Kids of all ages – and even mums and dads – love animals, and if you're looking for a great place to pay tribute to some of Tasmania's most entertaining birds, a trip to Penguin could be the perfect day out.
Penguin is famous for – what else? – its resident colony of little penguins and the community celebrates the charming creature with gusto.
With its heritage based in mining and timber, Penguin was named by Robert Campbell Gunn after the petite seabirds that nested in rookeries along Tasmania's north coast.
Today, visitors to Penguin can embrace the local wildlife by taking part in a guided penguin tour, or by making your way to Penguin Point to see the birds make their way from the beach to their nests.
You'll find evidence of Penguin's love for penguins everywhere – from themed rubbish bins to the 3.15-metre statue known as the Big Penguin that pays tribute to some of the area's smallest residents.
And while penguins are the main attraction, this charming destination is a great place to spend a leisurely weekend at any time of year.
The Penguin Market is the largest covered market in Tasmania – it runs year-round on Saturdays and you'll find more than 200 stalls offering everything from local produce to wooden handicrafts.
This is also a great destination if you are looking to get back to nature – there are a number of well-marked bushwalking trails in the nearby Dial Range, which boasts beautiful views of the island state's dramatic north-west coast, as well as the town of Penguin itself.
Penguin is just a short 15-minute drive from Burnie or Ulverstone – and whether you're spending the day or staying overnight, you are sure to be charmed by this friendly seaside town.