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Reviewed 15 November 2017 via mobile

The Penguin Parade is a great experience that is worth the time and expense. No photography is allowed so it forces you to enjoy the moment. They monitor everyone very closely so leave your phone/camera in your car. Pay for the plus experience, it’s worth the extra $$.

Date of experience: November 2017
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Reviewed 15 November 2017

Watched the penguin parade in the underground viewing area, and was really amazed watching the little penguins at such close distance, and at eye level. It was one of those moving moments where you realized how much we needed to appreciate the beauty of nature.

One BIG downside of the experience, however, was that there were a lot of kids shouting and babies screaming in the viewing area (and the parents didn't even bother to try to calm them down). According to the ranger, the little penguins could hear us so I don't think it's good for them to have so much noise around. And it's also a huge annoyance to other visitors who would like to enjoy the experience in peace.

Date of experience: November 2017
1  Thank mai_w_www
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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.

Date of experience: November 2017
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.

Date of experience: October 2017
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.

Date of experience: November 2017
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