The pit stop: Burnie

Burnie is a city on the rise. Once a centre of heavy manufacturing, now it’s bringing art into its heart and crafting some of Australia’s finest whisky.


Serving heavenly food inside a refurbished 1890s city-centre chapel, The Chapel’s all-day cafe menu features the likes of braised spiced cauliflower, mushroom bruschetta and The Chapel’s own house-brewed beer. Watch this space – the cafe is soon to open a brew pub around the corner.


Large rooms, large mirrors, large artworks, large views – boutique goes big at the Ikon Hotel, where 12 huge suites with iron-lace balconies provide a stay with real charm inside a landmark building.

Person making coffee at The Chapel
The Chapel
Image: The Chapel
Whisky barrels at Hellyer's Road Distillery
Hellyers Road Distillery
Image: S. Group
Penguin running onto the beach
Little penguin on the move
Image: Chi Kueng Renault Wong


Industrial in appearance, and industrious inside, the Makers’ Workshop dominates Burnie’s foreshore. More than 20 small studios are dotted throughout the building, with artisans crafting and selling jewellery, textiles and timber and glass pieces.


Burnie’s inner-city residents aren’t all human – every evening, little penguins shuffle ashore behind the Makers’ Workshop, where there’s an observation centre for easy viewing and, much of the year, volunteer guides on hand with a wealth of penguin intel.


Go to the source with a whisky tasting at Hellyers Road, the distillery created by local dairy farmers. It was crowned with the title of Australia’s best single malt whisky at the 2021 World Whiskies Awards. Distillery tours and cafe feeds are also on the menu.

Dried leaf at the Makers' Workshop
Details at the Makers' Workshop
Image: S. Group
Homewares and artwork at the Makers' Workshop
Homewares, gifts and art at the Makers' Workshop
Image: S. Group


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