Burnie overlooks Emu Bay on Tasmania’s North West Coast. The city has a proud industrial past and is a vibrant place to visit.
Dense rainforest once surrounded Burnie, but this slowly disappeared as fortunes were made felling and milling timber for its now closed pulp mill. Since its closure, the city has reinvented itself as a city of makers and creators.
The best place to see the work of local craft and artisans in action is at the Makers Workshop, part contemporary museum, part arts centre. Here you’ll find paper making, cheese tasting, whisky tasting, ceramics, textiles, glass, print makers, painters, sculptors and lots more. Have a chat about what they’re making and see their objects for sale in the gift shop.
For nature lovers or those just wanting to stretch their legs, there are several waterfalls on the city’s edge, good bushwalks and on the way into (or out of) town there’s a stunning 12-hectare rhododendron garden.
Also nearby is the Fernglade Platypus Sanctuary.
Burnie is a 35-min drive (49 km) west of Devonport and around a 90-min drive (110 km) from Cradle Mountain.
Burnie is an Urban Location area within the local government area of Burnie in Tasmania, it is located approximately 235kms from the capital Hobart and extends over an area of 1.344 square kilometres. Burnie has a recorded population of 596 residents and is within the Australian Eastern Daylight Time zone Australia/Hobart.
If you are planning a visit to Burnie we’ve put together some of the things you can see or do while you are here. These include, places to stay, tours and attractions, some upcoming events and places where you can grab a meal. Go ahead, try one of the buttons above. Every destination has something worth seeing so start exploring… If you know Burnie and think we’ve missed something, let us know and we’ll share it here.