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Penguin Cruise

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by Angie (subscribe)
Melbourne-based freelance writer & graphic designer.
Published August 31st 2009
Port Phillip Bay is famous for its large colony of fairy penguins, which have attracted many tourists and locals. If you’d like to see the penguins up close and in their natural habitat a Penguin Waters Cruise or a Melbourne Penguin Cruise may be the ideal trip for you.

Setting out from either Docklands or Southbank (opposite Flinders Street Station), the cruise takes you down the Yarra River and out to the rock structure at Port Phillip Bay which have become a home for the fairy penguins.

The cruises operate daily at sunset and takes around two hours in total. Suitable for all ages, the prices are $55 for adults and $30 for children which must be booked through phone. Children under three can cruise for free.

The cruiser itself holds up to 200 people at a time and has plenty of viewing space for spotting the penguins. Not only does the trip guarantee some great views of the city as you drift down the Yarra at sunset but a BBQ chicken dinner and drinks is also included so you won’t be left hungry.

It’s a good idea to rug up in winter as it can get quite chilly out on deck. However, it’s worth the wait once you reach your destination and you see the unique creatures up close. The crew are more than happy to answer all your questions and if you’re lucky you might even spot a baby penguin.
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Why? See Melbourne's fairy penguins in their natural habitat.
When: Daily from sunset
Where: Departing from Docklands and Southbank
Cost: $55 Adults, $35 Children
The penguins at Port Phillip island are excellent. They have such a wonderful life. It is amazing to watch and learn and understand these wonderful strong, yet delicate creatures.

I havent been on a cruise to see them, so that would be a different experience. They apparently feed on anchovies and are wonderful animals that usually pair or mate for life.
By Jody Kimber - senior reviewer
Thursday, 24th of March @ 07:12 am
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