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Phillip Island Nature Parks – Penguin Parade


Key Feature: Wildlife & Nature

1019 Ventnor Road, Summerlands, Phillip Island, VIC, 3922

+61 3 5951 2800

Opening Hours

The Penguin Parade Visitor Centre is currently closed during the day. The Visitor Centre will open at 6pm through daylight savings and then at 4pm AEST.

Phillip Island Nature Parks – Penguin Parade

Phillip Island

Witness Victoria’s largest colony of little penguins in the nightly Penguin Parade as hundreds of little penguins come out of the sea at dusk and head back to their sand dune burrows for the night.

Home of the world-famous Penguin Parade, Phillip Island Nature Parks feature incredible Australian wildlife experiences, spectacular coastal scenery, world class beaches and much more. This world class ecotourism experience boasts the best natural penguin viewing in the world and promotes conservation and protection of wildlife and their environment.

Experience the Penguin Parade from General Viewing, the premium viewing areas of Penguins Plus and Underground Viewing, or choose from a great range of eco-accredited tours with a ranger guide. Guided tours include the:

  • Guided Ranger Tour with our knowledgeable rangers through the Penguin colony.
  • Ultimate Adventure Tour for a sunset adventure to a part of the penguin colony closed to the general public at night.
  • Family Wildlife Tour for all the family to enjoy, including front row seating.

Phillip Island Nature Parks is a must for any nature lover. As well as the Penguin Parade, explore the Churchill Island Heritage Farm, the Koala Conservation Centre the Antarctic Journey at the Nobbies Centre. Bundle and Save with a 4 Parks Pass.

Visitors can enhance their penguin viewing experience with the free Penguin Parade app for Apple and Android smartphones and tablets. The app is available in six languages: English, Mandarin, Korean, Japanese, German and Spanish and includes a live penguin camera and free images to share.


  • Authentic ecotourism experience
  • Many different viewing options available
  • Eco Certified Advanced Eco Tourism
  • Knowledgeable and committed Rangers
  • Wheelchair friendly, accessible facilities


  • The Penguin Parade occasionally does sell out so please book early to avoid disappointment
  • Some restrictions on tours and activities
  • General viewing – 3500 people
  • Penguins plus – 300 people
  • Underground viewing- 70 people
  • Café – 100 indoor seats
  • Free parking
  • Picnic areas for groups and families


We welcome groups and can cater for most needs.

  • Ample coach parking.
  • Cafe and Restaurant
  • Catering available for groups.
  • Curriculum based programs available for school groups.
  • Programs available for university and adult education groups.
  • Small group private tours available.
  • Group programs available.