Phillip Island and the Penguin Parade

31 Jan

The second Saturday after arriving in Australia, H took me to Phillip Island to see the Penguin Parade.

Phillip Island is home to a large colony of Fairy Penguins and every evening at sunset, they come ashore en masse with their day’s catch to take back to their rookeries to feed their young.

We arrived early and went first to the Nobbies, which has spectacular scenery and we even saw a few penguins in their holes peering out at all the visitors.

The Penguin Parade is when all the penguins come in. Most people go to the main viewing area where literally thousands of penguins can be seen coming up the beach. We went on the ultimate tour, which was a small group of eight plus two tour guides, and went to a smaller beach on the other side of the island. We were equipped with night vision goggles and sat there watching the little penguins coming up the beach. It was really quite something! We saw probably about a hundred. One penguin even waddled right up next to H!

We then walked back to the nature center, passing the rookeries along the way and seeing penguins waddling all over the place. They didn’t mind our presence at all. We also saw quite a few wallabies, which were so adorable I seriously considered capturing one to take home with me!

This was probably one of the coolest touristy things I have ever done in all my travels. I’d like to go back and see it again and also make time during the day to visit the Koala Conservatory. (I want to take one of those home, too!)

One Response to “Phillip Island and the Penguin Parade”


  1. Attack of the Koalas! « Housewife Down Under - June 29, 2012

    […] then later went to see the Penguin Parade, which I have posted about before. Previously, we took the Ultimate Tour, which is on a secluded beach with a group of no more than […]

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