Ulverstone and the Central Coast

Map of Ulverstone and Central Coast area

The Central Coast of north-west Tasmania, which includes the towns of Ulverstone and Penguin, is served by the central coast council. The Central Coast area is a pleasant mix of rural and urban, of progress and natural environment, of close-knit community and optional seclusion. North-west Tasmania enjoys a moderate climate of refreshing winters and humidity-free summers. There is affordable housing and a range of shops, restaurants, hotels, banks and other services.

Less than half an hour’s drive from the Devonport ferry terminal and the regional airport, mainland Australia is within easy reach. For business people able to service clients electronically, the low overheads and ready IT access are strong incentives for relocation to the Central Coast. For others, the notion of an island lifestyle, a strong sense of community and a less stressful existence are incentive enough.

Visit the Central Coast Council’s business profile page for more information on investing in the Central Coast area of north-west Tasmania.


Population: 9,800

At the mouth of the River Leven the relaxed rural township of Ulverstone is positioned between its larger counterparts of Burnie, to the west, and Devonport, to the east. The surrounding area is agricultural, with dairy, poultry and vegetables the main produce. Beaches to the east and west of Ulverstone offer safe swimming. There is good beach, river and estuary fishing in the Ulverstone area.

(See distances by road chart.)


Population: 3,000

Named after the colonies of fairy penguins that nest along its foreshore, Penguin is in every sense a seaside town. Set off the main highway, Penguin has a history of community involvement and, like Ulverstone, facilities to show for it. There are public and private primary and secondary schools, highly regarded golf courses and bowling clubs, and a national-standard athletics facility.

For more information on the Central Coast region of north-west Tasmania, see the brochure ulverstone, penguin and the hinterland (pdf file 333kb).

Gunns Plains
Gunns Plains. Tree change living inland from Ulverstone and the Central Coast of north-west Tasmania.
© Central Coast Council
and Richard Eastwood