The town of Burnie in Tasmania enjoys sixteen hours of sunlight in the summer – as do many other towns in that island state. That is much more than the rest of Australia can boast, so if you cross the Tasman to visit Tasmania you will have plenty of time to enjoy all that it offers.
Burnie is located on the North West coast of Tasmania approximately 130km from beautiful Launceston and 296km from Hobart. There are many beautiful, natural sights to see such as penguins, platypus, and alpacas in Burnie, amazing when not that many years ago it was an environmental disaster due to the various manufacturing industries there.
It is amazing what concerned local residents can do to prevent environmental damage and to reverse that damage after it has happened. These days the wildlife is safe and secure and provides many happy memories for tourists.
Where to Stay in Burnie
Burnie Holiday Caravan Park on the Bass Highway at Cooee is the obvious accommodation solution for those who travel with their Goldstream RV across the Tasman to visit this beautiful part of Australia. Here you will find a heated pool and free Wi-Fi and a camp kitchen with a gas oven, not to mention barbecues, for those times you want to enjoy cooking outside of your caravan.
For those with motor homes or caravans that are completely self contained there is free parking with a 5 night limit at Cooee Point, right on the coast at Burnie.
Just 6km out of Burnie you can find with its 12 acres of gardens, cabins and 42 powered sites for caravans. It also has a licensed restaurant onsite.
There is also the Burnie Ocean View Motel and Caravan Park – found at 253 Bass Highway – with plenty of sites for caravans at the back of the motel.
What to See in Burnie
The little penguins and platypus are now a feature of Burnie, having been rehabilitated after nearly being wiped out in the ’90s. The penguins come back from their day at sea about an hour before dark to their colonies, so this is the best time to see them – unless you are an early riser and can catch them as they leave for their fishing trip.
There are many local industries such as cheese and whiskey making, paper-making and many other crafts and arts. You can actually go and watch artisans as they make many beautiful items simply by attending the Makers Workshop in Burnie. And of course, there are many scenic walks in the area as well as public gardens to be enjoyed by all.
If you’ve been to Burnie, we’d love you to share your tips in the Comments section below.