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“Good experience for kids ”

Phillip Island Nature Parks - Penguin Parade
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Reviewed 12 November 2017 via mobile

Watching the little penguins emerge from the ocean at night and scamper across the beach is a nice way to engage a little with the wildlife on this beautiful island.

Best advice, rug up and depending where you are sitting a small waterproof padded mat with dramatically improve your experience. Seems no matter what time of year you visit be prepared for a very cold evening. And the bench seating can be cold wet and hard.

Get there early for good seating but be prepare for big groups of foreign tourists to squeeze right in and all over your personal space if you are toward the front.

A good experience for the kids nonetheless.

Thank ives99
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Reviewed 11 November 2017

My husband and I joined a small tour to visit the Penguin parade and we were really moved by this experience. The little Blue Penguins are incredible and must be so strong and focussed to go through the ritual each night of coming back to their burrows after a day at sea fishing and to then get up in the morning and head out again to repeat this all over again, truly incredible. The facilities provided to the public are top notch and well cared for. A true credit to all involved.

Thank Mark & Karen D
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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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