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Burnie

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Burnie is the fourth largest city in Tasmania, Australia, with a population around 20,000. The city is emerging from its industrial past with a more diversified economy and a greater focus on tourism, food, manufacture and education. It is one of very few Australian communities with a north-facing sea frontage. It has one of the highest number of eateries per-capita in Tasmania. It is centrally located on the North West Coast, making it a convenient base for day trips to the Tarkine, Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park and the coastal hinterlands.

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By Plane[edit]

Regional Express flys into Burnie Airport from Melbourne up to 6 times a day. Burnie Airport is located in the nearby town of Wynyard. Rental cars are available at the airport, as are taxis and a shuttle bus to Burnie. Alternatively, the nearby city of Devonport has an airport 54km (33 miles) to the east of Burnie. Devonport Airport is served by Qantaslink, connecting with other flights at the Tullamarine Airport in Melbourne.

By Car[edit]

Burnie is located on the Bass Highway, which is part of the National Highway No 1. The highway is of a high standard with 4 lanes between Burnie and Devonport and varies between 2 and 4 lanes between Devonport, Launceston and Hobart.

Travelers arriving from Victoria or mainland Australia, arriving on the ferry Spirit of Tasmania, berthing in Devonport, can drive west 46km (28 miles) to Burnie - Approx 30 min.

Get around[edit]

Metro Tasmania operates scheduled bus services in the Burnie area, as well as services to Wynyard, Somerset, Penguin and Ulverstone. Timetable is available here: [1]

See[edit][add listing]

  • Visitor Information Centre - Civic Centre Plaza, Burnie.
  • Little Penguin Observation Centre - located at Parsonage Point, along the foreshore boardwork.
  • Fern Glade Reserve, (3.9 km from the City. Turn off at Old Surrey Road then take the first left onto Fern Glade Road. Follow the road beside the Emu River until the bridge. Cross the bridge to find the first of two enterances. The second entrance is another 1/2 kilometer further on.). A few minutes drive east of the city, and is a beautiful, ferny environment with picnic and barbecue facilities. Great for a walk along the banks of the Emu River. You may see be fortunate and see a wild platypus at Fern Glade. The second entrance is the start of a 3 km walk in the Emu Valley, through to Rutherford Rd in Stowport. This track is also excellent for mountain bikes and gets very little use. (-41.080247,145.923655) edit
  • Makers Workshop, 2 Bass Hwy, Burnie (Burnie waterfront, western end of West Beach), 6430 5831 (). Open 7 days a week from 9:00am - 5:00pm. Visitor information centre. Participate in hand made paper making. Local arts and craft-persons' hand made products for sale. (-41.046368,145.900481) edit
  • Burnie Regional Museum (Pioneer Village Museum), Civic Centre Precinct, Little Alexander Street, 03 6430 5746, [2]. Open 10am – 4:30pm weekdays Open Saturdays in October 1:30pm - 4:30pm (Except public holidays) or by appointment. The Pioneer Village shows a reproduction of actual Burnie businesses from the Federation period 1890 - 1910 when Burnie was at the height of its first economic boom. It is a compact, detailed and authentic display of buildings and everyday objects of the time. Adults $6.50 Concession $5.00 Children $2.50 Family (with up to three children) $15.00 We offer a special rate of $4.50 for group bookings of 25 people or more..  edit
  • Guide Falls, 19km south of Burnie, [3]. Best water flow in Winter and Spring  edit
  • Burnie Regional Art Gallery (Art Gallery), 77 - 79 Wilmot St (at the Burnie Arts and Function Centre), 6430 5875 (, fax: 6431 4114), [4]. 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday and 9am - 12 pm Sat. free.  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Burnie Shines, +61 (03)64305702 (), [5]. Month long arts and community events showcasing local visual and performing arts, as well as sporting events. Held annually every October  edit
  • Art Deco Trail, [7]. Art Deco maps are available from Makers' Workshop and Burnie City Council.  edit
  • Federation walks, (Start and finish at the Crest near the Burnie Regional Museum). Eleven Tasmanian Heritage listed buildings depicting the architecture of the Federation period. Brochures are available from the Pioneer Village Museum and the Makers' Workshop. There are two walks, one depicting domestic architecture and the other depicting city architecture. free.  edit

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • Cheese, 2 Bass Highway, Burnie (The Cheese Shop, Makers' Workshop), (03) 6430 5831. 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. Taste & buy the Tasmanian Heritage, Mersey Valley & Australian Gold range of cheese, Camemberts, Blues, Cheddars, Red Square Washed Rind cheeses made right here in Burnie. All cheese tastings finish 30 minutes prior to closing.  edit
  • Whisky (Hellyer Road Distillery), 153 Old Surrey Road, Burnie, 03 6433 0439, [8]. 7 days 10:00am to 4:30pm (closed public holidays). Whisky sales, distillery tours, tasting and cafe overlooking the Emu Valley.  edit
  • Hand made paper, 2 Bass Highway (Makers' workshop), (03) 6430 5885. Hand made paper for special gift-ware, including the famous "roo poo" paper. (-41.046368,145.900481) edit
  • Fresh produce (Burnie Farmers' Market), Anglesea St, Wivenhoe. First and third Saturday mornings of each month, from about 8:30 am. Fresh fruit and vegetables, hand made preserves, pastries, sour dough bread, meats.  edit


Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Another Mother, Cattley St. Healthy  edit
  • Hellyer Distillery, Old Surrey Road. Great whiskey and food  edit
  • Leonardoz, Main Road, Wivenhoe. Good meals and takeaway sushi  edit
  • Fish On The Edge, Main Road, Wivenhoe. Seafood  edit
  • Bayviews Restaurant, West Beach.  edit
  • Thai Smile, Shop 4/18 Terrylands St,Montello. Thai  edit
  • Rialto Gallery Restaurant, Wilmot St. Italian  edit
  • Taj Mahel, Alexander St. Indian  edit
  • Indian Corner and Tapas Bar, Wilson St. Indian  edit
  • Baltimore Restaurant, Old Burnie Railway Station.  edit
  • Raindrops Restaurant, North Terrace.  edit
  • Mandarin Palace, Wilson St. Chinese  edit
  • Mamma Rosas Pizzas, Ladbrooke St. Generous and tasty pizzas  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Beach Hotel, North Terrace. Good counter meals overlooking the sea  edit
  • Regent Hotel, North Terrace. Good steaks and salad bar  edit
  • Top of the Town Hotel, Mount St. Cheaper meals and poker machines  edit
  • Greens Hotel, Marine Terrace. Late night party venue for young people  edit
  • The Otis Room, Mount Street. Live music, late night party venue for all ages  edit
  • The Butter Factory, Marine Terrace. Live music venue, wood-fired pizzas  edit
  • Maginty's, Wilson St. Irish bar, live music  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Ikon Hotel, corner Mount and Wilmot streets. Quality accommodation in a restored historic building  edit

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