Burnie is a port city with an industrial past that has reinvented itself as a vibrant and creative city on a beautiful stretch of Tasmania's North West Coast.
Nestled around Emu Bay on Bass Strait, Burnie has been an industrial centre for most of its existence. Since the closure of its paper pulp mill, the city has taken a creative approach to promoting itself and the many makers who call it home.
The best place to see local craft and artisans at work is at the Makers Workshop, part contemporary museum, part arts centre, gallery and craft workshop - where you can also meet the makers. You'll find paper making, cheese making, whisky making, ceramics, textiles, glass, print makers, painters, sculptors and lots more. Have a chat about what they're making or see their objects for sale in the gift shop.
Take a beachside and downtown stroll and find a vibrant mix of shops and eateries serving up fresh coffee, seafood and local produce. Burnie has an art deco flavour, with fine architectural examples that you can explore on foot.
The industrial history of Burnie and the surrounding North West region can be explored at the Burnie Regional Museum where you can wander a replica Federation street and see how ordinary people lived more than 100 years ago.
Burnie also produces award-winning cheese and at Hellyers Rd Distillery, Australia's largest boutique whisky distillery, you can sample some of the world's best whiskey at the cellar door.
Look out for the 12-hectare Emu Valley Rhododendron Garden (Aug-Feb) on the way.
There are plenty of places to stay in town and scenic drives east and west of Burnie hug the coast and cross a patchwork landscape of farms dotted with boutique producers and coastal surprises.
Burnie is a 30-min drive (49 km) west of Devonport.
- Behind the city are several waterfalls and interesting bushwalks, including Guide Falls to the south.