General Viewing


• Only contactless transactions are available at all ticketing, retail and food & beverage outlets – cash not accepted.

• Please maintain physical distancing at all times whilst at any of our locations.

• Please maintain good hand hygiene, and stay home if you are unwell.

• Entry only via a pre-purchased ticket (including infants). 

• Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

• Vouchers are only valid for entry once they are redeemed online.

• Concession tickets apply to General Admission tickets only for Australian Pensioner Concession

Card, DVA Cards, Australian Seniors Card, Victorian Carer ‘We Care’ card holders. Concession card

must be presented on entry. Companion Card holders are entitled to free of charge entry for all  admission ticket types. Companion Card tickets to be booked in advance by phoning 03 5951 2830 or visiting one of our sites. One free of charge admission per companion card. Companion Card must be presented on entry.   

No concession tickets are available for students or health care cardholders.

• Please allow extra travel time during peak periods, late arrivals are

   not guaranteed seating and may find standing room only at viewing areas.


General tips

  • Penguins arrive at sunset each night. Please arrive at least 1 hour prior to penguin arrival time. Check our Penguin Arrival Calendar for approximate arrival times.
  • Beach access doors will open approximately 1 hour prior to penguin arrival time.
  • Penguin Parade duration is 50 minutes from the time the first penguin crosses the beach.
  • We have a strict no photography rule after sunset, to protect the little penguins from accidental camera flashes.
  • Please allow extra travel time if visiting from mid-December to late January, during long weekends, school holidays or other peak periods, as traffic can get very busy.
  • Family ticket includes 2 adults and 2 children (aged 4-15 years).

How to get here
By car: Phillip Island is located 90 minutes' drive from Melbourne. Allow a further 20 minutes from the bridge to get to the Penguin Parade. Free car parking on site.

By bus: Public transport is limited on Phillip Island. V-line operates a bus to Phillip Island’s main town, Cowes, from Southern Cross Station in Melbourne city.

Please note that the V-line bus does not go to the Penguin Parade and there are no return buses to Melbourne at the conclusion of the Penguin Parade. 

By taxi: Contact Phillip Island Taxis on 03 5952 2200 to arrange transfers on Phillip Island.

Tours and Transport: Contact a Visitor Information Centre in Melbourne or on Phillip Island for tours and transport options.


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Bundled tickets - 4 Parks Pass

The date of your visit to the Penguin Parade must be booked and will be printed on your ticket. You may visit the other attractions on your tickets, e.g. the Koala Conservation Reserve, Churchill Island Heritage Farm or Antarctic Journey once within six months of the printed date, either before or after your Penguin Parade visit.