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Cradle Coast Region


The Cradle Coast Region is located in north-western and western Tasmania and comprises nine local government areas: Burnie City, Central Coast Council area, Circular Head Council area, Devonport City, Kentish Council area, King Island Council area, Latrobe Council area, Waratah-Wynyard Council area and West Coast Council area. The Cradle Coast Region encompasses a total land area of nearly 23,000 square kilometres. The Cradle Coast Region features both urban and rural areas. The urban areas include residential, industrial and commercial land use. More than 75% of the Region’s population is concentrated in the towns and cities along the coastal strip between Wynyard and Latrobe, with the two major centres being Burnie and Devonport. Smaller townships are located at Latrobe, Penguin, Port Sorell, Queenstown, Railton, Rosebery, Sheffield, Smithton, Somerset, Stanley, Strahan, Tullah, Ulverstone, Waratah, Wynyard and Zeehan, with numerous smaller villages.

Key employment sectors in the Cradle Coast Region include manufacturing, retail trade, health care and social assistance, agriculture forestry and fishing, education and training, accommodation and food services and tourism, and to a lesser extent, mining. Manufacturing employment relates largely to agricultural processing (eg. dairies, abattoirs and vegetable processing). The main retail centres in the Cradle Coast Region are located in the small townships and villages, with the largest being the Burnie and Devonport CBDs. Health care facilities include one major public hospital (North West Regional Hospital), four smaller public hospitals (Smithton District Hospital, King Island Hospital and Health Centre, Mersey Community Hospital and West Coast District Hospital), one small private hospital (North West Private Hospital), and various aged care facilities. Land is used largely for agriculture, particularly dairy and beef farming and vegetable and crop growing, with some poppy and pyrethrum growing, and timber production. Commercial fishing and aquaculture (including oysters, lobsters, abalone and kelp harvesting) are important industries, particularly in the coastal and offshore areas. Educational facilities are provided at TasTAFE (Burnie, Devonport and Smithton Campuses), the University of Tasmania (Cradle Coast Campus) and numerous schools. Tourism is an important industry, with numerous national parks, conservation areas, nature reserves, rivers, beaches, waterfalls, small islands, cruises, accommodation places, wineries and attractions.

Cradle Coast Region

NOTE: The land use shown in the map is derived from ABS Mesh Block categories. Mesh Blocks broadly identify land use and are not designed to provide definitive land use. It is purely an indicator of the main planned land use for a Mesh Blocks. For more information please refer to ABS Mesh Block categories.

Transportation Networks

  • Bass Highway
  • Lyell Highway
  • Murchison Highway
  • Ridgley Highway
  • Zeehan Highway
  • Spirit of Tasmania Ferry
  • Devonport Port
  • Port of Burnie
  • Burnie Airport
  • Devonport Airport
  • King Island Airport


  • Launceston GPO 50-270km
  • Hobart GPO 150-350km

Major Industrial Precincts

  • Devonport Port
  • Port of Burnie
  • Port of Currie (King Island)
  • Port of Grassy (King Island)
  • Lake Margaret Power Station
  • Burnie township (suburbs of Burnie, Havenview, Round Hill, South Burnie and Wivenhoe)
  • Devonport township (suburbs of Devonport, East Devonport, Miandetta, Quoiba and Spreyton)
  • Railton
  • Smithton township (various locations)
  • Somerset township (around McKays Rd)
  • Ulverstone (various locations)
  • Wesley Vale
  • Wynyard township (around Burnie airport)