Burnie, Tasmania, Australia

Tasmania is an island state located south east of the Australian mainland. Burnie is Tasmania’s most westerly city, located on the North West Coast about 40 minutes from Devonport. It has a northerly aspect and is nestled around Emu Bay on Bass Strait.

The 20,000 residents enjoy a vibrant shopping district that spills onto the beach for seafood and coffee. Burnie has surprising restaurants and cafés to linger in. It has a dynamic cultural life, galleries, performances, exhibitions and community events.

Fantastic food is made in Burnie like whisky and cheese. The best milk in the world for cheese making is produced in the area. There are well stocked delis to tempt you with gourmet treats.

Burnie’s hills hide impressive gardens and parks, and it is surrounded by beautiful beaches, sparkling water and fresh air. In some areas people live in perfect art deco or federation homes and public spaces featuring buildings by contemporary Tasmanian architects and designers. But there is no escaping the presence of a busy container port, the rail hub or the factory framework lining the highway around Emu Bay on the eastern approach to Burnie. A factory which evolved over 75 years manufacturing high volumes of paper for world markets.

In its hey day “The Pulp” employed 3500 people, and after 75 years of supporting the families of Burnie, the mill finally ceased operation in June 2010.


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Cradle Mountain

Cradle Mountain is located at the northern end of Cradle Mountain — Lake St Clair National Park, one of the most popular natural areas in Tasmania. Its jagged peaks and contours are truly captivating. Take a leisurely walk around Dove Lake and enjoy views from below, or if you’re feeling a little more energetic, hike up towards the summit.

Burnie Regional Museum

Step back in time, approximately 100 years with a visit to the Burnie Regional Museum. The Museum reflects Burnie’s streetscape in the 1890’s, when it was at the height of its economic boom. You can see a spectacular display of rare and interesting objects in authentic settings. Burnie Regional Museum’s indoor historical street was the first to be recreated in Australia and is still ranked among the best.

Visit Local Attractions

Two popular attractions in Burnie are the Emu Valley Rhododendron Garden and the Annsleigh Gardens and Conservatory Tea Room. Spend the day strolling through spectacular landscapes adorned with lavish flowers. Annsleigh Gardens features a miniature English thatched cottage complete with a working waterwheel and stream. Each garden also has a tearoom where you can enjoy refreshments.


Getting Around

Taxis are not available pier-side, however, they are available throughout the town.


Burnie’s sensational regional wineries and dining experiences give a whole new take to the meaning of “fresh produce”. Here the vegetables are likely to have come straight from a nearby paddock, and the oysters from the local marine farm. Quarantine authorities do not generally allow food such as fruit and vegetables, dairy and meat products and sandwiches to be taken off the ship however commercially packaged confectionery, chips and bottled drinking water are allowed subject to inspection.


Shopping is available along Wilson Street, where you’ll find a variety of Tasmanian timber and lavender products, wildlife images and award-winning Lactos cheeses.


Burnie’s average summer temperature ranges from 12-21 degrees with around 16 hours of sunlight per day. In winter, temperatures range from 6-13 degrees with only eight hours of sunlight. Burnie averages 994mm of rainfall per year.

Credit Cards

Major credit cards and charge cards are widely accepted. Automatic teller machines can provide currency to foreign card holders.


Public telephones and internet access are available in various locations around Burnie town centre. Mobile coverage is generally available.

What To Wear Ashore

To make your day ashore as enjoyable as possible, please wear comfortable flat soled shoes, lightweight clothing and a hat. You are also advised to bring sunscreen and bottled water.

Shore Tours

There are a range of tours available for you to really get the most out of your time in Burnie. Tours can be booked onboard at the shore tours desk and are subject to availability. Passengers are required to meet at a specific location for each shore tour departure. Please refer to your tour ticket for the correct time and place.