Get Up Close and Personal With Penguins at the Penguin Parade Visitor Centre

The Penguin Parade is one of the most sought after activities on Phillip Island. Surrounded by incredible natural beauty, you get to watch the penguins come in from the sea and waddle up the beach at sunset. Each day they make this journey to bed down for the night, and the Penguin Parade lets you see it up close and personally.

As well as getting to see the penguins in the flesh, you can explore the Penguin Parade Visitor Centre, which promises an educational experience where you can learn about the penguins, their behaviour, and their history.

Before the parade begins, you’ll have ample time to wander through the exhibitions soaking up the information on offer and prepare yourself for one of the most amazing natural experiences in the country. You can also grab a bite to eat at the on-site café before the viewing begins.

The main viewing platform at the Penguin Parade exposes you to a 180-degree view of the cute critters, where you will have uninterrupted access as they cross the beach to their sand dune burrows.

If you want something a little more special, you can opt for the Penguins Plus experience, which boasts a platform created to blend in with the natural surroundings. Here, you’ll be able to get an up-close view of the penguins, as well as a detailed commentary on their lives and habitats. This area is limited to just 300 people, creating an exclusive experience.

Alternatively, you can watch from underground from the subterranean viewing platform. 70 people get the chance to watch the penguins waddle along the beach from below, giving you the most intimate encounter with these magnificent creatures.

Finally, there’s the Penguin Sky Box, where you can watch the parade unfold from above. The elevated viewing platform looks over the route the penguins take, and visitors are encouraged to join in with the rangers as they count the critters.

All of these experiences are available from the Penguin Parade Visitors Centre, as well as a number of guided tours that give you a chance to really get to know these fascinating creatures. However you decide to experience the parade, don’t forget to bolster your trip by learning more about the penguins and their environment in the Visitors Centre displays, which give you unrivalled access to research, findings, and conservation projects that are happening at the moment.

Find out more about the little penguins at the visitor centre on our Phillip Island Evening Tour.