About the Penneshaw Penguin Centre Tour

Penneshaw Penguin Centre Tour

Penneshaw, Kangaroo Island is home to a colony of Little Penguins. Join our friendly guide on a relaxing 50 minute evening walk to search for the world’s smallest penguins and other wildlife using wildlife-friendly torches. Beach front parking at Lloyd Collins Reserve, a one minute stroll to the Penguin Centre.


Penguin Tours on Kangaroo Island

This Penneshaw Kangaroo Island Penguin Tour is a must do when visiting Kangaroo Island. The colony can be difficult to find but with a trusty guide and our red-light wildlife-friendly torches we’ll hopefully see a few of our feathered friends from the sea.

Penneshaw wildlife tour

What you’ll see on the Penguin tour…

Currently penguin and wildlife walking tours operate nightly (Friday- Tuesday nights) with varying tour times, according to sun setting times. The night tour is an informative, yet relaxed and a must-do activity for people staying the night in Penneshaw. A small number of Little Penguins reside in Penneshaw most of the year and generally are only seen at night. Other wildlife that can be seen on the tour include: wallabies, possums, snakes, spiders, and other sea birds.

Penguin Tour times during the year

*Please arrive 10 minutes before the tour begins.

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“Cute little centre and great tour. We spotted 5 penguins. Walk at night great under the stars. Friendly guide and a lot of fun.”   Shannon     

“Excellent tour from Alana. Amazing to see penguins in their natural environment and the kids really enjoyed the late night adventure.”  Billy

Fantastic tour! Nick really wants you to see the penguins and will show you all their homes! He knows quite a bit about them and astronomy! Get there early and check out the stars!”  Rachael

What to wear?

Long pants, jacket

Enclosed shoes

How to pay?

Pay with cash

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No flash photography

Penguin-friendly torches provided

Difficulty of the tour

The Penneshaw Penguin Tour is a relaxing yet exciting 50 minute tour following Penneshaw’s shore. The tour’s are at night and use red-light torches to see penguins and other animals. There are stairs in some sections and some uneven surfaces. The walk is just over 1km in length.

Penguin-friendly torches

At the Penneshaw Penguin Centre we’ll set everyone up with a penguin-friendly torch. How is this different to a normal torch?

These torches do not disrupt an animal’s night vision or your own. This way we can watch the penguins, wallabies, possums and other animals behave naturally. Nocturnal animals and other animals have very strong senses compared to us so creating as little stress to them is important to being able to view them. This means using red-light torches, being quite, moving slowly and not making sudden movements.

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