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“Expensive for what you get”

Phillip Island Nature Parks - Penguin Parade
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Reviewed 10 November 2017 via mobile

STRICTLY NO PHOTOGRAPHY ALLOWED, boooo! All because you can’t trust someone to not blind the little Fairy Penguins on their March back up the beach from a day of hunting the open sea for food.
A cute parade to witness and maybe more memorable after braving the cold conditions in waiting for the birds to return to their burrows.
However the cost per person is a definite detracting.
Yes, they’ve made a great comeback with the research and conservation work that has gone before, but it’s getting prohibitive for a family group.
Dress warmly, or at least go prepared for a long cool/cold wait on an open beach. Pricey $$ warm food and drinks ($9 meat pies!).
Wheelchair accessible and boardwalks to at least listen to the penguins chattering in their burrows.

1  Thank Centaur4
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Reviewed 9 November 2017 via mobile

We paid the bit extra for the penguin plus and got to sit only a few metres from these darling little birds. It was awesome seeing them come up over the ridge and a few laughs as there were a couple of tumbles. Felt for the pregnant ones and their very big bellies struggling over the ridge.
Agree with the comments about certain visitors not adhering to the no photography.
One of the best parts was the walk back where you see them all wandering off to their "homes" and a few mating rituals that were taking place.

Thank Lisa B
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Reviewed 9 November 2017

We had the VIP Pass for the Penguin Parade which gave us our own Ranger who toured us personally. Our Ranger, Mitch did a great job in explaining the life and habits of this little bird and we were given front row seats in the beach house with binoculars where they sit each night and count the hundreds of penguins as they come out of the ocean just after sunset.
A wonderful experience.

Thank russell85
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Reviewed 8 November 2017

Sometime foreign travelers get my goat - we were advised over and over and over that photography was NOT PERMITTED but did the foreign travelers pay any attention??? NO - this made our trip and visit much less enjoyable and I suppose the penguins were not amused either

Thank Greg P
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Reviewed 8 November 2017

The penguin parade has been around for a long time. I first went there in the late 90s (think of Spice Girls!) and recently went back there in Oct 2017.
Make sure you get there at least 30 mins before the show starts so that: -
1. you get parking
2. you get through the queue to the centre and the door
Get there early and you stand a good chance to get a good spot close to where the penguins will waddle through. Ask the friendly staffs for the best spots.
Tips, bring a mat to sit on, bring something warm to wrap up (particularly if you are going in the colder months), and PLEASE PLEASE DO NOT TAKE PHOTOS of the penguin as instructed. You can download the picture from the website etc. Enjoy the experience, and respect the place.

1  Thank SoonWai
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