Penguin Island Boardwalks and Walk Trail

Natural Attractions

Penguin Island is a magnet for nature lovers and is home to the largest colony of Little Penguins. The moderate 1.5 kilometre loop trail starts at the Penguin Experience Island Discovery Centre and allows walkers to experience close encounters with the flora and fauna.

Take the booklet Discovering Penguin Island and Shoalwater Islands Marine Park on your walk with you. It features a mud map and other information to help you discover and learn about the plants and animals of the island. It’s available from the Discovery Centre and proceeds go back into management of the island.

Commentaries and feeding of the little penguins in the Discovery Centre occurs at 10:30am, 12:30pm and 2:30pm. The Top Trail has a wheelchair accessible boardwalk which provides access between the jetty, picnic area, toilets, the Discovery Centre and to the northern lookout.

Whilst on the island it’s important to stick to the walk trails and demarcated beaches only as the island is a bird sanctuary.

The island is only open during the day and the ferry operates from mid-September to early June departing hourly between 9am and 3pm and returning at your leisure, hourly between 10am and 4pm.


Interpretive Centre Picnic Area Public Toilet


Hiking Walks

Disabled Assistance

Disabled access available


From AU$22.00

Cost of ferry to Penguin Island and entry to Discovery Centre –

Adults AUD25
Concession AUD22
Family (2 Adults and 2 Children) AUD75

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