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  • Located on the northwest coast of Tasmania, Burnie was originally settled in 1827 as “Emu Bay.” The town was later renamed after William Burnie, a director of the Van Diemen’s Land Company. The first settlers literally carved a village out from the rain forests and tea-tree swamps that occupied the area. After mineral deposits were discovered in Tasmania, the town prospered. In the late 30s, Burnie’s industry bloomed even more when Associated Pulp and Paper Mills Limited began large production.

As shore excursions to be offered in this port are not yet confirmed, below is a list of those offered previously. We make every effort to have excursions finalized at least 240 days in advance of sailing, and often sooner, so please check back regularly.

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  • Devils and Roos

    Visit a wildlife park for an up-close look at a remarkable variety of animals, including Tasmanian devils and kangaroos, and then enjoy a driving tour of Burnie.

    After departing from the pier, you will enjoy a leisurely drive inland toward beautiful Mount Dial Nature Recreation Area. The landscape in this part of Tasmania is gorgeous, dotted with the occasional village, and looks much like it has for centuries.

    It’s the ideal setting for Wing’s Wildlife Park, which holds the largest collection of Tasmanian wildlife in Australia. While meandering along the trails during free time, you might see famed Tasmanian devils or lesser-known Tasmanian bettongs, which are tiny marsupials that hop like kangaroos.

    The wildlife park is also home to boobook owls, crab-eating macaques, quolls and long-nosed potoroos. There are even American bison and Japanese quail. The variety of creatures is stunning, and the more you learn about their behaviors the more interesting they seem.

    Later, you will drive back to Burnie for a downtown tour before returning to the pier. The origins of the city date to 1828, when it was built around an excellent natural harbor on Emu Bay. Eucalyptus forests once blanketed the land, and the timber industry fueled the economy for the next 100 years.

    Today, Burnie is known more for its creative arts and culinary endeavors. Art galleries are abundant and conditions are ideal for dairy land and grape growing. Consequently, the locally produced cheeses and wines are esteemed throughout Tasmania.

    Please note: Walking on this tour is primarily at the guests’ discretion as the visit to Wing’s Wildlife Park is not guided. You will have approximately 2 hours there to explore on your own. The surfaces to negotiate will be uneven and natural at times. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and may not be suitable for those with mobility concerns who are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes with a closed-toe are recommended. No heels please. Supply and quality of coaches, their age and commentary from the driver/guides may be varied; however all coaches will be air conditioned and some commentary will be provided. The vehicles may not be of the same standard as found in other more metropolitan Australian ports.

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    • Approx. DURATION:

      4 Hours
    • Tour Code:

      BWT-006
  • Burnie Highlights and Cheese Tasting

    Discover the history of Burnie and how the city has evolved from a timber-based economy to the creative arts by browsing a museum and an artists’ workshop.

    After departing from the pier, you will begin an enlightening tour of Burnie, a city created in 1828 around an excellent natural harbor on Emu Bay. Eucalyptus forests once blanketed the surrounding land, and the timber industry fueled the economy for the next 100 years.

    Today, Burnie is known more for its natural beauty, which you will admire from the Wilfred Campbell Lookout, and for its creative arts, which developed after the paper pulp mill closed. Even so, Burnie still proudly embraces its past, as you will discover while browsing the Burnie Regional Museum.

    The museum exhibits contain rare photographs of early Burnie, documents tracing the city’s development, railroad memorabilia and a remarkable collection of World War I items. The prisoner-of-war uniforms and gas masks that the Australian soldiers wore as protection from phosgene-chlorine gas attacks are particularly fascinating.

    The land surrounding Burnie is prime dairy country, and you will have the opportunity to sample some of the cheeses produced here. Creamy camemberts and uniquely sharp cheddars are among the favorites.

    Finally, you will visit Maker’s Workshop, a highly contemporary building where innovators and artists work on site. You might watch them creating papier mâché art, hand-woven baskets, jewelry and glassware. Many of their creations are available in the gift shop, which you may visit before returning to the pier.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 2 hours of easy to moderate walking over mostly even surfaces. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes with a closed-toe are recommended. Supply and quality of coaches, their age and commentary from the driver/guides may be varied; however all coaches will be air conditioned and some commentary will be provided. The vehicles may not be of the same standard as found in other more metropolitan Australian ports.

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    • Approx. DURATION:

      4 Hours
    • Tour Code:

      BWT-003
  • Majestic Cradle Mountain

    Admire the gorgeous natural beauty of Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, where you may walk through the woods and learn about Tasmania’s curious flora and fauna.

    After departing from the pier, you will settle in for a leisurely drive inland, passing ancient rainforests, sub-alpine lakes and jagged Mount Ossa, the highest point in Tasmania. The scenery along the way will be absolutely stunning, as it is some of the wildest, most undisturbed terrain in the country.

    You can expect even more natural wonders upon arriving at Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park, which is within the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. This is a land of icy streams cascading out of rugged mountains, endemic King Billy pines reflected in glassy lakes, and fascinating wildlife such as Tasmanian devils, quolls and platypus.

    A visit at the park’s interpretation center provides an opportunity to learn about some of the unusual species found here and the history of the area. During free time that follows, you may enjoy a meandering walk through the rainforest, where you will see Pencil Pine Creek and several waterfalls.

    More spectacular vistas await you at Dove Lake, a gorgeous body of water in the shadow of soaring Cradle Mountain. If it’s sunny, you should be able to see its twin dolerite spires. Your time here is at your leisure so feel free to walk along the shore and admire the enchanted forest that surrounds the lake, or simply rest in the shade before heading to nearby Cradle Mountain Lodge for lunch.

    Afterwards, you will retrace your steps and return to the pier.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 2 hours of easy to moderate walking; however, the walking at Dove Lake is primarily at the guests’ discretion but includes natural and uneven surfaces. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; insect repellant; and flat, comfortable walking shoes with a closed-toe are recommended. Supply and quality of coaches, their age and commentary from the driver/guides may be varied; however all coaches will be air conditioned and some commentary will be provided. The vehicles may not be of the same standard as found in other more metropolitan Australian ports.

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    • Approx. DURATION:

      6 1/2 Hours
    • Tour Code:

      BWT-007
    • Activity Level

      Minimal Activity Required Regent Choice
  • True Indulgence-Cheese, Chocolate & Wine

    Indulge in some of the finest epicurean delicacies produced in the Burnie area, including intensely flavored cheeses, creamy chocolates and robust wines.

    After departing from the pier, you will soon arrive at a local cheese factory, where you will learn about the cheese produced in the dairy country that surrounds Burnie. The area’s temperate climate, salt-laden atmosphere and lush pastures are ideal for cheese making. The exact cheeses for sampling vary daily, but you may taste a sharp cheddar, creamy camembert and distinctly flavored parmesan.

    Your next stop will be a sweet shop that a Belgium confectioner founded in 1989. The confectioners here use Tasmania’s extraordinary cream and butter to produce wonderfully rich chocolates, truffles, fudges and other sweets. Besides learning about many of their techniques, you will sample a variety of treats that may include orange-flavored fudge, dark ganache truffles and white chocolate couverture buttons made with 70% cocoa.

    The perfect accompaniment to these indulgences is a tasting of locally produced wines, which you will enjoy at a boutique winery nearby. Depending on where you stop, you may sample a deep-garnet Shiraz with a nose of mulberry, a light Pinot Grigio, or a fruity Rosé. Like the culinary treats you will sample, the wines reflect the local conditions, which are considered optimal for growing grapes. Following your sampling, you will transfer back to the pier.

    Please note: This tour includes just under 3 hours of easy to moderate walking over mostly even surfaces. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair (no scooters), are able to make their own way on and off the coach and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Supply and quality of coaches, their age and commentary from the driver/guides may be varied; however all coaches will be air conditioned and some commentary will be provided. The vehicles may not be of the same standard as found in other more metropolitan Australian ports.

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    • Approx. DURATION:

      5 Hours
    • Tour Code:

      BWT-005
  • Gardens and Wildlife

    Enjoy Tasmania’s bountiful natural world by visiting a wildlife park full of indigenous animals and the lovely Emu Valley Rhododendron Garden.

    After departing from the pier, you will enjoy a leisurely drive inland toward beautiful Mount Dial Nature Recreation Area. The landscape in this part of Tasmania is gorgeous, dotted with the occasional village, and looks much like it has for centuries.

    It’s the ideal setting for Wing’s Wildlife Park, which holds the largest collection of Tasmanian wildlife in Australia. While meandering along the trails during free time, you might see famed Tasmanian devils or lesser-known Tasmanian bettongs, which are tiny marsupials that hop like kangaroos.

    The wildlife park is also home to boobook owls, crab-eating macaques, quolls and long-nosed potoroos. There are even American bison and Japanese quail. The variety of creatures is stunning, and the more you learn about their behaviors the more interesting they seem.

    Continuing on to the spectacular Emu Valley Rhododendron Garden, you will find a wealth of other natural attractions, but mostly of the botanical sort. As you meander along the garden paths, you can expect to see brilliant splashes of color from flowers and blossoming shrubs, including over 22,000 rhododendrons. All within a beautiful landscape dotted with lakes, waterfalls, bridges and gazebos. You might also be able to meet a few of the garden dwellers, such as wild ducks, grebes and many other bird species, as well as platypus, echidna and some reptile species.

    Following free time at the gardens, you will return to the pier.

    Please note: Walking on this tour is primarily at the guests’ discretion as the visits to Wing’s Wildlife Park and Emu Valley Rhododendron Garden are not guided. You will have approximately 1 hour at each location to explore on your own. The surfaces to negotiate will be uneven and natural at times. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair (no scooters), are able to make their own way on and off the coach and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes with a closed-toe are recommended. Supply and quality of coaches, their age and commentary from the driver/guides may be varied; however all coaches will be air conditioned and some commentary will be provided. The vehicles may not be of the same standard as found in other more metropolitan Australian ports.

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    • Approx. DURATION:

      4 Hours
    • Tour Code:

      BWT-004
  • Gunns Plains Caves and Wildlife

    Walk through a series of caves and behold the oddly shaped stalagmites and stalactites, and then visit a wildlife park with an impressive collection of indigenous and exotic animals.

    After departing from the pier, you will enjoy a picturesque drive inland to Gunns Plains Caves, which a hunter inadvertently discovered in 1906. It’s a fascinating underground world, as you will discover after descending the 54 steps that lead into the main cave.

    As you wind through the limestone caves, the guide will point out the most unusual calcite shawls and flowstone formations, which are eerily illuminated for added drama. A still-flowing underground river carved the caves over the centuries and giant lobsters, fish and eel flourish in the fresh water. You might even spot platypus nesting along the shores and bioluminescent glowworms clinging to the cavern walls.

    More unusual indigenous species await you at nearby Wing’s Wildlife Park, which holds the largest collection of Tasmanian wildlife in Australia. While meandering along the trails during free time, you might see famed Tasmanian devils or lesser-known Tasmanian bettongs, which are tiny marsupials that hop like kangaroos.

    The wildlife park is also home to boobook owls, crab-eating macaques, quolls and long-nosed potoroos. The variety of creatures is stunning, and the more you learn about their behaviors the more interesting they seem.

    After visiting the wildlife park, you will return to the pier.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 90 minutes of moderate to strenuous walking that includes steep inclines, steps, a short ladder to negotiate, and uneven surfaces which can be slippery. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Weather appropriate clothing to include a light sweater or jacket as the caves can be cool; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes with a non-slip sole and closed-toe are recommended. No heels please. Supply and quality of coaches, their age and commentary from the driver/guides may be varied; however all coaches will be air conditioned and some commentary will be provided. The vehicles may not be of the same standard as found in other more metropolitan Australian ports.

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    • Approx. DURATION:

      4 1/2 Hours
    • Tour Code:

      BWT-002
    • Activity Level

      Most Active or Strenuous

Terms & Conditions:

Free Unlimited Shore Excursions are for full fare guests only, capacity controlled and subject to availability. Requested excursions may not be available at time of booking. Supplement will apply on Regent Choice excursions (indicated by the above) and excludes Private Arrangements and all Adventures Ashore programs. Concierge benefits do not apply to Executive Collection private cars or other private arrangements. In order to ensure quality guides and sufficient transportation, we must provide the tour operator with passenger counts at least 36 hours in advance. Therefore no refunds will be given within 36 hours of tour departure for cancellations or no-shows. Please pay special attention to scheduling and tour lengths when booking your shore excursions. In many cases, it is not possible to participate in more than one tour per day in a given port. Tour Departure times are subject to change so please reference your actual tour ticket for the correct departure time. Tours operate rain or shine. Minor children 17 years and under must be accompanied by a an adult 18 years or older on all shore excursions. Tours require minimum participation levels to operate so please sign up as early as possible. Tours may be cancelled if minimum participation levels are not met. Prices, Itineraries and General Information shore excursion prices are subject to change to meet unexpected cost increases or currency fluctuations. Please consult the Destination Services Desk onboard for information. During local or national holidays, access to certain facilities (such as museums or archaeological sites) may be limited or denied. In such instances, adjustments will be made to minimize inconvenience to guests. Some tours have limited availability. Tours are generally available for reserving 180 days prior to the beginning of a cruise. Please sign up early to avoid disappointment. Regent Seven Seas Cruises reserves the right to require guests to complete a liability waiver for select shore excursions. For more information, please visit the Destination Services Desk onboard.

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