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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.
  • Phillip Island is home to one of the largest penguin colonies in Australia.
  • Located just 90 minutes from Melbourne, this is the perfect escape from city life.
  • The parade is particularly great to educate children on wildlife and nature awareness.
  • With General Viewing, you'll enjoy tiered seating on the general viewing grandstands.
  • The Penguin Plus lets you get up close and personal with the little flightless birds.
  • An underground viewing area lest you watch the adorable penguins waddle right past your window.
  • An exclusive ranger guide will take you through the penguin colony on the guided-ranger tour.
  • The ultimate penguin tour promises a journey to a secluded beach away for an exclusive interaction!

inclusions

General Viewing Ticket

  • Entry into Penguin Parade
  • Penguin Parade viewing from the General Viewing Platform

Penguin Plus

  • Entry into Penguin Parade
  • Up-close viewing with tiered seating with a capacity of 250 - 300 people

Underground Viewing

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

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

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

exclusions

  • Hotel transfers
  • Personal consumption
  • Insurance

strict cancellation policy

Cannot be canceled, amended, or rescheduled

your experience

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.

know before you go

Ticket Information

This ticket offers the following options you can choose from:

  • General Viewing Ticket
  • Penguin Plus
  • Underground Viewing
  • Guided Ranger Tour
  • Ultimate Penguin Tour

Timings

  • The Penguin Parade visitor center opens at 5:00 PM.
  • From 19 Apr 2021, the Penguin Parade visitor center will open at 4:00 PM.
  • We suggest you arrive approximately one hour before penguin arrival time.
  • Click here to see the estimated penguin arrival times throughout the year.
  • Note: 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.

Important Information

  • Penguins will arrive at the coast at sunset. Make sure to enter 1-2 hours early.
  • The penguin homing usually lasts about 50 minutes.
  • 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.
  • Daily business hours may change, please check the official website of each attraction before departure.
  • Only small carry-on bags allowed inside.
  • You can see penguins all year round, regardless of the weather. The Penguin Parade is outside, so pack a raincoat or umbrella if rain is predicted.
  • All parks are wheelchair accessible.

Discounted Tickets

Infants aged 3 and below go free. However, their tickets need to be booked because of the strict seating capacity. Children aged 4-15 enjoy reduced ticket pricing (carry a valid photo ID).

my tickets

  • Please display your mobile voucher along with a valid photo ID at the attraction
  • If you have purchased reduced-price tickets, please carry your valid photo ID proof for verification
  • Kindly arrive approximately one hour before the penguin arrival time.
  • Click here to see the estimated penguin arrival times throughout the year.

Ticket Redemption Point

  • Redeem your ticket at Phillip Island Nature Parks
  • Address: 1019 Ventnor Rd, Summerlands VIC 3922, Australia

Get Directions to the Ticket Redemption Point

Getting There

  • By Car: Phillip Island is located 90 minutes drive from Melbourne. Allow a further 20 minutes from the bridge to get to the Penguin Parade. Free car parking on site

  • By Bus: Public transport is limited on Phillip Island. V-line operates a bus to Phillip Island’s main town, Cowes, from Southern Cross Station in Melbourne city

Please note that the V-line bus does not go to the Penguin Parade and there are no return buses to Melbourne at the conclusion of the Penguin Parade

  • By Taxi: Contact Phillip Island Taxis on 03 5952 2200 to arrange transfers on Phillip Island

Validity

This ticket is valid for the date and time selected during checkout

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