town in Tasmania, Australia

Penguin is a small town in northern Tasmania, situated between Burnie and Ulverstone. It was named after the little penguins that used to wander around its beaches. Many things there, including bins are shaped like penguins. Penguin is also the home of Penguin Market.

Park by the beach, the Big Penguin, and shops on Main St.

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Penguin was first settled in the mid-1800s as a timber town. Towards the end of the 1850s, demand for palings for home building during the gold rush in Victoria saw large quantities of timber shipped from the Penguin district across the Bass Strait.

The discovery of copper and silver further contributed to settlement in the area. The town of Penguin was proclaimed in October 1875.

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Penguin is 15 min by car (17 km) east of Burnie, via Highway 1 and then exit at B17.

From Devonport and the "Spirit of Tasmania" ferry terminal, Penguin is a 30 min drive to the west.

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The nearest airports are located in Devonport and Wynyard.

Get around edit

  • Penguin Taxi Service +61 417 506 851

See edit

  • 1 Big Penguin, Main Street. One of Australia's many big things which is the town's main attraction. It was erected to proclaim the town's centenary.
  • Penguin Roadside Gardens.
  • 2 Penguin General Cemetery & Vantage Point, 1 Main Rd (800m west of the Post Office). 24 hours. Heritage listed cemetery and the town's lookout. Free.    

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  • Ambling Among Penguin’s Charms - A 1.5-hr self-guided heritage walk showcasing 28 of Penguin's attractions. Get details on the community website Penguin Heritage Trail.

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  • Penguin Market. Sundays.

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Routes via Penguin
BurnieHeybridge W   E  UlverstoneDevonport
END N B17 S  → Gunns Plains → Ulverstone

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