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Penguin Parade at Phillip Island

Did you know that the world's smallest penguins spend their days fishing at sea and only return to dry land at night? See it for yourself watching the Penguin Parade on Phillip Island!

Penguin Parade at Phillip Island

Every day, as the sunset colours tint Melbourne's darkening night skies, something incredible happens. Just an hour and a half from the city centre is Phillip Island, where the Penguin Parade Visitor Centre is located. Having arrived there on the evening of your activity, you'll be shown how to walk to Summerland Beach, a beautiful bay filled with seats where you'll sit to watch the fairy penguins come home for the night!

Sit back, relax and enjoy the sound of the sea as you wait for the colony of little penguins to appear. These adorable birds, the smallest species of penguin, return to their homes in the island's sand dunes every night after a hard day fishing at sea.

As you watch this captivating natural spectacle up close, you'll be enchanted by how intelligent these tiny animals are, finding their way back home to their burrows day after day! A truly unique experience that you won't forget easily.

Penguin Parade Timing

You can enter the park from 5:30 pm onwards, however, the penguin parade doesn't take place until sunset, and the exact time of the animals' arrival varies depending on the season.

Phillip Island Day Trip

If you'd like to see the Penguin Parade plus the other incredible wildlife at the nature park without having to worry about finding your way to the island, why not book our full-day Phillip Island Trip which includes hotel pick up and drop off in Melbourne.


Adults Children under 4 years old
US$ 18
  • Adults

    US$ 18
  • Children under 4 years old


More Information


Penguin watching.

When to book?

Book as soon as possible to guarantee availability, especially during public holidays and festivities.


Once your booking has been confirmed, you will receive an email containing your booking voucher. Please print it out or download on your smartphone/tablet to show on the day of the activity.

Frequently asked questions

  • Q - How to book?

    A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.

If you still have more questions, check out our section on frequently asked questions. If you need help to book an activity or have any enquiries, please contact us.


No (not suitable for people with reduced mobility).

US$ 18
No hidden fees or surcharges

Meeting point

Phillip Island Nature Parks.


Not refundable. This activity does not permit modifications nor cancelations.