Burnie Nestled on the shore of Emu Bay,Burnie enjoys a cool temperate climate with great beaches and is the regional centre , servicing the West Coast, Cradle Mountain, Stanley, Smithton and the north west wilderness areas.
For 75 years Burnie was a paper town, but mass production ceased in 2010. Manufacturing and the deep water port (particularly the increasing number of cruise ships) keep industry humming but it’s the locally made cheese and whiskey that’s attracting attention.
There are cafes, galleries and interesting shops in town and the hills hide beautiful parks, waterfalls, trout fishing and wildlife.
Burnie is also host to two of the largest family friendly events in Tasmania. Join thousands of families celebrating New Year’s Eve on Burnie’s Waterfront and Kids in the Park on Easter Sunday at Burnie Park. A visit to Makers' Workshop will show you how paper is made and other artists will display their craft and tell you about it.
The Burnie Regional Museum takes you back in time to what it was like to live there 100 years ago, with interactive displays for kids to keep them entertained.
A short drive away you will find the gorgeous Emu Valley Rhododendron Garden which is a great spot for a nice relaxing picnic.
During summer the long sandy West Beach in Burnie is lifeguard patrolled regularly, so the little ones have somewhere safe to swim! Around dusk from October to March, Little Penguins noisily waddle ashore at Burnie to nest in their burrows, and every evening during the season there is a free interpretative tour for visitors to learn more about these interesting and cute animals. The kids will be sure to love it.
Things to do in the area include: