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Discover the Cradle Coast campus

Are you a commencing or continuing Cradle Coast student? Here’s some key info to support your 2023 campus experience.

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The Cradle Coast campus is located at West Park, 4 – 8 Bass Highway, Burnie. Known as the Field Building, it supports students who are undertaking study on campus, at a University of Tasmania site elsewhere, or by distance.

Where do I park and enter the building?

Student parking spaces can be viewed here. These are only temporary until the new car park is completed in April. Download your permit application. The main entrance to the Field Building is on the western side opposite The Point, but you can also enter/exit next to the café and through the South-West roadside revolving doors. It is only possible to exit via the Domestic Arts building.

Image showing entry and exit points at the Cradle Coast campus
There are multiple locations to enter and exit the new campus.

When is the campus open, and how do I find my way around?

Monday – Friday, 8.45am – 5pm, with 24/7 access via your Student ID which serves as your building swipe card. There are wayfinding screens inside or you can check out the floor plan on Unimaps. UConnect staff can help with directions, and we also host monthly community tours of the building which are open to everyone.

Aadian and Brett - our UConnect staff on campus
Our UConnect staff on campus - Aadian and Brett

What facilities can I access?

  • Computers, bookable spaces for individual study or group work, and single study booths in the Library - all on Level 1
  • Student kitchenette on Level 1
  • A student community lounge in the Domestic Arts building where you can relax, play pool and participate in community activities
  • A quiet reflection room for anyone needing a quiet space on campus
  • Public café operated by Burnie Community House (open Tues – Thurs, 8.30am - 3pm)
  • Break-out / informal seating areas across both levels
  • A bike hub with undercover storage racks, a drink bottle refill station and bike repair station
  • A central courtyard and outdoor seating around the campus
A photo of the library inside the Cradle Coast campus at West Park
The library at West Park includes study booths equipped with power points and there are desktop computers too. Members of the public are also welcome to borrow from the collection.

What support services are available at the Cradle Coast campus?

UConnect can assist with all student enquiries. The team can also connect you with:

  • A Student Advisor who can help you adapt to your course and university life
  • A Learning and Research Librarian
  • Free and confidential counselling
  • An Aboriginal Community Engagement Officer and the Riawunna Centre which has a dedicated lounge near the main entrance and supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students

Are there social and recreational opportunities?

There’s a range of events and experiences during the year where you can connect with your student community. Join the Cradle Coast Orientation, and visit UTAS Events, UTAS Cradle Coast, UTASLife, and TUSA Cradle Coast, or download the UniApp to find out what’s upcoming. Students can join the Tasmanian University Student Association (TUSA) and there is a part-time TUSA Support Officer on campus.

The Unigym is a short walk away inside the Burnie Surf Life Saving Club where limited memberships are on offer, or you can sign up for a discounted membership with Anytime Fitness.

A photo of the Unigym facilities in Burnie
The Burnie Unigym is co-located at the nearby Burnie Surf Life Saving Club.

When will construction activity on site be complete?

In the second half of 2023. Over the coming months, contractors will be completing projects including the main car park, landscaping and the refurbishment of the nearby Makers building. Visit our Facebook page and website for updates and upcoming impacts.

The new car park which is under construction at West Park
The main car park is due for completion in April.

For more campus info, visit your Student Portal or contact UConnect on 1300 826 663 / +61 3 6226 6111 or

We look forward to welcoming you and wish you all the best for the year ahead.