Burnie City Council Welcomes 50% Increase in Cruise Ships

Published on 24 October 2018

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 This will be a 50% increase on the current number of visits.

General Manager, Andrew Wardlaw said that Burnie was becoming a key port for Cruise Ships, based on the proximity to Cradle Mountain and attractions such as Wildife Parks, but also because of the welcome passengers receive to Burnie.

“Burnie is fortunate that it attracts a balanced variety of cruise ships. From boutique, to mid-size and large passenger ships.  This provides a range of passenger demographics to our shores.  Those who may never have an opportunity to visit our State again and long term opportunity for return visitation to further explore North West Tasmania.”

“Burnie consistently scores very highly in passenger satisfaction compared to other Australian ports.”

“Passengers comment positively on the mayoral welcome, along with the great help our volunteers provide throughout the city.”

Mr Wardlaw said the increase in visitation justified Council’s investment in supporting Cruise Ships, but more importantly demonstrated the positive outcomes from the investment in infrastructure at the Burnie Port by Tasports.

“The addition of a mooring dolphin to accommodate longer ships has been vital to attracting larger ships, and the installation of shelters for passengers has been well accepted”.

“Council also appreciates the support by Tasports to the provision of shuttle busses from the Port into the City”.

Mr Wardlaw said Council was looking to assist the Cradle Coast Authority and other Councils in developing new visitor product for cruise ship passengers.

“Cruise Ships will only continue to visit if there are experiences for passengers to enjoy. As passenger numbers increase, it will be important to have a suite of different attractions across the region.”

by Mayor Alvwyn Boyd