Phillip Island Nature Park

Phillip Island Nature Parks Penguin Parade Entry

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  • 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 three 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.

Due to planned maintenance work, there may be a small disruption to your visit. The Penguins Plus viewing stands will be closed for redevelopment from 14 June to 18 August 2024.


  • Please note that bookings must be made more than 48 hours in advance, no bookings can be accepted with 48 hours
  • We suggest you arrive one hour before penguin arrival time
  • Please note bookings are not confirmed until you receive confirmation from Phillip Island Nature Parks directly.


  • Phillip Island Penguin Parade general viewing, Penguins Plus or Underground Viewing


  • Transfer from Melbourne


  • Penguin Plus - VIP penguin viewing platform (Subject to availability)


  • 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 will open at 5pm

Additional Information

  • Photography is strictly prohibited
  • Children under 4 years old can travel free of charge but do need a ticket to manage Penguin Parade capacity

Booking Information

  • Confirmation in the form of a tour voucher will be received at time of booking
  • Upon completion of purchase, please print the voucher and present on day of the tour
  • Availability was accurate at the time of booking however, is subject to change due to circumstances out of our control
  • Offers and inclusions are subject to change without notice.
  • For your information, complete Tour Operator Information including contact details is included on your tour voucher
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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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