We spent a day in Burnie in the north west of Tasmania without any commitments.  No appointments, no visits scheduled, no time restraints.  That doesn’t happen very often.  We were free to do whatever we wanted, whenever we wanted.  Naturally, I had my camera with me the whole time, because I’d be lost without it.  So I thought I’d share some of my images from that one free day in Burnie.

Day in Burnie - Beach Water Features
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The water features on the beachfront in Burnie… an octopus or an alien?

A “Spare” Day in Burnie

We arrived before the start of the Burnie International tennis tournament and settled into our lovely apartment.  After a quick trip to the nearby supermarket, we had the self-contained kitchen stocked with supplies; enough to last a few days at least.  So we went out to explore.

Day in Burnie - Self Contained Accommodation
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On our first day in Burnie, we checked into our lovely self-contained accommodation

We walked…

  • via the cinema to collect the week’s movie schedule
Day in Burnie - Metro Cinema
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We spent some of our free day in Burnie at the Metro Cinema checking out the movies

  • then along the board walk on the beach, where plenty
    of people were enjoying the sunshine and swimming
Day in Burnie - Beach Boardwalk
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Taking a relaxing stroll along the beach boardwalk during our spare day in Burnie

Day in Burnie - Makers Workshop
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A day in Burnie wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Makers Workshop

We spent quite a lot of time at the Makers Workshop actually.  We collected brochures from the tourist information section, and watched ladies making cards in the Creative Paper area.  The kids marvelled at the mammoth digger.

Day in Burnie - Workshop Digger
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The extremely large piece of machinery on display in the Makers Workshop in Burnie

Of course, after our walk we thought we’d earned some light refreshments, so we bought hot chocolates and drank in the view of Bass Strait from the coffee shop.  Then we spent even more time browsing through the gift shop admiring all the Tasmanian-made creations.

Day in Burnie - Handmade in Tasmania
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Scarves from the gift shop at the Makers Workshop in Burnie, Tasmania

From there, we wandered into the central shopping district, which was also quite busy.  We’ve read many reports of the economic woes of the north west of the state, and we expected to see empty shop fronts and little activity; but that was definitely not the case.  It was possibly a distorted impression though, because passengers from The Volendam cruise ship were also spending the day in Burnie.

Day in Burnie - Shopping Centre
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You could spend the whole day in Burnie in the CBD. There’s plenty of shops to choose from

Before heading back to our apartment, the kids decided to take a dip in the ocean.  The cruise ship was just leaving the Burnie port and sailing off into the sunset, possibly bound for the east coast enroute to Hobart.

Day in Burnie - Beach Swim
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A dip at the city beach in Burnie as the cruise ship heads out into Bass Strait

Members from the Surf Life Saving Club were vigorously training at West Beach, and provided some extra entertainment!!

Day in Burnie - Surf Life Saving
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The local surf life saving club goes through their paces in Burnie Tasmania

We finished our first day in Burnie buying seafood from Fish Frenzy located right on the beach.  The food was hot, fresh and tasty and despite the cafe being crowded, we were served a feast in lightning fast time.

Day in Burnie - Fish Frenzy
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A great way to finish our spare day in Burnie, with dinner from Fish Frenzy

And that’s how we spent our free day in Burnie!

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We see interest and beauty all around us in Tasmania.
Even at times like this… our “free” day in Burnie.

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