Penguin Island

Attractions Shoalwater

Phone: 9591 1333

Penguin Island is a unique nature reserve which has a diverse array of wildlife and breathtaking marine and coastal scenery. It is home to the largest colony of Little Penguins on the west coast and probably Western Australia. The small 12.5 hectare island is less than 700 metres offshore from Mersey Point.

Boardwalks, paths and two lookouts help visitors discover the island’s plants, animals and beaches. There is a shady, grassed picnic area just in front of the Discovery Centre. You need to bring your food and beverages for the day with you as there are no food outlets on the island.

Located 45 minutes south of Perth & a 5 minute ferry ride across the Shoalwater Islands Marine Park, Penguin Island is blessed with beautiful beaches & surrounded by dazzling, crystal clear waters.

Both locals and visitors from all over the world catch the ferry or take a cruise to get up close to the wildlife, explore nature trails, swim, and snorkel or to enjoy a family picnic on the safe, sheltered beaches.


The star attractions of Penguin Island are the wildlife.

Approximately 1000 pairs of little penguins nest on the island over winter. During the rest of the year, they spend most of their day feeding in the waters of the marine park and don’t return to the island until after dark. These fascinating birds are very shy and can be difficult to see in the wild but you can get up close and learn all about them with the rangers at The Discovery Centre. There are three feeding sessions a day at 10.30am, 12.30pm and 2.30pm.

Rockingham Wild Encounters the only cruise company licensed to visit Penguin Island and operate within the wildlife sanctuary zone of the Shoalwater Islands Marine Park. Their ferry, cruise & activities options are designed to showcase the marine park and take in the local wildlife including wild dolphins, rare Australian sea lions, pelicans, ospreys, kings’ skinks and over 50 species of sea birds many of which rely on the islands for nesting. It is a privilege to share this beautiful part of the coast & its wildlife and we hope you enjoy your visit.

Open Dates and Times

Penguin Island is open daily from September 15th through to early June (Western Australia Day Public Holiday) and is closed from the day after the Western Australia Day Public Holiday in early June - September for the winter nesting season. It is also Closed December 25th for Christmas.

During the Closed Season the only cruise available is the Three Islands Wildlife Cruise. You can contact the friendly staff at Wild Encounters on 9591 1333 for up to date information on all their cruises.

Wild Encounters are located at the Corner Arcadia Drive and Penguin Road, Shoalwater, WA 6168 – Mersey Point.

The Island may be closed to visitors at any time of the year if weather conditions make the water crossing from the mainland hazardous.

Tickets & Gift Shop

Open daily 8.30am- 4.30pm Reservations
(+618 9591 1333 or ) Daily: 8.30am- 5pm

Ferry Departures
Depart hourly*: 9am, 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm & 3pm.
Return hourly*: 10.10am, 11.10am, 12.10pm, 1.10pm, 2.10pm, 3.10pm & 4pm.
*extra ferries are scheduled every 20 minutes or half hour during peak season as required

Penguin Island Discovery Centre
Open Daily 10am- 3.30pm.
Penguin Feedings: 10.30am, 12.30pm & 2.30pm.
Pengos Café
Open Daily 8am- 4.30pm

Map & Directions


Penguin Island, Shoalwater Marine Park, Rockingham WA 6168