Tasmania's North West

Explore lookouts and waterfalls and walk in our gardens and nature trails.  Walk the art deco and federation streets of Burnie and learn about our early settlement and paper history. Taste award winning Whisky and Cheese, and say hello to the local platypus and penguin colonies.

There is much to see in and around Burnie either by foot, car or on a guided tour.  Explore the Discover Burnie websites What to See pages.


A local attractions bus is organised for a minimal charge to cruise ships with passenger numbers over 1300.   Starting from Makers’ Workshop (first stop on the shuttle bus route). You can disembark from the bus to explore Emu Valley Rhododendron Gardens, Hellyers Road Whiskey Distillery, and Fernglade Nature Reserve. The timetable allows a 45 minute stop at each location or you can choose to stay for a another 45 minutes before moving on to the next destination.  On return to Makers' Workshop participate in a 30 minute hand made paper tour experience at Creative Paper.

A variety of local tours are on offer from the Makers' Workshop on a Cruise Ship day. If you are interested in a specific tour, it is encouraged that you consider pre-booking to avoid disappointment.

Current information on tours are available on the Discover Burnie Cruise Ship main page.

Other Transport options – Taxi’s and Hire Cars

Local taxi companies can offer packaged tours on a per hour fee, carrying up to four (4) passengers.  Contact Burnie Taxi (03) 6431 2199 for further details.

It is recommended that the hiring of cars or larger vehicles is made well in advance of arrival in Burnie.   Self drive hire is not generally available on cruise ship days.

Please check collection location with the hire car company on booking.  These vary depending on the company.  In most cases an international licence is required.

Avis: 136 333 www.avis.com.au

Hertz: 1300 132 607 www.autorent.com.au

Public bus transport can convey you to a number of locations in Burnie and along the North West Coast.  It is advisable that you are aware of the timetables of destination routes to allow you enough time to return to Burnie’s CBD for shuttle transport back to the ship. 

Visit https://www.metrotas.com.au/timetables/burnie/  or make enquires at The Visitor Centre at Makers’ Workshop on the day.

Driving in Tasmania

Australians drive on the left, which can be disconcerting for visitors not accustomed to this.  Roads are generally good and major routes well signposted.  Speed limits and distances are expressed in kilometres and vary substantially from 50 kph in residential and heavy traffic areas to 110 kph on highways/freeways (please follow signage for speed limits). Drink driving is a serious offence and heavily policed.  Drivers can be stopped anywhere at random and subjected to a breath analysis test.  The legal limit in Australia is a blood alcohol content of 0.05%.

The Road Safety Advisory Council for Tasmania provides some very helpful information for those unfamiliar with Tasmania's roads www.rsac.tas.gov.au.