Penguin is a quaint town on Tasmania's north coast, settled in 1861 and named after the small seabirds that Robert Campbell Gunn discovered living in coastal rookeries.
Although originally a small timber and mining town overshadowed by Burnie and Devonport, it has developed into a popular holiday destination in its own right.
Perhaps Penguin's most remarkable trait is the transformation it undergoes from sleepy weekdays to vibrant weekends, when the scenic esplanade comes alive with pedestrians and charming seaside cafes.
The nature of your stay here really does depend entirely on timing. From Monday to Friday you will feel like you have escaped the hustle and bustle of everyday city life to a remote, picturesque rural township.
But when Sunday rolls around and the Penguin Market is in full swing, suddenly the atmosphere shifts to one of activity – buying, selling, eating, drinking and socialising with the local community.
As Tasmania's largest undercover market, more than 200 stalls await your perusal – offering everything from fine wine to handmade woodcrafts.
Between September and March you can join a penguin tour and watch as these unique creatures make their way up the beach to nest.