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Burnie

Wildlife, scenic splendour and a rich mix of artisanal goods are the big calling cards of this city on Tasmania’s northwest coast.

Burnie is a port city transformed. This former industrial heartland has turned itself into a creative hub of artisans producing everything from fine cheeses and whisky to paintings and sculptures. Overlooking the sea and flanked by native bush and waterfalls, the city’s impressive scenery provides plenty of outdoor escapes. Hike through a river valley, look for platypus and penguins and try some locally produced Tasmanian whisky.

Relax on any of Burnie’s three main beaches: Cooee, South Beach and West Beach. At the western end of West Beach, there is a treat in store for wildlife enthusiasts, the Little Penguin Observation Centre. Come here at dusk, from September to March, to see the flightless birds come ashore.

Burnie is a magnet for lovers of the outdoors. Less than 4 kilometres (2.5 miles) from the city centre is the Fern Glade Reserve. Stroll through the river valley along walking tracks lined by tree ferns and orchids. Try and spot platypus, and picnic and barbecue in the designated areas. Drive about 19 kilometres (11.8 miles) south of Burnie for the Guide Falls, an easily accessible waterfall. Wind down in one of the city’s own green spaces, such as the Emu Valley Rhododendron Garden.

Burnie’s other big draw is its creativity. Visit the Burnie Regional Art Gallery for exhibitions of arts and crafts by Tasmanian and other Australian artists. Stop by the Makers' Workshop and meet some of the artisans who work on site, including cheese makers and painters. Have a go at making paper, a tradition that has been alive in the city for decades. Tour Hellyers Rd Distillery, which lays claim to being Australia's largest single malt whisky producer.

Other city attractions include the Burnie Regional Museum. Among the exhibits is a replica of an early 20th-century street where stores are filled with period furniture and memorabilia.

To get to Burnie, fly into Devonport from the Australian mainland or sail on the Spirit of Tasmania. Then rent a car for the 30-minute drive to the city and enjoy days of outdoor adventures and cultural pursuits.


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P5,516
Beachfront Voyager Motor Inn

Beachfront Voyager Motor Inn

9 North Terrace, Burnie
3.8
of 5, from 6 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated near the beach, this motel is within a 10-minute walk of Burnie Waterfront Boardwalk, Burnie Arts & Function Centre, and Maker's Workshop Information Centre. Little Penguin Observation Centre and Burnie Park are also within 1 mi (2 km).

P4,243
Burnie City Apartments

Burnie City Apartments

22 Marine Terrace, Burnie
4.0
of 5, from 1 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Burnie, this luxury apartment is within a 15-minute walk of Burnie Arts & Function Centre and Burnie Waterfront Boardwalk. Maker's Workshop Information Centre and Little Penguin Observation Centre are also within 1 mi (2 km).

P3,621
Burnie Ocean View Motel and Holiday Caravan Park

Burnie Ocean View Motel and Holiday Caravan Park

253 Bass Highway, Burnie
3.8
of 5, from 12 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Offering direct access to the beach, this Burnie motel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Burnie Golf Club, Memorial Park, and Burnie Park. Somerset Beach and Little Penguin Observation Centre are also within 3 mi (5 km).

P4,080
Apartments Downtown

Apartments Downtown

52 Alexander Street, Burnie
4.3
of 5, from 3 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Burnie, this apartment is within a 10-minute walk of Burnie Arts & Function Centre and Burnie Waterfront Boardwalk. Maker's Workshop Information Centre and Hellyers Road Distillery are also within 6 mi (10 km).

Hide-away Cottage Retreat

Hide-away Cottage Retreat

500 Ridgley Highway, Burnie
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated near the airport, this cottage is 2.5 mi (4.1 km) from Emu Valley Rhododendron Garden and within 6 mi (10 km) of Hellyers Road Distillery and Guide Falls Alpaca and Animal Park.

P4,870
Wellers Inn

Wellers Inn

36 Queen Street, Burnie
3.5
of 5, from 4 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated by the ocean, this motel is within a 10-minute walk of Burnie Arts & Function Centre, Burnie Waterfront Boardwalk, and Maker's Workshop Information Centre. Burnie Park and Little Penguin Observation Centre are also within 15 minutes.

P4,649
The Menai Hotel Motel

The Menai Hotel Motel

20 Edwardes Street, Burnie
2.7
of 5, from 7 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated near the airport, this motel is 1 mi (1.7 km) from Burnie Arts & Function Centre and within 6 mi (10 km) of Fern Glade Reserve and Emu Valley Rhododendron Garden. Guide Falls Alpaca and Animal Park is 10.9 mi (17.5 km) away.

P5,487
Beach Hotel

Beach Hotel

1 Wilson Street, Burnie
5.0
of 5, from 1 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Burnie, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Burnie Waterfront Boardwalk, Burnie Arts & Function Centre, and Maker's Workshop Information Centre. Little Penguin Observation Centre and Burnie Park are also within 15 minutes.