Tasmania's North West

Burnie welcomes cruise ship passengers into its busy port to spend the day exploring the city and region. 

Things to know about your day in port are:

Entry into the City of Burnie:

Passengers and Crew arriving in Burnie will be welcomed portside by staff and volunteers of the city. 

Restrictions to accessing the Burnie Port area

The Burnie Port is Australia’s 5th largest container seaport and is an extremely busy area. Therefore shuttle buses are the only means of exiting and entering the cruise dock areas. 

Security access requirements are high. Upon entering the port, buses will be met by security personnel and it is a requirement that passengers and crew show their ship access passes.

Shuttle Bus Service

A free shuttle bus service assists passengers from the port area to the Burnie Visitor Information Centre located at the tourism centre Makers’ Workshop.  There are also designated stops at the Burnie Regional Museum and Art Gallery and Burnie's CBD.

Operating times of the shuttle bus service is pre-arranged with ship organisers.  Shuttles generally start no earlier than 8:00am or 1.5 hour after estimated docking time.  The last shuttle bus returning to the wharf is 1 hour prior to departure.

It is suggested that information is obtained from the specific cruise ship just prior to arrival to confirm times.

Onboard organised Ship Tours of Burnie and its region:

If a shore tour has been booked on board the ship, buses will be portside.  Passengers are generally given a sticker indicating the tour bus and escorted to the correct bus. If a tour has been booked with a private company, passenger pick up and drop off will be at Makers’ Workshop (Stop 1 on the shuttle bus route). 

Pick up by relatives, friends and private tour operators

It is advisable that all passengers and crew being being met by relatives, friends or private tour operators, catch the shuttle bus to Makers’ Workshop and be “picked up and dropped off” at the same point to catch a shuttle bus back to the ship. 

Tasmania’s Climate

Tasmania's has a cool temperate climate, sunny in summer and crisp in winter. There are four distinct seasons, each with its own appeal, and the reverse of North America and Europe.

The average maximum daily summer temperatures are between 17 and 23 degrees Celsius and winter daily temperatures sit between 3 and 11 degrees Celsius.

Rainfall varies dramatically from east to west. Hobart is Australia's second driest city with an annual rainfall of 626mm (24"). On Tasmania’s West Coast, the rainforests thrive on an average of 2400mm (95").

Regardless of where you travel in Tasmania you should be prepared for sudden, temporary changes in the weather. Always carry additional warm clothing, including a waterproof outer layer.