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Penguin Parade, Summerlands

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To witness nature at its most benevolent, take in Penguin Parade. One of Australia's largest penguin colonies is located on Phillip Island, just 90 minutes from Melbourne. Come here for a tour to watch legions of penguins emerge from the ocean at sunset and waddle home. See Penguin Parade and all Summerlands has to offer by arranging your trip with our Summerlands route builder tool.
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  • I can not recommend this enough! If you are anywhere near this part of Australia, add this to your itinerary. It is magical seeing these adorable creatures just going about their business from a safe....  more
    I can not recommend this enough! If you are anywhere near this part of Australia, add this to your itinerary. It is magical seeing these adorable creatures just going about their business from a safe....  more »
  • Amazing experience watching the penguins cross the beach at dusk. We arrived about 8pm and it was already very busy - the gift shop was great and we all bought fleeces/jumpers as it was pretty cold... 
    Amazing experience watching the penguins cross the beach at dusk. We arrived about 8pm and it was already very busy - the gift shop was great and we all bought fleeces/jumpers as it was pretty cold...  more »
  • The penguin parade was amazing and great to hear about all the good work being done to protect the environment and wildlife. Alas the experience in the restaurant was very poor, substandard food and....  more
    The penguin parade was amazing and great to hear about all the good work being done to protect the environment and wildlife. Alas the experience in the restaurant was very poor, substandard food and....  more »
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  • Amazing experience! You will see penguins exiting the water in the evening and going to feed their kids. Beware: it is forbidden to take photos of them. Also, it is usually dark, so the seeing is not the best. As well, the guards are rather strict, and you should sit quiet all the time. Might be hard for very young children.
  • Amazing experience. Rangers are extremely knowledgeable and more than happy to answer our questions. Better to go early to catch the best seats. There are 3 types of seats available, book accordingly. Carry a good jacket with a hood and a nice blanket to sit on as it's quite chilly even in spring. If you are lucky, you can catch glimpses of sea lions and other wild life. They provide you with an estimated time of arrival of penguins. Strictly no photos are allowed after sunset as camera flashes can harm penguins' eyes which are sensitive to blue light.
  • Great experience which the family thoroughly enjoyed. Get their early to get good seats if in general admission. Make sure you prepurchase tickets well in advance because tickets do sell out quickly parking is plentiful and their is a gift shop and restaurant on site. No photography allowed after sunset to protect the penguins.
  • It took us approximately 2 hours from Melbourne. Please check the weather before you go and definitely pre book the tickets if you are going on a weekend or public holiday. Staff were very helpful and friendly. Had a really nice day... it drizzled quite a bit. But the little penguins 🐧 made it all worth. Must visit if you are near Melbourne. Take a beach blanket and a jacket to encounter these cute beings. Saw some people breaking rules when the rangers were not around as we headed back.. and clicked pictures 📸 of these penguins 🐧... please don't do that.
  • P...p...p...pick up a Penguin! An absolute must do experience in Phillip Island! I love Penguins more than my own mother, and this didn't disappoint. I visited late August 2022 and we saw probably around 1,500 via the 'Underground' experience. The Penguins were incredible! Despite them not speaking English, I felt like I was invited to their family get together and having a great yarn with them! Especially Nigel, he was a riot! This is such a worthwhile experience. You have to do this when you visit Phillip Island. Better than meeting Phillip himself.

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