Penguin Viewing Info

St Kilda penguins are on St Kilda breakwater every night of the year. They come in after sunset.


PLEASE  consider the penguin parents. Chicks and egg sitting parents do not need you climbing all over their nesting sites and taking 20 or 30 photos. These offspring are just as precious to their parents as any human baby.

Penguin protection: Please treat our penguins kindly. Do not take flash photographs. Imagine 100 people all taking flash photos of you at the same time. This sometimes happens when people do not think of the consequences. Imagine coming in from the sea, looking for your nest and looking up at 100 cameras all with flashing lights.

Do not try to handle penguins they are wild birds with wild tempers and vicious beaks.This is a wild colony that you have the opportunity to view at close range, please respect their home and do not climb on the rocks.

If you use a torch please cover the lens with red cellophane. Penguins see less in the red spectrum of light and will not be spooked.

Penguins are present year round in the public area of the St Kilda Breakwater. In mid winter you may only see a few but in summer there are plenty. Best viewing just after sunset.

Penguin Guides are on duty during the daylight saving period and will answer your questions.

The penguin guides are all volunteers. If you enjoyed the penguin experience and would like to support the continuation of penguin colony care you may like to donate to the upkeep of the penguin team.

If you wish to donate to the care of the St Kilda penguin colony our bank details are;

Earthcare of St Kilda Inc. BSB 633108 Account number 101369809

Alternatively there is now a donation pole on the left hand side of the pier opposite the far end of the kiosk.

To learn more about penguins look at the rest of this website.

If you would like to become a penguin guide click here to go to the Earthcare website.

Strangled by fishing line

This penguin was strangled by fishing line. Penguins become tangled in plastic bags, fishing line, sixpack holders, ring pulls and anything else that is floating in the water or lying in the sand or rocks.


The penguin team is one of the activities organised by Earthcare St Kilda.

Saturday 27th August at MEMO ( the concert hall behind the RSL) Acland St St Kilda Entrance via Albert St
10am Welcome to country Serge Thoman
10.10am Nicole Kowalczyk
The foraging and reproductive ecology of St Kilda Penguins
10.30am Naomi Wells
The time and duration of moult in Little penguins
10.50am Flossy Sperring
The influence age and sex have on moult in Little penguins within the St Kilda Colony
11.10am Tiana Preston
Environmental DNA as a monitoring tool for platypus
11.30am Bernard de la Coeur
Being a penguin guide
11.50 am brief coffee break
12.00 Paula Wasiak
From the brink of extinction to a flourishing population. The colourful history of Phillip Island penguins
12.20am MeaganTucker
The effect of environmental variation, the survival and the reproductive ecology of St Kilda Little penguins
12.40pm Starlight Jazz will entertain you during the lunch break
 1.40pm Douglas Gimesy
The power of imagery in wild life conservation
 2.00pm Neil Blake
Who sustains the freeloading charismatic mega fauna?
2.20pm Andre Chiaradia
The comparison between oceanic and bay little penguins
 2.40pm Annette Finger
The Little penguin as a bioindicator for coastal pollution
Anne Wallis 3.00pm
Middle island Penguins at Warnambool
3.20 Zoe  Hogg
30  years of St Kilda penguin
Tea,coffee and biscuits will be freely available all day. Lunch will be supplied.
Just let us know if you are coming at so we can cater for you.