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Phillip Island Penguin Parade
Only 90 minutes from Melbourne
Protect nature for wildlife with every visit
Watch penguins waddle home at sunset
Largest Little Penguin colony in the world
Wander the boardwalks in the colony after dark

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Mon, Jun 24, 2024

What you can expect

Watch Little Penguins dash across the sand at sunset with a visit to the Penguin Parade. The explore the boardwalks after dark to see, smell and hear Little Penguins in the colony returning home to their burrows, greeting neighbours and their chicks. While you’re here, make sure you keep an eye out for other local residents including Swamp Wallabies, Eastern Barred Bandicoots, Cape Barren Geese and Short-tailed Shearwaters.

Every visit to the Penguin Parade protects nature for wildlife. It means the Nature Parks rangers can revegetate and maintain Little Penguin habitat for penguins and visitors to enjoy.

You can choose from two viewing options at the Penguin Parade. Penguins Plus provides a more intimate experience with a smaller capacity and located right beside our main penguin highway from the ocean. General Viewing has excellent views of the Little Penguins waddling up the beach and into the colony.


What you need to know

  • Phillip Island Penguin Parade general viewing
  • Transfer from Melbourne
  • Watch the penguins emerge from the waves then waddle across the sand to the safety of their burrows.
  • Support conservation, education, and research projects on Phillip Island with every visit.
  • Penguins arrive at sunset every night of the year. To help plan your visit for the penguin arrival time calendar, open this link: Penguin Information Calendar We suggest you arrive one hour before the penguin's arrival time
  • The Visitor centre currently opens at 4pm
  • Penguin Arrival Time
  • January 8:45pm
  • February 8:30pm
  • March 8:00pm
  • April 7:00pm (DST)
  • April 6:00pm (NON DST)
  • May 5:30pm
  • June 5:15pm
  • July 5:45pm
  • August 6:00pm
  • September 6:15pm
  • October 6:45pm (non DST)
  • October 7:45pm (DST)
  • November 8:15pm
  • December 8:30pm
Additional Information
  • Children under 4 years old can travel free of charge but do need a ticket to manage Penguin Parade capacity
  • Please allow extra travel time if visiting from mid-December to late January, during Long Weekends, School Holidays or other peak periods as traffic can get very busy.
Booking Information
  • Confirmation in the form of a ticket voucher will be received at time of booking. Your ticket will be sent to your email inbox once received by Phillip Island Nature Parks booking team.
  • Upon completion of purchase, please present e-ticket on arrival
  • For your information, complete Tour Operator Information including contact details is included on your tour voucher
  • If for any reason, the dates you have selected are unavailable, you will be contacted by Experience Oz customer service staff within 48 hours of your booking

Recent reviews

4.733 reviews

Nice little walk and a very different experience of seeing penguins very close

Great experience with a very good price. Thanks to Experience Oz for discounted prices. I wasn’t expecting hundreds of people in the evening and raining. It’s a must-go place, a bit busy and hard to find a place if you are late...

Atif Jehan zeb 8 months ago

Experience Oz's website was very friendly to use, had no hard time looking for what I was looking for which was very good.

We had a great experience with Experience Oz while booking for Phillip Island for the penguin parade. Everything was smooth and when we got there they had no problem looking for our booking and was allowed in a matter of seconds so I highly recommend it!

Kai-lun Yang 9 months ago

Cheap, educational and unique activity to do. 100% recommend.

Phillip Island Penguin Parade was an awesome experience that was extra special during the breeding season, listening to the penguins sing their mating songs. Bring a towel or something to sit on to get the best seats in the house on the sand. Arrive early to get a good seat.

Jessica Mercieca 9 months ago
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