Penguin Travel Guide

North West Tasmania


The north-west is a glorious pastiche of wild coastlines, picturesque towns and ancient rainforests. Nicknamed the ‘Edge of the World’, the folks here enjoy an enviable frontier lifestyle, with unspoiled natural beauty right at their fingertips.


This quirky seaside resort town is certainly worth a squiz, with a pretty esplanade, scenic walking trails, lovely coastal drives and—just in case you forget the name of the place—plenty of model penguins scattered throughout the streets!


Penguin Market

On Sundays, Penguin hosts Tasmania's largest undercover market, with more than 200 stalls selling local produce, stellar wines, woodcraft and second-hand goods.

Penguins everywhere

The street statues sure do provide a fun photo op, but nothing beats the real thing—if you’re in town during the penguin breeding season (September to March), you might just get the chance to see some feathered cuties waddling ashore to nest. (Photos: Tourism Tasmania)

Need to know

Getting there

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