLocal, Tour Guide at Penguin Island, responded to this review

Hi Chantal, We're glad to hear that you've enjoyed your day on Penguin Island! The island is ran by the Department of Parks and Wildlife and Rockingham Wild Encounters run the ferries to Penguin Island and the cruises throughout the Shoalwater Islands Marine Park. Between June and September Penguin Island is closed to the Public for the Little Penguins nesting... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Spent the entire day with family visiting from england and melbourne at penguin island and we were lucky enough to see a little fairy penguin under the boardwalk! We only purchased a ferry ticket but spent time exploring the island, snorkelling the shallow beaches and lazing in the sun. Already planning to go again as it was such a lovely... More 

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PenguinIslandLocal, Tour Guide at Penguin Island, responded to this review

Hi Jesca_noodle, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review, We are so glad you had a great time on Penguin Island and were lucky enough to spot a Wild Penguin! We look forward to see you again soon! Kindest Regards, Tayla Rockingham Wild Encounters. More 

Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Recommend lifejackets on little ones as it gets quite choppy. Not safe to walk over... but you see all the foreign visitors doing it.. nice little beaches where you can snorkle. Lots of little fish.. didnt see any penguins on this trip. Great little viewing spots for selfies. Take a picnic...

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PenguinIslandLocal, Tour Guide at Penguin Island, responded to this review

Hi emmamarielavery, Thank you for taking your time to write us a review! You have given a good summary of the island and there are definitely beautiful seagrass meadows surrounding Penguin Island to snorkel and explore. Unfortunately as the Little Penguins are extremely shy and timid they can be quite difficult to spot around the island. On your next visit... More 

Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a tour around the islands. Saw all kinds of dolphins playing, seals jumping about, penguin waddling here and there. Good nature, great wildlife all about the waters. Really worth it.

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PenguinIslandLocal, Tour Guide at Penguin Island, responded to this review

Hi Jack_Shoalwater, Thank you for your review! I am glad you enjoyed your day exploring Shoalwater Islands Marine Park and it sounds like the wildlife were amazing. I hope you get the chance to visit us again! Regards Sarah Rockingham Wildlife Encounters More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our group; a senior kayak group, paid a visit to the island kayaking across past Seal and over to Penguin Island. Lots to see on the water including frolicking young seals and dolphins. They were interested in us, maybe they thought our paddles were fish! Interesting bird life and intriguing rock formations. The water is so clear and you could... More 

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Thank Rifter
PenguinIslandLocal, Tour Guide at Penguin Island, responded to this review

Hi Rifter, Thank you for your review! Shoalwater Islands Marine Park is definitely an amazing place and it sounds like you really enjoyed your time exploring the Marine Park, even experience the wildlife sussing you guys out. The Penguin and Sea Lion Cruise is our 45 minute cruise that ventures throughout the Marine Park over to Seal Island. The cruise... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A rather disappointing trip to be honest. The promotional campaigning and advertisement had really set this attraction in good stead, but it's not quite the same as it's meant to be believed. The place is fairly overpriced, but the staff are lovely and warming. Despite being called Penguin Island, we were later told at the main information talk on the... More 

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PenguinIslandLocal, Tour Guide at Penguin Island, responded to this review

Hi Cameron L, Thank you for taking your time to write us a review! Penguin Island is home to 1200 Little Penguins but as you have stated their natural behaviour is to go out fishing during the day, returning to the island after sunset. Little Penguins are extremely shy animals and can often be seen hiding underneath the boardwalks and... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Had a lovely few hours watching dolphins sea lions fairy penguins. On returning it was totally unorganised chaos everyone pushing in not knowing where to que. when approached the boat we arrived on the driver said not on this boat ? I replied but we came on here how are we supposed to know, he replied your on that one,... More 

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PenguinIslandLocal, Tour Guide at Penguin Island, responded to this review

Hi Linda O, Thank you for taking the time to leave review, The 10:15 Penguin and Sea lion Cruise does depart from the main land, which is the 45 minute cruise which will finish at Penguin Island. The 10:45 Dolphin, Penguin and Sea lion Adventure cruise is the 90 minute cruise which also departs from the mainland and finishes at... More 

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