Penguin is a seaside resort town on the edge of Bass Strait with a picturesque esplanade, scenic walking trails and breathtaking coastal drives.
Named after the Fairy Penguins that inhabit the coastline, it’s clear that this town loves its feathery friends with a 10-foot penguin statue in the heart of Penguin. Erected in 1975, the statue has become one of the most photographed landmarks in Tasmania. From September to March at sunset, you can catch a glimpse of the Fairy Penguins as they make their way up the beach to nest.
On Sundays the town boasts Tasmania’s largest covered market where more than 200 stallholders sell crafts, food, wine and second-hand goods.
The coastal road between Ulverstone and Wynyard is a beautiful scenic drive with sweeping ocean views, great picnics spots and clean beaches for seaside walks and fun. Explore one of the many walking tracks across the Dial Range, with stunning views over Penguin and the north-west coast. Resting against the backdrop of the range is Mount Gnomon Farm, offering a genuine paddock to plate experience.
For history buffs, Penguin offers visitors self-guided walking tours around its 26 heritage-listed sites including the heritage-listed Penguin General Cemetery that dates back to the 1860s.