BURNIE is an attractive, port city in north western Tasmania. It is the fourth largest city in Tasmania and has much accommodation and facilities, including an airport. The town of Wynyard is just west of Burnie. The attractions include many Victorian and Art Deco buildings, parks, a foreshore with penguin viewing, plus a museum and the famous Makers Workshop. Just south of Burnie are the rhododendron gardens and the lovely Guide Falls. Fortunately too, all of these attractions are easy to access.
Burnie is also within an hour of many places of interest. From Burnie you are within 30 minutes of DEVONPORT, EMU VALLEY GARDENS, LATROBE, GUIDE FALLS, GUNNS PLAINS CAVE, Mt ROLAND, PENGUIN, ROCKY CAPE, ULVERSTONE and SHEFFIELD.
You are within one hour of LEVEN CANYON, SMITHTON, STANLEY, SHEFFIELD, WARATAH and the TARKINE DRIVE. From Wynyard Airport you can fly to KING ISLAND. Nearby places are described in the NORTH WEST-TARKINE REGION page.
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FACILITIES: Burnie has the fourth largest shopping precinct in Tasmania. There is much accommodation in BURNIE and some accommodation in WYNYARD.
TOURIST information is located at 2 Bass Highway, Burnie. The telephone number is (03) 6430 5831 or the internet contact is www.discoverburnie.net or www.burnie.net More tourist information can be gleaned from the following sources:
EMU VALLEY Rhododendron Gardens (03) 6433 1805 the internet contact is www.emuvalleyrhodo.com.au
MAKERS of BURNIE Workshop telephone (03) 6430 5853 or contact www.makersworkshop.com.au
PENGUIN VIEWING telephone (03) 0437 436 803
PRIVATE TOUR GUIDES telephone (03) 6430 5831
SIGHTS: Burnie is Tasmania's fourth largest city and it is the commercial hub of the North West. Burnie is both a great place to stay and a great place from which to visit many other attractions. I have listed these attractions below. TABLE CAPE and WYNYARD are very close to Burnie.
In recent times Burnie reinvented itself from being an industrial town into an attractive tourist town, so there is much to see in Burnie itself. These attractions and their locations are discussed below.
A stroll through the Burnie CBD reveals many Victorian and Art Deco buildings, which house many boutique shops and restaurants. The areas to note are shown in the map below. Note that some attractions are located outside the viewing area, so that you will have to use the Google larger view to appreciate these.
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ANNSLEIGH GARDENS is a lovely garden about 8 kilometres south of Burnie at 4 Metaira Road Ridgley. Telephone (03) 6435 7229 or contact www.annsleighgardens.com.au From the CBD follow Mount Street to the south. This becomes the B18 Ridgley Highway, which you follow to the Gardens.
BURNIE CBD is the commercial hub and is bounded by North Terrace, Marine Terrace and Alexander Street. It is just north of where the A1 Bass Highway turns to the coast. Burnie CBD includes many Victorian and Art Deco buildings, plus the Pioneer Village in Little Alexander Street to the west of the CBD. I have mark the car parks and public toilets on my map for your convenience. For the Art Deco building tour of Burnie contact www.artdecotasmania.com.au
BURNIE FORESHORE borders along the northern edge of the Burnie CBD and is visible from it. Burnie has a great beach and you can walk westwards along it to the MAKERS of BURNIE WORKSHOP. This displays a large number of very exotic crafts. It is also the tourist information centre. Near the Makers is a PENGUIN viewing platform, where you can see penguins nesting at dusk.
BURNIE PARK is a lovely park with numerous floral displays and an interesting short walk along the creek. It is about a kilometre west of the Burnie CBD on the A1 Bass Highway.
BURNIE REGIONAL MUSEUM is located at Little Alexander Street, Burnie. It shows pioneer life 100 years ago. Telephone (03) 6430 5746 or www.burnieregionalmuseum.net
EMU VALLEY RHODODENDRON GARDEN is a very beautiful valley which specializes in rhododendrons. The telephone is (03) 6433 1805 or www.emuvalleyrhodo.com.au It is about 5 kilometres south of Burnie. From the Burnie CBD drive south on Mount Street. Alternatively, drive east on the A1 Bass Highway to edge of the city, until you see the sign for C112 Old Surrey Road. Follows this south for about 7 kilometres, until you reach the Gardens.
FERNGLADE PLATYPUS WALK is on the eastern edge of Burnie. It is a large river park, where you can see platypuses. Drive east on the A1 Bass Highway to edge of the city, until you will see the sign pointing south to C112 Old Surrey Road. Follows this south for about a kilometre, until Fernglade Road divides to the east. Follow Fernglade Road to the Park.
GUIDE FALLS is a beautiful waterfall within very easy access of its car park. It is a bit further to the south of the Annsleigh Gardens. From the CBD follow Mount Street to the south. Mount Street becomes the B18 Ridgley Highway, which you follow for about 12 kilometres to the small town of Ridgley. Just south of Ridgley turn west onto West Ridgley Road and follow it for about 2 kilometres to the Falls.
MAKER'S WORKSHOP includes the Visitor Centre, a range of crafts, a cheese tasting shop and a paper making tour. It is located on the western side at 2 Bass Highway, Burnie. The telephone is (03) 6430 5831 or www.discoverburnie.net
MOUNT STREET LOOKOUT has great views of the Burnie area. From the CBD just drive straight down Mount Street and climb the hill to the lookout. Be careful to stay on Mount Street, when it crosses the A1 Bass Highway, which runs just south of the Burnie CBD.
- EMU VALLEY
- GUIDE FALLS
1/ Burnie is on the coast of north west Tasmania. This photo shows the view from the Mount Street lookout. You can see that Burnie was founded as a port. A large ocean liner was docked in the port that day.
2/ This is the view to the east of the Burnie CBD and port precinct.
3/ This pretty Victorian era mansion in Wilson Street is now used by the police. The Burnie police headquarters are to the left and the council house is to the right.
4/ The Council House was built in a attractive, modern style with clean lines and spacious windows.
5/ Burnie still has many Federation era buildings like this former bank building.
6/ Wilson Street is in the heart of the CBD. It looks down to the foreshore and is dominated by modern buildings. It has been stylishly decorated. On a stormy day you can see an unusual illusion. The crashing waves of the sea below, seem to come up the street.
7/ This is the Club Hotel in Wilmot Street. It is a great example of the Federation era style of hotel.
8/ St Lukes is an attractive example of the Federation era style of office building.
9/ The Baptist Church in Mount Street is an attractive example of a Federation style church.
10/ Greens Hotel on Marine Terrace is a good example of the Victorian era style of hotel.
11/ In the port of Burnie you can see ships being loaded with wood chips and containers.
12/ In Marine Terrace is also this great example of a Federation style office building. The grey building to the right is an example of the Art Deco style of small office.
13/ As you approach the Burnie CBD you pass the attractive Star of the Sea Catholic church and school. It is a great example of the Federation style of school building.
14/ This is the attractive entrance to the Star of the Sea church and school.
15/ This is a closer view of the Star of the Sea school building.
16/ Burnie also has some great examples of Art Deco buildings. This is a government office in Spring Street. It shows the clean lines of Art Deco.
17/ This view shows the entrance of this Art Deco building. Note how the lines and windows are in perfect balance.
18/ Burnie also has some great examples of modern buildings like Reece House in Mount Street.
19/ This is the attractive Anglican Church in Mount Street. It is in the Federation style, but note how the modern office building to the right has had to blend in colour with it. Just beyond this area is the Burnie Historic Village, which I have yet to visit.
20/ Burnie has some great hill suburbs that have spectacular views of the sea.
20/ This is Burnie Park. It has many play machines for children and a lovely pond.
22/ This is the lovely pond at Burnie Park. It is the residence of a happy group of ducks. Just beyond this view is the old Burnie Inn.
23/ This is the old Burnie Inn. It dates back to 1845 and is the oldest inn in Burnie. Note how it still has its shingle roof.
24/ This photo shows the Tiers Mountains, which are just to the south of Burnie.
25/ From the lookout you can see the rich, green dairy lands near Burnie.
26/ This telephoto shot shows a dairy farm near Burnie.
27/ This photo looks across the above dairy farm to the Tiers Mountains to the south of Burnie.
1/ This view shows the Burnie foreshore on a stormy day. The view is looking towards the east and the harbour. Burnie has some first class beaches.
2/ This is the Bay Renaissance building an up market condominium on North Terrace. It has spectacular views of the Burnie Beach and the sea beyond. There is a very interesting geological rock strata just to the left of this complex.
3/ The Beach Hotel is adjacent to the beach. To the left is the Bay Renaissance complex.
4/ This is the modern Surf Club building. It dominates Burnie Beach and contains a large restaurant, toilets and change rooms. There is now a lovely fountain in front of it.
5/ This is the octopus fountain in front of the Surf Club. Beyond are the sands of Burnie Beach.
6/ This is another view of the lovely octopus fountain at the Surf Club.
7/ This view looks east across Burnie Beach towards the port.
8/ Burnie Beach is a popular swimming venue. The children playing would be locals, who like swimming in 20 degree temperatures.
9/ This view looks west across Burnie Beach. The board walk leads to the distant Makers of Burnie workshop. Near this is a penguin viewing point.
10/ A boardwalk leads all the way to the beach.
11/ Penguin viewing hides are located at the western end of the beach at Burnie. From inside them you can get good views of the penguins at dusk.
1/ The Emu Valley Rhododendron Garden is located south of Burnie in north west Tasmania. It is a magical world of color in the spring and autumn. This photo shows the view from the lake looking back towards the lodge.
2/ This photo is looking across the lake of the Emu Valley Rhododendron Garden to the Japanese Garden.
3/ This image shows another view of the bridge into the Japanese Garden.
4/ This is a beautiful view of the rotunda in spring that you see in the Emu Valley Rhododendron Garden near Burnie.
5/ This is another view showing the extreme range of shapes and colors that are exhibited by the Emu Valley Rhododendron Garden.
6/ This photo shows the brilliant colors of autumn seen in the Emu Valley Rhododendron Garden near Burnie.
7/ This photo shows a glade of textures and colors set out by poles. It is spectacular addition to the Emu Valley Rhododendron Garden near Burnie.
8/ The photo shows the bridge and rotunda in the lovely colors of spring. Spring is the best time to visit the Emu Valley Rhododendron Garden.
9/ This photo shows the lake in the Japanese Garden in the beautiful colors of spring.
10/ The tea house shows the classic, ancient Japanese style of ornamentation and colors. It was built with the assistance of Japanese artists and gardeners. It shows the great variety of artistic shapes and colors achieved by the Emu Valley Rhododendron Garden near Burnie.
11/ This photo shows a classic spring view of Japanese, cherry blossoms over the Japanese tea house in the Emu Valley Rhododendron Garden.
12/ This photo shows cherry blossoms blooming in the Japanese Garden.
13/ This shows the great profusion of shapes and colors seen in the Japanese Garden.
1/ The Guide Falls are south of Burnie in north western Tasmania. To reach the falls from the car park, you just follow a path adjacent to the creek up to Guide Falls.
2/ The flow of the creek steadily grows, as you approach Guide Falls.
3/ You can gauge the height of the Guide Falls from this photo, as the people seen are very close to it.
4/ This is another view of Guide Falls.
5/ Guide Falls has two drops. Down from the main Falls is this smaller drop.