Founded in 1827, Burnie is a historic port city overlooking the Bass Strait where you’ll discover unique wilderness experiences, farm-to-table dining and vintage and artisan shopping opportunities. Along with pristine beaches, Burnie features an award-winning distillery, Art Deco architecture and tranquil parklands.
Things to do in Burnie
Taste some of Australia’s best whisky at the Hellyers Road Distillery, where the award-winning single malt is paired beautifully with Emu Valley vistas. Afterwards, duck into the Cheese Shop to learn the proud tradition of cheese making in Burnie and taste delicious varieties, from Camemberts and Cheddars to Blue Cheeses and unique batches.
Are you a nature lover? Drive about 15 minutes to the Emu Valley Rhododendron Garden, where you can stroll an 11-hectare landscaped garden with over 20,000 plants, including vibrant rhododendrons. Alternatively, get out amongst nature with a hike around Guide Falls, about 19 kilometres from Burnie, or let the kids run wild on the playgrounds at Burnie Park.
If you need a beach break, head to one of Burnie’s three popular beaches. West Beach is the most convenient, located right near the CBD, while South Beach is a bit more laid back and Cooee Beach has reef within swimming distance from the sand. Don’t forget to soak up the views of Burnie and its beaches from Roundhill Lookout, best viewed during sunrise or sunset.
Wander around Burnie’s CBD to visit the Burnie Regional Museum and see historical artefacts from Burnie’s earliest days. You can also see local paintings, drawings and sculptures at the Burnie Regional Art Gallery or see live theatre and music at the Burnie Arts & Function Centre.
Getting around Burnie
Burnie Airport is about 20 minutes’ drive from Burnie and has daily flights from Melbourne and Launceston. Burnie’s town centre is easily explored on foot and there are public buses. However, a private car is best for exploring outside of town.