Suburb Profile

Burnie 7320

Why Live in Burnie?

Burnie is a regional city, originally settled in 1827 as Emu Bay and is best known for its busy container port and major industries as well as being rich in scenic beauty and natural assets from clean beaches fronting Bass Strait to fertile pastoral lands. Burnie is connected with Devonport home to the passenger ferry, Spirit of Tasmania via a four land highway and a 20 minute drive west of Burnie is the Burnie Airport at Wynyard which is serviced daily from Melbourne. Burnie is also the gateway to the magnificent Cradle Mountain and the wild West Coast.

Living in Burnie will unveil a wealth of unexpected places to visit and things to do for you and your family.

Restaurants & Cafés

Restaurants & Cafés You’re never far from great places to eat or drink in Burnie. Coffee and cake and some great dining experiences can be had at around 30 or more establishments throughout Burnie’s CBD or a short drive away. There are then the “fast food” and takeaway restaurants including the multinationals such as, KFC, McDonalds, Hungry Jacks, Subway and Dominos.


Shopping Residents of Burnie have a wide range of shops and services. Burnie has a well developed central business district with several national retailers operating stores. These include; K-Mart, Coles, Woolworths, & Target. These together with hundreds of secondary specialty retailers make it possible to buy almost anything in Burnie. Just outside the CBD there are other major retailers such as; Harvey Norman Superstore, Spotlight, Supercheap Auto and Godfreys.

Real Estate

Real Estate Burnie is primarily a residential area with a commercial and industrial precinct to the east of the CBD. It offers a huge range of affordable properties. Burnie provides spacious free-standing homes, units, apartments and rural/residential lifestyle properties. Not surprisingly, the most sought after local homes capture Bass Strait views.

Schools, Education & Institutions

Schools, Education & Institutions Burnie is very popular with families and it has great childcare and educational services. A range of long-day, family day care providers and outside school hours care operate locally. Burnie is home to 5 primary state schools and 2 high schools. Burnie also offers a choice of 3 Private Schools – which caters to children from preschool to year 12. Burnie also offers its residents tertiary institutions and is home to the Cradle Coast campus of the University of Tasmania.


Transport The Metro Bus service provides transport around the city and its suburbs. There is also a taxi service operating in the area.

Sports, Fitness & Recreation

Sports, Fitness & Recreation Burnie is blessed by indoor and outdoor sporting facilities, all within easy reach. Burnie provides plenty of options when it comes to sport and recreation. Enjoy a beachside boardwalk or try the 17-kilometre walking trail that skirts the city. The Burnie Golf Club is located on a short drive away at Camdale. Residents of Burnie also have plenty of opportunities to get involved in organized sport, with many competitions on offer including tennis, softball, basketball, hockey, netball, football, soccer, bowls, swimming and cricket.


Climate Burnie enjoys a cool temperate climate with four distinct seasons. The average temperature in summer ranges from 12.5 to 21 C with drier days as warm as 30 °C, with around 16 hours of sunshine per day. In winter, temperature ranges from 6 to 13 °C, and only 8 hours of sunshine. Relative humidity averages over 60% for the year in the afternoon.

Burnie averages 994mm of rainfall per year. Most of the rain is in the second half of the year from July to December.

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