Located 45 minutes south of Perth, Penguin Island is a must-see on your trip to Perth. It’s an easy drive in your Hertz Perth Airport car rental and once you arrive, you’ll see that it’s worth it. Penguin Island, Rockingham, is a unique nature reserve and home to beautiful scenery. You’ll be surrounded by white sandy beaches, crystal clear waters and, of course, the largest colony of little penguins in Western Australia.
Whilst there are plenty of things to do and see at Penguin Island, the star attractions are the wildlife. There are thousands of little penguins on Penguin Island. They nest during winter and the throughout the rest of the year they spend most of their days feeding in the water. It can be difficult to see penguins in the wild, but thanks to the Discovery Centre, you’ll have the chance to get up close and personal. There are three feeding presentation sessions a day at the Discovery Centre.
There’s plenty to do and see at Penguin Island, you’ll wish you have more time. There are nature trails to explore, waters to swim, snorkel or surf in and there are beaches to enjoy picnics on.
Glass Bottom Boat Cruise - take a cruise on a glass bottom boat and see the spectacular reefs and islands. You’ll also learn about the local wildlife including nesting sea birds and fish, and see some Australian Sea Lions and pelicans. Kiteboarding – if kiteboarding is something you’ve always wanted to do, you can tick it off your bucket list at Penguin Island. Learn how with kiteboarding lessons. Dolphin, Penguin and Sea Lion Adventure Cruise – if you want to make the most of your trip to Penguin Island, take this 90 minute adventure cruise and see dolphins in their natural habitat. You might also see other wildlife including sea lions, pelicans, ospreys and stingrays.
When to Go
Penguin Island is open every day from September to early June, except for Christmas Day. Due to nesting season, Penguin Island is closed during winter (June to September). Ferries depart hourly, from 9am to 3pm, and return hourly from 10.10 to 4pm. The Discovery Centre is open from 10am to 3.30pm every day with penguin feedings at 10.30am, 12.30pm and 2.30pm.
Getting to Penguin Island is easy in a hire car you can pick up from the Hertz Perth Airport Car Hire location. The drive will take you approximately 45 minutes and FREE parking is available onsite. From here, you leave your rental car behind and hop on a ferry straight to Penguin Island.