Escape to Penguin, Tasmania: ‘Come and spend a weekend – you won’t want to move back’

It’s hard to think of a town with a cuter name with Penguin, Tasmania, named for a local penguin colony spotted by botanist Robert Campbell Gunn in 1861. The small seaside locale on Tasmania’s north coast has embraced its name; a Big Penguin statue draws onlookers along the esplanade and smaller motifs are scattered throughout. …

Penguin Beach at Sunrise – so beautiful

I have been living in Penguin for over two years now, and I am frequently walking along Penguin’s beach front esplanade at the crack of dawn. You will rarely be disappointed if you make the effort to get up early to catch the sunrise. More often than not you will be delighted. For instance, this …

Something Big is Coming to Penguin!

About two months ago Penguin received it’s 7 Day MakeOver and everyone is very pleased with that. See our other posts about this event. But something even bigger is coming our way! No it’s not the Dial Sporting Complex. That was the last big project for Penguin, being finished in the last 12 months. The …

The Cradle Mountain Experience

Cradle Mountain is a must see if you visit the North West of Tasmania. There so many walks to choose from. You can choose easy 45 minutes walks all the way up to the bigger day walks. There are walks to suit every person’s level of fitness. The best accommodation in Cradle Mountain, including Cradle …

2018 – What a Fantastic Year for Madsen Retreat Penguin!

2018 is just about to close. It has been a truly amazing year for us – Two business excellence awards, A visit from Will Hodgman Premier of Tasmania A major refurbishment to make the whole guest house plush 4 star plus accommodation. We are forging alliances with a range of distribution agencies, but our main …

From Bikers to Rollers

We are in the summer high season again! We have travellers and tourists of all types staying with us. Cyclists, Bikers, Rollers and Tourists from all corners of the globe. We are enjoying perfect weather, ranging daily from 21 C to 27 C, warm ocean to swim in and stunning countryside to drive through. We …

Big Penguin Celebrates Christmas

Our little town of Penguin in NW Tasmania has a population of just 5000 but it celebrates all the seasons and festivities. The Big Penguin has a large wardrobe! So now he is dressed to celebrate the spirit of Christmas. Our annual Christmas Parade takes place on December 17th and is hosted by the local …

Beautiful Penguin, Tasmania

There is really nothing comparable to Penguin in Tasmania. It is a true village with a village atmosphere. You have two beautiful beaches – Penguin beach and Johnson’s beach – out front and bordered by the Penguin Esplanade offering scenic views. Close by is Preservation Drive Beach and the Penguin SurfClub. All beaches are great …

Cradle Mountain Overland Track to Dove Lake

If you want to do some hiking in Cradle Mountain make Penguin your base camp. We often have people stay with us for a few days and they pick a day to go walking in Cradle Mountain. It’s just a 2 hour drive from Penguin to the Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre and car park. You …