Penguins arrive at sunset every evening.
We suggest you arrive one hour before penguin arrival time to explore the visitor centre displays, grab a meal at the café and head to the beach. Underground ticket holders should plan to arrive 30 minutes before penguin arrival time. Ranger-guided tours each have a specific departure time, so please check your tickets.
Download our penguin arrival time calendar for estimated penguin arrival times though the year.
Planning a visit from mid-December to mid-January, or during a Long Weekend or School Holidays?
Be sure to pre-book your tickets to avoid missing out!
Allow a little extra travel time as the traffic can get busy.
Taking a ranger guided tour?
Please check tour departure time on your e-ticket and call +61 3 5951 2830 at least 24 hours in advance of your visit to confirm your tour departure time.
Can’t make it for penguin viewing at sunset?
The Penguin Parade Visitor Centre is open from 10am daily (2pm on Christmas Day). Drop by and explore the displays or book one of our day time education programs.