Penguin island, 45 minutes south of Perth, is a fantastic destination for anyone on a Bucket List trip to Western Australia. As well as having beautiful beaches and great snorkeling spots, the island is home to around 1200 little penguins. Little penguins (otherwise known as fairy penguins or blue penguins) are actually the smallest species of penguin in the world and can only be found off the coast of New Zealand and Australia.
A small discovery centre is in operation on the island, where you can learn more about the penguins and meet a couple of orphaned and injured penguins. However, you don’t need to go far around the island to see plenty of the adorable little birds either nesting on the small hills or heading out to fish. Penguin island is not just home to penguins though. A trip to the island will usually allow for up close viewing of the local sea lions, bottle-nosed dolphins, skinks, pelicans and a number of other sea birds (including a resident pair of osprey).
Take the ferry over to the island on a sunny day and you can spend your day sunbathing, swimming and enjoying the local wildlife.