8.1 out of 10

Burnie

Ranked 6th best suburb in Mersey-Lyell
-41.0537254475168 145.907000894699
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  • Eating Out
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Schools
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
Dec 29, 2016

"A lovely coastal town"

A lovely good-sized port city. Many of the major retailers and eateries are here; enough to satisfy the fussiest of us. A lovely beach area and promenade. Friendly people! Magnificent views of Bass Strait and the Southern Ocean from just about everywhere in town. Would live here for sure, and will be in the future. So impressed, I'm buying a house here for my retirement. No boarded over shop windows. Contented people! Reasonably priced real estate (for the moment anyway)! I envisage house prices rising rapidly here in the future. The views of Bass Strait from the Bass Highway are super. Clean streets! Good hotels! Well done to the efforts to all who live in this gem of a town!
Pros
  • Cheap
  • Everything you need
  • Not too busy
  • Great in Summer
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Sep 12, 2016

"Burnie - a city turning itself around and quietly becoming a great place to live and work!"

As a mainlander from a large capital city, making the big decision to move to a small regional city of 20,000 people was a big decision! Sure, I moved for work, but I didn't expect to enjoy Burnie as much as I now do. Why? Prior to packing up and moving, all I'd heard was "Burnie? That's an old industrial eyesore in the middle of nowhere, with no jobs and no prospects".

Having lived here almost 6 months now, I can tell you that politely, that is all a load of garbage! Burnie has changed so much from its rougher industrial past. Literally, the council spent a lot of money beautifying the beachfront and it is now very desirable! I love taking the kids down to the beach to play on weekends, and I feel safe.

The other thing I love? The sense of community and friendliness that I guess is consummate with many areas of Tasmania. As the bigger cities become more inpersonal, dog-eat-dog, and outwardly aggressive (you try driving in Sydney...!), places like Burnie are just lovely. At 20,000 it is a touch too big for everyone to 'know everyone', but you'll find that many people are well connected within the community and are so friendly to one another.

We have a very proactive and passionate mayor who is working to re-set the economy and stimulate it for jobs growth in the future. Oh and just on jobs - what a turnaround! Sure, Tas stopped producing much pulp. paper, and wood (which used to get boxed and thrown onto big ships in Burnie's port - the largest of all Tasmania!), and this stop in forestry did hurt jobs and Burnie's prosperity. That has changed so much now. Why/What is leading this revolution of the economy here? One word: China. Chinese just love all of the dairy and 'healthy products' like baby formula, honey, and vitamins that Tasmania produces in abundance. Guess what else, as the state's largest port (and convenient shipping route direct to China and direct to Melbourne above), the port is getting busy boxing up Aussie health goods through to the Chinese mothership. And this is creating jobs.

With South Cape Cheese now exporting direct to China from Burnie, and other dairy/food-based startups now beginning to export via Burnie, jobs are looking up. The mayor is also building education capabilities for once-manufacturing workers to re-skill into 'intelligent' manufacturing. The town is growing again and its great to see because for me and my family, Burnie has been a great seachange in our lives!

Oh and you know what else? Houses here are cheap. I mean ridiculously cheap compared to the major cap cities. You can get a nice 3-bed family home in central Burnie, near the beach, shops, and schools, with a nice yard, for 1/5th the price of a Sydney or Melbourne boxy little house in the far-flung suburbs. ONE FIFTH! With NBN now up and running throughout, more attention to parks, public places, and the foreshore (Do a Google image search for "Burnie Foreshore" and you'll see the improvement and amenity), the city is changing for the better - and rapidly!
Pros
  • Employment prospects
  • Cheap
  • Everything you need
  • Not too busy
Cons
  • Lacking the full retail shops of Hobart/Launceston
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Students
  • Beach Lovers
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Burnie, the city by the sea"

Before i moved to launceston to start my career with ray white launceston. I grew up in this great town and let me tell you i would not have it any other way. Having the luxury of being a minute away from the beach was a delight for me and my friends. Lately burnie is starting to make some good changes aswell with a bunnings on its way, plenty more food places for people to experience the this great little city by the sea is getting better and better. I love to get back there any chance i get and will continue to do so. I recommend this place to anyone.
Pros
  • Luxurious
  • Great in Summer
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
philf1
philf1 I second this. Burnie does have its industrial past and yes that does show along parts of the city's coastline and beaches. But the upside is that Burnie City Council has invested so much in beautifying the beachfront and turning it into an actual desirable place to spend time! Greenery, trees, art installations, cafe's, and a new walkway along the beach itself has added so much to the city. The town center also seems busier these days which is probably due to jobs starting to come back and the economy strengthening. There are some great schools in the area and a very peaceful, quiet pace of life here. A great spot.
Sep 12, 2016
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Big Bad Burnie"

Burnie is a seaside city with everything you need, and nothing you want. There is everything you need for day to day living, and it isn't too much hassle to drive to Launceston if you want to do bigger shopping. There are plenty of good resturants and many things to do and see.

I have lived there for nearly 20 years. Its a nice place to be.
Pros
  • Cheap
  • Not too busy
  • Everything you need
Cons
  • Shorewell
  • Skaterboarders and smokers hanging outside Kmart building
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Beach Lovers
3/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Transition--- can a leopard change its spots?"

Burnie has undergone some fundamental changes in recent years, from being labelled the 'dirtiest city in Australia' to a semi tourist driven sea change destination. A more accurate description would be somewhere in between. One thing Burnie has definately done well is to utilise its beach/seaside area.... one of the only cities in Tasmania to do so. Although the port still remains an eyesore, it is essential to the longivity of the city itself, and so is therefore necessary. The extinction of heavy industry inclusing ''tioxide'' and the scaling back of operations of the local pulp mill, has transformed the water colour back to a crystal blue green, which at times can be spectacular, while some innovation decisions from local council and enterprising individuals have cultured local niche industries, thereby establishing some cultural relevance for the city. Thus the city may be emerging from its heavy history with a fresh look, however whether it will be able to do so without sacrificing many jobs and thus momentum will be for the future to decide. Shopping and nightlife has historically been substandard. While the nightlife remains so, new shopping stores, particularly for women, have dramatically improved. Burnie also has a disproportionately large number of eateries for its size, some good, some bad, however the majority of good operators are located in the cafe and what I would describe as semi-fine dining sector. Burnie has some great art-deco buildings scattered throughout the city, and some classical victorian houses near the city, however overall the houses are quite ugly and uninspired. The city does feature some historically important buidings that remain in good condition, although many of these features remain covered by advertising.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Family Friendly Town"

Great vibrant and progressive town with excellent shopping facilities all within the easily accessable CBD proximity, Modern Cinema, Hospital and University, great schools both public and private, Award winning Beachfront and tourism facilities, huge variety of Cafe's and Restaurants with beachfront dining, overall a great place to move the family to with no traffic and hassle free lifestyle!
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"A beautiful city so close to the sea,parks and countryside."

Quiet and laid-back, Burnie offers a relaxing pace of life...far away from the "big city" hustle and bustle and yet close enough to seek it out should one so choose.

Burnie has certainly come a long way in recent years without losing it's appeal.

Family friendly, safe and secure city with a lot to offer.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees