Penguin, TAS, AU

Penguin, TAS, AU

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Our 2018 property listings offer a large selection of 62 vacation rentals near Penguin. From 28 houses to 0 , find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Penguin for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

Where the mountains meet the sea

Sitting on Tasmania's windswept northern coast, Penguin is bordered by the Bass Straight on one side and the Dial Range hinterlands on the other. The picturesque town is famous for its black and white residents, who flock to its shoreline during the summer breeding season. Whether you want to get face to face with friendly fairy penguins, stroll along the beach, or shop for treasures at the Sunday market, this hidden Tassie gem is well worth the trip. Penguin vacation rentals unlock access to some of the state's most beautiful oceanfront properties, complete with outdoor spas, sunny decks, and sweeping ocean views.

Trawling for treasures in the Sunday market

Every Sunday, Penguin hosts Tasmania's largest undercover market. It's a great place to pick up local produce, with over 200 stalls selling everything from wine and artisan cheese to wood carvings and handmade soap. Spanning 30 miles, the coastal road between Ulverstone and Wynyard is a beautiful scenic drive. Along the way you'll cruise past ocean bluffs, grassy picnics spots, and pristine beaches. Keep a close eye on the coastline and you might even see a penguin or two. Some Penguin vacation rentals back right on the coast, which means you can enjoy million-dollar Bass Straight sunsets.

Big penguins, little penguins

Standing 10 feet high, the Big Penguin is a local icon and an irresistible backdrop for selfies. The fiberglass statue has been watching over the town since 1975 and was raised to celebrate Penguin's centenary. If you want to see the real thing, head down to Penguin Point, a sandy beach bluff littered with rookeries. Every night, resident penguins waddle up and down the beach to the delight of onlookers. History buffs shouldn't miss the heritage-listed Penguin General Cemetery, with some graves dating back to the 1860s.

Penguin_s summer breeding season

If you want to maximize your chances of sunshine, visit during the Tasmanian summer, which spans from December to February. Summer is also prime penguin breeding season, with thousands of birds descending on the beaches from September to March. While June to August can be a little blustery, there's something magical about Tasmania in the winter. Penguin vacation rentals keep things cozy, with everything from characterful seaside cottages to rustic farm retreats.

A stone's throw from Antarctica

Given its proximity to Antarctica, it's no surprise that Tasmania is a popular posting for Eudyptula minor penguins. More commonly known as fairy penguins, these pint-sized birds stand just 13 inches tall and weigh around 2 pounds. Beyond the coast, Penguin is a great base for exploring the Dial Range. Walking and horse-riding trails wind their way through the mountains, with some of the best starting points found in Ferndene Gorge and the Mount Montgomery State Reserve. The Leven River is a popular spot for fishing and canoeing, while adventurous travelers can attempt the epic walking trail from Penguin to Cradle Mountain.