Burnie is encounted when traveling between Launceston and either Cradle Mountain or Smithton. Burnie prides itself on being a manufacturing town. There was a time not that long back that the city was the pollution capitol of Tasmania. Heritage factors do not seem to feature greatly in Burnie.
The town was renamed for William Burnie—a director of a shipping company in the early 1840s. There is a Heritage Museum in the city, but no signs to direct the visitor, so unsighted to enable absorption of the early years.
Today Burnie is still a port town on the north-west coast, originally settled in 1827 as Emu Bay. Key Industries: Heavy machinery manufacturing; forestry; farming. The Burnie port is the fifth largest container port in Australia. The Burnie Port is Tasmania's largest general cargo port and Australia's fifth largest container port
Other amenities include 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 organizations. There is the Penguin attraction