School Excursions Activities & Bookings

Penguin Island is a great destination for your next School Excursion. The Marine Park provides a fantastic natural teaching base for a diversity of primary and secondary subjects. Rockingham Wild Encounters in partnership with the Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) currently offer 4 educational activities for you to choose from. 

Penguin Feeding at The Discovery Centre

Enjoy a 20 minute viewing and interpretive session with the Little Penguins at the Discovery Centre hosted by a DPaW ranger. You will learn all about the biology, natural behaviours, habitat and conservation of these fascinating creatures. A fun and interesting activity for students of all ages. 

Penguin Island Waddle

A 45 minute guided walk of Penguin Island hosted by a DPaW Island Ranger. The topics covered can be tailored to suit your subject requirements. Your Island Ranger is a wealth of information on the local wildlife, history, geology and vegetation. If there is a certain subject you are focusing on please let us know in advance. 

The Penguin and Sea Lion Cruise

A 45 minute cruise on the crystal clear waters of the Shoalwater Islands Marine Park onboard our glass bottom boat. Your skipper has a wealth of knowledge on all the creatures that you will encounter on this cruise including the Sea Lions at Seal Island. Our crew will ensure that the cruise is entertaining, educational and exciting! 

Dolphin, Penguin & Sea Lion Adventure Cruise

An exciting 60 minute cruise to see wild dolphins before returning through the marine park to see the sea lions, ospreys nest, pelican rookery and any other wildlife viewing opportunities that present themselves on the day. This cruise is onboard our safe, fast and exciting boat purpose built for wildlife viewing.

Seal Island Wildlife Cruise
( Early June- Sept 14 only)

Although Penguin Island closes for winter, the rest of the wildlife are all still here. This 60 minute cruise on our glass bottom boat takes in Penguin, Seal & Bird Islands and takes advantage of the best wildlife spotting opportunities of the day. Wild dolphins, rare Australian sea lions, pelican rookeries and nesting ospreys are regularly sighted and our friendly crew will get you right amongst the action!




Cost

Depending on your schedule and budget you can choose 1 activity, a combination of 2 or 3 activities if you have a minimum 3 hours available.

 

Ferry 
Transfers

Penguin Feeding

Waddle

Penguin & Sea Lion Cruise

Dolphin, Penguin
& Sea Lion
Adventure Cruise

Seal Island
Wildlife Cruise
( Early June -
Sept 14 only)

Cost per 
student

$9

$5.50

$5.50

$9

$25 ex
Penguin Island

(including ferry
transfers)

Or

$28 ex Pt Peron
Boat Ramp

(5 minute walk from
the Pt Peron
Camp School)   

*Please note a
minimum of 25
students are required.

 

$15.00

1 Teacher/ Parent is free of charge for every 10 students. Additional teachers/ parents are charged at student rates.

Bookings and Enquiries

Submit the enquiry form and we will reply with availability and a proposed itinerary within 48 hours. Alternatively speak to our reservations staff on Ph (08) 9591 1333.

Information for Teachers for School Excursion Plans

Penguin Island is a partnership between the state governments Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) and Penguin Island Cruises Pty Ltd trading under the name of Rockingham Wild Encounters.

DPaW is responsible for the overall management of Penguin Island and The Shoalwater Islands Marine Park. The school activities which fall under their responsibility include The Penguin Experience Discovery Centre and Penguin Island Waddle.

Penguin Island Cruises Pty Ltd owns and operates the ferry service (which all students will use to access the island) and Queanbeyan, the glass bottom boat used to facilitate the Penguin and Sea Lion Cruise school activity since Dec 5th, 2005. Our sister company Dolphin Watch Pty Ltd owns and operates 100% Wild used to facilitate the Dolphin, Penguin & Sea Lion Adventure Cruise.

The vessels operate within the e- class restricted zone of the Shoalwater Islands Marine Park under two Commercial Operations Licenses issued by DPaW:
License# HQ68372SI permits the operation of the ferry service.
License# HQ68370SI permits the operation of boat tours.

Rockingham Wild Encounters and its associated companies and are accredited with the National Tourism Accreditation Program which is your peace of mind that we are dedicated to providing a quality service.

The following downloads have been provided to assist with your planning:

DPaW Public Liability Insurance Certificate of Currency

Download

Penguin Island Cruises Pty Ltd Public Liability Insurance Ceritificate of Currency

Download

Rockingham Wild Encounters National Tourism Accreditation Certification

Download

Penguin Island Familiarisation Map

We suggest you take some time to look over our Penguin Island Familiarisation Map

It features Emergency Planning locations, first aid and communication posts and all the islands points of interest. You can also use it to get travel directions to and from your school.                 

Staff Available on the Day

Rockingham Wild Encounters
2 skippers are employed daily to operate the boats
At least 1 administration clerk is on site at the Rockingham Wild Encounters Gift Shop

DPaW
2 Discovery Centre Coordinators
1 Island Ranger
1 Marine Park Ranger

Key Contacts
Reservations & Base
Ph (08) 9591 1333 Fax (08) 9528 1715
Email info@penguinisland.com.au

Rockingham Wild Encounters Operations Manager (Emergencies Only)
Aaron Heath
Ph 0409 091 590

Discovery Centre
Ph (08) 9592 9047

DPaW Island Ranger
Ph 0439 966 503

 
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