Kangaroo Island Travel Guide

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Penneshaw Penguin Centre

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

Published 07/21/2016

Fodor's Review

There are now only around 15 pairs of the delightful little (formally called fairy) penguins in the colony here at Penneshaw. 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. The informative guided tour 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—although sadly, sometimes you may not see any at all.

Sight Information


Middle and Bay Terr., Penneshaw, South Australia, 5222, Australia

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Sight Details:

  • Guided tours A$13, bookings essential
  • Closed Feb. 1–21

Published 07/21/2016


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