Burnie is a port city on the north-west coast of Tasmania. Burnie is governed by the City of Burnie local government area. At the 2011 Australian Census the local government area recorded a population of 19,329.
Burnie is a thriving city, with plenty to do and see and a central location to many tourist destinations.
The key industries are heavy manufacturing, forestry, farming and nearby mining towns. The Burnie port is the fifth largest container port in Australia.
Tasmania’s third largest hospital, The North West Regional Hospital, is located on Brickport Road, in Burnie. It provides both in and outpatient services for general medicine, general surgery, orthopaedics and paediatrics.
Burnie has a central business district with several national retailers.
Other amenities include multi-function “Burnie Arts and Function Centre” (formerly known as the Civic Centre), post office, police station, supreme court, public and private hospital, as well as numerous sporting and social organisations.
Burnie is also home to the Cradle Coast campus of the University of Tasmania, and campuses of the Tasmanian Polytechnic and the Tasmanian Academy. There are a variety of private and public primary and high schools in the area.
Burnie Airport is located in the adjacent town of Wynyard, a 20 minute drive from the City of Burnie.
Burnie Port is Tasmania’s largest general cargo port and Australia’s fifth largest container port. It is the nearest Tasmanian port to Melbourne and the Australian mainland.
Burnie is connected with Devonport via the four lane Bass Highway and a rail link which is used for freight purposes. Burnie is also connected to the west coast of Tasmania by the Murchison Highway.
Bus service Metro Tasmania provides transport around the city and its suburbs. Redline Coaches provides daily coach services to several towns and to the city of Hobart.
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 sunlight per day. In winter, temperature ranges from 6 to 13 °C, and only 8 hours of sunlight. Relative humidity averages over 60% for the year in the afternoon.
Burnie averages 994 mm of rainfall per year. Most of the rain is during the cooler months from May to October. The summer months bring constant daily sunshine and only occasional rainfall with temperatures up to 30 °C on the warmest and driest days. Nearly every day from January to March has a maximum temperature of 20–25 °C.
Australian rules football is popular in Burnie. The city’s team is the Burnie Dockers Football Club in the Tasmanian State League. They are the current reigning premiers and their ground is West Park Oval.
Rugby union is also played in Burnie. The local club is the Burnie Rugby Union Club. They are the current Tasmanian Rugby Union Statewide Division Two Premiers and were promoted to the Statewide First Division for the 2008 season. Their nickname is “The Mighty Emus”. The club has been in existence since 1953 but at the end of the 1980s, were forced into a temporary absence from all competitions and relinquishing their place in the state-wide First Division. Their home ground is McKenna Park Sporting Complex located on Three Mile Line.
Soccer is also represented on the north coast with Burnie United FC having four teams compete in the northern premier league, the women’s team, under 18 team, reserve team and division one team.
Burnie hosts an ATP Challenger Tour tennis event, the McDonald’s Burnie International, during the week following the Australian Open.
The Advocate is the region’s newspaper, its mailroom is located in Burnie while press operations were ceased in mid-2008 and relocated to Launceston.
Burnie has access to the ABC, SBS, WIN and Southern Cross television stations. The fifth channel, Tasmanian Digital Television, has recentlystarted transmitting from the tower at Round Hill, east of the suburb of South Burnie. Foxtel can also be connected in Burnie.
This great town continues to grow and thrive as the local people come together to ensure the future of the city is maintained.