BurnieAustralia

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Visit Burnie

Wildlife, scenic splendour and a rich mix of artisanal goods are the big calling cards of this city on Tasmania’s northwest coast.

Burnie is a port city transformed. This former industrial heartland has turned itself into a creative hub of artisans producing everything from fine cheeses and whisky to paintings and sculptures. Overlooking the sea and flanked by native bush and waterfalls, the city’s impressive scenery provides plenty of outdoor escapes. Hike through a river valley, look for platypus and penguins and try some locally produced Tasmanian whisky.

Relax on any of Burnie’s three main beaches: Cooee, South Beach and West Beach. At the western end of West Beach, there is a treat in store for wildlife enthusiasts, the Little Penguin Observation Centre. Come here at dusk, from September to March, to see the flightless birds come ashore.

Burnie is a magnet for lovers of the outdoors. Less than 4 kilometres (2.5 miles) from the city centre is the Fern Glade Reserve. Stroll through the river valley along walking tracks lined by tree ferns and orchids. Try and spot platypus, and picnic and barbecue in the designated areas. Drive about 19 kilometres (11.8 miles) south of Burnie for the Guide Falls, an easily accessible waterfall. Wind down in one of the city’s own green spaces, such as the Emu Valley Rhododendron Garden.

Burnie’s other big draw is its creativity. Visit the Burnie Regional Art Gallery for exhibitions of arts and crafts by Tasmanian and other Australian artists. Stop by the Makers' Workshop and meet some of the artisans who work on site, including cheese makers and painters. Have a go at making paper, a tradition that has been alive in the city for decades. Tour Hellyers Rd Distillery, which lays claim to being Australia's largest single malt whisky producer.

Other city attractions include the Burnie Regional Museum. Among the exhibits is a replica of an early 20th-century street where stores are filled with period furniture and memorabilia.

To get to Burnie, fly into Devonport from the Australian mainland or sail on the Spirit of Tasmania. Then rent a car for the 30-minute drive to the city and enjoy days of outdoor adventures and cultural pursuits.

Top hotels in Burnie

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Beachfront Voyager Motor Inn
Beachfront Voyager Motor Inn
3.5 out of 5
9 North Terrace, Burnie, TAS
AU$167
per night
Jan 19 - Jan 20

Situated in Burnie, this beach motel is within a 10-minute walk of Burnie Waterfront Boardwalk, Burnie Arts & Function Centre, and Maker's Workshop Information ...

4.2/5Excellent! (533 reviews)

"Great staff very supportive Building a little old but a good stay was had Lovely view"…"

Reviewed on 16 Jan. 2020

Beachfront Voyager Motor Inn
Beach Hotel
Beach Hotel
4 out of 5
1 Wilson Street, Burnie, TAS
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
AU$150
per night
Jan 24 - Jan 25

Located in Burnie, this beachfront hotel is in the city centre and within a 10-minute walk of Burnie Waterfront Boardwalk, Burnie Arts & Function Centre and ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (38 reviews)

"The rooms were really quiet, well furnished and the beds were comfy. The staff were friendly and helpful. Overall, we had a fantastic stay here."…"

Reviewed on 24 Nov. 2019

Beach Hotel
Wellers Inn
Wellers Inn
3.5 out of 5
36 Queen Street, Burnie, TAS
AU$110
per night
Jan 19 - Jan 20

Situated by the ocean, this motel is within a 10-minute walk of Burnie Arts & Function Centre, Burnie Waterfront Boardwalk and Little Penguin Observation Centre. ...

3.9/5Very Good! (128 reviews)

"Freindy staff, clean room, comfortable bed. I was dissapointed the buffet breakfast was only cereal, toast and fruit, I was expecting cooked food."…"

Reviewed on 19 Oct. 2019

Wellers Inn

Top activities in Burnie

Burnie Shore Excursion: Cradle Mountain & Sheffield Town
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Burnie Shore Excursion: Cradle Mountain & Sheffield Town

AU$165

Cruise Ship Excursions & Tours is a specialist in the operation of fantastic Tasmanian Shore Excursions. With over 20 years of industry experience coming together - we can't wait to greet you. See the fantastic Cradle Mountain vista & enjoy the scenic walk around Dove Lake.

Private Cradle Mountain Cruise Ship Tour from Burnie
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Private Cradle Mountain Cruise Ship Tour from Burnie

AU$200

Itinerary This is a typical itinerary for this product Stop At: Personalised Tasmanian Tours, Hobart, Tasmania 7000 Australia Your private guide and vehicle will pick you up from the Burnie Information Centre (Makers Workshop) which you can get to from a shuttle bus at your port arrival point.

The Very Best of Table Cape
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The Very Best of Table Cape

AU$431

Itinerary This is a typical itinerary for this product Stop At: Makers Workshop, 2 Bass Highway, Burnie, Tasmania 7320 Australia Visit the very best of Tasmania's North West. Pure luxury is how we describe this tour highlighting the best food, locations and experience a day tour could ever have.

Visit Cradle Mountain with your very own Walking Tour Guide
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Visit Cradle Mountain with your very own Walking Tour Guide

AU$206

What makes us different? its simple…..we just don't drop you off we walk with you! Your day starts with a coastal scenic drive in our small private luxury vehicles and we will pick you up from any port in Northern Tasmania, we are here to make your day memorable at one if the most iconic locations our Island state has to offer.

Tamar Valley Food and Wine Day Trip from Devonport, Ulverstone or Burnie
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Tamar Valley Food and Wine Day Trip from Devonport, Ulverstone or Burnie

AU$166

A relaxing day exploring all the best food and wine that Northern Tasmania has to offer! The Tamar River, flows from the Bass Strait, right into the city of Launceston.

Shore Excursion: Small-Group Cradle Mountain Day Tour From Burnie
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Shore Excursion: Small-Group Cradle Mountain Day Tour From Burnie

AU$162

Itinerary This is a typical itinerary for this product Stop At: Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park, Tasmania Australia Fabulous and a must see destination. walk around magnificent Dove Lake and take in the splendour of jaggWd Cadle Mountain

Reviews of Burnie

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5/5 - Excellent

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Oct 16, 2019

Burnie is a lovely town with a beautiful beach, great shopping, good food and easy to access everything. Beachfront Voyager is the best place to stay, love the view and great staff.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Oct 2, 2019

Burnie is in the process of phenomenal change. The people are wonderful, and the beauty and variety of the region means it will be growing in popularity in the next decade

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Aug 2, 2019

Had a lovely time with friends.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Apr 30, 2019

I grew up in Burnie area so I know it well.

4/5 - Good

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Mar 3, 2019

Burnie is a nice place, but it is an industrial city. Don't go there expecting a beachside getaway.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Feb 26, 2019

Family stayed in the other apartments at this location on the 2nd level - they looked fantastic, would stay again but on the 2nd level rooms.