Armchair Travel: Burnie, Tasmania

I’m sorry for the non-appearance of Armchair Travel on Friday. I was out! Naomi came to visit for the first time in three months and I forgot to schedule something for Friday.

We went out to do a few errands in Burnie . It was too wet to take photos but here are some older ones.

Burnie is a port city on Tasmania’s northwest coast. It is about a half hour drive from where I live so it is convenient to go there for shopping. Burnie has some nice older buildings which I was starting to document before lockdown prevented me from visiting.

Once an industrial city known for it’s paper mill and other heavy industry Burnie is now turning to cultural activities and has become a tourist destination. Until Covid-19 cruise ships would regularly visit Burnie in summer. There is a museum and art gallery now much larger than when Naomi and I visited it some years ago. Creative Paper Tasmania makes handmade papers and conducts tours where visitors could try their hands at making their own. They are currently closed but I hope they will be open again by the summer tourist season. When we visited in the late 90s on our first visit to Tasmania they were housed in part of the old, closed paper mill but now they are in a purpose built facility on the waterfront.

Burnie also has a Little Penguin Observation Centre where you can take a penguin tour on summer evenings. Hopefully this will be back by this summer as I have not seen it yet.



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.

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