Burnie overlooks Emu Bay, on the north-west coast. This proudly industrial city is Australia’s fifth largest container port and a vibrant place to visit. Burnie was once surrounded by dense rainforest, but this has slowly disappeared, while fortunes were made felling and milling timber. The paper and pulp mill on the city’s outskirts operated from 1938 to 1998. Burnie was first explored by Bass and Flinders and was known as Emu Bay when it was settled by the Van Diemen’s Land Company in 1827. View more
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Scenic Drive and Anvers Chocolate Factory
Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 75-minute drive southeast through some of the beautiful towns and stunning scenery that dot Tasmania's northern landscape. Your first stop is at the Anvers Chocolate Factory, a local chocolate factory specialising in handcrafted Belgian-style chocolates made with the freshest Tasmanian cream and butter. Upon arrival, take a guided tour and tasting, relax with a cup of morning tea, and browse the museum or gift shop.
Ghost Rock Vineyard
Next, re-board your coach and proceed for a visit to the boutique Ghost Rock Vineyard, where the wines are made in small quantities from grapes grown on just seven acres (2.8 hectares) of vines. The original vineyard, established in 1989, was among the first to be planted in this coastal region of Tasmania. During your guided tour, learn about all aspects of the vineyard, then proceed for a wine tasting.
At the conclusion of your visit, re-board the coach and commence the approximately one-hour drive back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves a minimal amount of walking, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility, but is not wheelchair-accessible. Lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Guests must be at least 18 years old to participate in tastings of alcoholic beverages. The tour sequence may vary.
Gunns Plain Cave is a stunning underground formation, rich in colours and crystals. This excursion provides the opportunity to some of the island state's picturesque countryside as well as one of the best examples of limestone formations in Australia, along with a stop to see some of Australia's native fauna with a stop at a wildlife park.
Depart the pier to Gunns Plains, a prosperous farming district located approximately 45 minutes south of Burnie. This picturesque hidden valley has a large number of high-grade limestone caves and is arguably one of Tasmania's best. The cave system was discovered in 1906 and consists of a series of caverns and short passages. After descending a flight of stairs, wind your way through the caves during a guided tour. You will see an underground river and glow worms as well as the pretty 'ribbon' stalactites.
Wing's Wildlife Park
After your journey underground, head above ground with your final destination being Wing's Wildlife Park. See Tasmanian Devils, quolls, and many other native wildlife and farm creatures including reptiles, emus and kangaroos or perhaps take the opportunity to visit the animal nursery. The park is over 106 acres and free time here is unstructured so plan to first see those exhibits you most want.
Take a brief drive through Burnie to learn about this Tasmanian gateway to the north. Sit back and relax for the scenic drive back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking on gravel paths, concrete paths and hiking trails, and rough a path. The Caves include 54 steps to ever and exit the caves and 240 steps inside the cave. Also guests must be able to negotiate a 10-rung ladder. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility but not and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Comfortable clothing and walking shoes are recommended. Seasonal hands-on animal encounters such as koalas photo cuddle souvenir photographs are not included, and are at the guests' own expense.
Tasmania is known for rolling English style countryside and of course the "Tassie Devil". Travel through the picturesque countryside and visit the Tasmanian devil at Wings Wildlife Park on this half-day tour.
Wing's Wildlife Park
At the pier, board your coach, sit back and relax and watch the passing fields and lush green vista as you make your way to Gunns Plains, a prosperous farming district located approximately 60 minutes south of Burnie, with your final destination being Wing's Wildlife Park. See Tasmanian Devils, quolls, and many other native wildlife and farm creatures including reptiles, emus and kangaroos or perhaps take the opportunity to visit the animal nursery. The park is over 106 acres (64 hectares) and free time here is unstructured so plan to first see those exhibits you most want.
Re-board your coach for the return drive to Burnie and enjoy a brief drive through Burnie to learn about this Tasmanian gateway to the north before returning to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking and is at guests' discretion. It is recommended for guests with limited mobility but not suitable for guests utilising a wheelchair. Comfortable clothing and walking shoes are recommended. Seasonal hands-on animal encounters such as koalas photo cuddle souvenir photographs are not included, and are at the guests' own expense.
Enjoy a scenic drive out to Highfield House, a 19th-cenury estate of the original settlers on this half-day tour.
Board your coach at the pier and depart for Stanley at the far northwest region of Tasmania.
After a scenic drive through the historic village of Stanley your first stop is Highfield Estate. It is considered the birthplace where European settlers first established themselves in 1824, when Van Diemen's Land Company was granted 250,000 acres (10,117 hectares) in Stanley by King George IV. The house is a rare example of architecture from the Regency period and is characterised by geometric yet elegant decoration. Convict barracks, barns, stables, chapel and large ornamental gardens were features of the estate. Today you will have a chance to visit this unique colonial time capsule with a guided tour around the property.
After your tour, re-board the coach for the short transfer to The Nut, Stanley's most famous attraction. It is a sheer-sided bluff and all that remains of an ancient volcanic plug. Take a chair lift up to the top of The Nut for unsurpassed views of the surrounding area. Walk to the lookout and indulge your creative side with this marvellous photo opportunity.
After taking the cable car back to the base of The Nut you will board your coach for a scenic drive back to Burnie.
Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking and is suitable for guests with limited mobility. Comfortable clothes and walking shoes are recommended.
Experience the City's beautiful surroundings in this half day excursion. Visit the delightful Fern Glade, and finish with a scenic drive and coastal views from the high headland of Table Cape.
Fern Glade Reserve
Depart the pier by coach and enjoy a picturesque tour of Burnie before stopping at Fern Glade Reserve. Fern Glade Reserve is one of Burnie's most valuable natural and recreational resources and is a peaceful river valley on the edge of the city. Fern Glade Reserve offers long walks along the banks of the Emu River and the chance to see platypus surfacing. Enjoy some of free time to explore the Reserve.
Board the coach and continues onto Wynyard, which is a rural town at the mouth of the Inglis River. After a brief orientation tour you will ascend onto Table Cape look-out for stunning views of the North West Coast. Table Cape has been a landmark for travelers over the centuries and the sea face is 557 feet (170 metres) above Sea level.
Board the coach for the 30 minute scenic drive back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves a minimal amount of walking and is at guests' discretion at the Reserve. It is recommended for guests with limited mobility and those who utilise a wheelchair however guests must be able to negotiate steps on and off the coach. Comfortable clothing and walking shoes are recommended. Wildlife sightings cannot be guaranteed.