The Fairy Penguins, Penguin Parade is one of Australia's famous tourist attractions. And if you've been it's easy to understand why. The set up is superb, not intruding too much on the natural beauty of the area.
There are a number of different tours available from the most common tour 'Penguins Plus' through to more personalised tours such as 'Penguin Skybox'.
Each night at sunset the fairy penguins make their way back to shore after a day in the sea. It is so magical to watch the little creatures waddle up in an awkward little order to rest for the night.
The conservation team have built some wonderful elevated boardwalks that allow you to check out what the penguins get up to once they arrive home.
This is the most common tour guests will take. There is a great viewing stand set up on the beach where you can sit in anticipation of the penguins arrival.
HOT TIP: Regardless of what time of the year it is, prepare for the cold, it is freezing here. Even if you experience a beautiful sunny day, you will still definitely feel a chill factor, so don't be caught unaware. Everyone laughed at me when I packed the boot full of coats, but were quick to apologise when we arrived and the sun was setting and the winds came in!
It is estimated that about half of all the penguins in the area will pass this viewing stand each evening. Included in the viewing is a 30 minute commentary from a local ranger as the penguins arrive.
When we went we had a marvellous time. It was an amazing experience and after we'd had enough of sitting in the dark cold (it's better than it sounds) we decided to make our way back to the the tourist hub. And much to our surprise we realised our viewing of the penguins had only just begun.
After the penguins make their way up the beach, they head toward their burrows. These are scattered amongst the elevated boardwalks leading back to the tourist hub. It's so fascinating to watch them as they waddle around and interact with one another.
If you are keen to spend a bit more for a more exclusive show you can experience this attraction via the Penguin Sky Box. It is an elevated viewing tower, and the only undercover option.
This tour also includes your very own park ranger who will keep you fully informed on what is happening.
You can support the Fairy Penguins through ‘The Penguin Foundation'. It has a number of programs in which you can contribute. From simply donations to becoming a foundation member, every action taken helps to preserve the natural habitat of these wonderful creatures.
Why not get the kids involved and subscribe to their newsletter, or even adopt a fairy penguin. It's a great way to get them excited about the pending trip.
The Foundation raises money for projects such as penguin rescue through to rehabilitation. It helps to build nesting areas, maintaining the natural environment to the best of their ability.
Penguins are beautiful creatures and it is hard not to fall in love with them.