Founded in 1827, it was originally named Emu Bay, then renamed after William Burnie, in the early 1840s. As of 2019, Burnie had an urban population of 19,550

Burnie is a port city on the north-west coast of Tasmania’s North West Coast, overlooking Emu Bay. The city has a proud industrial past and is a vibrant place to visit. Dense rainforest once surrounded Burnie, but this slowly disappeared as fortunes were made felling and milling timber for its now closed pulp mill. Since its closure, the city has reinvented itself as a city of makers and creators.

For nature lovers or those just wanting to stretch their legs, there are several waterfalls on the city’s edge, good bushwalks and on the way into (or out of) town there’s a stunning 12-hectare rhododendron garden.

Also nearby is the Fernglade Platypus Sanctuary.
Burnie is a 35-min drive (49 km) west of Devonport and around a 90-min drive (110 km) from Cradle Mountain.