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Burnie is the fourth largest city in Tasmania, Australia, with a population around 20,000. It is located on the North West Coast of Tasmania.

West Beach

Once renowned as a single-industry town with scant concern for the environment, Burnie has undergone a significant transformation into an attractive coastal city with a diverse economy. Burnie retains an industrial deep-water port, but also enjoys the luxury of several attractive north-facing beaches upon which pleasant and functional public spaces have been and are being developed. Burnie is a good tourist location as it is fairly close to many great attractions, like the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, the Stanley Nut, the Mole Creek Karst National Park, and the Rocky Cape National Park.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

Regional Express flies to Burnie Airport from Melbourne up to 6 times a day. Burnie Airport is in the nearby town of Wynyard. Rental cars are available at the airport, as are taxis and a shuttle bus to Burnie.

By car[edit]

Burnie is 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. It will take around 40 minutes to drive from Devonport to Burnie, around 2 hours to drive from Launcesto] and around 4 hours to drive from Hobart.

Get around[edit]

Metro Tasmania operates scheduled bus services in the Burnie area, and services to Wynyard, Somerset, Penguin and Ulverstone. Timetables are available from Metrotas website [1] Fares are around $8 for a single one way trip, per person.


Tasmanian native hen at the Romaine Reserve, Burnie
  • Visitor Information Centre, 2 Bass Highway, Parklands (At the Makers' Workshop, see below).
  • Little Penguin Observation Centre, Parsonage Point (along the foreshore boardwalk), +61 437 436 803. Guides are present around sunset from September to March. Free.
  • Fernglade - few minutes drive east of the city, a ferny environment with picnic facilities, great for a BBQ and a walk along the banks of the Emu River.
  • Makers' Workshop, West Park, Bass Highway, +61 3 6430 7717. M-F 9AM-5PM, Sa Su 9AM-4PM. Tour times 9:30AM, 10AM, 10:30AM, 11AM, 11:30AM, 1PM, 1:30PM, 2PM, 2:30PM, 3:30PM. Includes Creative Paper Tasmania: a team of talented staff make beautiful handmade paper and paper gifts, with traditional, age old methods, including using roo droppings! Entry to the Makers Workshop is free. Creative Paper Tour prices $15 adult, $8 child, $12 concession, $40 family.
  • Burnie Regional Museum, Civic Centre Precinct, Little Alexander Street, +61 3 6430 5746. M-F 10AM-4:30PM. Formerly the Pioneer Village Museum, it contains an indoor street interpreting the environment of the period 1890-1910 when Burnie was at the height of its first economic boom. It also has free temporary exhibitions. $6.50 adults, concession $5.00, children $2.50.
  • Burnie Regional Art Gallery, 77 – 79 Wilmot Street Burnie, +61 3 6430 5875. M-F 10AM-4:30PM. Located in the basement of the Arts and Function centre, the Art Gallery has three galleries featuring temporary exhibitions. Free.
  • Emu Valley Rhododendron Garden, 55 Breffny Road, Romaine (turn left at Cascade Rd., 6 km south of Burnie on B18 and follow signs), +61 3 6433 1805, . Daily 9AM–5PM (closed Christmas Day and Good Friday). 13 hectares of gardens, featuring 23,000 rhododendrons and other plants. Peak flowering Sept–Nov. Tea rooms. Entry fee applies.


  • Heritage town walk - brochure from Visitor Centre.





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