Penguin Island & Caversham Wildlife Park

Meet some of Australia's most unique animals... including the smallest Penguin species in the world!

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8:00 am
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All ages
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What's Included

  • Meet the animals at Caversham Wildlife Park
  • Fun and interactive farm show
  • Explore Penguin Island
  • Exciting 45-minute glass-bottom cruise
  • Yummy chocolate tasting
  • Comfortable Explorer bus and professional guides
  • lunch


Why not make some new animal friends on your Aussie backpacking trip? Let us introduce you to some of Australia’s most iconic and awesome animals. We’ll spend an entire day exploring Western Australia’s fascinating wildlife and beautiful nature. You’ll learn about the animals and you’ll even get to meet a few of them personally!


We’ll visit Penguin Island and Caversham Wildlife Park which are two amazing spots. At Penguin Island, we’ll say hello to the smallest species of penguins in the world. They’re normally quite shy, so you may have to do the talking. We’ll also go on a fantastic cruise on a glass-bottom boat.


There’s even more fun waiting at Caversham Wildlife Park! You’ll get the unique chance to hand-feed the kangaroos, touch a possum or lizard, meet a wombat, and get your picture taken with a cute koala.

Explore Penguin Island

From Perth, we’ll drive 45 minutes south to Mersey Point Jetty where we’ll catch a short ferry to Penguin Island (October to May only – the island is closed between June and mid-September).


The island is located inside the wildlife sanctuary zone of Shoalwater Islands Marine Park and you can find a great variety of exciting animals there. This includes dolphins, sea lions, stingrays, pelicans, kings skinks and more than 50 species of seabirds.


But the star of the show is the little penguin or blue penguin. At an average height of only 33 cm, the little penguins are the smallest penguins in the world. They only live in New Zealand and Australia, and we’re extremely proud to have them so close to Perth. In fact, Penguin Island has the biggest colony in all of Western Australia.


At the island’s Discovery Centre, the rangers will be waiting to teach you about the little penguins. The animals are quite shy in the wild, but here, you can get up close. Make sure to be around when the rangers feed the penguins. It takes around 20 minutes and it’s a lot of fun to watch.


If you like small and cute things, you’ll love these little guys!


Watch out for sea lions on our glass-bottom cruise
We’ll also go on a 45-minute cruise on a glass-bottom boat around Penguin and Seal Islands. This means you’ll experience life in the sea without having to get wet – perfect!


Through the glass bottom, you’ll see dolphins and the rare Australian sea lion or “puppy dog of the sea”. They’re playful, so if you’re lucky, they might do a trick or two for you! You can also spend the time spotting fish and crabs on the seagrass meadows and limestone reefs.


Once we’re back on the mainland, we’ll have a delicious lunch at our favourite café called Pengo’s. They have a nice selection of hot and cold food and trust us – everything is really tasty!


Have fun at Caversham Wildlife Park

Our next stop is Caversham Wildlife Park which is located inside the huge Whiteman Park. The park is famous for its diverse wildlife, and it’s the number one spot to experience native animals in Western Australia. Remember to keep an eye out for wild kangaroos as we enter the conservation reserve!


In the park, you’ll get a guided tour and meet all the famous residents. There are so many things to do in the park that we don’t even know where to start. Maybe you should go hand-feed the kangaroos first? Or say hi to a wombat? Or touch a possum or lizard?


Whatever you do, just make sure you drop by the koalas. They’re the cutest thing you’ll ever see, and they’re just waiting to be in your next selfie. In case you’re getting any ideas, we’ll just remind you that you’re not allowed to smuggle out any koalas in your backpack. We know they’re adorable, but sadly they prefer staying with their friends in the park.


Watch a farm show
While we’re in Caversham, we’ll also watch a live Australian farm show. If you’ve ever wondered what life on a farm in Australia is like, you’ll get the answer right here. You’ll see sheep-shearing, milk a cow, bottle feed a lamb, meet a stockman on horseback, swing a billy, and watch the sheep dogs mustering the sheep.


And just when you thought this tour couldn’t get any better, we’ll add a final treat: a visit to a chocolate factory! That’s right, we’ll end this awesome full-day wildlife tour with a yummy chocolate tasting. Talk about a match made in heaven!


Departure information

Depending on the pick-up and drop-off locations of the day, our pick-up time will be approx. 8.00 am and drop-off will be 5.30 pm.

We pick up from several central Perth locations including hotels and the Wellington Street coach stand. 

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Every day trip has a maximum capacity of twenty passengers.

We feel that our explore guides can provide an intimate and consistent experience when the tour is restricted to this number of Explorers.

Handbags and small rucksacks are ideal for ‘Explore Tours’ trips to hold for sun cream, hats, cameras and snacks etc.

Comfortable footwear for walking short distances would be ideal.

As Perth is the sunniest capital city in the world you will need sun cream, a hat, sunglasses, a bottle of water to keep you hydrated and a camera to capture all the amazing sights you will encounter.

Most of all remember to bring your adventurous spirit!

You don’t need to be super fit to enjoy this day trip. All of our trips involve a certain amount of walking, whether that is from the ‘Bus’ to an entrance or having a walk around sandy pathways.

There may be some activities and destinations that aren’t suitable if you are unable to walk unaided e.g. without the use of a walking stick, however, our explore guides will make you well aware of this before you leave on the trip.

Unfortunately we do not currently have wheelchair accessible vehicles, but we are working on it and do hope to have some soon.

The weather in Perth is fantastic (especially if you like sunshine) and is comparable to that of the Mediterranean. Perth is the sunniest capital city in the world, with an average 8 hours per day of sunshine, 365 days per year.

In the summer months (roughly November to March) it can get very hot, but the Fremantle doctor (a cool southwesterly breeze) helps to keep things feeling a little cooler.

In the winter months the daily temperature is still in the high teens and the wind dies down a lot, but the sun is still out and it is a great time for those who don’t like it too hot.

Spring and Autumn are brilliant times to visit Perth as the temperature is in the early to mid-twenties and hotel accommodation isn’t as expensive.

Perth has also been ranked inside the World’s top ten most livable cities for several years in a row, with part of the reason being the great climate. So whatever time of year you decide to come visit Perth we are pretty sure you will love it.

Yes. The team members love children and are more than happy to have them on day trips.

Saying that, you should be aware that some of the trips are quite long (up to 10 hours) and we can be driving for up to two hours without stopping, so young children may get very restless.

The age range for Children varies on each tour so please check the pricing on each tour.

In general though Children are classed as those aged between 2 and 15 years old and you will need to pay the child price for them.

Infants are those aged below two years old and travel free on day trips as long as they sit on an Adult’s lap. No food is provided for Infants as it is assumed that the parents will bring food for them.

If you would like your infant to be provided with a child’s portion of lunch, or have their own space on the bus, you will need to select a child place rather than an infant when booking.

No. In vehicles that seat more than 12 people it is not compulsory for passengers to wear seatbelts. So children under 3 years old can travel free on ‘Explore Tours’ day trips as long as they sit on an adults lap.

Children who are three years old and over are required to have their own seat and you will need to pay the child price for them.

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Terms & Conditions:

Please read the following terms and conditions carefully as you should understand and agree with them fully before proceeding with any booking. If you do proceed with the booking it will be assumed that you have agreed with the terms and conditions.

1. Prices All prices are quoted in Australian Dollars and are inclusive of GST. 'Explore Tours Perth' day trip prices are per passenger (unless otherwise stated) and are valid up to 30 June 2017.

2. Contract All bookings are made with Explore Tours Perth Pty Ltd (ABN 17 607 682 119).

3. Alcohol consumption Under the Liquor Control Act 1988, it is an offence: to sell or supply liquor to a person under the age of 18 years on licensed or regulated premises; or for a person under the age of 18 years to purchase, or attempt to purchase, liquor on licensed or regulated premises. 'Explore Tours' takes under age drinking very seriously. All passengers must be able to provide identification to prove they are 18 and over before they can consume alcohol whilst on an 'Explore Tours' day trip. No alcohol is to be consumed on any of the 'Explore Tours' vehicles.

4. Photos You agree that 'Explore Tours' are able to use images of you captured on the day trips for use on our website or in marketing material. If you do not want your image to be used you will need to notify 'Explore Tours' in writing before the start of the trip.

5. Privacy policy The privacy of our customers and their personal information is extremely important to 'Explore Tours Perth' and we respect the right of our customers to access their personal information should they wish to do so. Any information that we collect about our customers is kept strictly confidential, stored securely and is only accessible by authorised members of the Company. The agents of 'Explore Tours Perth' whose systems process our customer's personal data are bound by terms in their contract to ensure the personal information is protected at all times. 'Explore Tours Perth' does not and will not sell customer's personal information.

6. Departure points The departure point of the day trip will be advised at the time of booking but 'Explore Tours' reserve the right to change the departure point. If the departure point is changed the customer will be notified by email at least twenty four hours before the departure.

7. Liability To the fullest extent permitted by law: 'Explore Tours' accepts no responsibility or liability for damage, loss, injury or delays whilst on our day trips. 'Explore Tours' are not responsible for the acts and omissions of third parties that customers may encounter whilst on our day trips. You release 'Explore Tours' and its officers, employees, agents and representatives from any liability and expressly waive any claims you may have against us arising out of or in connection with your participation in a trip. Any condition or warranty which would otherwise be implied by law into these Booking Conditions (Implied Warranty) is excluded.

Cancellation Policy:

Our aim is to never cancel an Explore Tours Perth day trip, but if your trip does get cancelled due to extreme circumstances you will receive a refund for the full cost of the tour plus any credit card fees you may have incurred.

However, if you cancel your booking the refund you receive will depend on how much notice you have given:

  • More than 14 days before the date of the day trip – your deposit will be returned to you less any costs we incur in sending the money back to you;
  • Between 3 and 14 days before the trip – 50% of the booking value;
  • Less than 3 days before the day of the trip – 0% of the booking value.

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