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See The Fairy Penguin Parade At The Just-Reopened St Kilda Pier Viewing Area

By Kate Fleming
24th Feb 2021

Two fairy penguins cleaning themselves on a rock at night.

Last year was a write-off for most of us, but for some, routines stayed the same. We’re talking about those popular Little Penguins at St Kilda Pier who kept their daily parade going while the rest of us stayed home. Sure, we could stream the penguin parade online, but it’s not quite the same. 

Fast forward to now and the St Kilda Pier Breakwater has finally reopened and—you guessed it—that means we can see the penguins again. There are 1400 Little Penguins living in the colony, and they’ve been a favourite among tourists and locals for decades. As the smallest penguin species in the world at just over 30cm tall, it’s no wonder they’re some of our favourite Melbourne residents. 

Normally flooded with tourists, there’s never been a better time for Melburnians to catch a glimpse of the action. Keeping things safe for us and the penguins, you’ll need to book one of the self-guided tours running daily between now and April. There are three one-hour sessions to choose from—8.30pm, 9pm and 9.30pm—and there will be staff available for all your penguin trivia questions. Book your spot here.

Plenty more to see and do in Melbourne this week. Check out our picks here.

Image credit: Lennart Nacke

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