Destination guide

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.

Activities

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.

Weather

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.

Natural features

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.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Penguin

Fly into Devonport, TAS (DPO), the closest airport, located 19.4 mi (31.3 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you could also fly into Burnie, TAS (BWT), which is 19.9 mi (32 km) away.

If you're traveling by train, the main station serving the city is Penguin Station.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Penguin?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Penguin. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Penguin Station: 105 vacation rentals
  • Sulpher Creek Recreation Area: 103 vacation rentals
  • Burnie Waterfront Boardwalk: 87 vacation rentals
  • Shropshire Park: 124 vacation rentals
  • Seabrook Golf Club: 86 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Penguin listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Penguin?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 29 Houses in Penguin. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Penguin include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 15 rentals available
  • Cabins: 10 rentals available
  • Cottages: 10 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with internet/wifi in Penguin?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with internet/wifi among our 44 vacation rentals with internet/wifi available in Penguin. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.