Located 45 minutes south of Perth and just a five minute ferry ride across the Shoalwater Islands Marine Park, Penguin Island is an unspoilt nature reserve and one of Perth's most popular day trip destinations. The star attraction is the little penguin - the smallest species in the world.
Penguin Island Ferry & Glass Bottom Boat Tours
Catch the ferry to Penguin Island, home to approx. 1200 little penguins. See one of three daily penguin feeding sessions by the hosts at the Discovery Centre. Join the 45 minute Penguin & Sea Lion cruise on a glass bottom boat, to see Seal Island and its rare Australian Sea Lions, pelicans and an array of birdlife.
Ferry & Cruises operate: 15 Sept – early June, as Penguin Island closes for penguin nesting season over winter. However the Seal Island Wildlife Cruise aboard the glass bottom boat is still on offer and takes you to see dolphins, sea lions, birdlife and the islands of the marine park from early June – 14 Sept.
Dolphin, Penguin & Sea Lion Adventure Cruise
See wild dolphins and enjoy an exhilarating ride on our adventure cruise! Explore the wildlife sanctuary zone to see nesting sea birds. Visit sea lions at Seal Island and a pelican rookery. Includes penguin feeding, free time to enjoy Penguin Island and return ferry transfer. Tours Depart: 15 Sept – early June.
Penguin Island boasts white sandy beaches, limestone reefs and seagrass meadows ideal for swimming and snorkelling. A network of boardwalks and look outs take in spectacular coastal scenery and allow a close up look at nesting sea birds. There's also a grassy picnic area overlooking a safe, sheltered beach, perfect for families.
Shoalwater Islands Marine Park is a mecca for water sports with stand up paddle boarding, kiteboarding and sea kayaking tours also available.
45 minute drive south of Perth.
5 minute ferry ride across Shoalwater Islands Marine Park.
Rockingham Wild Encounters is located at:
153 Arcadia Drive (corner Penguin Rd),
Public transport: Catch the train from Perth city to Rockingham Train Station and then a bus from Rockingham train station to Penguin Rd which is less than a 5 minute walk to Rockingham Wild Encounters. Visit www.transperth.wa.gov.au for public transport options.
Penguin Island Ferry & Discovery Centre (5min Ferry ride):
Explore the island and meet the penguins at the daily penguin feeding.
Adults: $25, Conc: $22, Child: $19, Family: $75
Penguin & Sea Lion Cruise (45min cruise):
Cruise to Seal Island to visit sea lions, spot sea birds and enjoy Penguin Island at your leisure.
Adults: $39, Conc: $36, Child: $30
Dolphin, Penguin & Sea Lion Adventure Cruise (90min cruise):
Take an exhilarating ride on the adventure boat to see wild dolphins, visit sea lions and meet the penguins at the penguin feeding.
Adults: $85, Conc: $75, Child: $60
Seal Island Wildlife Cruise (Winter Cruise, 60min):
Cruise around the islands of the marine park, visit sea lions at Seal Island and spot sea birds.
Adults: $39, Conc: $35, Child: $25
See our website for sea kayak, stand up paddle and kiteboarding tours and lessons and coach tour options from Perth.
Penguin Island is open daily September 15 to early June (Western Australia Day Public Holiday), subject to weather. When the island is closed due to bad weather, an ‘Island Alert’ is displayed on the Welcome page of www.penguinisland.com.au. Please refresh the welcome page for the latest information.
Closed December 25th for Christmas and for the winter penguin nesting season (the day after the Western Australia Day Public Holiday to September 14).
During the winter closed season, our 60 minute Penguin Island Wildlife Cruise still operates daily subject to weather.
Tickets, Gift Shop & Reservations
8.30am- 4.30pm (when Penguin Island is open).
9.00am- 3.00pm (when Penguin Island is closed).
Depart hourly*: 9am, 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm & 3pm.
Return hourly*: 10.10am, 11.10am, 12.10pm, 1.10pm, 2.10pm, 3.10pm & 4pm.
*Extra ferries are scheduled every 20 minutes or half hour during busy times as required.
Penguin Island Discovery Centre
Open daily 10am- 3.30pm.
Penguin Feedings: 10.30am, 12.30pm & 2.30pm.
Open Daily 8am- 4.30pm.