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Penguin Island Boardwalk & Walk Trail Trails WA Top Trail Icon

  • Less than 1 hour
  • 1.5 km
    • Bush Walk Grade 1

Penguin Island is a magnet for nature lovers and is home to the largest colony of Little Penguins (also known as Fairy Penguins). The trail starts at the Penguin Experience Island Discovery Centre and allows walkers to experience close encounters with the flora and fauna.

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Penguin Experience Island Discovery Centre, near Rockingham, 50kms (45 min) south of Perth

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It features a mud map and other information to help you discover and learn about the plants and animals of the island. Commentaries and feeding of the little penguins in the Discovery Center occurs at 10.30am, 12.30pm and 2.30pm.Whilst on the island, you can snorkel, surf, swim, windsurf and have a picnic – however, it’s important to stick to the walk trails and demarcated beaches only as the island is a bird sanctuary.

To access Penguin Island, drive or take the train to Rockingham.  Rockingham Wild Encounters operate the only ferry that leaves from here for the five minute ferry ride to the island. Phone (08) 9591 1333 or email

Crawley Parks and Wildlife Office

(08) 9442 0300

Rockingham Visitor Centre

(08) 9592 3464

National Parks

  • Shoalwater Islands

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  • Experience Perth

    Comprehensive information on the Perth region including destinations, things to see and do, accommodation and tours.

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Time / Duration

Up to 1 hour


1.5km loop

What To Pack

Group A (Urban trails or short trails near facilities) required.

Trail Start

Penguin Experience Island Discovery Centre, near Rockingham, 50kms (45 min) south of Perth

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Trail End

Bush Walk

Grade 1

No bushwalking experience required. Flat even surface with no steps or steep sections. Suitable for wheelchair users who have someone to assist them. Walks no greater than 5km.

Hazards & Warnings

Overhangs, caves and cliffs are prone to collapse. For your safety keep on the walk trails and beaches.


Wheelchair and pram access limited to boardwalk and northern lookout. There are no kiosk or restaurant facilities on the island.
  • Access without assistance for the Disabled
  • Interpretive Centre
  • Picnic Area
  • Public Toilet
  • Water Access Points

Best time of year

Mid September to early June.


Ferry to Penguin Island

Trail Access

Road or bus to Rockingham. Ferry from Mersey point to Penguin Island departs hourly between 9:00am and 1:00pm

Prohibited Items

No pets
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2 trail goers have rated Penguin Island Boardwalk & Walk Trail as 2.5 out of 5!

We love to hear from people who've been on our Western Australian trails, so it would be most appreciated it if you wanted to leave a review.

Chelle Fisher

Reviewed 7 Jun 2022, 8:10pm

Love the fairy penguins however the boardwalks were covered in poop and many birds nesting up against it so was not really a pleasant experience.
Michelle Forgette

Reviewed 7 Aug 2018, 8:34am

Nice easy adventure during summer. Id recommend doing this trip if youre having a nice relaxing day at the beach. Only takes about an hour to do and see everything. Penguins can be difficult to see. Ive done this trip about 4 times and only see the penguins in the little building on the island during the show.

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