Penguin village, charming in name and in nature..

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Penguin is a picturesque seaside town with a pretty esplanade, scenic walking trails, great coastal drives and a quirky collection of penguins on the street.

Sitting on the edge of mighty Bass Strait, Penguin takes its name from a nearby penguin rookery and it’s obvious this town dearly loves its little feathered friends. There’s a 10-foot penguin that makes a quirky photo opportunity, while the real thing can be seen each night at Penguin Point.

On Sundays, Penguin hosts Tasmania’s largest undercover market with more than 200 stalls selling food and wine, woodcraft 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.

Look out for the expansive wild garden that blooms year round between the road and the railway line and explore one of the many walking tracks across the Dial Range, with stunning views over Penguin and the north-west coast. There are plenty of eateries and places to stay.

Penguin is a 15-min drive (17 km) east of Burnie.

Local Tips

  • For history buffs, the heritage-listed Penguin General Cemetery dates back to the 1860s
  • Watch penguins make their way up the beach to nest (September to March)


Penguin Visitor Information Centre

78 Main Road, Penguin, TAS 7316
Tel: (03) 6437 1421
Fax: (03) 6437 1465

Open: Daily 9am – 4pm (October – May). Daily 9.30am – 3.30am (June – September).

Closed: Christmas Day and Good Friday.

How to get there


REDLINE COACHES. Tel: 1300 360 000

METRO BUSES. Tel: (03) 6233 4232

Road (self-drive)

From Devonport take the A1 Highway along the coast.

Travelling distances and times to nearby towns

Penguin to: Cradle Mountain – 88 km (1 hour), Stanley – 81 km (1 hour 15 min), Strahan – 191 km (3 hours).


Penguin & Sulphur Creek

B&B’s, caravan and cabin park, hotel and self-contained apartments. Advance bookings recommended over the summer season. Accommodation enquiries and bookings available at Visitor Information Centre.


Self-contained cabins and camping ground.

Motor Homes

Self-contained motor homes can stay free overnight at Lions Park and Preservation Bay on the eastern side of the Penguin Surf Club, Penguin; Hall Point, Sulphur Creek (strictly no dogs due to proximity to penguin colony) or Sice Avenue, alongside the roadway opposite the Blythe Heads Hall, Blythe Heads.

Designated Sullage Points

Victoria Street (northern end), Ulverstone.

Stubbs Point (on Johnsons Beach Road), Penguin.


Central Coast Council in partnership with the Central Coast Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCCI) offers a free public Wi-Fi service in the CBDs of Penguin and Ulverstone.

The Groovy Penguin, Main Road, Penguin. Tel: (03) 6437 2101.

Penguin Online Access Centre, Penguin High School, 125 Ironcliffe Road, Penguin. Tel: (03) 6437 0771.

Banks & ATMs

Commonwealth Bank and ATM, 62 Main Road, Penguin.

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