Situated just 45 minutes South of Perth, Penguin Island surrounded by beautiful beaches offers you the chance to see amazing Aussie marine wildlife.
Penguin Island, located just 45 minutes south of Perth in Western Australia, is a small island blessed with Aussie wildlife, stunning views and white sandy beaches with crystal clear blue water. The island is also known as home to Western Australia’s largest colony of little Penguins (the world’s smallest Penguins). It is one of the ideal destination for a day trip from Perth.
How To Get To The Penguin Island
Situated just 45 minutes south of Perth, Penguin Island is a short ferry ride from Rockingham, Western Australia. Rockingham is an easy self-drive down the Kwinana Freeway or a short train ride from Perth on the Mandurah train line to Rockingham. There is a direct bus from Rockingham Station to Shoalwater where you can catch the Ferry. To plan your journey, visit the Transperth website for more information.
An easy alternative is to book a day tour to Penguin Island, collecting you from your hotel and dropping you back outside your hotel
Ferry To The Penguin Island
To get over to the Island you can take the short five minute ferry ride operated by Rockingham Wild Encounters on one of their wonderful ferries with large glass windows. On the crossing make sure you keep your eyes wide for the Dolphins and Seals that also live in the Waters surrounding Penguin Island. Visit the Rockingham Wild Encounters website for the ferry time schedule.
The Penguin Discovery Centre
The Penguin Discovery Centre on Penguin Island is run by Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPAW) and the entrance fee we pay goes towards helping to rehabilitate orphaned penguins and those in distress. It also helps to maintain the island and keep the Penguin population safe.
At the centre, you can have a chance to get up close to the little Penguins and see one of the penguin feedings presented by island rangers several times a day.
Penguin Island Cave
Along the pristine beaches closest to the Discovery Centre will find crystal clear blue water on one side and caves on the other. The caves were home to ‘The King of Penguin’ – Seaforth McKenzie who reportedly lived on the Island for around twenty years up until the 1930s.
McKenzie leased the Island from the State and let others camp there with him in caves which he decorated.
Also on the Island you will find a large colony of Australian Pelicans (Pelecanus conspicillatus) with hundreds of them nesting on one tip of the Island. You will often see them majestically flying overhead or floating on the clear blue water around Penguin Island.
Pengo’s cafe, located just before the jetty where the ferry departs from, offers coffees, cakes, burgers, fish & chips and other snacks. As there is no cafe, shop or bins on the island, Pengo’s cafe is the best place for a quick bite before or after your visit to Penguin Island.
Take a Penguin Island Day Tour
Explore Penguin Island, Glass Bottom Boat & Caversham Wildlife Park Day Tour
In the tour, you can get up close to some of Australia’s most iconic wildlife, including Penguins, Sea-Lions, Kanagroos and Koalas.
Start the tour with a ferry ride to Penguin Island, to watch the penguins feed followed by a glass-bottomed boat ride around Penguin Island and Seal Island (keep a look out for dolphins and sea-lions!)
Lunch is served at Pengo’s restaurant next to the Shoalwater Marine Reserve back on the mainland.
In the afternoon, the tour heads to Caversham Wildlife Park, where you can feed Kangaroos, stroke Koalas, meet a Wombat and take a guided tour around the Wildlife Park. Whilst there, enjoy the Farm Show where you will see sheep shearing, whip cracking, cow milking, lamb feeding, Billy swinging and watch sheep dogs mustering the sheep.
And finally, because no trip to the Swan Valley is complete without it, we visit a chocolate factory for free chocolate tastings. Yum yum!