Penguin Island, Rockingham

(4.2/5 based on 850+ reviews on the web)
Situated inside the Shoalwater Islands Marine Park, Penguin Island is home to a colony of little penguins, the largest population of birds in Western Australia. Regular ferries carry tourists to and from the island, and access is also available by private boat. Only a small population of captive penguins can be viewed, but the island offers many other sights, including nesting seabirds and a large colony of pelicans, numbering nearly 500 birds. You can also swim, snorkel, take kite-boarding lessons, join kayaking tours, or simply enjoy a picnic. Remember to take your own food and drink, as none can be purchased on the island. Add Penguin Island to your Rockingham travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Rockingham vacation trip planner.
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  • Recommend lifejackets on little ones as it gets quite choppy. Not safe to walk over... but you see all the foreign visitors doing it.. nice little beaches where you can snorkle. Lots of little fish.. ...  more »
  • We had a tour around the islands. Saw all kinds of dolphins playing, seals jumping about, penguin waddling here and there. Good nature, great wildlife all about the waters. Really worth it.  more »
  • Our group; a senior kayak group, paid a visit to the island kayaking across past Seal and over to Penguin Island. Lots to see on the water including frolicking young seals and dolphins. They were inte...  more »
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  • A cool place, eve though we didn't see a single penguin (visited in November). More than enough seagulls though:) I'd definitely recommend walking to the island as opposed to taking the ferry. I'm c1.75m and the water was never above my waist. The walk around the island is amazing, the only downside is seagull poop, which is everywhere:)
  • Nice place to see some tiny penguins and walk around the beautiful island. But to be honest, there's not that much too see or to do... so probably not the best place for families with smaller children... Staff is very nice and helpful.
  • The name is a bit deceiving, because it is very likely that you won't see any penguins on the island - partially because you are not allowed to go everywhere on the island, and mostly because they come back to the island at nights, when you have already taken your last ferry back... What you DO get, though, if you throw in a few dollars extra, is to see injured penguins in their sanctuary, and you get them really close-up, much better than you'd get them in a zoo. There are feedings at fixed times, and especially if you go to the 2nd or 3rd of them, it is not so crowded. I'd also recommend to do this in combination with the dolphin cruise, they drop you off at the island afterwards, and the dolphin encounter is really great, you will see them up-close, and also jumping through the waves of the boat :-)
  • Mixed feeling about our experience. The island should be renamed seagulls island as you'll see thousands of of them flying over your head and yelling angry at you while you walk on their crap at all times. The only penguins we've seen on the island were in captivity. The cruise in the afternoon was superb though! Seeing the dolphins swimming and playing meters away from our vessel has been an exciting experience. Although the staff is extremely friendly the management is absolutely terrible. They cancelled our trip for no reason and with no notice.
  • Its great to visit for wildlife in general. If you're looking for penguins take note of the seasons and dont be stupid. Great snorkeling in summer also however get your visit over with before the sea breeze picks up!