When planning a visit to this beautiful location, be sure to check a car hire comparison website to find the best deal on a car rental if you choose to explore on your own versus using public transportation. As supplies are limited, reservations should be made well in advance. The airport is located in the nearby town of Wynward, an approximate 20-minute drive from Burnie, and has both Avis and Hertz counters.
The mild summers and cool, crisp winters make any time of year a good time to visit this port city located on the NW coast of Tasmania. Visitors will find plenty of both indoor and outdoor activity to occupy their time while here; most complain that there is more to see and do than there is time to fit it all in!
For those who prefer the indoors, Makers' Workshop is a must. Many of the crafts long-forgotten can be found here, from the hands-on experience of learning to make boutique paper, talk to the experts and sample some exotic cheeses at The Cheese Shop, to touring and tasting fine whiskeys. Be aware that most of the tours do have a modest fee.
Take a grand tour of the Burnie Regional Museum, which covers the life and times of early settlers with authentic buildings and artifacts, up through modern time. Individual and group rates as well as special rates for families apply. The Burnie Regional Art Gallery is free and displays some of Australia's finest artists and artisans with their unique styles and mediums.
And, of course, one must pay a visit to the main shopping district located in the central business district and spilling over onto the beach just a short block away. Name brands and uniquely local items can be found in both large and cozy small shops.
Being a coastal town, Burnie boasts three beaches, all safe for swimming or simply relaxing and rejuvenating. West Beach is situated just a block from downtown and is where most of the beach activity takes place. Connected via boardwalk to both the Makers' Workshop and the penguin habitat, its central locale makes it the ideal place to enjoy. The other two beaches are South Beach and Cooee Beach.
Fern Glade Reserve is a magical fairyland of a place found along the banks of the Emu River, where you may catch a glimpse of a platypus at play. More than a dozen species of native orchids grow along the pathways. Picnic and restroom facilities are available.