The star attraction in Penguin Island is the Little Penguin or the Fairy Penguin, which is the smallest penguin species in the world. The island is home to about 1200 penguins. However, because they spend most daylight hours either feeding at sea or hidden in burrows, it is not very easy to encounter them within the island. The closest a visitor can get to the penguins is at the Discovery Centre within the island where rescued penguins reside until they are ready to go back to the wild.
There are many tours and cruises available to do in the island. We took the Penguin and Sea Lion Cruise, which includes unlimited ferry transfers, penguin feeding, and 45 minutes of glass bottom boat cruise. The cruise costs $36.50 per adult and $27.50 per child. If you just want to go for a swim or a walk around the island, the ferry fare costs $14 per adult or child.
There is a two kilometre trail on timber boardwalks across the island, which is voted as one of Western Australia's Top Nature Trails. The viewing platforms provide breathtaking vistas of the open water and marine park.
Time for tea? There is an excellent picnic area under the trees. However, because the island is a nature reserve, there are no shops or café available so make sure you bring your own food and drinks. (Or you can also buy them in Pengos Café in the mainland beside the gift shop where you buy your tickets to the island).
There is a rubbish system in place which everyone must observe. There are no rubbish bins in the island, therefore all rubbish from the picnic must be brought back to the mainland for disposal.
This is a great article Miyan, I was thinking of taking my three year old here in the next few weeks and you have answered a lot of questions. Thanks for pointing out there are no cafes and bins on the island, it makes planning my day much easier.