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Penguin - Cities, Towns and Localities
The ‘Penguin’ area was first settled in 1861 by Edward Joseph Beecroft. Penguin was named by Ronald C. Gunn, a distinguished botanist of the era, after the fairy penguin still evident in rookeries along the coast. They can be seen at dust between November and March. The municipality was established in 1908.

The town is dominated by the Dial Range which extends from a point about 3 km inland and in a south-westerly direction for 10 km. At the northern end of the range is Mt Montgomery (471 m), offering magnificent views from its summit.

The fibro cement penguin was erected to celebrate the centenary of the proclamation of the Penguin township on the 25th October 1975.

From Penguin you can visit Ferndene Gorge Reserve (6 km), Mount Montgomery and the Dial Range (4 km), Gunns Plains Cave, scenic drives including that to Ulverstone via the coast road, through Lonah and passing the islands named The Three Sisters and Coat Island.

There are some easy to medium day walks for those wanting to bush walk. There is also the nearby Pioneer Park, deer farm and reptile centre.

Check out our listing of Penguin accommodation and North West accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

Erected to celebrate the centenary of the proclamation of the Penguin township, 25 October, 1975

Information Centre

Penguin Tourist Information Centre
78 Main Road, PENGUIN TAS
Ph: 03 6437 1421

Tasmanian Travel & Information Centre - Burnie

The Ulverstone Visitor Information Centre

Penguin Events

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Penguin Market
• Arnold St, PENGUIN TAS 7316 • Ph: 03 6437 2935 • Mobile: 0438 410 420 • Email
• Held every Sunday - Closed Christmas Day
• Penguin Market is Northern Tasmania’s largest market offering over 200 stalls, all under cover, making Penguin Market an all weather market. It has quality product lines which include fresh produce, fine Tasmanian woodwork, jewellery, fashion, giftware, hand made craft, and homewares. There is also an International food court which includes pizza and pasta, espresso bar, wine bar, souvlaki, seafood, Asian, ice cream bar, juice & health food, and much more!
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Penguin Distance

Distance to Penguin
• Following are some approximate distances by road to Penguin:
• Bicheno 268
• Burnie 17
• Devonport 31
• Hobart 281
• Launceston 119
• Port Arthur 357
• Sheffield 52
• Stanley 95
• Ulverstone 12
• Wynyard 35
Distances given are only approximation, they should be verified with the appropriate maps.
The Australian Automotive Motoring Associations also offer select access to travel trip planners.
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