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Cruises to Burnie

Burnie (Photo:robert cicchetti/Shutterstock)

About Burnie

With a heritage dating back to the early 19th century, this far-flung outpost of Van Diemen's Land (the former name of Tasmania) was once referred to in King George IV's Royal Charter as "a huge tract of unsettled land, beyond the ramparts of the unknown."

Burnie grew quickly, despite the harsh elements, and became known as an industrial port, servicing the international wood chip market. Piles of chips can still be seen at the port, although this gritty character is much less prominent these days.

In many cases, visiting passengers will be heading off on shore excursions to places like the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Cradle Mountain Lake St. Clair National Park or the nearby historic town of Stanley, but for those hanging around, there is still plenty to see and do.

Shaking off an outdated blue-collar persona, Burnie plays host to a number of fine attractions, including the Lactos Cheese Tasting and Sales Centre, where you can sample brands such as Tasmanian Heritage, Mersey Valley and Australian Gold.

Premium food produce is a Tasmanian hallmark, and you'll find Australia's largest single malt whisky distillery in Burnie. Hellyers Road Distillery makes fine, single malt whisky, distilled from Tasmanian-grown malted barley and famously pure Tasmanian rainwater. It also distils the Southern Lights brand premium grain vodka.

Exquisite Tasmanian seafood and wine can be had at Fish Frenzy, right on the waterfront. Local author Graeme Phillips describes this eatery as a "bright and spacious modern cafe with fresh fish and seafood every which way and then some."

There are museums, galleries, craft workshops (the jewel being the Makers' Workshop), and gorgeous parks and gardens to stroll in while your sea legs wobble. The council has designated two Federation Walks for those interested in a combined dose of history and mild exercise. For others wanting some structure, a three-hour tour takes in the highlights while still leaving time for a bit of wandering.

--By Roderick Eime, Cruise Critic contributor

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Noordam
Noordam

35 Night
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786 Reviews
Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Nov 12, 2022
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Noordam
Noordam

13 Night
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Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Jan 14, 2023
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Norwegian Spirit
Norwegian Spirit

12 Night
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Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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52 Night
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Leaving:Los Angeles
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
Jan 18, 2024
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14 Night
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Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Feb 11, 2023
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14 Night
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Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Mar 11, 2023
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12 Night
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Leaving:Auckland
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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69 Night
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Leaving:San Diego
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Oct 8, 2022
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14 Night
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376 Reviews
Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:Oceania Cruises
Jan 16, 2023
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111 Night
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Leaving:Los Angeles
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
Jan 18, 2024
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14 Night
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Leaving:Perth
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Dec 3, 2022
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11 Night
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Leaving:Perth
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
Dec 2, 2022
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12 Night
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Leaving:Auckland
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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7 Night
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Leaving:Melbourne
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
Dec 15, 2022
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111 Night
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Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
Jan 4, 2024
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14 Night
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Leaving:Auckland
Cruise Line:Oceania Cruises
Jan 30, 2023
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Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
Jan 28, 2023
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97 Night
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Leaving:Los Angeles
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
Jan 18, 2024
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Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
Feb 14, 2024
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28 Night
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Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
Nov 15, 2022
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14 Night
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Leaving:Auckland
Cruise Line:Regent Seven Seas Cruises
Jan 5, 2024
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28 Night
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Leaving:Brisbane
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
Mar 31, 2023
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Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
Jan 20, 2023
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15 Night
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Leaving:Auckland
Cruise Line:Crystal Cruises
Dec 21, 2023
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25 Night
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Leaving:Auckland
Cruise Line:Windstar Cruises
Jan 10, 2023
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Why go to Burnie?

Pros:

Burnie offers active shore excursions as well as a taste of vibrant and diverse city life

Cons:

While it has made huge strides, there are still remnants of the port's industrial past

Bottom Line:

There's a bit of something for everyone to be found in Burnie, from beaches to local whisky


Burnie Cruise Reviews
Wonderful town with rich history! Our self-guided, no-cost tour was easy to navigate and included Visitor Information Centre & Makers Workshop (great for artistic souvenirs); beautiful Burnie Park (with majestic wateRead More
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DoctorandAuthor
We opted to stay on board as we had heard there was no much to do or see in this small town.Read More
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Povertu2
Shuttle buses dropped at 3 specific locations. We met up with friends, taken back to specific spot for shuttle back to cruise ship, all went smoothlyRead More
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delightful_de
Met an acquaintance in port who drove us around and gave us a private tour.Read More
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