A Bit More of Burnie

As I mentioned in my previous post about Burnie I had to go there again on Monday for an appointment. The place that I had to visit had a Marine Terrace address but actually, it was on the Bass Highway, the main road through northwest Tasmania. To get to it I had to cross both the highway and the railyards. This turned out to be not as scary as it first appeared once I found the pedestrian bridge over the rail lines. Once I was on the other side I found that paths connected the waterfront area with the other side of the highway under the bridge. I was too stressed to enjoy the walk on the way there but on the way back I did take some photos which I will show in another post. I did not take my camera on this trip so my phots were taken with my phone. Can I say that I HATE taking pictures with my phone? For one thing, I find it very hard to see what I am photographing because of glare on the screen. For another, it is either too slow to respond and I end up thinking that the shutter is not going to go so I move the phone and then of course it does, or it randomly goes off capturing photos of my feet, the ground or other things that I don’t want. Photography with the phone always makes me feel like bashing the damn thing against a wall. I will be going back with the Pentax to take some better photos another day. Luckily most of the photos were useable after editing.

Marine Terrace Burnie

When I got back to the end of Marine Terrace I decided to walk towards the wharves because I had seen a cruise ship sailing into port as I travelled to Burnie on the bus so I was able to photograph a few more of the old buildings. Later on, I will try to identify what they were. This first one is saying “fire station” to me but I could be totally wrong.

I noticed the building in the picture below because of the sorry state it was in. It has just been sold. I’m not hopeful for its continued existence.

Empty building on Marine Terrace

Further up the road I saw a sign that said “Burnie Rail” and “Baltimore Restaurant”. I noticed that there was public parking so I figured I wouldn’t be trespassing if I went a bit closer. This building turned out to be the old Burnie Railway Station. It is now a restaurant, rather expensive for me so I don’t suppose I will get to see the inside. They had also renovated the fenced off platform so I must find out if it is being used for anything. There are no passenger trains in Tasmania.

This brought me roughly to the point where my walk ended last time but as I said I wanted to see the cruise ship so I did go on further. It was Silver Muse one of the Silverseas fleet.

I did manage to take some photos of trains although they are not very good ones so I may go back to the railyards 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 WordPress.com 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.


    • I should probably buy a more up to date one but I resent paying several hundred dollars for something I use so rarely. I should just go back to carrying a compact camera in my handbag.


  1. I understand why you dislike taking photos with a phone. I am the same. I dislike shutter speed of phones… often I need several tries until I get a photo right. I don’t have these issues with my DSLR… just set to fast shutter speed depending on light conditions and go.

    Your images are still nice snapshots but taking your Pentax with you is a nice idea 🙂

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