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Phillip Island Nature Parks Penguin Parade Tickets

Rated 4.1 out of 5.0 from 1752 reviews.
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Mobile ticket
Flexible duration
Guided tour

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


  • 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 a General Viewing ticket, you'll enjoy tiered seating on the general viewing grandstands.

  • The Penguins Plus ticket 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!


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


  • Hotel transfers

  • Personal consumption

  • Insurance

cancellation policy

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

ratings & reviews

1.8K Ratings
Kim Newcombe


Sep, 2023
Ticketing experience was very smooth. OMG! Those penguins are just the cutest! And they way they 'just show up' on the beach is certainly a sight to see. Will definately being visiting again.
Ronald Sim Yi Quan


Aug, 2023
People were friendly and the cafe and atmosphere was amazing! Got to see a lot of the penguins waddling their way onto shore and into their nesting areas!
Margaret J Lewis


Jul, 2023
The tickets were honoured at the visits centre and it all went very smoothly. Thank you Howeve the Penguin be parade was a very poor show as very showing which was no one's fault
Lili Yang


Jul, 2023
What I liked the most of the activity was to see the penguins, they were so cute and adorable and really great to see one up very closely and the ticketing experience was all good very well done!
Wendy Wilson


Jul, 2023
It is definitely a must do adventure. The little penguins are a delight to see. Had a couple of issues with the ticketing, ie I didn't get them for over a week after booking, after sending an email it was rectified quickly.

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.

Phillip Island Penguin Parade

Monday5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Thursday5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Friday5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Saturday5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Sunday5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Important Information

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

  • 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 are 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.

  • Please check the time listed on your barcode ticket.


  • The Penguin Parade visitor center currently opens at 4pm. The penguins arrive at sunset every evening.

  • We suggest you arrive approximately 1 hour before the penguin arrival time, check-in at the visitor center, then walk to their viewing area to wait for the penguins.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Penguin Parade:

Visitor Centre

  • Closes 4pm daily

Shearwater Restaurant

  • Daily: 4pm - 8pm

Chicks Café

  • Sun to Fri: Closes at 4pm during school holidays (Term 3: 16–30 September)

Koala Conservation Reserve

Visitor Centre

  • Daily: 10am - 5pm (last entry at 4.30pm)


  • 12pm - 4pm during school holidays (Term 3: 16–30 September)

Churchill Island

Visitor Centre

  • Mon to Fri: 10am - 4.30pm (last entry at 4pm)

  • Sat & Sun: 9am - 4.30pm (last entry at 4pm)

  • Farm precinct: Daily from 10am (last entry at 4pm)

  • Farmhouse kitchen: Mon to Fri: 10am - 4pm

  • Farmhouse kitchen: Sat & Sun: 9am - 4pm

  • Farmers market: First Saturday of each month 8am - 1pm.

Nobbies Centre

Visitor Centre

  • Daily: 10am - 4.30pm

Antarctic Journey

  • Daily: 10am onwards (last entry at 4pm)

  • Nobbies Café: Open 10am - 4.30pm

  • A la carte: 11pm - 4pm

  • Kiosk closed until further notice

  • 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

  • Your check-in time will be printed on your barcode ticket.

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

Ticket Redemption Point

  • Redeem your ticket at Penguin Parade.

  • 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
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