Penguin Island, Rockingham

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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. Make Penguin Island a centerpiece of your Rockingham vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Rockingham attractions planner .
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  • Take a little friend to see suitable, we are Spring Festival ancient came over, 12 o'clock noon There is a boat, the last ship is four o'clock in the afternoon. This is a tropical penguin, not a penguin in polar. It's fun.
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  • Took our grandchildren over to the island on our boat!!! A great grazed area for picnicking, toilets close by,awesome swimming beach for young children, excellent viewing room to watch the little fair...  more »
  • I have lived in Perth for 14 years now and I’ve never visited Penguin Island and I’m not sure why. It’s a beautiful little island off the coast of Rockingham and I loved it! Yes, it is true you may no...  more »
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  • The wacky weather shortened our day but we had a lovely walk around the island spotting any wildlife braving the antarctic gale, even found a few baby terns & young gulls. We even learnt that the rescued penguins can form a same sex pairing & successfully hatch & raise a chick when given an egg!
  • Nice island . Fantastic effort to keep island clean for animals while allowing vistors. Nice view and beach.
  • Fascinating experience where you can see fairy/blue/little penguins in the wild. Great boardwalks, swimming and educational experience. Take your litter home and keep it clean!
  • Beautiful little island. There's also a penguin feeding session and many bird life around.
  • Beautiful ísland. Great place to visit in summers. However avoid long weekends as this small island can get quite crowded.

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From upscale hotels to beachside guesthouses, the places to stay on offer here are never too far away from the water and the welcoming eateries in the town center. Many of Rockingham's guests choose to visit for the day, basing their trip in Perth, accessible by suburban rail.
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