Cruises to Burnie

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About Cruising to 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Shaking off an outdated blue-collar persona, Burnie plays host to a number of fine attractions, including the Lactos Cheese Tasting and Sales Centre, where you can sample brands such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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Why Cruise 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
We rent a car in Burnie, and it is a great port to visit. Currently, you will need to take shuttle to reach the downtown from the cruise port. We will love to have an overnight stay in Burnie as it has a lot of wild Read More
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shipui2005
For what is a little Aussie country town Burnie was a delight. The Mayor is a character who greets all passengers coming onshore (the only mayor in the world to do so). There was a market on when we arrived and we bRead More
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WE had a very nice welcome by the Mayor of Burnie as she came on the bus that transported us to the center Read More
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Schagen
The port arranged special shuttle buses from Burnie port to town centre. The mayor and deputy mayor were present and welcomes the guests in person. Read More
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