Burnie's slogan 'City of Contrasts' describes the nature of this rich and diverse regional city.

While the city is dominated by the busy waterfront - the fifth largest container port in Australia - it offers a contrasting hinterland to tempt any tourist.

Burnie occupies a key position on Tasmania`s tourist circuit.

It is the gateway to the rich mining and scenic areas of the west coast and the historic and scenic far north-west.

The city is richly endowed with cultural facilities that promote a wide range of performing arts and fine arts.

A unique multifunctional Civic Centre provides theatre and convention facilities for local, state, national and world-standard concerts and conferences.

The complex includes the Regional Art Gallery, which provides a continuing program of national and international exhibitions and works from its own collection.

The nearby Pioneer Village Museum, which houses almost 20,000 items from the turn of the century, is housed in a unique Visitors Centre, which also contains the Tasmanian Travel and Information Centre, departure and arrival lounge for the Burnie Airport and tearooms.

Behind the industrial and commercial facade Burnie boasts fine gardens and natural beauty. Fernglade features a tranquil bush setting in which platypus can be seen surfacing.

Romaine Park Reserve highlights a boardwalk, lake and training track.

A must for visitors is the on-site tasting shop at the factory of world-renowned cheesemaker Lactos on Surrey Road, The Emu Valley Rhododendron Garden and privately run Annsleigh Gardens.



Sightseeing Opportunities (Half Day)

  • Wilderness
  • Cradle Mountain
  • Stanley
  • Table Cape
  • Rhododendron Garden

Sightseeing Opportunities (Full Day)

  • Cradle Mountain
  • Sheffield

Dining (Best Restaurants for Lunch and Dinner)

  • Flannery's
  • Fortuna Gardens Chinese Restaurant
  • Golden Palace Chinese Restaurant
  • Li Yin Chinese Restaurant
  • Mallee Grill
  • Mandarin Palace
  • Moods Restaurant and Piano Bar (Burnie Town House)
  • Raindrops
  • Rialto Gallery Restaurant
  • The Burnleigh
  • Weller's Seafood Restaurant

Evening Entertainment

  • Nightclubs

Best Hotels

  • Apartments Down Town
  • Burnie Town House
  • Glen Osborne House
  • Hillside Motor Inn
  • Ocean View Motel
  • Voyager Motor Inn
  • Wellers Inn
  • Wellers Executive Suites

Best Beaches

  • Coastline of beautiful beaches

Golf Courses

  • Camdale
  • Penguin
  • Seabrook
  • Wynyard

Tennis Courts

  • Burnie Tennis Club
  • West Park Grove

Other Sporting Activities

  • Bowls clubs at Parklands, South Burnie and Ridgley
  • Outdoor and indoor sports centre

Best Shopping Areas

  • City centre

Specialty Products

  • Lactos cheese
  • Australian Paper
  • Tasmanian Forest Waters (natural waters and juices)



Working hours

Customs Officers 24 hours
Quarantine Officials 24 hours
Immigration Officials As for Customs

Customs and Immigration

Passenger Manifest Three copies at the first port of call with one copy to Immigration with the passengers card one copy to Customs and the third copy to remain on board the ship.
Embarking Passenger Manifest 3 copies - 1 to Customs 1 to Port 1 stays
Crew Manifest 2 - 1 at first port to Immigration 2nd stays.
Stores List 2 (Aust. Customs Service and Sydney Ports Corporation
Customs Declaration (Ship) 1 (Australian Customs Service)
Customs Declaration (Crew) 2 (Australian Customs Service)
Forms Comments All forms listed above are produced at the first Australian port of call and then one copy of each form travels on board the ship to be produced at subsequent ports.
Customs Declaration (Passengers) One at first Australian port of call only.

Port health

Health Declaration One (pratique) at first Australian port of call only


Ground Operations

The following Ground Handlers are CDU members and supply superior ground handling services throughout Australia.

Port Approach


Arrival Departure Restrictions 24 hour port
Tidal Variation 3 metres
Prevailing Currents Negligible
Prevailing Winds SW to NW
Length of Channel Breakwater port no channel
Depth of Channel 10 metres in approaches
Comments Restriction on movements of vessels deeper than 9 metres draft

Depth and breadth of turning basin

Location of Turning Basin 460m diameter
Depth 10m


Pilotage Name Tasmanian Ports Corporation
Pilotage Address See Port Operator
Is Pilotage Compulsory Yes
Position of Pilot Pickup At Pilot Boarding Ground
Distance from Berth 3 n.m
Pilot VHF Channel 16 & 12
Pilot Hours 24 hours
Pilotage Fees On request


Port Services

Shipping agents

The following ACA member offers superior service throughout the region.

Port Operations/Services

Inchcape Shipping Services - Devonport Office
Address Level 2 Tasports building, 48 Formby Road
  Devonport  TAS  7310
Telephone +61 3 6423 6152
24 hour contact +61 3 6423 6152

+61 3 6423 6142

Website www.iss-shipping.com


Contact Karlie Taylor


Are tugs available Yes
Are tugs compulsory No
Tug operator`s name Tasports Towage
Tug operator`s fax Via Port Operator
Ship or tug lines Tug lines
Tug working hours 24 hours


Working hours See Qube Ports

Port Officials

Working hours 24 hours
Overtime No


Stevedoring Name For details of suitable stevedores, please contact the Shipping Agent


For details of several quality, competitively priced provedores please contact the Shipping Agent.


Telephones Yes
How many As requested
Notice required Seven days


Fuel Grades .D.O
Quay or barge Truck
Suppliers BP Australia


Fresh Water Yes
Exquay or barge Ex quay
No of hoses Three
Capacity per hose/hour 50 tonnes

Dry garbage

Dry garbage Yes
Barge alongside Truck
Containers available Yes
Size of containers As required
Number available As required
Incineration or dump Both
Facilities to transport Yes

Wet garbage

Wet garbage Yes
Ship or shore pump Shore
Sludge disposal Yes

Port Charges

Port charges as per Tasports' Schedule of Charges: www.tasports.com.au

Repair facilities

Nearest dry dock Melbourne
Length n/a
Maximum Tonnage n/a
Divers Available n/a
Engineering facilities Heavy Engineering repairs available


Port Operator

Port operator

Name Tasmanian Ports Corporation
Address PO Box 202
  Hobart TAS 7001
Telephone +61 1 300 366 742
Facsimile +61 3 6222 6122
Web Site www.tasports.com.au
Email Address burnie@tasports.com.au

Berth details

Berth No. 7 Berth
Maximum draft 11.2 metres
Tidal variation 3 metres
Berth length 250 metres (max ship length)
Guaranteed berthing for cruise ships On application
Are other ships able to dock No
Cargo ships at dock No
Security fences Yes
Berth No.6 Berth
Maximum draft 11.2 metres
Tidal variation 3 metres
Berth length 280 metres
Guaranteed berthing for cruise ships On application
Are other ships able to dock No
Cargo ships at dock No
Security fences Yes
Berth No.5 Berth
Maximum draft 10.7 metres
Tidal variation 3 metres
Berth length 230 metres (max ship length)
Guaranteed berthing for cruise ships On application
Are other ships able to dock No
Cargo ships at dock No
Security fences Yes

Nearest ports

Australia Melbourne
Nearest Overseas Port Auckland



Terminal facilities

Terminal Building nil
Meet and Greet Facilities n/a
Toilet Facilities n/a
Telephones n/a
Availability of Maps and/or Brochures n/a
Souvenir Shopping n/a
Money Exchange n/a
Is the US Dollar Accepted? n/a


Closest Airport to Pier Wynyard Airport
Distance to Airport 17 kms
Transport to Airport Taxis and shuttle buses
Can Passengers Walk to Town Yes
Drive Time from Pier to Shuttle Stop 5 minutes
Distance from Pier to Town Centre On pier
Are Shuttle Buses Necessary No
Suggested Shuttle Stop in Town Main Street
Availability of Taxis at Pier Yes
Availability of Public Transport at Pier Yes
Other Forms of Transport at Pier n/a

Tour buses

Distance from Ship to Tour Buses n/a
What is the Normal Coach Capacity n/a
Are Tour Buses Air Conditioned n/a
Are Refreshments Provided on Buses n/a
Are Cold Towels Provided on Buses n/a
Are Step Stools Provided on Buses n/a



Tourism operators in Tasmania:

Burnie City Council

Port Arthur Historic Site

Tasmanian Travel and Information Centre

Tasports - Devonport

Tasports - Hobart

Tasports - Launceston

Tourism Tasmania