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Cruise Ship Tours

Cruise Ship Tours



For all passengers and crew arriving on cruise ships visiting Burnie there is a free shuttle bus service, with hosts that will assist you from the port area to the Information Centre located at the Makers’ Workshop. There is also a designated stop at the Burnie Regional Museum and in Burnie's CBD. The shuttle bus then returns to the ship.  This service runs all day.  Due to Burnie Port being a working seaport it is an extremely busy area. Therefore the shuttle buses on offer are the only means of exiting and entering dockside.  There are also security access requirements that need to be met. Upon entering the port, buses will be met by security personnel and it is a requirement that passengers and crew show their boarding passes at two entry points before access will be given to the dock area.


If you have booked a tour on board the ship, buses will be at portside on your arrival.  Passengers are usually given a sticker indicating your tour bus and operators will show you to your bus.If you have booked a tour with private companies it is advisable that they pick up and drop passengers off at the Makers’ Workshop.


It is advisable for all passengers and crew, if they are being met by relatives, friends or private tour operators, to catch the free shuttle bus to the Makers’ Workshop and be “picked up and dropped off” at the same point and again catch the shuttle back to the ship.  This alleviates any issues that may arise from a security perspective.


A local attractions bus is on offer for a minimal charge, which starts at the Makers’ Workshop (stop 1 on the shuttle bus route) and you can disembark from the bus at any of the stops on the itinerary and catch the next bus approximately 50 minutes later.  This gives you enough time to do two (2) or three (3) tours at any of the stops that interests you or simply stay on the bus and enjoy the beautiful scenery.

A variety of tours are on offer from the Makers' Workshop.  Current information on tours are available on the Cruise Ship Tour page or you can make further enquiries via email

Local limousine and taxi companies can offer package tours and will hold up to six (6) passengers.  Prices vary and may exclude lunch and admission fees.

  • Burnie Taxi 03 6431 2199 or 131 008
  • See tour options for limousine hire

Hire cars
It is advisable to book online or direct with the hire car company prior to arrival in Burnie due to the limited number of vehicles generally available.  Car Hire enquiries can also be made for you on arrival at the Makers' Workshop.  Please check with the hire car company when hiring on your pick up and return point.  These vary depending on the company.  In most cases an international licence is required.


Australians drive on the left, which can be disconcerting for visitors used to driving on the right side of the road.  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%.

Public transport is also available and timetables can be viewed on line at: or when you arrive, volunteers at the Makers’ Workshop are only too happy to help you with any enquiries.

Information regarding Burnie, North West Tasmania and Tasmania can be obtained from the below emails

Tasmania’s Climate

Tasmania recently won the Conde Naste Traveler's 'Best Temperate Island' award. Tasmania's climate is temperate, sunny in summer and crisp in winter. There are four distinct seasons, each with its own appeal, and the reverse of North America and Europe.

Summer: December to February with an average temperature of 21°C (70°F). Summer brings warm sun, sea breezes, squeaking sand and long twilights. A great time for boating, bushwalking, beaches and fishing.

Winter: June to August with an average temperature of 12°C (52°F). Winter sees pure white snow on highland peaks which provides excellent skiing and it's a great time to rug up and explore galleries, antique shops and heritage sites. Days can be crisp and bracing and evenings cosy in front of an open fire.

Spring and Autumn: are pleasant seasons with temperatures in the mid teens. Autumn is calm, cool and sunny with the trees displaying an amazing array of red and golden colours. This is the time for apple and grape picking. Spring is cool and fresh with daffodils, tulips, apple blossom and wildflowers blooming. Gardens are at their best and the trout start biting again in the highland lakes and streams. Rainfall varies dramatically from east to west. Hobart is Australia's second driest city with an annual rainfall of 626mm (24"). On the west coast, the rainforests thrive on an average of 2400mm (95").

Tasmania Regions - North West

The highway west from the busy port of Burnie follows Bass Strait, along rugged coastline and through pristine agricultural farmland with some delightful towns to stop and explore.

Things To Do

  • In and near Burnie there is the Burnie Regional Art Gallery, Burnie Regional Museum, Annsleigh Gardens and Cafe, Hellyers Road Whisky Distillery, Fernglade Reserve, Natone Hills Fly Fishery and the Emu Valley Rhododendron Garden.
  • Visit Wings Wildlife Park and Gunns Plains Caves.
  • Other gardens in the region include Allendale Gardens near Edith Creek, Table Cape Tulip Farm. and Kaydale Lodge behind Ulverstone.
  • At Fern Glade you may see platypus in the early mornings and evenings.
  • Scenic waterfalls in the area include Guide Falls, Dip Falls, Waratah Falls and Detention Falls.
  • Take the drive south through Hellyer Gorge to the historic mining town of Waratah.
  • In Wynyard, take the short beach walk to Fossil Bluff. Just beyond Wynyard is Table Cape (lookout with spectacular views), colourful tulip farms (in season) and the spectacular Wonders of Wynyard a marvellous collection of veteran cars.
  • Go for a walk in the Rocky Cape National Park or take a dip in the sheltered waters at lovely Boat Harbour or Sisters Beach.
  • In Stanley you'll find the cottage where Australian Prime Minister Joseph Lyons was born and some fine art galleries and studios.
  • Stanley is nestled into the side of ‘The Nut’ a geological phenomenon. For the energetic there's a track to the summit, for the not-so-energetic there's a chairlift.
  • At nearby Smithton you can tour the local veneer mill Brittons Timber.

Tasmania Regions - Cradle Valley

This area is home to the Treasure Trail. There are charming towns, forests, farmland, friendly people and the World Heritage Area wilderness that is home to famous Cradle Mountain with its renowned walking tracks. It's also where the Bass Straits passenger ship, the Spirit of Tasmania docks, at Devonport.

Things To Do

  • The coast road between Penguin and Ulverstone has wonderful scenic views.
  • In Devonport visit the Devonport Gallery and Arts Centre, the Maritime Museum or ride the Don River Railway.
  • On the Latrobe Landcare walk, a 5km walking track meanders along the banks of the Mersey River. You may be able to see families of platypus in the wild.
  • Latrobe also has the Axeman's Hall of Fame and is a very pretty, well presented town.
  • Deloraine is another delightful town full of creativity and has the southern hemisphere's largest craft festival (November). There are also many restored Georgian and Victorian buildings and galleries and a remarkable community tapestry project, Yarns.
  • There's plenty of trout in the highland lakes, rivers and streams. Tuition and guided tours are available in Deloraine.
  • To sample local produce, drop in to Ashgrove Cheese at Elizabeth Town, Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm and Stephens honey farm at Mole Creek.
  • In the Mole Creek Karst National Park you can go underground on a guided tour through Marakoopa Cave to see glow worms or take a Wild Cave Tour.
  • There are many native animals in the Trowunna Wildlife Park, Mole Creek.
  • Visit Sheffield, the town of murals and perhaps stop for a picnic or barbeque at nearby Lake Barrington.
  • On the way back, call in at Natone Lodge Fly Fishery where a tutor will introduce you to fly fishing for trout from one of the well stocked dams. Catch, clean and even cook your own trout!