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 …

Wynyard Bloomin’ Tulip Festival in NW Tasmania

Staying at Madsen Retreat Penguin in September and October? If so, you are lucky! You will be here when the Wynyard Tulip Festival is on. Table Cape Wynyard is just a 20 minute drive away from Penguin. You can easily spend half a day here as there is so much to see. Fields and fields …

Penguin to Stanley Coastal Drive

I have done the trip between Penguin and Stanley several times and love it each time. In my view the Penguin to Stanley or Stanley to Penguin NW coast drives is one of the best short drives that showcases the best of North West Tasmania. If you drive the 95 kilometres without stopping it is …

Coast to Canyon Familiarisation Tour NW Tasmania

On 25th October I joined a day long famil tour organised by the Local Tourism Association in North West Tasmania. The tour was put on for those of us in the tourism business in NW Tasmania to get a better understanding of what was on offer to our visitors. Here is our itinerary – The …

What’s So Special About Penguin NW Tasmania?

Penguin is the perfect place to make your base for a few days while you explore the beautiful North West of Tasmania. Penguin is the quintessential quaint seaside village that is so rare to find. Perfectly nestled between its own beautiful beaches and the Dial Ranges as its backdrop if has all that you need …