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.