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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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  • We visited Penguin Island in mid-November, paying $35 per person for the ferry ride and the ranger talk at the Discovery Centre. It was a cold and windy day and they told us when we arrived that we.....  more
    We visited Penguin Island in mid-November, paying $35 per person for the ferry ride and the ranger talk at the Discovery Centre. It was a cold and windy day and they told us when we arrived that we.....  more »
  • Took the five minute ferry ride to Penguin Island. Went to the Penguin feeding which was very informative. You won’t see many penguins though as the ones not in the sanctuary tend to hide away... 
    Took the five minute ferry ride to Penguin Island. Went to the Penguin feeding which was very informative. You won’t see many penguins though as the ones not in the sanctuary tend to hide away...  more »
  • We paid over $30 for a 5min ferry ride and only to see a few little penguins in a tiny pool. We had to stay in a very small place, it was forbidden to visit the island. However, I think going there....  more
    We paid over $30 for a 5min ferry ride and only to see a few little penguins in a tiny pool. We had to stay in a very small place, it was forbidden to visit the island. However, I think going there....  more »
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  • Great place to visit! The ferry ticket is $25 round trip bought at the information center. There are a lot of pelicans living here . The whole island can be covered in about an hour also here great for surfing and snorkel!
  • Canoeing to the Penguin island felt like a nice little adventure for us. We've been guided by Rivergod to do canoeing from Sealion island to Penguin island. It was on December, not too hot and a bit windy. It was a perfect day for us as the guide gave us all the information about the island and the animals there. I would recommend to get yourself a guide if you want to go with your family. Otherwise, visiting by yourself and relax will be fun too.
  • Decided to not take the ferry, and had a very fun walk over through the ocean. Make sure to plan ahead and check the tide as it was around chest height. Unfortunately, I recommend people to not visit the island as the population of penguins has dropped from 2,000 to under 200 in just the last couple years due to tourism. Staff there were upset that conservation efforts weren’t started sooner. The island was full of birds, but I didn’t see any penguins. This time of year is also nesting season which can cause stress to the birds.
  • Great place to see wildlife. I suggest tourists to go before 1.00pm. Sometimes they stop ⛴ at 1.00pm. There is a sand bar next to penguin island. Don’t forget to visit that place also. And after that try fish and chips
  • Small and cozy place to go around with family. Loved seeing some birds and reptiles!!!

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