Penguin Island Ferry & Cruises


Hours: Winter Season (June 7 to September 14)- 9am- 3pm. Summer Season (September 15 - June 5)- 8.30am- 5pm.


Blessed with white sandy beaches and surrounded by crystal clear waters, Penguin Island is just 45 minutes south of Perth and lies a five minute ferry ride away in the heart of the ruggedly spectacular Shoalwater Islands Marine Park. The wildlife is the star attraction. Join us for a cruise to see wild dolphins and rare Australian sea lions before getting up close with the world’s smallest penguins! Island rangers present penguin feedings at 10.30am, 12.30pm & 2.30pm daily. Getting here is easy with ferries departing hourly from 9am to 3pm. Spend as long, or as little as you like to swim, snorkel, picnic, explore the nature trails and beaches before catching a return ferry at your leisure. 

It’s our privilege to share this beautiful part of the coast & its wildlife and we hope you enjoy your visit.


Map & Directions


Arcadia Drive (corner of Penguin Rd), Shoalwater, WA 6168


Self Drive Penguin Island is a 45 minute drive south of Perth via the Kwinana Freeway. Exit onto Safety Bay Rd and follow State Tourist Route 202 to our shop on the corner of Arcadia Drive and Penguin Rd. There is free parking onsite. Public Transport Take the train south from Perth on the Mandurah Line and get off at Rockingham. Buses depart from outside the station. Catch Bus 551 from Stand 9 or Bus 552 from Stand 10 then get off at Penguin Rd. Walk west along Penguin Rd towards the Rockingham Wild Encounters Shop on the beach. For bus & train times visit www.transperth.com.au

Cancellation Policy

BOOKINGS OF 3 PASSENGERS OR LESS- Cancellations or amendments within 48 hours of departure are charged 50% of full tour price. Cancellations or amendments within 24 hours of departure are charged 100% of full tour price. BOOKINGS OF 4 PASSENGERS OR MORE- Cancellations or amendments within 7 days of departure are charged at 50% of full tour price. Cancellations or amendments within 48 hours are charged at 100% of full tour price. CONDITIONS: * All tours are subject to weather conditions * We accept single bookings however we require a minimum of 10 passengers to operate * Maximum passenger numbers are 37. * When working with wild animals we can never guarantee sightings however previous experience has shown that we work on a 99% success rate. There are no refunds in the event of not finding dolphins. * Some of the wildlife we work with is seasonal and we cannot guarantee sightings of all species on every cruise but we will endeavour to do our best to ensure our passengers enjoy a satisfactory wildlife cruise *Passengers will be required to sign a waiver of liability at check in to be eligible to participate


Penguin Island is currently closed from June 7, 2016 for the annual penguin nesting season. Ferries and cruises will resume normal operations from September 15, 2016. While Penguin Island is closed, Rockingham Wild Encounters offer the 60 minute Seal Islands Wildlife Cruise on their glass bottom boat. This cruise goes in search of the local wild dolphins as well as viewing the rare Australian Sea Lions and taking in the scenic highlights of the marine park. Cruises depart daily at 10.45am and 1.15pm.