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 popular tourist location as it is 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.
Burnie is on the Bass Highway, which is part of Highway 1. It will take around 40 minutes to drive from Devonport to Burnie, around 2 hours to drive from Launceston and around 4 hours to drive from Hobart. The Bass Highway between East Devonport and Burnie is a freeway, but the drive east of Devonport is a two-lane undivided highway.
Travellers 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.
Metro Tasmania operates scheduled bus services in the Burnie area, and services to Wynyard, Somerset, Penguin and Ulverstone. Timetables are available from Metrotas website  Fares are around $8 for a single one-way trip, per person.
- Visitor Information Hub - Operating during cruise ship season in the cultural precinct Plaza, Burnie.
- Little Penguin Observation Centre, Parsonage Point (along the foreshore boardwalk), ☏ . Guides are present around sunset from October to March. Free.
- Fernglade - just a 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. 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
- Guide Falls - An easy and picturesque 20-minute drive south of Burnie, Guide Falls Reserve is a popular picnic attraction with tables and bbq amenities. Best water flow in Winter and Spring.
- Burnie Regional Museum, Civic Centre Precinct, Little Alexander Street, ☏ . Formerly the Pioneer Village Museum, contains an indoor exhibition known as Federation Street, it interprets the environment of the period 1890-1910 when Burnie was at the height of its first economic boom. It also has other free temporary exhibitions.
- Burnie Regional Art Exhibitions, 77 – 79 Wilmot Street Burnie, ☏ . The Arts and Function centre, or nearby Intersection art space feature temporary exhibitions from time to time. Free.
- Emu Valley Rhododendron Garden, 55 Breffny Road, Romaine (turn left at Cascade Rd., 6 km south of Burnie on B18 and follow signs), ☏ , email@example.com. 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 - Walking tours
- Thai Smile Cafe and Takeaway, 53 Mount St, ☏ .
- Dave's Noodles, 129 Wilson Street.
- The Foreshore, 2 North Terrace (Burnie Surf Club Building), ☏ , firstname.lastname@example.org. A variety of fish and chips, seafood and salad options.
- Bayviews Restaurant & Lounge Bar (On top of Fish Frenzy), ☏ . M–W 5PM–late, Th–Sa noon–late. Very nice food, or just for drinks.
- Indian Tandoor House, 6 Alexander Street, ☏ . Daily 5PM–9PM. Best Indian in town.
- food + brew, 1 Cattley Street (on the corner of Marine Terrace), ☏ , email@example.com. M–W 7:30–3:30PM, Th F 7:30AM–late, Sa Su 8:30AM–late. Good for coffee, drinks and meals for all sized groups.
- Hellyers Road Distillery - Makes whisky and also has a cafe and restaurant.
- 1 Beach Hotel Burnie, 1 Wilson St, ☏ . Check-in: noon, check-out: 10AM.
- 2 Burnie Central Townhouse Hotel, 139 Wilson St, ☏ . Check-in: 2PM, check-out: 10AM.