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.
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.
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.
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
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.