An Introduction To Burnie

Burnie is a port city about 30kms from Sisters Beach. As it is considerably larger than Wynyard I expect that we will often be going there to shop, eat out or visit the attractions.

There is a lot to write about Burnie, it has an interesting history but today I just want to show you some of the architecture. Burnie has some fabulous old buildings from the late 19th to mid 20th centuries. As I had some free time on Friday I decided to get the bus from Wynyard to Burnie do a couple of errands and take some photos. I mainly walked around a couple of blocks as I don’t know Burnie very well yet. I noticed that quite a few of the buildings I photographed were empty so I thought it was important to record them because they could get demolished and replaced with some ugly office blocks.

Marine Terrace, Burnie

I walked down to the wharves because I knew there was a cruise ship in and I wanted to see whether it would be possible to photograph it. Marine Terrace is the road behind the wharves. I had been there briefly to visit the Centrelink office a few weeks ago so I knew the street a little. It is mostly old buildings with a smattering of new ones.

Marine Terrace joins up with the Bass Highway but I didn’t go that far as I’ll be walking that section on Monday when I have an appointment in South Burnie. Instead, I turned off on to Cattley Street where I had originally got off the bus and had noticed some nice buildings.

The Lincoln House is one of Burnie’s many art deco buildings. In fact, there is an “Art Deco Trail” around Burnie which I think we will have to explore one day.

Two of Burnie’s main shopping streets run parallel to Marine Terrace. One is Wilson Street, the other is Mount Street. I didn’t get as far as Mount Street on this particular walk but here is a view of Wilson Street.

Two buildings at the Catley Street end of Wilson Street

That’s as far as I have got but there is lots more of Burnie to see and talk about so we’ll revisit it another day.



I was born in England in 1957 and lived there until our family came to Australia in 1966. I grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, where I met and married my husband, David. We came together over a mutual love of trains. Both of us worked for the railways for many years, his job was with Australian National Railways, while I spent 12 years working for the STA, later TransAdelaide the Adelaide city transit system. After leaving that job I worked in hospitality until 2008. We moved to Tasmania in 2002 to live in the beautiful Huon Valley. In 2015 David became ill and passed away in October of that year. I currently co-write two blogs on with my sister Naomi. Our doll blog "Dolls, Dolls, Dolls", and "Our Other Blog" which is about everything else but with a focus on photographs and places in Tasmania. In November 2019 I began a new life in the house that Naomi and I intend to make our retirement home at Sisters Beach in Tasmania's northwest. Currently we have five pets between us. Naomi's two dogs Toby and Teddy and cats, Tigerwoods and Panther and my cat Polly. My dog Cindy passed away aged 16 in April 2022.


  1. Your old architecture looks like OUR old architecture which makes me assume it must be from the late 1800s. Ours is all from the 1880s, most of it around 1887 to 1889. I think everywhere used the same style. For all I know, they also used the same architects.It looks like a much larger version of “home.”

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    • The oldest buildings would be from around then and Burnie is or was an industrial city, paper making was a big industry. It reminds me a little of Port Adelaide in SA which had similar buildings so I’m not surprised that yours look similar.


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