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Escape to Burnie: Top Things to do

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by Archie Ward (subscribe)
I'm an Australian living in Thailand. I like to read, write and travel. I'm currently working on my (commercial) travel website to make more moolah for my trips.
Published July 1st 2015
This past weekend, I had the amazing opportunity to go visit Burnie, Tasmania. I have never been there before and when the opportunity presented itself, I knew I could not possibly past it up. Luckily, I was not pressed with some crazy busy schedule. Instead, I was given the freedom to roam around for the weekend as I pleased in my new automobile from the car rental agency in Burnie. Big ups to this Burnie-based car rental comparison website, which helped me locate the best deal on a rental.

Nice view of Burnie
Burnie From Up Above

As soon as I got to Burnie, I immediately hit up the Burnie Regional Museum. As a history buff, I knew this was a place that I had to check out. The Burnie Regional Museum is made up of so much history that perfectly depicts why this area is so great. It may be on the smaller side, but it definitely doesn't lack in information. There are some fantastic displays to be found here. There is even a part in the Burnie Regional Museum known as the "street scape". This section closely resembles what an average small town main street would have looked like back in the day. There are even shops located on each side of the Burnie Regional Museum, all of which include tools and other items from the olden days. This is a site for those who are interested in hearing cool stories from the past.

Derwent River, Tasmania
Up the Derwent River / Source; Just Emi via Wikimedia Commons

Then, I also made sure to take a trip to the Guide Falls Reserve. This spot was great because it delivered a one-of-a-kind view of this city. The Guide Falls Reserve are truly beautiful. This kind of location made for beautiful photos. It's great for a day trip, as the whole facility is clean and there are even free BBQ pits set up so that you can grill up some of your favorite foods like burgers, sausage and ribs. Of course, though, the waterfall is the main draw. It's completely accessible unlike a lot of other areas that feature a waterfall. Travelers even have the option to take a short walk uphill, allowing for an even better view of Burnie.

Bass Strait Highway
Coasting Around the Bass Strait

Next up was the Hellyers Road Distillery. This distillery may be part of the Betta milk group, but it is definitely worth visiting. They provide all kinds of samples of whiskey. However, opposed to a bunch of other distilleries, this one doesn't just offer alcohol. Visitors can also enjoy some coffee and a meal after their tour of the facility. I loved this part as by the end of it all I was starving. Don't worry, though. The meals aren't made up of junk, processed food. Instead, it is delicious and made up of food that you can't get enough of. It was a total value for my money. My favorite part of the Hellyers Road Distillery was how nice and helpful the staff was. Unfortunately, this is very rare and hard to find nowadays. This staff goes out of their way to make sure that you are having a good time.

Now I have to admit, I am a bit obsessed with shopping. I love looking around at new clothes and other little gadgets. This is exactly what I found at Sri Batik. Sri Batik is the cutest little boutique located right in the Plaza Arcade. When I entered the shop, I was greeted by the sweetest lady. She was the owner of the store and made sure to offer plenty of help in finding whatever I need. There are all types of items for sale here, including clothes, jewelry and incense. When you purchase an item, the owner will wrap it up for you so that it won't break on your way to your next destination. This store is such a gem, but it is hidden up the arcade so ask someone where it is if you get lost.

Once I received picked up the keys for that car, I was out on the road exploring everything I possibly could. This weekend at Burnie's was everything I wanted it to be and more.
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