Penguin Island Ferry & Cruises
Penguin Island is closed from June 7 for the penguin nesting season. Our 60 minute Seal Island Wildlife Cruise departs daily during this time. Ferries and cruises resume from September 15, 2017 when Penguin Island reopens to visitors.
Penguin Island is a beautiful nature reserve just 45 minutes south of Perth and a 5 minute ferry ride across the Shoalwater Islands Marine Park. It's famous for having WA's largest colony of little penguins which visitors can meet at the Discovery Centre. Rangers host three daily penguin feedings at 10.30am, 12.30pm & 2.30pm.
Apart from the penguins, the marine park abounds with wildlife including wild dolphins, sea lions, stingrays, pelicans & ospreys. Visitors can enjoy white sandy beaches and secluded bays, perfect for swimming and sunbathing. There are colourful limestone reefs and sea grass meadows that present some of the best snorkelling opportunities in Perth. A network of timber board walks and nature trails allow visitors to explore and take in the beautiful coastal scenery. Visitors are often amazed at how close they get to the sea birds which nest within metres of the board walk and have no fear of people. There is also an ideal picnic area overlooking a shallow sheltered beach ideal for children.
Ferries depart daily fom mid September to early June, on the hour from 9am- 3pm and return at 10 minutes past the hour. The last return ferry from Penguin island is 4pm sharp. Glass bottom boat and adventure cruises to see wild dolphins, sea lions and the ruggedly spectacular islands also operate daily.
Tickets for the ferry and glass bottom boat can be purchased on the day from our base in Shoalwater. Bookings are essential for the Dolphins, Penguins & Sea Lions Adventure Cruise.
Hours: Winter Season (June 7 to September 14)- 9am- 3pm. Summer Season (September 15 - June 5)- 8.30am- 5pm.
Blessed with white sandy beaches and surrounded by crystal clear waters, Penguin Island is just 45 minutes south of Perth and lies a five minute ferry ride away in the heart of the ruggedly spectacular Shoalwater Islands Marine Park. The wildlife is the star attraction. Join us for a cruise to see wild dolphins and rare Australian sea lions before getting up close with the world’s smallest penguins! Island rangers present penguin feedings at 10.30am, 12.30pm & 2.30pm daily. Getting here is easy with ferries departing hourly from 9am to 3pm. Spend as long, or as little as you like to swim, snorkel, picnic, explore the nature trails and beaches before catching a return ferry at your leisure.
It’s our privilege to share this beautiful part of the coast & its wildlife and we hope you enjoy your visit.
Penguin Island is currently closed from June 7, 2016 for the annual penguin nesting season. Ferries and cruises will resume normal operations from September 15, 2016. While Penguin Island is closed, Rockingham Wild Encounters offer the 60 minute Seal Islands Wildlife Cruise on their glass bottom boat. This cruise goes in search of the local wild dolphins as well as viewing the rare Australian Sea Lions and taking in the scenic highlights of the marine park. Cruises depart daily at 10.45am and 1.15pm.
BOOKINGS OF 3 PASSENGERS OR LESS-
Cancellations or amendments within 48 hours of departure are charged 50% of full tour price. Cancellations or amendments within 24 hours of departure are charged 100% of full tour price.
BOOKINGS OF 4 PASSENGERS OR MORE- Cancellations or amendments within 7 days of departure are charged at 50% of full tour price. Cancellations or amendments within 48 hours are charged at 100% of full tour price.
* All tours are subject to weather conditions
* We accept single bookings however we require a minimum of 10 passengers to operate
* Maximum passenger numbers are 37.
* When working with wild animals we can never guarantee sightings however previous experience has shown that we work on a 99% success rate. There are no refunds in the event of not finding dolphins.
* Some of the wildlife we work with is seasonal and we cannot guarantee sightings of all species on every cruise but we will endeavour to do our best to ensure our passengers enjoy a satisfactory wildlife cruise *Passengers will be required to sign a waiver of liability at check in to be eligible to participate
Map & Directions
Penguin Island is a 45 minute drive south of Perth via the Kwinana Freeway. Exit onto Safety Bay Rd and follow State Tourist Route 202 to our shop on the corner of Arcadia Drive and Penguin Rd. There is free parking onsite.
Public Transport Take the train south from Perth on the Mandurah Line and get off at Rockingham. Buses depart from outside the station. Catch Bus 551 from Stand 9 or Bus 552 from Stand 10 then get off at Penguin Rd. Walk west along Penguin Rd towards the Rockingham Wild Encounters Shop on the beach. For bus & train times visit www.transperth.com.au