The story of Burnie’s deep connection with paper is told at Creative Paper located within Burnie's premier tourism centre Makers' Workshop, where visitors are invited to see paper being made by hand, try it for themselves and browse through an exquisite range of handmade paper products in the Tasmanian gift shop.
Is a place that celebrates Burnie’s makers, innovators and artists. The stark architectural lines dominate the western end of Burnie’s main beach. Opened in 2009, this contemporary structure is a "must see" when visiting Burnie.
Accredited Visitor Information Centre
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Well known for supporting local artisans, Makers’ Workshop provides studios for a variety of local craftspeople and artists who demonstrate their skills and techniques on-site daily. Offering a quality range of glass, ceramics, handmade paper, timber, textiles, prints and painting, our makers create design-led, Tasmanian products which are available from the extensive gift shop.
Cheese Shop and Cafe
The Cheese Shop offers exquisite dairy products for tastings and purchase, manufactured at Burnie’s state of the art speciality facility operated by Lion. The Heritage manufacturing hub is the largest in the southern hemisphere. A wide selection of locally made specialty cheese is available. Cheese experts are on hand and can offer tastings to assist you with your purchase of premium award winning brands including Mersey Valley, Heidi Farm, South Cape, Tasmanian Heritage and Australian Gold.
Great coffee and food is an essential part of any Tasmanian experience and the Makers’ Workshop licensed café can cater for groups and individuals with fresh simple fare in a modern environment, surrounded by wonderful artworks and gorgeous views of Bass Strait and Burnie’s favourite beach.
A fascinating range of exhibitions can be viewed in the contemporary gallery space.
Art Displays and Historical Interpretation
Makers’ Workshop displays the largest collection of Pam Thorne and Ruth Rees life sized paper mache people sculptures. These wonderful characters, made entirely from paper, each have a story to tell. When you visit Creative Paper Tasmania you will have the opportunity to witness how amazing these sculptures are and how much work and talent has gone into creating them. Have your photo taken next to Jessie Spink Rooke a prominent Tasmanian suffragist, or sit with the local draughts players.
Burnie’s history is a history of people who worked to “make things happen”. Significant objects from the Burnie Regional Museum are used throughout the building as visual ‘icons’ telling stories of the individuals, families, skills and industries of Burnie.
Displays tell of pioneers who rebounded from setbacks to transform a coastal settlement into a town and busy port; of entrepreneurs who promoted further growth by creating ground-breaking enterprises and industries, and of inventive minds that are fostering innovative ways of utilising local talents and resources to forge new pathways into the future.