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Located on the west coast of Tasmania, Burnie is the gateway to the state’s many scenic shores, rolling hills, and pristine World Heritage Listed wilderness. Dock in this port city and take your pick of day trips that immerse you in the unique beauty of Australia’s southernmost state. Whether you’re exploring verdant reserves or marvelling at geological formations at Cradle Mountain National Park, you’ll experience some of the very best that nature has to offer.
To make the most of your time in Burnie, book into a P&O Shore Tour and see the port city like a local for a day. From food and wine tours filled with tasty delights to walking tours through the picturesque cruise destination, there’s a Shore Tour for every taste and budget.
Tasmania has a reputation as one of the best Australian holiday destinations, and it’s not hard to see why. Discover the distinctive beauty of the local landscape on a Cradle Mountain National Park Shore Tour, which will take you to Lake St Clair National Park. There, you’ll wander through pristine forest and glacial lakes and enjoy sensational views of Dove Lake against the backdrop of Cradle Mountain.
Come in from the cold and tempt your tastebuds on the Tasmanian Indulgence Shore Tour. Cruiselings of all ages will love stopping into the local chocolate factory, which specialises in handcrafted Belgian-style chocolates made from the freshest Tasmanian cream and butter. Then, pay a visit to the boutique Ghost Rock Vineyard, where you’ll enjoy a wine tasting and learn about all aspects of the vineyard.
Don’t fancy staying in? Return to the wilderness on a Nature Lover tour to Fern Glade Reserve, home to around 60 bird species and plenty of native flora and fauna. Our local guide will take you on a true ecotourism journey through one of the world’s top 3 wild platypus viewing locations, and will help you discover the tranquil Emu Valley Rhododendron Garden, which contains over half the world’s cultivated Rhododendron species.
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Nestled into the northern end of the Cradle Mountain - Lake St Clair National Park, Cradle Mountain is one of the most popular natural attractions in Tasmania. Enjoy views of the jagged peaks and contours from Dove Lake, or hike toward the summit if you’re feeling energetic.
Step back in time with a visit to the Burnie Regional Museum, which reflects Burnie's streetscape in the 1890s, the height of its economic boom. The indoor historical street was the first of its kind in Australia, and is still ranked among the best.
Visit the Emu Valley Rhododendron Garden, Annsleigh Gardens, and Conservatory Tea Room, and spend the day strolling through spectacular landscapes adorned with lavish flowers. At Annsleigh Gardens, delight in the miniature English thatched cottage, complete with a working water wheel and stream.
Your ship will dock in the Port of Burnie. A complimentary shuttle bus departing from pier-side will then transfer you to a designated drop-off location in the town centre.
Taxis are not available pier-side. However, they are available throughout the town.
Burnie's sensational regional wineries and dining experiences give a whole new meaning to the term "fresh produce". There, the vegetables are likely to have come straight from a nearby paddock, and the oysters from the local marine farm.
Please note that quarantine authorities do not generally allow food such as fruit and vegetables, dairy and meat products, and sandwiches to be taken off the ship. However, commercially packaged confectionery, chips, and bottled drinking water are allowed subject to inspection.
Shopping is available along Wilson Street, where you'll find a variety of Tasmanian timber and lavender products, wildlife images, and award-winning Lactos cheeses.
Burnie's average summer temperature ranges from 12-21 degrees, with around 16 hours of sunlight per day. In winter, temperatures range from 6-13 degrees, with only eight hours of sunlight. Burnie averages 994mm of rainfall per year.
Major credit cards and charge cards are widely accepted, and ATMs can provide currency to foreign card holders.
Public telephones and internet access are available in various locations around the Burnie town centre. Mobile coverage is generally available.
To make your day ashore as enjoyable as possible, please wear comfortable flat soled shoes, lightweight clothing, and a hat. You are also advised to bring sunscreen and bottled water.
Our Shore Tours can help you make the most out of your time in Burnie. Tours can be booked before departure via Cruise Control or onboard at the Shore Tours desk, and are subject to availability.
During your time ashore, we ask that you dispose of your rubbish thoughtfully.