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 …

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 …

Penguin NW Tasmania Places to Visit

Madsen Retreat Penguin is the ideal location to make your base for seeing the beautiful North West region of Tasmania. Enjoy our 4 star guest house as your place to rest each night before you sally forth each day to see the delights of the spectacular North West of Tasmania. Here is a list of …