Burnie in Tasmania is Australia’s fifth largest port with a population of about 20,000 people. Originally Burnie was known as Emu Bay when it was settled in 1827. The town was renamed in 1840 in honour of William Burnie a director of the Van Diemen’s Land Company.
Burnie is best known for its paper mills and the famous Reflex brand paper originates from Burnie. Other industries include manufacturing, forestry and farming. Cheese is another big industry in Burnie and the Cheese Tasting Centre located on Surrey Road provides excellent cheeses to sample for free including the famous Tasmanian heritage signature camembert.
Tourism is rapidly growing in Burnie, as there are some very interesting surrounding areas with wonderful natural attractions such as waterfalls, lookouts and wildlife conservation areas.
An excellent place to visit in Burnie is the Emu Valley Rhododendron Gardens. The garden is widely known internationally and its unique design makes it one of Australia's major rhododendron gardens. See over 20,000 rhododendrons and other select plants set among 13ha with a series of "countries" from which the wild rhododendrons originate, within authentic built environments. Emu Valley Rhododendron Garden offers walking tracks, lakes, bridges and many other unique design features, as well as a resident platypus, echidna and diverse bird life.
Another fantastic place to visit is Hellyers Road Distillery that is one of Australia’s largest distilleries in Australia, Hellyers produces a wide range of premium spirits and is famous for its “Tasmanian Style” premium whisky.
For something a little different take a closer look at Burnie Taiko at Hellyer College in Mooreville Road. Taiko is a Japanese drumming art form, which is played throughout Japan. The Burnie Taiko workshop and training is held every Tuesday and is an excellent experience.
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