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Phillip Island Nature Parks Penguin Parade Tickets

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Experience the magic of watching penguins waddle from the ocean to their burrows - they are as fascinating as they are adorable!

Highlights

  • Catch sight of little penguins returning home at dusk in the world-famous Penguin Parade. The parade is particularly great for educating children on wildlife and nature awareness.

  • Opt for the Penguins Plus ticket to get close to the little waddlers or choose the General Viewing ticket for tiered seating.

  • Enhance your experience with an exclusive ranger-led tour through the penguin colony or the ultimate penguin tour that takes you to a secluded beach for an exclusive interaction.

  • Enhance your visit with the Phillip Island 3 Parks Pass, offering koala encounters at the Conservation Centre and farm experiences on Churchill Island.

  • Fun Fact: Phillip Island is home to one of the largest penguin colonies in Australia.

Inclusions

Penguin Parade General Viewing Ticket

  • Entry into Penguin Parade

  • Penguin Parade viewing from the General Viewing Platform

Penguin Parade Penguins Plus Ticket

  • Entry into Penguin Parade

  • Up-close viewing with tiered seating with a capacity of 250 - 300 people

Penguin Parade Underground Viewing Ticket

  • Entry into Penguin Parade

  • Eye-level view from an underground viewing platform with a capacity of 70 people

Penguin Parade Guided Ranger Tour

  • Entry into Penguin Parade

  • Journey through the colony with informative commentary

  • Expert Ranger guide

  • Personal headsets

  • Minimum age to participate in the activity is 12 years

Penguin Parade Ultimate Penguin Tour

  • Entry into Penguin Parade

  • Expert guide

  • Access to a secluded beach away from the Penguin Parade

  • Fully-accredited Eco Tour

  • Minimum age to participate in the activity is 16 years

Phillip Island 3 Parks Pass

  • Access to the Koala Conservation Centre

  • Access to Churchill Island

  • Penguin Parade viewing

Cancellation policy

You can cancel these tickets up to 7 days before the experience begins and get a full refund.

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Guests from United Kingdom, Singapore, China and over 21 countries have loved this experience
James Goddard

James

4/5

Apr, 2024

Great spectacle but disappointing so many visitors ignored the request not to photo or video the penguins especially as they walked to their burrows
Glen Thornton

Glen

5/5

Apr, 2024

From the car park through to our seating in the stand which was great right down the front, the lady giving the pre penguin talk was great and our walk out was special seeing the penguins going to their burrows. The experience from booking tickets to the return to car park was great thank you all
Kerry Healy

Kerry

3/5

Apr, 2024

I thought I'd see more penguins but unfortunately the guides had to repeatedly tell ignorant people to put their phones away which I think frightened the penguins as they kept going back into the water. I was however expecting more penguins, the night before had over 600 but they must come in after the crowds go away.
Clare Hodgson

Clare

4/5

Apr, 2024

It was great to see the penguins come ashore and then to see them amongst the dunes. The team were excellent and made the experience accessible for people with a disability by having transport shuttle between the viewing platforms and the visitor centre.
Jen woodbine

Jen

5/5

Apr, 2024

Watching the penguins, adorable The most disappointing was people using phones to take photos, even after being told not to. Cameras, phones should be put in lockers until they return to the building- if people cannot live without their phones- don't come in. Welfare of animals has to be the priority!!!

Every morning, little penguins (they're only a bit taller than bowling pins!) depart from their burrow and spend the day fishing at sea. During the course of the day, they will travel up to 20km in search of fish. After dusk, they return home and waddle across the beach in a penguin parade. It's one of the cutest displays of wildlife you will get to see. The sheer quantity of the penguins will surprise you, and you will be able to see them easily from the platform you have chosen during checkout. The best part is that the park is accessible within 90 minutes from Melbourne, and is an attraction that both adults and kids alike will enjoy! Please note: this ticket allows you entry only; it does not include transport from Melbourne.

What to bring

  • The Penguin Parade is outside, so pack a raincoat or umbrella if rain is predicted.

What's not allowed

  • Photographs and video recordings are not allowed when penguins are coming home, because they are afraid that artificial light sources will stimulate the eyes of the penguins. The island implements light control at this time.

  • Big bags are not permitted. Only small carry-on bags are allowed inside.

Accessibility

  • All parks are accessible by wheelchair.

Additional information

  • Penguins will arrive at the coast at sunset. We suggest you arrive approximately 1 hour prior.

  • Daily business hours may change, please check the official website of each attraction before departure.

  • Click here to see the estimated penguin arrival times throughout the year.

  • Ranger-guided tours each have a specific departure time, so please check your tickets.

  • If you are planning a visit from mid-December to late January, or during a long weekend or the school holiday period, please allow extra travel time as the traffic can get busy.

  • Your voucher will be emailed to you shortly.

  • Please arrive at the redemption point 15 minutes before the scheduled time of your visit to avoid any delays.

  • Display the voucher on your mobile phone with a valid photo ID at the redemption point.

Ticket redemption point

Please check your final voucher for the redemption point details and specific instructions.

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