Penguins in Melbourne

Penguins in Melbourne

We're very lucky here in Victoria to have several species of penguin that call Melbourne home.

It's home to several natural fairy penguin colonies at St Kilda, Phillip Island and Middle Island (Warrnambool*) plus Melbourne Zoo and Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium.

* Because the penguins are still under threat, humans are not permitted on Middle Island; however, you can visit their canine protectors during summer and donate to the conservation effort.

There are rules to go penguin spotting safely, so please please (please) take note:

Can I take a photo of the penguins?
Yes but not flash photography

These little guys are sensitive to white and blue light, so if you're going to take a photo, be sure to turn your flash off. The same goes for using your phone torch; if you must use it, make sure you put red cellophane over the bulb to minimise the brightness.

How close can I get to the penguins?
Penguins are shy, so be quiet, still and out of their way so you don't scare them - keep a minimum of three metres distance.

Where to find penguins near Melbourne




View Event: Phillip Island: Penguins, Koalas & Kangaroos Tour - NA April 2024
Phillip Island: Penguins, Koalas & Kangaroos Tour - NA April 2024
Phillip Island Tour from Melbourne See penguins, koalas and kangaroos on a day trip to Phillip Island, Melbourne's wildlife wonderland and holiday island. Visit a wildlife .. Show More..

View Event: Melbourne Zoo | Open & Tickets
Melbourne Zoo | Open & Tickets
Open 9am - 5pm daily - 365 Days a year* Melbourne Zoo is open every day of the year (including Christmas Day and all public holidays) * On high wind days the Melbourne Zoo .. Show More..

View Event: Middle Island and The Warrnambool Penguins
Middle Island and The Warrnambool Penguins
Middle Island is situated to the south of Warrnambool and has long been home to a colony of Little Penguins. Because the penguins are still under threat, humans are not permitte.. Show More..

View Event: St Kilda Little Penguins - Closed
St Kilda Little Penguins - Closed
The St Kilda breakwater is home to a colony of little (Fairy) penguins. The nightly viewing at St Kilda Breakwater is currently (2022-2024) closed while St Kilda pier is underg.. Show More..

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