You are asked to get there about an hour before the penguins are due in and it will be about another hour of viewing once the first penguin comes out of the water, depending on numbers. Don’t rush, enjoy the walk back to the centre and view the penguins up close from the board walk but please remember - NO PHOTOGRAPHY, thank you
from the moment they get out odf the sea , you have 1 to 2 hrs to see them walk back to their nest . but you can do other things around.
All the above are correct. If your staying on a the Island most accomodation places tell you the time to be there which is needed to get a seat as there are hundreds of visitors that turn up. Also there is the Penguin App if you have an IPhone which has lots of great info on it and the times.
Take a coat as you sit facing the ocean for an hour waiting and its freezing.
We stayed in our seats watching penguins come in for around 20 minutes then went up the board walk watching them walk up and going into their burrows which was equally as interesting as the beach. The time you spend there really depends on how long you want to stay, as the Penguins are slow walkers up the boardwalk.
We had Penguin Plus seats which were awesome as the crowd was much less than the general, especially the board walk. Don’t forget if you have RACV to get the discount.
you need to get there well in advance of the time - check with the Park for landing times. Once they start to come out (and go back in to the sea!) it can last anything from 30 minutes to a couple of hours I guess. We were there in September and it was FREEZING, so do wear warm clothing as you are asked to sit still and quiet so as not to scare the penguins. Also you will be in the dark ..... Once you move away from the viewing area you can still stop and observe the late comers, scuttling up the beach and under the board walk.
It takes about 2 - 2 1/2 hours in total to get there in time to get a place to view them coming in from the sea, watch, then follow them up the board walk along the hillside and into the nests. They are gorgeous to watch - do not miss them.
Penguine parade itself lasts around hour. Maybe it depends on spring/autumn season, I don`t know. But it takes time to go to the beach and then back. Way back is also very interesting, you can watch penguins still arriving, so you stop and watch them, and it also takes time. It`s an amazing experience, so better to enjoy without rush.
Get quick answers from Phillip Island Nature Parks - Penguin Parade staff and past visitors.