The City of Burnie is nestled on the shores of Emu Bay on Tasmania’s north west coast. Burnie has a proud industrial past and is a gateway to Tasmania’s wilderness with fantastic beaches, pure air, rich agricultural land, great produce and endless experiences.
There is no escaping the presence of a busy container port, the rail hub or the skeleton of ‘The Pulp’ lining the highway around Emu Bay on the eastern approach to Burnie. Burnie’s early settlement advanced as a port town with the paper mill evolving over 75 years, manufacturing high volumes of paper for world markets.
The growth of the City created by the port and the paper mill has left behind examples of art deco architecture and federation streets that you can explore on foot. The Pulp Paper Trail on the foreshore opposite the old paper mill site honours the men and women who worked there.
As you walk through the main streets of the city, fantastic food is available in Burnie’s great choice of restaurants and cafes. Glimpses of the sea to the north lead you to Burnie’s foreshore.
West Beach connects by boardwalk to the Penguin Observation centre, where the Little Penguins renew their colony at dusk from October to March each year. The welcome addition of the University of Tasmania Cradle Coast Campus creates an invigorating space of learning and nature.
For nature lovers or those just wanting to stretch their legs, there are several waterfalls on the city’s edge, beautiful bushwalks, lookouts and reserves spread across the city.
Fern Glade Reserve, a 60 Great Short Walk for Tasmania, is a natural platypus sanctuary along the Emu River. Not far up the road is the stunning Emu Valley Rhododendron Garden, an 11ha woodland garden dedicated to the conservation and showcasing of acres of mature rhododendrons.
Hellyers Road Distillery is the producer of one of the finest single malt whiskies in the world. Go behind the scenes and tour the working distillery. Smell the ingredients, see the latest batch distilling, visit the bond store filled with American oak barrels and understand everything there is to know about the range of Hellyers Road products and Henry Hellyer himself – the man behind the name and the location of the city. While you’re there, take in the stunning views and enjoy a meal in the restaurant.
Another opportunity to get back to nature is at Guide Fall Farm. A rustic, hands on family farm and animal park open to the public. Have cuddles in the baby animal nursery, feed the pigs, swing on giant swings, or just wander the expansive native gardens meeting and greeting all the friendly animals. Bring a picnic or sit and relax in the paddock to plate restaurant experience.
There are plenty of places to stay around the city and scenic drives east and west of Burnie hug the coast and cross a patchwork landscape of farms dotted with boutique producers and coastal experiences.