How to spend your holiday dollar in North West

If you’re considering visiting North West Tasmania, no doubt you already have some knowledge of the area. However, setting your holiday budget may be a different story entirely – especially if you have not visited North West before and are unaware of what the area has to offer tourists.

If this is the case, don’t fret. As a local accommodation provider in Burnie I have all the information you need to set a very realistic budget for your upcoming holiday. This includes information on the cost of holiday accommodation in Burnie North West and that available attractions and activities you can spend your money on. But first, let’s look at the latest Tasmanian Tourism Snapshot (Year ending December 2015), which outlines exactly how much tourists spent on holiday in Tasmania. According to the figures, in 2014, Tasmania welcomed just over 800,000 holiday visitors who spent a total $1,155,000. While this may sound like a lot, it is actually just $189 per night, or $1,645 per visitor on average.


Burnie, North West Tasmania

Continue reading this article to get an good idea of how to spend your holiday dollar, based on the holiday accommodation and attractions here in Burnie.

Holiday accommodation in North West Tasmania

First and foremost, understand that a good chunk of your holiday dollar will be spent on your holiday accommodation. While you certainly have a number of options when it comes to holiday accommodation in North West, hotels will certainly be heavy on your wallet. As an alternative, consider booking holiday accommodation in a serviced apartment, such here at Apartments Downtown, which is located in the heart of Burnie.

Apartments Downtown

Apartments Downtown: the best accommodation in North West Tasmania

Cost: Our one, two and three bedroom holiday accommodation starts at just $95 per night. Best of all, our accommodation comes complete with laundry facilities, free Wi-Fi and free car parking.

Now that you have an idea about the cost of your holiday accommodation, let’s see how else you’re likely to spend your holiday dollar in North West Tasmania.

Visit Burnie Arts and Function Centre

If in Burnie, you should certainly drop by the Burnie Arts and Function Centre on your holiday. Built in 1976, the Burnie Arts and Function Centre is Tasmania’s regional arts centre which is also a performing arts and functions venue. Here, you’ll get to see the grand Burnie Regional Art Gallery, while there are also many exhibitions and events you can look forward to. With two large spaces for dances, concerts and theatre, this venue is the only one in North West Tasmania capable of hosting large-scale functions.

Cost: Ticket prices vary based on the exhibition showing. Visit the official Burnie Arts and Function Centre website to take a look at the current exhibitions and ticket prices.

Dine at the Rialto Gallery Restaurant

When it comes to great food in Burnie, no doubt you’ll find your way to Rialto Gallery. A family run Italian restaurant, the Rialto Gallery is centrally located and is a short walking from our holiday accommodation here at Apartments Downtown. The Rialto Gallery offers an intimate dining atmosphere and is well known for its pasta, seafood and veal. If you appreciate wine, then you will also love their extensive wine menu. Make sure to try out the ravioli, wood oven pizzas and tortellini!

Cost: Standard meal prices at this restaurant will cost you in between $12 to $26.

Take a Whiskey Walk at Hellyers Road Distillery

Hellyers Road Distillery

Hellyers Road Distillery

For a great holiday experience, be sure to take the Whiskey Walk Distillery Tour at Hellyers Road Distillery, which is again in Burnie and close to our holiday accommodation. This tour allows you to go behind the scenes and take a look at the fine single malt whiskey making process. From smelling the ingredients to distilling of the latest batch of produce, you’ll get to experience how Hellyers Road makes some of the finest whiskies in the world. You can even pour your very own bottle and wax seal it with a signed certificate of authority at this distillery.

Cost: The tour lasts about 30 to 40 minutes and costs $17.5 per person. The tour is free for children below the age of 16, provided they are accompanied by adults.

Escape to the Emu Valley Rhododendron Garden

Escape just out of town and visit the Emu Valley Rhododendron Garden. With lakes, walking tracks, bridges and a variety of design features, the garden serves as a natural habitat for platypuses, exotic birds and echidna. The garden also features an amphitheatre, landscaped walls, waterfalls, gazebos and internal roads. Classified as a plant museum, the garden is rich in native fauna and flora for you to enjoy. There are several visitor facilities, including a tearoom, parking for vehicles and toilets.

Cost: Ticket prices for the Emu Rhododendron Garden cost $10 per adult with $8 as concession. Entry is free for kids.


The good news is you can enjoy a fantastic holiday in North West Tasmania without having to spend too much money. When it comes to holiday accommodation in North West Tasmania, you’ll not find anything better than our apartments here at Apartments Downtown. Other attractions and activities you’re likely to spend money if you make your way to Burnie include a visit to the Burnie Arts and Function Centre, dining at the Rialto Gallery Restaurant, taking the Whiskey Distillery Tour at the Hellyers Road Distillery and visiting the Emu Valley Rhododendron Garden. I have no doubt that you’ll have a great time enjoying these local attractions – without burning a hole in your wallet.

To secure your holiday accommodation in North West Tasmania, get in touch with the reservations team here at Apartments Downtown or book your stay online.

Bridget Goodwin

About Bridget Goodwin

Bridget Goodwin is the owner of Apartments Downtown Brunie and has a great appreciation for Art Deco design and architecture. She has studied the Art Deco history of Brunie in great detail and hopes you'll drop by to experience this at Apartments Downtown Brunie.