On a beautiful Perth day, I took my young family to Penguin Island for a fun day out! Being only 45 minutes south of Perth, this is a great spot to visit with kids (and adults too) as its packed with wildlife, stunning views and beaches with crystal clear blue water. This is a great spot to take the family to get a little closer to the beautiful Penguin Colony who call Penguin Island home.
The Ferry to Penguin Island
We took a stroll down the jetty to the Penguin Island Ferry, the kids were super excited to get there first 🙂 The ferries depart and return hourly, so make sure to check the times when you book.
The ferry ride itself was super smooth and very quick. All too soon, we were on the island and ready to explore.
Exploring Penguin island
We started at the Penguin Island discovery centre as we were there in perfect time to watch the Penguin feeding. We learnt so much about the fascinating creatures as the Parks & Wildlife Services ranger introduced us to the Little Penguins. We also got to hear from Kevin, a very vocal member of the Penguin group, who was a great hit with the kids!
After the penguin feeding, we relaxed under the trees and ate our picnic lunch, enjoying some fantastic sea views. There was still time for a walk around the island before our cruise, so we headed up to the lookout, spotting some large Kings Skinks relaxing in the sun.
The kids (and the grown-ups) were super excited to board the boat for a cruise around the reserve. We learnt some more about the local area and some of the commonly seen wildlife. We loved seeing the Sea-Lions lazing in the sun at Seal Island and an array of spectacular bird life too. Unfortunately, we didn’t get any dolphin sightings this time, but its definitely worth keeping your eyes peeled for them:)
Ferry Ride & Pengos Cafe
We jumped back aboard the ferry to return to the mainland and enjoy some well-deserved coffees and ice cream from Pengos Cafe. They also serve up some fab looking food.
All in all, a great experience for grownups and kids alike. Thanks to Rockingham Wild Encounters for this wonderful day out!
A few things to remember for your trip:
- Island is open daily September 15 to early June (weather dependent) and closed December 25th for Christmas and for the winter penguin nesting season
- No bins on the island, please take your rubbish with you
- Penguin Feedings happen at 10.30am, 12.30pm & 2.30pm in the Discovery Centre (confirm the times on the Rockingham Wild Encounters website)
Find out more about Penguin Island as a fantastic WA destination here.
If you don’t fancy the self-drive option, why not join us on our fun-packed, family-friendly Aussie Wildlife Tour. We visit Penguin Island (and indulge in a fun wildlife cruise), enjoy lunch at Pengo’s and visit Caversham Wildlife Park for more Aussie wildlife.