Meet the makers, indulge in art, food, coastal views, visits to nearby gardens and bush-walks. This vibrant port-side town is a creative hub!

Hellyers Road Distillery


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 tasting, 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 whisky at the cellar door.

Look out for the 12-hectare Emu Valley Rhododendron Garden 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.


Burnie Visitor Information Centre/Makers Workshop

2 Bass Highway, Burnie City Council
Tel: (03) 6430 5831
Fax: (03) 6431 3896
Email: makersworkshop@burnie.net
Open: 9am – 5pm, 7 days a week.

How to Get There

Air (Interstate Access)

REGIONAL EXPRESS, Melbourne – Burnie Airport, Wynyard.
Tel: 13 17 13

Air (Intrastate Access)

TASAIR, Hobart – Burnie Airport. Tel: 1800 062 900


REDLINE COACHES, Tel: 1300 360 000

METRO BUSES, Tel: (03) 6233 4232

Road (self-drive)

From Devonport take the A1 Bass Highway. From the West Coast take the A10 then B26.

Travelling distances and times to nearby towns

Burnie to: Devonport – 47km (35 min), Stanley – 78km (1 hour), Strahan – 181km (2 hours 15 min), Waratah – 63km (55 min).


Backpackers, caravan parks and cabins, hotels and motels, self-contained apartments and units. Advance bookings recommended all year round.

Motor Homes

Fully self-contained vehicles can stay free overnight, maximum five nights, at Cooee Point, Bass Highway, Cooee. Permits are required and can be obtained from the Makers Workshop. Tel: (03) 6430 5831.

Designated Sullage Point

Cooee Point, Bass Highway, Cooee


The City of Burnie offers free public Wi-Fi services in specific areas of the central city and at the Burnie-Wynyard airport, which are designed to allow tourists and locals to access the internet.

Online Access Centre, Alexander Street inside LINC (State Library), Burnie. Tel: (03) 6434 6412.

Banks & ATMs

ANZ Bank and ATM, 16 Cattley Street, Burnie.

B & E Branch, 57 Wilson Street, Burnie.

Bendigo Bank and ATM, Cnr Wilson & Cattley Street, Burnie.

Commonwealth Bank and ATM, 53 Wilson Street, Burnie.

My State Financial and ATM, 47 Wilson Street, Burnie.

NAB and ATM, 37 Cattley Street, Burnie.

Westpac Bank and ATM, 93 Wilson Street, Burnie.

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