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The Central Coast

A family trip to Ulverstone is incomplete without a visit to the giant waterslide or Pedal Buggies. Rent a pedal buggy and explore the foreshore. The town’s water slide and the long, white sandy beaches that surround the town are summer favourites. Ulverstone is also a food and shopping hotspot, with cafes that serve up great coffee and seasonal produce. Galleries and craft stores feature the work of local artisans, and there are treasures to be found in the many antiques stores, second-hand and opportunity shops.

Why not walk or cycle on the shared pathways and explore Ulverstone’s waterfront precincts, playgrounds and parks? Or perhaps soak in the panoramic views from the quirky zigzag gardens, take in a river cruise and enjoy good fishing in the river and estuary.

Penguin

This charming seaside town was named after the occupants of the penguin rookeries in the area. Penguin’s attractions range from beautiful parks, gardens and markets through to mountain ranges and reserves and feature what is believed to be the largest penguin in the world. This 3m giant statue of a fairy penguin sits on the esplanade, while the real things return to local rookeries at dusk, especially between November and March.

Penguins latest attraction is the Penguin Book Exchange, right on the foreshore close to the Big Penguin. The Exchange is modelled after Dr Who’s Tardis and encourages passers by to “take a book, read a book, leave a book”. Penguin Mountain Bike Park caters for all ages from the Little Devils Skill Park, ideal for skill building, including berms, pump track and beginner wall ride, to the more advanced Free Ride Jumps Park for multiple skill level jump lines and features including a whale tail, wall ride and container jump.

Leven Canyon
Take the magnificent journey through the Leven Valley to the Leven Canyon nature reserve, only 45 minutes drive from Ulverstone’s tranquil beaches and coastal parklands. The 2,500ha Leven Canyon Reserve forms part of the Penguin to Cradle Trail, one of Tasmania’s Eight Great Walks. Come to the edge of a dramatic canyon with the Leven River twisting and roaring 275 metres below… and hear nature’s wild call!

The nearby Gunns Plains Caves are not to be missed with some of the largest limestone formations in the southern hemisphere. The caves are well lit and concrete paths ensure easy access for the young and not-so-young.