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Burnie
Tasmania
Burnie-20120203-002.jpg
A view of Burnie CBD and port
Population: 19819
Time zone:

 • Summer (DST)

AEST (UTC+10)

AEDT (UTC+11)

Location:
LGA: City of Burnie
State District: Montgomery, Murchision
Federal Division: Braddon
Mean Max Temp Mean Min Temp Annual Rainfall
16.9 °C
62 °F
9.2 °C
49 °F
955.0 mm
37.6 in

Burnie is a port city on the north-west coast of Tasmania. When founded in 1827, Burnie was named Emu Bay but it was renamed for William Burnie, a director of the Van Diemen's Land Company, in the early 1840s.

At the 2011 Australian Census Burnie had an urban population of 19,819, making it the fourth largest city in Tasmania. Burnie together with nearby Wynyard had an estimated urban population of 26,869 at June 2015. Burnie is governed by the City of Burnie local government area.

Facilities and education

Tasmania's third largest hospital, The North West Regional Hospital is on Brickport Road. 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. Just outside the CBD there are other major retailers including: Harvey Norman Superstore; Spotlight; Godfreys; SuperCheap Auto.

Other amenities include the 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. The University of Tasmania campus includes the Cuthbertson Research Laboratores run by the Tasmanian Institute of Agricultural Research.

With several Christian churches including Burnie City Church with services Sundays as well as events throughout the week.

Transport

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 was once Australia's fifth largest container port. It is the nearest Tasmanian port to Melbourne and the Australian mainland. As with other ports in Tasmania, it is operated by the government owned TasPorts. The port currently operates as a container port with a separate terminal for the exportation of woodchips. The port was planned to be expanded in 2013 so that it could accommodate extra freight from the proposed north-west mines in the Tarkine.

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.

Suburbs

Climate

Burnie has an oceanic climate with mild summers and cool winters. The average temperature in summer ranges from 12 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.

Climate data for Burnie (Round Hill 1944-2016)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 33.8
(92.8)
31.0
(87.8)
28.9
(84)
26.2
(79.2)
24.0
(75.2)
18.9
(66)
18.3
(64.9)
18.9
(66)
22.4
(72.3)
27.6
(81.7)
31.5
(88.7)
31.2
(88.2)
33.8
(92.8)
Average high °C (°F) 21.1
(70)
21.3
(70.3)
20.1
(68.2)
17.8
(64)
15.3
(59.5)
13.5
(56.3)
12.8
(55)
13.2
(55.8)
14.4
(57.9)
16.0
(60.8)
17.8
(64)
19.5
(67.1)
16.9
(62.4)
Average low °C (°F) 12.7
(54.9)
13.3
(55.9)
12.0
(53.6)
10.0
(50)
8.3
(46.9)
6.8
(44.2)
6.0
(42.8)
6.1
(43)
6.9
(44.4)
8.0
(46.4)
9.7
(49.5)
11.1
(52)
9.2
(48.6)
Record low °C (°F) 2.8
(37)
3.9
(39)
3.5
(38.3)
0.5
(32.9)
0.0
(32)
-1.1
(30)
-1.7
(28.9)
-2.0
(28.4)
0.0
(32)
-0.8
(30.6)
1.0
(33.8)
2.9
(37.2)
-2.0
(28.4)
Precipitation mm (inches) 44.7
(1.76)
43.4
(1.709)
51.7
(2.035)
73.0
(2.874)
94.4
(3.717)
102.5
(4.035)
124.0
(4.882)
110.4
(4.346)
88.2
(3.472)
84.6
(3.331)
69.2
(2.724)
63.1
(2.484)
955.0
(37.598)
Source: Bureau of Meteorology

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