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Phillip Island Penguin Parade

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by Deborah Jayne (subscribe)
Motto: Have a plan and be prepared.
Published January 7th 2015
The 'Real' Penguins of Phillip Island

Phillip Island is an oasis rich with an abundance of native Australian wildlife. There are many things to see and do on the Island, but one absolute must for anyone within arms reach is the Penguin Parade.

Fairy Penguins are fascinating little characters and, just like their Penguins of Madagascar counterparts, are brimming with charm. From specially made viewing platforms you can watch their return home at sunset. They even dress for the occasion in their black and white tuxedos.

Visitors are advised to arrive at least an hour before sun down. There is a countdown to penguin arrival on their web page. The entry pavilion at the Penguin Parade is full of information about the penguins and sea life around the area. You can watch a short feature film running in the theatrette, explore the interactive area and take a photo with the Great White Shark.

The entry pavilion and viewing platforms are open during the day from 10am (2pm on Christmas Day) and entry is FREE. Take a walk in daylight and see where the penguins nest on shore.

Two generous sized gift shops offer lots of souvenirs including cuddly toys, curiosities, keepsakes and clothing. There is also a cafeteria with a sufficient amount of seating for snacks and meals.

Before you see the penguins, download the FREE Penguin Parade App for phones and tablets. This interactive app will enhance your visit by providing a range of information during the parade.

Penguin Parade web site[/LINK] provides a calendar of anticipated arrival times. It's a good idea to consult this calendar before your visit.

For an extra special adventure, take a guided tour with one of the Park Rangers prior to the Penguin Parade. Tours must be pre-booked.

The penguins start arriving at sunset and the parade usually lasts about 50 minutes. Visitors are advised to arrive an hour before sunset. There is a countdown to penguin arrival on their web page.

Eagle-eyed observers may see the penguins surfing the waves coming in to shore, but don't worry if you miss them in the surf, plenty will soon waddle past, up the beach to nest in the dunes.

Phillip Island is located 90 minutes from Melbourne, with another 20 minutes from the bridge to the Penguin Parade area.

There is lots of FREE parking onsite, but be warned, it gets really busy year round.

The Penguin Parade pavilion and outdoor areas are Wheel Friendly (Good for prams, strollers and wheelchairs) with wide paths, ramps and viewing stands. Assistance dogs are welcome, but must be restrained at all time.

This is a family friend event with baby change room and microwave available.

Phillip Island Penguin Parade
Foam Seats at Penguin Parade
What to Take
The night wind can become cool. Warm clothing and shoes are recommended year round.
Mats to sit upon can be purchased from gift shop or, better yet, you could take a folded towel and if need be, wrap it around your shoulders later.

PLEASE NOTE: Photography and filming are NOT permitted during the parade. Penguins have very sensitive eyes and can become frightened or disoriented by flash photography.

The Penguin Parade is located at 1019 Ventnor Road, Summerlands 3922, Phillip Island.

Public transport is limited on Phillip Island and there are no buses to and from the Penguin Parade.

Ticket Prices:-
General Viewing: Adult (16 years plus) $23.80
General Viewing: Child (4 to 15 years) $11.90
General Viewing: Family (2 adults & 2 children) $59.50
General Viewing: Pensioner $16.60

Guided Ranger Tour through the penguin colony, with front row seats during the parade, binoculars to use throughout, thermal seating and headset for ranger commentary, plus complimentary drink at the Boardwalk Café.

Tours limited to a maximum of 10 people aged 12 years plus and must be booked in advance.

Guided Ranger Tour: Adult (12 years plus) $74
Guided Ranger Tours also available with 3 Parks Pass

For anyone visiting Phillip Island for a short break or holiday, the 3 Parks Pass is the best value ticket on the Island. The ticket includes entry to the Penguin Parade, the Koala Conservation Centre and the Churchill Island Heritage Farm.

3 Parks Pass Ticket Prices:-
Adult (16 years plus) $40.40
Child (4 to 15 years) $20.20
Family (2 adults & 2 children) $101
Pensioner $28.20

Phillip Island Penguin Parade
Adopt a Penguin
The Penguins need your help!

The Adopt a Penguin program helps protect and preserve the natural habitat and livelihood of the penguins living on Phillip Island. From penguin rescue to rehabilitation, building new nesting areas to monitoring health and behaviour, the foundation needs your help to continue this important work.

You can become a Penguin Foundation Member for $24 and receive regular newsletter updates about the penguin colony.

Penguin Pal (For kids under 12): For a $50 donation you'll receive a thank you letter from your penguin, adoption certificate (with the name of your choice) and fact sheet, penguin toy and birthday letter from the adopted penguin, 1 x entry to the penguin parade on Phillip Island and an invitation to the Members' Open Day including a behind the scenes tour.

Adopt a Penguin: For a $75 donation receive a personalised thank you card and photo, adoption certificate (with the name of your choice) and fact sheet, newsletter, 1 x entry to the penguin parade on Phillip Island, an invitation to the Members' Open Day including a behind the scenes tour and regular newsletters.
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Why? Penguin Parade
When: Pavilion Open Daily from 10am. Penguins at Sunset
Where: Phillip Island: 1019 Ventnor Road, Summerlands 3922
Cost: Entry Fees For Parade Apply
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