Cradle Coast campuses

Our learning centres offer a gateway to the incredible North West, a region brimming with outdoor adventure, food trails and an enviable coastal lifestyle.

We'll put you alongside community and industry as you enjoy a world-class student experience.

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Cradle Coast campus

We’ve opened our brand-new waterfront campus at West Park in Burnie - a place of learning, cultural and recreational activities for many decades. Here, you’ll get to make the most of interactive learning in our immersive teaching rooms, connect with your peers in social spaces, and be part of a vibrant community precinct.

The campus – known as the Field Building – is distinctive to the Cradle Coast. Its shape reflects the headlands that stretch along the rugged Bass Strait coastline, while the green roof speaks to the rich North West landscapes. The Domestic Arts building - the last surviving structure from the original Burnie High School - lives on as an important feature of the campus, honouring the history of the site while celebrating its future.

Enjoy the neighbouring beach and boardwalk between classes, or head downtown to check out the nearby shopping district.

As part of our city move, we’ve been introducing an exciting range of courses that serve the region and allow people from our community to study closer to home.

Features of the new campus

The $52 million campus was co-designed with input from the community, students and staff, and funded through contributions from Local, State and Federal Governments as well as the University. You’ll find:

  • Contemporary teaching and learning environments
  • State-of-the-art nursing simulation labs
  • Gathering spaces, including a central courtyard
  • A bike storage and repair facility
  • Publicly accessible café and library
New Cradle Coast campus at West Park.

West Park staged works

Contractor activity is continuing across sections of West Park to complete staged works which include:

  • expanding the Little Penguin habitat,
  • building a new home for the City of Burnie Brass Band and Burnie Highland Pipe Band,
  • converting the railway corridor into a community bike path, and
  • creating a shared car park for site users.
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Full completion of the remaining staged works is expected in the second half of 2023. Vehicle and pedestrian access will be impacted in different areas at varying times as works progress. For your safety, please observe all access signage around the site. Thank you for your ongoing understanding and cooperation.

Contractor activity has been temporarily paused on site due to unforeseen delays:

Main car park:

The University is building a new car park that will serve users of the whole West Park precinct. As a university that takes pride in leading positive, environmental change, it has always been important to deliver a low-carbon car park that considers and blends with the surrounding headland landscape and reflects the community’s expectation that sustainability and the environment are prioritised at West Park. Our preferred low-carbon surfacing material was found to be unsuitable during testing, so we are currently exploring an alternative sustainable option.

Car park completion timeframes are still to be confirmed, as this is dependent on sourcing sample panels and successful testing, but at this stage we estimate the car park to be finished around March 2023. While the car park works are on hold, we are looking at every way possible to safely reopen pedestrian access along the coastal path bordering this area until contractor activity fully resumes. As this will be a shared car park, it is important we take the time to ensure we get the right outcome and the best long-term result for site users and the environment.

Remaining staged works:

The remaining works on site will commence once the main car park has been completed and members from the City of Burnie Brass Band and Burnie Highland Pipe Band transition to their new home, enabling their existing facilities to be safely dismantled. The remaining works include regenerating and expanding the Little Penguin habitat, full completion of the coastal walkway, converting the railway corridor into a new bike path and final landscaping.

The University commenced construction in July 2021 on a new $1.7 million facility that is being built for Burnie City Council as the future home of the City of Burnie Brass Band and Burnie Highland Pipe Band. The development will support each band to continue its community contribution and have an ongoing presence at West Park. The new facility is located on the western side of the precinct, and band members will continue to have access to their existing rooms until construction of the new facility is finalised and they have transitioned to this space. Completion of the development is expected around the end of this year.

While the car park is being completed, alternative parking arrangements are in place. Some existing parking areas at West Park are being temporarily reserved for permit holders between Monday – Friday, 7.30am – 4pm. Outside of these hours, visitors are welcome to utilise the parking spaces unless they are signed otherwise. Parking is reserved for users of The Point in its adjacent car park, and there is dedicated visitor parking for the University’s Field Building opposite the western campus entrance. These temporary arrangements will continue until construction of the main car park has been completed. In line with our development approval, parking at West Park will only be available for users of the precinct’s facilities - city commuter parking is not returning.

Site activity

  • Days of site activity: Monday - Friday (excluding public holidays), with occasional weekend work
  • Working hours: 7am - 5.20pm
  • Site Manager: Liam von Bibra 0419 157 150 or lvonbibra@fairbrother.com.au

Accommodation

At our West Park apartments, you can find yourself living steps away from our new Cradle Coast campus.

These apartments fall under the National Rental Affordability Scheme. This gives you access to the best of Burnie on a student's budget.

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Services and facilities

Our purpose-built teaching and learning facilities are inclusive and accessible with a range of amenities and resources, both on-site and nearby. All University of Tasmania campuses are now fully smoke-free and have COVID-19 safety measures in place.

Maps showing the locations of our on-campus amenities can be found in the Maps of Burnie campuses section below. Amenities include:

  • Cabin coffee operates the café at our new campus, bringing with them a very strong commitment to local, seasonal produce and quality coffee.

    Opening hours are Monday- Friday, 8am-3pm.
  • You’ll find our Unigym at the Burnie Surf Life Saving Club nearby, where you’ll have access to a small boutique weights and cardio area and group fitness classes. Limited memberships are available. Please email burnie.sport@utas.edu.au for more information.
  • Discounted memberships are also on offer for students at Anytime Fitness.

Our new Cradle Coast campus library is open to the community. It has a range of print and electronic resources to help with your studies, as well as a 24/7 returns point.

Some library learning hubs offer 24-hour access. However, access to the libraries varies depending on the academic year. Please check the current Library opening hours.

Phone: +61 3 6430 4985

You are welcome to feed your child wherever you feel comfortable on campus. In addition, facilities are available for staff and students who need a private space to breastfeed/express milk.

Find out more about the facilities, including what is available in the rooms, opening times, and a guide on children on campus, go to breastfeeding.

Room locations

CampusLocation
Cradle CoastRoom 106 near the main campus entrance

Further information about Campus Services

Campus locations

Campus addresses

University of Tasmania
Cradle Coast campus
West Park precinct
4-8 Bass Highway
BURNIE TASMANIA 7320
AUSTRALIA

T: +61 3 6226 2999


Student Centre / UConnect hours:
Monday – Friday, 8.45am - 5pm
24/7 swipe card access available for students and staff

Cradle Coast campus addresses - location and postal All Cradle Coast post boxes

Campus maps

Maps include building names and purposes; automated external defibrillators (AED); emergency points; bicycle facilities, electric car charging, car parking and parking voucher machines; bus stops; showers; water refill stations and community gardens.

Maps are updated on a regular basis as our campuses transform.

Cradle coast - West Park campus map