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A Magical Night with the Phillip Island Penguin Parade

Phillip Island Penguin Parade Penquins

When you think of Australia, it’s hard not to picture its incredible wildlife. On our recent family vacation, we were fortunate enough to experience one of Australia’s most iconic wildlife attractions: the Phillip Island Penguin Parade. This enchanting evening spectacle allowed us to witness the world’s smallest penguins returning to their burrows after a day at sea. In this blog post, we’ll share our personal experiences, tips, and insights to help you make the most of your visit to this unforgettable event.

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Phillip Island Penguin Parade Sea View
Waiting for penguins to return from the sea to their nest! 🐧🌊

Arriving at the Penguin Parade:

Located just a short drive from Melbourne, Phillip Island is a must-visit destination for wildlife enthusiasts. After spending an enjoyable day exploring the island’s many attractions, we eagerly arrived at the Penguin Parade visitor center well before sunset. We highly recommend arriving early to secure a good spot to watch the penguins and to explore the informative exhibits and interactive displays within the center.

Phillip Island Penguin Parade Visitor Center
Phillip Island Penguin Parade Riley The Penguin
Phillip Island Penguin Parade Riley And Penguin
Phillip Island Penguin Parade Exibition Display
Fun and interactive exhibition displays! 😍

Choosing the Perfect Viewing Spot:

The Phillip Island Penguin Parade offers several different viewing experiences to suit every budget and preference. General viewing allows you to watch the penguins from the tiered seating area on the beach, while the Penguin Plus option provides a closer view from a dedicated platform.

Phillip Island Penguin Parade Waiting For Penguins
General viewing so you can only see penguins from far away. They are so so tiny but we do not have binoculars! 😅👀🐧

The Main Event:

As the sun began to set, the anticipation in the crowd grew. It wasn’t long before the first group of little penguins emerged from the water, ready to begin their nightly journey back to their burrows. The sight of these adorable creatures waddling up the beach in groups, known as “rafts,” was nothing short of magical.

Phillip Island Penguin Parade Penquins
This is what you can see from Penquin Plus but you can also catch such view at the boardwalk. 🤩

We marveled at the determination of the penguins as they traversed the sand, crossed the boardwalk, and made their way through the dunes to their homes. Along the way, we could hear their distinctive calls, adding to the charm of this enchanting experience.

Phillip Island Penguin Parade Little Penguin
This is the only little penguin photo that we have as photography is not allowed. We took a quick photo from the back to avoid been too intrusive. Please pardon us as we took just this for our blog! 🙏🐧😅
Phillip Island Penguin Parade Broadwalk Portrait
Boardwalk before sunset for your reference! 😝
Phillip Island Penguin Parade Broadwalk Landscape
The scenery is stunning, so plan some time for photo taking around the broadwalk before the Penguins Parade
Phillip Island Penguin Parade Wallaby
There are other wild lifes in this area for you to marvel! 🥰🦘

Protecting the Penguins:

One of the key aspects of the Phillip Island Penguin Parade is the emphasis on conservation and responsible wildlife viewing. Photography and videography are strictly prohibited, as it can disorient and distress the penguins. The entire event is illuminated by dim, non-intrusive lighting that allows you to observe the penguins without disturbing them. The knowledgeable staff members are always on hand to answer any questions and ensure that everyone has an enjoyable and respectful experience.

Phillip Island Penguin Parade Wildlife Rescue
Phillip Island Penguin Parade Penguin Vet

Tips for Your Visit:

  • Dress warmly, as the evenings on Phillip Island can be quite chilly, especially during the cooler months and strong sea wind. We do see some people bringing big blankets to keep them warm 
  • Bring binoculars for a closer look at the penguins
  • Make sure to check the daily penguin arrival time, as it varies throughout the year.
  • Consider booking a guided tour for a more in-depth and personalized experience.
Phillip Island Penguin Parade Is Cold
Wear lots of clothes. It’s gonna be cold! 🥶❄️


The Phillip Island Penguin Parade is a truly magical and unforgettable experience for visitors of all ages. Watching these adorable little penguins return home after a long day at sea is a heartwarming and captivating sight that will leave you in awe of nature’s wonders. If you’re planning a trip to Australia, make sure to add this incredible wildlife event to your Melbourne itinerary – it’s an experience you’ll cherish for a lifetime.

Phillip Island Penguin Parade Goodnight
Time to go home! Back to our cosy and warm accommodation! 🏡👍🌙

⚠️ Click here to book Phillip Island tickets from Klook! ⚠️

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