School excursions & Activities


School Excursions
Penguin Island and the Shoalwater Islands Marine Park provide a fantastic natural teaching base for a diversity of primary and secondary excursions. Rockingham Wild Encounters offers a 25% discount off our ferry and cruise prices for school excursion groups. These discounted rates are only available to WA school groups visiting on weekdays during term. (Weekends, school and public holidays are charged at standard rates).

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DPaW also offer the Penguin Island Waddle, a guided 45 minute walk along the nature trails. The commentary focuses on the islands flora and fauna, geology, history, research and conservation issues but can be customized to suit the classes requirements. Cost is an additional $7.50 (up to Year 12) or $8 (Tafe, University and ESL schools) per person.

It is your schools responsibility to determine suitable supervisory ratios of adults to students for the activities below. To assist with meeting your supervision plan we offer free entry for adult supervisors according to the following ratios:
Kindy to Year 3- 1 free adult supervisor: 5 students
Year 4- Year 12- 1 free adult supervisor: 10 students
Additional adults are welcome and charged at student rates above.

Pengos Café can also provide School Lunch Options for your visit.

Please submit the School Excursions Enquiry Form below and we’ll get back to you within 48 hours with a suggested itinerary and quote or please Contact Us to speak with one of our team. 

 

School Excursion Options

Ferry Transfers

All school excursions commence with a short 5 minute ferry ride to Penguin Island at a time that suits your group. Depending on your schedule and budget, you can include a glass bottom boat or Adventure Cruise or include a guided walk of Penguin Island with a DPaW ranger. A visit to the Discovery Centre to see the little penguins is always a highlight for students of all ages. Just let us know your requirements in the School Excursion Enquiry Form below.

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. Students will have the opportunity to ask the ranger questions at the end of the penguin feeding. 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. For younger groups the ranger may reduce the duration of the walk and instead introduce students to the ‘sea treasures’ of the island’s touch tables. 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.

Penguin Island Wildlife Cruise (Only available when Penguin Island is closed from early June to Sept 14)

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!

Please submit the School Excursions Enquiry Form below and we’ll get back to you within 48 hours with a suggested itinerary and quote or please Contact Us to speak with one of our team.