Penguin Island, Rockingham

Categories: Islands, Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
Inspirock Rating:
4.1/5 based on 750+ 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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  • What a great little island. Wildlife galore and in the wild whete it should be. A photographers paradise. We would recommend one of the boat trips, very worthwhile. 
  • A very interesting visit with our grandson to see how the little penguins live and are cared for by the staff! He thoroughly enjoyed it' 
  • Visitors may want to call up in advance if the weather the day before or the day itself is less than satisfactory. I had the unfortunate luck of driving all the way from Perth only to be told that the...  read more »
  • 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!
  • Yes it is wonderful but is one of the locations that you visit for one time. There is no motivation for repeating the visit. You have to pay $14 for 500m Ferry and you will pay more to see other rock island around.
  • I love Penguin Island. The water is amazing to swim in and there is great views.
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