Self Drive Day Trips

Nothwest coast overview

Travel in any direction from Burnie to experience unique locations; gourmet trails, natural wonders, history, retail therapy. Design a half or full day itinerary that suits your interests.

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In and around Burnie

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West of Burnie

Travelling along the Bass Highway (A2) call into the township of Wynyard, visiting the veteran car display at the Wonders of Wynyard, veer off the highway and experience the headland views of Table Cape, before re-joining the Bass Highway.   The beautiful seaside villages of Boat Harbour and Sisters Beach continue the coastal theme. Explore Rocky Cape National Park then head inland to visit the beautiful geological waterfall Dip Falls and walk around the 17 metre circumference of an 260 odd year old eucalypt aptly named “The Big Tree”. On the way back to the highway call into the Blue Hills Honey Farm Experience.

Stanley has stood the test of time as a seafarers village; experience beautifully caught local seafood, stroll along the main street in search of local products.  Dwarfed by “The Nut” a geological phenomenon that extends into the sea, take the short but steep walk or catch the chairlift up to the top for the 45 minute panoramic walk around the top.

Visit the local aquarium, fascinating volunteer run history museum, or the childhood home of Tasmanian Prime Minister Sir Joseph Lyons. Step back in time and explore the picture perfect homestead of the Van Diemans Land Company - Highfield House.

For longer days in head further west and explore the temperate rainforests of the Tarkine, enjoy an eco cruise or take in the Roaring 40’s at “The Edge of the World” at Arthur River.

For further details visit;

Wynyard and Surrounds

Stanley and the Tarkine

East of Burnie

Heading along the Bass Highway  (A1)  a variety of itineraries can be planned for half and full day trips.

Visit the township of Penguin and its giant penguin, head inland into beautiful agricultural  landscapes.  The beautiful Gunns Plains plateau is home to a wonderful cave system Gunns Plains Caves and Wings Wildlife Park where Tasmanian Devils, Wombats, Kangaroos and a vast range of animals call home.  Head further into the hinterland to explore Leven Canyon.  Track back along rural farmland roads to Ulverstone with is parklands and Dutch heritage.

The City of Devonport 40 minutes from Burnie, has a fascinating Maritime Centre, the family home of Prime Minister Joseph Lyons, the Tasmanian Arboretum and Don River Railway where you can travel by locomotive in a bush setting along the river to the sea.

The choice is then yours;  

A gourmet self drive tour of the area visiting Petuna Seafoods, Ghost Rock Wines near Port Sorell.  Anvers Chocolate, the Cherry Shed, art, craft and antique shops and some unique retail outlets in Latrobe. 

Travel to Sheffield via Spreyton to taste apple cider and locally produced wines at cellar doors.  The Town of Murals, the name aptly given to Sheffield showcases exquisite stories of the town and Tasmania through the art depicted on the towns buildings, wander the streets visiting boutique stores.

Travel further east to sample local produce at Ashgrove Cheese and Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm at Elizabeth Town. Deloraine is another delightful town full of creativity and has the southern hemisphere's largest craft festival (November).  Take a different route back towards Burnie and visit the Salmon Ponds and Ginseng Farm, Tasmanian native animals at Trowunna Wildlife Park, go underground on a guided tour through Marakoopa Caves.

For further details visit;

Ulverstone, Gunns Plains and Surrounds

Devonport and Surrounds

Latrobe and Port Sorell

Sheffield and Surrounds

South of Burnie

Head into the heart land of Tasmania and visit the World Heritage listed Cradle Mountain National Park.  On your journey to Cradle call into Waratah and its magnificent waterfall in the main street.

With its ancient rainforests and alpine hills, the National Park is one of the state's most special places.  Rugged Cradle Mountain and its valleys provide a rich habitat for wildlife, including Tasmanian devils, wombats, pademelon, quolls, platypus, echidna and several bird species. A nature lover’s delight, take a variety of short walks or the popular two-hour walk around Dove Lake.

If the wildlife is a little timid, visit Devils @ Cradle and learn about Tasmania’s carnivorous mammals and the facial tumor effecting the Tasmanian Devil population.

Take an alternate route back to Burnie via Sheffield, or continue your journey into the wilderness of Tasmania's west coast.

For further details visit;

Cradle Mountain National Park

Cradle Mountain and Sheffield

Tasmania's West Coast