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 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.