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The City By The Sea!
Burnie is a regional city historically known for its busy container port and major industries, Burnie was settled in 1827 (before Melbourne) as Emu Bay. Burnie’s early heritage was dominated by the towering rain forests that cloaked the land and more than a century later, by the pulp and paper mill that helped shape the city.
Today Burnie is known as the City of Makers; our wonderful city has undergone enormous changes and now shines brightly as a tourism destination. The Makers Workshop, Rhododendron Gardens, Whisky Distillery and our beautiful waterfront, just a short stroll from the city centre are just a few of the wonderful things you will experience!
Burnie SHINES in October! Burnie is the proud host of Australia’s premier 10K road race, The Burnie 10. For the littlies the 3-2-1 GO! The Burnie Show and many other performances and exhibitions are held during the month. The vibe in the city during October is something you need to experience!
Our amazing waterfront comes into its own on New Year’s Eve with street performers, singers, dancers, rides for the kids and an amazing bonfire and fireworks display – the community rolls out in force to bring in the New Year together. On New Year’s Day the crowds rally again to enjoy the New Year’s Day carnival and the many running, cycling and wood chopping events.
Once you have had a taste of our beautiful city you won’t ever want to leave…. and that’s a good thing! We have your health and education taken care of with Tasmania’s 3rd largest hospital which hosts the Rural Clinical School and both public and private schools ranging from Kinder right through to graduate level with the Cradle Coast Campus of the University of Tasmania.
Burnie has a strong manufacturing and mining presence and a thriving business and retail sector with beautiful boutiques as well as national retail chains. Dining out is a pleasure with almost any style available to suit even the most discerning palate.
The City By The Sea – You Will Love Our Hospitality!

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