PEN­GUIN, TAS

Australian Traveller - - The 100 -

What’s in a name? Well, a lot for this small Tas­ma­nian town. Sit­ting on the shores of Bass Strait on the state’s north-west coast, Pen­guin is a quaint sea­side town with scenic walk­ing trails, Tas­ma­nia’s largest un­der­cover mar­kets (held ev­ery Sun­day), and their very own ‘Big Thing’ – a three-me­tre-tall pen­guin. But it’s the real thing that makes this town so spe­cial; ev­ery year from Septem­ber to March fairy pen­guins come ashore to breed at a num­ber of rook­eries lo­cated along the coast, and they can be spot­ted each night at nearby view­ing plat­forms eas­ily ac­cessed from Pen­guin, in­clud­ing Lil­lico and Burnie.

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