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Burnie, Tasmania: Visitor Information

Burnie is a picturesque coastal city in the northwestern region of Tasmania, Australia. With a population of around 20,000, Burnie is known for its stunning natural beauty, rich history, and vibrant arts scene. Whether you're a nature lover, a history enthusiast, or a culture buff, Burnie has something to offer for everyone.


  • Emu Valley Rhododendron Garden: This stunning garden covers 11 hectares and boasts a collection of over 22,000 rhododendrons, making it the largest rhododendron garden in the southern hemisphere.
  • Burnie Regional Museum: Discover Burnie's rich history and heritage at this museum, which houses a collection of around 30,000 items.
  • Lillico Beach Conservation Area: Take a stroll along the boardwalk and spot the local penguins, as well as other native wildlife such as echidnas and wallabies.
  • Makers' Workshop: This arts and cultural centre showcases the work of local artists and craftspeople, and also offers hands-on workshops and demonstrations.


  • Burnie Coastal Art Trail: Follow this 22-kilometre trail and admire the stunning outdoor artworks that are dotted along Burnie's coastline.
  • Table Cape Tulip Farm: Visit this picturesque farm during tulip season (September-October) and see over 110 acres of colourful tulips in bloom.
  • Crater Lake Circuit: Hike this 5-kilometre loop track and be rewarded with stunning panoramic views of Cradle Mountain and the surrounding wilderness.
  • Coastal Drive: Take a leisurely drive along Burnie's scenic coastal road and stop at various lookout points to admire the views.


Burnie hosts a variety of events throughout the year, catering to both locals and visitors alike. Some of the most popular events include:

  • Emu Valley Rhododendron Garden Open Day: Held in October, this is a great opportunity to see the rhododendrons in full bloom and enjoy a range of live entertainment and food stalls.
  • Burnie Shines: This month-long festival (in November) celebrates all things Burnie, with a jam-packed program of events including concerts, markets, and exhibitions.
  • Burnie Australia Day Celebrations: Held on 26th January, this event features a range of family-friendly activities including live music, face painting, and a fireworks display.

Getting There

Burnie is located around 40 kilometres from Devonport, which is a major transport hub in Tasmania. If you're travelling from interstate, you can fly into Devonport or Launceston and then hire a car or take a bus to Burnie. There are also regular coach services that run between Burnie and other major Tasmanian cities such as Hobart and Launceston.


Burnie offers a range of accommodation options to suit all budgets and preferences. Some of the most popular options include:

  • Beachfront Voyager Motor Inn: This 4-star motel is located opposite the beach and offers spacious, modern rooms with stunning ocean views.
  • Ikon Hotel: This boutique hotel is housed in a beautifully restored heritage building and offers luxurious rooms and suites.
  • Burnie Ocean View Motel and Holiday Rentals: This budget-friendly motel offers a range of self-contained apartments and holiday homes, perfect for families or larger groups.

Start planning your trip to Burnie now and discover why it's one of Tasmania's most charming and captivating coastal cities!

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