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Phillip Island Nature Park

Phillip Island Nature Parks Penguin Parade Entry

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33 reviews
  • Phillip Island Penguin Parade
  • Only 90 minutes from Melbourne
  • Protect nature for wildlife with every visit
  • Watch penguins waddle home at sunset
  • Largest Little Penguin colony in the world
  • Wander the boardwalks in the colony after dark
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Watch Little Penguins dash across the sand at sunset with a visit to the Penguin Parade. The explore the boardwalks after dark to see, smell and hear Little Penguins in the colony returning home to their burrows, greeting neighbours and their chicks. While you’re here, make sure you keep an eye out for other local residents including Swamp Wallabies, Eastern Barred Bandicoots, Cape Barren Geese and Short-tailed Shearwaters.

Every visit to the Penguin Parade protects nature for wildlife. It means the Nature Parks rangers can revegetate and maintain Little Penguin habitat for penguins and visitors to enjoy.

You can choose from two viewing options at the Penguin Parade. Penguins Plus provides a more intimate experience with a smaller capacity and located right beside our main penguin highway from the ocean. General Viewing has excellent views of the Little Penguins waddling up the beach and into the colony.


  • Phillip Island Penguin Parade general viewing


  • Transfer from Melbourne


  • Watch the penguins emerge from the waves then waddle across the sand to the safety of their burrows.
  • Support conservation, education, and research projects on Phillip Island with every visit.


  • Penguins arrive at sunset every night of the year. Click here for the penguin arrival time calendar to help plan your visit. We suggest you arrive one hour before penguin arrival time
  • The Visitor centre currently opens at 4pm

Penguin Arrival Time

  • January 8:45pm
  • February 8:30pm
  • March 8:00pm
  • April 7:00pm (DST)
  • April 6:00pm (NON DST)
  • May 5:30pm
  • June 5:15pm
  • July 5:45pm
  • August 6:00pm
  • September 6:15pm
  • October 6:45pm (non DST)
  • October 7:45pm (DST)
  • November 8:15pm
  • December 8:30pm

Additional Information

  • Children under 4 years old can travel free of charge but do need a ticket to manage Penguin Parade capacity
  • Please allow extra travel time if visiting from mid-December to late January, during Long Weekends, School Holidays or other peak periods as traffic can get very busy.

Booking Information

  • Confirmation in the form of a ticket voucher will be received at time of booking. Your ticket will be sent to your email inbox once received by Phillip Island Nature Parks booking team.
  • Upon completion of purchase, please present e-ticket on arrival
  • For your information, complete Tour Operator Information including contact details is included on your tour voucher
  • If for any reason, the dates you have selected are unavailable, you will be contacted by Experience Oz customer service staff within 48 hours of your booking
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Atif Jehan zeb 2 months ago
Great experience with a very good price. Thanks to Experience Oz for discounted prices. I wasn’t expecting hundreds of people in the evening and raining. It’s a must-go place, a bit busy and hard to find a place if you are late...
Nice little walk and a very different experience of seeing penguins very close

Great experience with a very good price. Thanks to Experience Oz for discounted prices. I wasn’t expecting hundreds of people in the evening and raining. It’s a must-go place, a bit busy and hard to find a place if you are late...

Atif Jehan zeb 2 months ago
Experience Oz's website was very friendly to use, had no hard time looking for what I was looking for which was very good.

We had a great experience with Experience Oz while booking for Phillip Island for the penguin parade. Everything was smooth and when we got there they had no problem looking for our booking and was allowed in a matter of seconds so I highly recommend it!

Kai-lun Yang 2 months ago
Cheap, educational and unique activity to do. 100% recommend.

Phillip Island Penguin Parade was an awesome experience that was extra special during the breeding season, listening to the penguins sing their mating songs. Bring a towel or something to sit on to get the best seats in the house on the sand. Arrive early to get a good seat.

Jessica Mercieca 2 months ago
The little guys were so cute! Would definitely go again.

We got the general view entry and I think that is enough. If you arrive early and choose the right seats then you will have a good enough view. The walk on the boardwalk is lovely too, you might also spot a couple of penguins on the side of the road.

Tiffany Yang 11 months ago
The cutest little creatures you have ever seen waddle up a beach.

The premier natire experience you can have on Phillip island. Congregate with fellow animal lovers on the stands or beach at Summerlands beach to watch the nightly treak the penguins make from the water up the beach to their nests. This happens as night falls so there are dim lights and boardwalks for your safety. There is also a huge information and education building to learn about the penguins and other wildlife in the area. There is also a cafe/ restaurant and a gift shop with toilets and rest areas. There are facilities for people with disabilities, a roped off area for people with mobility issues, a quiet area for people with sound and crowd issues and a golf cart style taxi for those who can't walk long distances. If you get general tickets, make sure you bring a big jacket to stay warm and a raincoat if it looks like it may rain. In all it's a lovely evening for nature lovers of all ages.

Ashleigh MacDonald 1 year ago
Phillip Island Penguin parade, general admission, plenty of hovering annoying seagulls, and penguins a long way away. bring binoculars.

What a great experience, it’s a pity the penguins are so far away from the viewing stands, however we did see quite a few up close on the boardwalk. It would of been great if we were told before buying food to eat whilst waiting for the penguins, that there are lots of hovering seagulls at the moment. Saw a child have their dinner taken out of their hand. Best off eating the food prior to going out to see the penguins.

Michelle Farrington 1 year ago
Wonderful daytrip to Phillip Island with young kids

We spent morning at A’Maze’n’Things, spent afternoon at Cowes Beach, then headed to Penguin Parade. Mid-November, the penguins came out 8:45pm and we stayed until 10pm. We did it as a day trip, but seems like a lot of accommodation in surrounding areas.

Michael Jung 2 years ago
General seating at Penguin Parade was great for young family.

Family of four (2 adults + 2 preschoolers). We got to Penguin Parade complex by 7pm (penguins came out roughly 8:45pm, mid-Nov) so we had ample time to play in interactive area & browse shop before the main event. There was good seating & viewing for general ticket.

Michael Jung 2 years ago
Phillip Island Penguin Parade with kids a success!

Brand new spacious modern complex with more interactive areas for kids which was informative and fun. Got to get so close to the penguins. We loved it! Experience Oz also made it more affordable & easy to book. Definitely worth the trip there, especially with little ones.

Michael Jung 2 years ago
A once-in-a-lifetime experience of the wonders of nature.

Excellent experience, it was cold and windy when we visited, but if you rug up you will not regret visiting the penguin parade. A must-see for any animal lover while in Phillip Island. Take care to bring a face mask if you are visiting during covid restrictions.

Emily Li Rosi 2 years ago
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Claire Jinnette Phillip Island Nature Parks

Witness the natural spectacle of the world’s smallest penguins arriving home at sunset each evening on Phillip Island. Watch as they emerge from the waves and waddle across the sand to the safety of their burrows. .

Spend some time on the boardwalks after the penguins have arrived to get some up close views of the penguins near their burrows.
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