Fill this school holidays with adventure & experience a wild encounter!
Explore, discover and come face to face with some of Western Australia’s most vibrant marine & wildlife with Rockingham Wild Encounters. Autumn is arguably the best time of the year for all our adventures. With those glassy waters, sparkling clear and full of amazing encounters! Check out our adventure and cruise options, as well as the fun activity sheets you can print off to complete on your
Discover our range of cruises and holiday ideas for your adventure filled day.
Choose your adventure below to suit your child’s age and encounter style:
school holiday Cruises & Adventures
Penguin island activity sheets
Rockingham Wild Encounters have produced the following student resources based on the excursion activities available:
DPaW have also produced the following publications that contain resources that are applicable to marine parks throughout Western Australia including Penguin Island and the Shoalwater Islands Marine Park:
Penguin Island (all ages): A five minute ferry ride across beautiful Shoalwater Bay is all it takes to meet the world's smallest penguins! Let the kids get up close to the little penguins at the Discovery Centre with penguin feeding times at 10.30am, 12.30 and 2.30pm daily. Spend an hour or an entire day amongst this picturesque nature reserve, soaking up the sun on the stunning beaches, enjoying a picnic on the shaded grass area amongst the trees and letting the kids explore at their leisure. An hour is all you need to see the penguin feeding, but if you have more time enjoy, swimming, snorkelling, exploring nature trails and scenic lookouts, building sandcastles and spotting wildlife for the perfect day out for the whole family. More Info Here...
Penguin & Seal Island Cruise (all ages): Your adventure begins with a quick 5 minute ferry transfer to Penguin Island then boarding our glass bottom boat, for a leisurely 45 minute cruise through Shoalwater Bay’s wildlife sanctuary zone. The kids will love seeing rare Australian sea lions on the beach at Seal Island and taking in the ruggedly spectacular islands and crystal clear waters. They can spot nesting pelicans, cormorants, ospreys and other sea birds, as the glass bottom boat drifts you over limestone reefs and seagrass meadows. Venture back to Penguin Island to watch the world’s smallest penguins being fed in the Discovery Centre and enjoy the rest of the day with your little ones at your leisure, swimming the protected beaches, exploring nature trails and taking in the spectacular views this beautiful island has to offer.
Glass bottom boat cruises operate daily at 10.15am, 11.15am & 1.15pm. Book Here.
Adventure Cruise (3 years +): Perfect in the morning, this adventure ensures you see some of Western Australia’s most iconic marine species all before lunch, or enjoy an afternoon filled with adventure! Our Adventure Cruise is a 90 minute wildlife cruise through the ruggedly spectacular Shoalwater Islands Marine Park and wild dolphins are the star attraction! Watch the kids light up as they see mothers with new born calves, learn how dolphins use stingrays to catch octopus or see them spectacularly leaping from the wake of our boat! There's plenty for the kids to learn too, with fascinating facts from our informative guides, as they take you up close to the animals in the wildlife sanctuary zone. Our guides will take you to visit the sea lions at Seal Island and make the most of any other wildlife viewing opportunities. Our adventure boat is ideal for getting up close to the islands, where we will be spotting pelicans, ospreys, cormorants, terns and more. The cruise concludes on Penguin Island to see the penguin feeding and enjoy some island time. Swim, snorkel, bring along a delicious picnic to enjoy on the grassed area under the trees, let the kids explore and relax on the beautiful white sandy beaches, before returning on the ferry at your leisure.
Dolphin, Penguin & Sea Lion Adventure Cruises operate daily at 10.45am and 12.45pm. Book Here. Additional cruises may be scheduled for 8.45am or 3pm on weekends and school holidays. Due to the nature of the boat and cruise this is not recommended for children under 3 years of age. Our Penguin & Sea Lion Cruise is a better option for families with infants and toddlers.
Swim With Wild Dolphins (6 years +): Experience an encounter of a lifetime, swimming with wild dolphins! Cruise Rockingham’s sheltered bays and islands on our luxury, custom built boat, in search of any of over 200 local dolphins that your crew have come to know as friends. This is one school holiday adventure they'll remember forever! The dolphins don’t do tricks and we don't feed or touch them, we simply spend time enjoying each other's company, which makes the experience even more incredible with each wild encounter! You don’t have to be an expert swimmer to join in and no previous snorkelling experience is necessary. Our professional and friendly crew conducts introductory snorkelling lessons and have an excellent track record of helping nervous or less experienced swimmers through the experience. Just bring a sense of adventure and be ready for an unforgettable, exhilarating encounter! Full length wetsuits, mask & snorkel and snorkelling lessons included, along with a light lunch, refreshments, tea, coffee, hot chocolate and water. Our expert guides ride underwater scooters to get you up close and personal with the dolphins and complimentary photos of your cruise are included in your day! Swimming with wild dolphins is sure to bring the biggest smile to your children’s faces this school holidays!
Cruises operate daily subject to weather and minimum bookings. Passengers making their own way to Rockingham must meet our boat at 8am sharp. Cruise duration is approximately 3 to 6 hours depending on dolphin sightings and behaviours. Book Here.
Pengo’s Cafe (all ages + dog friendly): Hear that? The school holiday call and response of coffee drinking parents, emerging out in the masses. We hear you! For every "I'm bored" uttered by a youngster comes an "I need a coffee" from a parent in reply, and Pengos have you covered. Open every day 8am- 4pm, parents can take a break at Pengos and relax in the shade with a coffee, whilst the kids play on the grass, swings or at the beach. Great coffee & cakes, gourmet burgers, awesome fish & chips, shakes and fresh salads. Located right next door to Rockingham Wild Encounters, Pengos is the ideal place for a quick bite to eat for breakfast or lunch, before or after your visit to Penguin Island. We have a delicious range of freshly made rolls, wraps, salads, as well as drinks and snacks to take away for a picnic on Penguin Island. Enjoy a meal under the shade sails of our alfresco area or have a picnic on the grass next to the children’s playground. We’re also dog friendly and just a 30 second stroll to the beautiful Shoalwater Bay beaches. A perfect morning outing or lunch date with your littleies!
There is plenty of adventure to be had this school holidays with kids of all ages! If you're looking for exciting, nature filled, safe and wild adventure, join us for a wild encounter they won't ever forget.
For more information peruse the rest of our website or call our friendly reservations team on (08) 9591 1333 and we will be more than happy to help you with your wild encounter.