When to Fly
Due to its coastal location, Burnie has mild summers and cool winters.
The summer months, from December to March, experience temperatures typically between 12.5 and 21 degrees Celsius, constant daily sunshine and only infrequent rainfall which makes it a great time to book your flights to Burnie. This climate lends itself to the variety of outdoor activities Burnie has to offer. Visit the Alpaca and Animal Park, which can be great for all the family, or pack a picnic and head to the Fern Glade Reserve, where you may even spot a platypus in the Emu River, or stroll through the natural vegetation in the Upper Natone Forest Reserve.
The cooler months of May to October, see temperatures drop to between 6 and 13 degrees Celsius and an increase in rainfall. If you are a budget traveller, this can be a good time to look for cheaper flights to Burnie, and you’ll still find plenty to do. Head to the Hellyers Road Distillery, where you can gain first-hand experience of the distilling process and try some whisky, which has its own distinct Tasmanian flavour, or visit The Cheese Shop to try a variety of cheese from a rich, creamy Camembert, to a uniquely, sharp Cheddar. If you wish to find out a bit more about the history of the city, then why not visit the Burnie Regional Museum, where you can wander down a replica of Federation Street from the 1900s.
Burnie’s biggest annual event is Burnie Shines, which takes place in October. This event offers a whole host of activities for all the family, including exhibitions, dance lessons and parties, sports events, music performances, family activities and much more. To coincide with spring, when Burnie Shines takes place, a number of events focus on the beautiful blossoming flowers, including cherry blossoms, tulips and orchids.
As Tasmanian hopping-off points go, Burnie is one of the best. Located on the island’s northern shore, this small city port is well connected to the Tasmanian interior by a network of motorways, but also has plenty to offer in its own right. One of the biggest attractions is the city’s strong culture of handmade arts and crafts, while the local penguin population has been charming visitors for years. Whisky lovers are also known to make a pilgrimage to the city, with Hellyers Road Distillery concocting all manner of traditional single malts, as well as a host of unique creations. Fern Glade Reserve is another popular tourist spot, offering visitors a chance to see platypus in the wild while getting acquainted with Tasmania’s wide variety of flora and fauna. Australian Rules Football is also a big part of Burnie’s charm, and the very successful Burnie Dockers Football Club make their home here.