Penguin is now a by-pass town and this is a shame. The traveller may now miss this fabulous coastal town. Penguin is encounted when travel in between Devonport (or vice versa) and Burnie. Be sure to make the effort to visit.

Penguin was first settled in 1861 as a timber town, and proclaimed on 25 October 1875.

The town was named by the botanist Ron Gunn for the Fairy Penguin rookeries that are common along the less populated areas of the coast.

 The area's dense bush land and easy access to the sea led to Penguin becoming a significant port town, with large quantities of timber shipped to Victoria where the 1850s gold rush was taking place.

Penguin is home to the moderately big penguin and all the bins have cement penguins along the sides. Penguin is also a great place for fishing. There are trout in the Penguin Creek and many different types of fish in the surrounding sea. There are also sandy beaches that are a good place to swim at high-tide.

Heritage factors are clearly in place in Penguin.

The two hotels are both over 100 years old.

The Congregational Churches are a great classic collection. The Anglican and United being magnificent buildings. The United is an amazing church.

The Penguin War Memorial is a mixture of cenotaphs on the waterfront.

Given the seaside appeal and magnificent location an overnight is recommended






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