Penguin is located 35km northwest of Devonport on the Bass Strait coastline. The seaside village enjoys beachfront views from the main street, which is lined with quaint shops and eateries, several with the rookery-dwelling seabirds’ namesakes. This town was named after these intriguing black and white furry seabirds by the highly renowned botanist Robert Campbell Gunn. This town really does revolve around the “penguin.”
Not only is the town named after the extraordinary flightless seabird, businesses have adopted adaptations of the name, there are paintings and quirky facilities all over the place and a “Big Penguin” standing 10 foot tall on the foreshore. The concrete and fibreglass statue was erected to commemorate the township’s naming centenary in 1975. It was named after the little marine creatures which are so common along the Tasmanian coastline and a major tourist attraction, particularly in this town.
The waddling seabirds can be seen here between September and March each evening at dusk as they return from fishing in the ocean by day to retire to their nests by night, where their young await to be fed. These seabird rookeries are common around the Tasmanian coastline and the twilight tours are an amazing experience and a quintessential part of the Tassie holiday. Note that torches and cameras are not permitted as the bright lights are harmful to the birds’ eyes.
Another popular attraction here is the local markets which are held each Sunday. They are the largest undercover markets in Tasmania and attract over 200 stalls, offering a huge variety of art and craft, odds and ends and food and wine. Live entertainment adds to the atmosphere and there is something here for everyone.
This gorgeous coastal township boasts unique character and appeal. There are several B&B’s, 2 hotels and a beachfront caravan park to accommodate tourists.
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Destinations in Tasmania
Franklin Gordon Wild Rivers
Freycinet National Park
Mt Field National Park
Return from Penguin to Tasmania