Located in the
heart of the North West Coast of Tasmania, Burnie is the Island
State’s fourth largest city. With seasonal
and year round attractions, Burnie is a must see on any tourist
map and the perfect base for exploring the beautiful Cradle
Wildlife is an important aspect of Burnie life, with the main
attractions being the Fernglade Platypus Trail and Little Penguin
Located only a few minutes drive from the city centre, Fernglade
is the ideal setting for a picnic lunch followed by platypus
The Little Penguin Observation Centre is situated
on the west side of Burnie Beach. It allows visitors to become
aware of these animals and experience their natural living environments.
The centre is open all year round, but penguins are only seen
for a few months of the year.
Burnie is host to a number of major sporting events, including
Australia’s premier road race, the Skilled Burnie Ten
(10km road race), held annually in October. Also popular is
Burnie’s New Years Day Sports carnival, which has been
attracting spectators and athletes for over 100 years.
The Emu Valley Rhododendron Gardens are located about 10km
south of Burnie. These award winning gardens are best seen in
Spring, although still picturesque during the Summer and Autumn
National Foods Tasmanian Cheese Tasting Centre is popular with
local and interstate visitors. Open Monday to Friday, you can
sample some of the world’s best cheeses, which are also
available for purchase. Tours of Lactos Cheese Factory are also
Some other attractions also include the Creative Paper Mill,
Australia’s largest hand-made paper-making mill, the Pioneer
Village Museum, depicting life from the early 1900’s,
and the Burnie Regional Art Gallery, displaying artworks by
local and interstate artists.