Burnie is a diversified and creative city that overlooks the beautiful stretch of Tasmania’s north-west coast. The city has a proud industrial past and is a vibrant place to visit with a dynamic cultural life featuring galleries, performances and community events.
The best place to see local craft and artisans at work is at the Makers Workshop, part contemporary museum, part arts centre, gallery and craft workshop – where you can also meet the makers.
Take a downtown stroll and find a vibrant mix of shops and eateries that spill onto the beach for fresh coffee, seafood and local produce.
For nature lovers or those just wanting to stretch their legs, there are several waterfalls on the city’s edge, beautiful bushwalks and the stunning 12-hectare Emu Valley Rhododendron Garden. Also nearby is Fern Glade Nature Reserve, home to a natural platypus sanctuary located along the Emu River.
The industrial history of Burnie and the surrounding north-west region can be explored at the Burnie Regional Museum where you can wander a replica Federation street and see how ordinary people lived more than 100 years ago.
Burnie also produces some of the world’s best whisky at Hellyers Road Distillery, Australia’s largest boutique whisky distillery.