Kangaroo Island Sights

Penneshaw Penguin Centre

  • Middle and Bay Terraces Map It
  • Penneshaw
  • Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

Published 07/22/2015

Fodor's Review

Here there are two ways to view the delightful fairy penguins indigenous to Kangaroo Island. From the indoor interpretive center, where you can read about bird activity—including mating, nesting, and feeding—a boardwalk leads to a viewing platform above rocks and sand riddled with burrows. Because the penguins spend most of the day fishing at sea or inside their burrows, the best viewing is after sunset. You can take a self-guided walk or an informative guided tour, which starts with a talk and video at the center. You might see penguins waddling ashore, chicks emerging from their burrows to feed, or scruffy adults molting.

Sight Information


Middle and Bay Terraces, Penneshaw, South Australia, 5222, Australia

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Sight Details:

  • Interpretive center free, guided tours A$10, self-guided walks A$8
  • Daily 6 pm–9:30 pm, tours at 7:30 pm and 8:30 pm in winter, 8:30 pm and 9:30 pm in summer
  • Closed Feb. 1–21

Published 07/22/2015


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