South Burnie, Tasmania

South Burnie is a locality and suburb of Burnie in the local government area of City of Burnie, in the North West region of Tasmania. It is located about 2.5 kilometres (1.6 mi) south-east of the town of Burnie. The Bass Highway passes from south-east to north-west along the shore of Bass Strait, which forms part of the northern boundary. The Emu River forms part of the eastern boundary.[2] The 2016 census determined a population of 331 for the state suburb of South Burnie.[1]

South Burnie
South Burnie
Coordinates41°04′04″S 145°54′51″E
Population331 (2016)[1]
Location2.5 km (2 mi) SE of Burnie
LGA(s)City of Burnie
RegionNorth West Tasmania
State electorate(s)Braddon
Federal Division(s)Braddon
Localities around South Burnie:
Burnie Bass Strait Bass Strait
Hillcrest South Burnie Wivenhoe
Upper Burnie Brooklyn Emu Heights


The municipal area of City of Burnie, of which South Burnie is part, was proclaimed a city on 26 Apr 1988. It was previously named Emu Bay Municipality.[3] The municipality and the bay to its north were named for the Emu River, which was named in 1827 for emu tracks seen in the vicinity.[4] Burnie, and thus South Burnie, was named for William Burnie, who was the Director of the Van Diemen's Land Company.[5]

Road infrastructure

The C112 route (Massy-Greene Drive) terminates at the Bass Highway in South Burnie. It runs south through the locality to Emu Heights, and from there provides access to the B18 route (Ridgley Highway) which leads to the Murchison Highway.[6]


  1. "2016 Census Quick Stats South Burnie (Tas.)". Australian Bureau of Statistics. 23 October 2017. Retrieved 2 December 2018.
  2. Google (2 December 2018). "South Burnie, Tasmania" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 2 December 2018.
  3. "Placenames Tasmania - City of Burnie". Placenames Tasmania. Retrieved 3 December 2018. Search, enter 24716D, Search, select row, show Details
  4. "Placenames Tasmania - Emu Bay". Placenames Tasmania. Retrieved 3 December 2018. Search, enter 1650P, Search, select row, show Details
  5. "Burnie, Tasmania". Aussie Towns. 2018. Retrieved 4 December 2018.
  6. "Tasmanian Road Route Codes" (PDF). Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water & Environment. May 2017. Retrieved 2 December 2018.

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