Commercial Operators for Burnie Cruise Visits

Published on 13 October 2022

Burnie Port three ships in port

Cruise ships return on 5 November 2022 – and there are 70,000 passengers and crew arriving in Burnie this financial year! 

Council is seeking businesses to sell their tourism experiences and Makers to sell their artisan products from within Civic Plaza – which will be visitor central during cruise ship visits. 

We are also interested to hear from Mobile Food Vendors that may wish to set up in and around the City during these times.

Submit your Expression of Interest by clicking the link 'Commercial Operators Prospectus 2022/23' below. 

Please share this opportunity with people you know – it is a fantastic opportunity to leverage the return of the cruise ship industry!



Commercial Operator Prospectus 2022/23

Download: Commercial Operator Prospectus


The return of cruise ship visitors to Burnie is exciting for the northwest tourism industry. Some things have changed since the last cruise ships in early 2020, which means we must now adopt a fresh new approach for their return to our region in the 22/23 season. These changes are intended to maximise visitor spend in the Burnie CBD and across the region, minimise impact on Burnie and northwest residents and provide a great visitor experience.

Cruise Buses.PNG
  • Cruise visitors will be transported directly into the Burnie CBD on a shuttle service bus provided by TasPorts.
  • Visitors can disembark at the Burnie Arts Function Centre (BAFC) or at a second drop-off point at West Beach. These drop-off points will also be the cruise shuttle collection points later in the day.
  • The BAFC Civic Plaza will become a pop-up visitor site known as the Discover Burnie Hub. Visitors can access tourist information from our volunteer Burnie Experience Experts who will be situated in the Civic Plaza, supported by Burnie City Council’s new portable visitor information pod.

In the case of inclement weather, the Discover Burnie Hub will be operated inside the BAFC.

  • High Street and Little Alexander Street will be closed for bus and/or permitted vehicle use only, including the TasPorts passenger shuttles, other councils providing shuttles to their towns and private tour/transport operators registered with Burnie City Council.
  • Private tour/transport operators, mobile food vendors, makers and/or other commercial operators can register to situate within the Discover Burnie Hub, to sell their products/experiences.
  • Burnie City Council will facilitate tour/transport traffic flowing freely through the Cruise Visitor Hub.


For more information on our Regional Tourism head to:




Register as a private operator


To register as a private operator selling tours, transport, food, beverage, crafts or other visitor experiences from the Discover Burnie Hub – or as a council providing a shuttle service to neighbouring towns

Complete the survey monkey online form here: Register as a private operator.

You must provide your name, address, business name and proposed business offering, and then one of our team will be in touch.

Successful registrants will have the opportunity to bring brochures, signage, marquees and/or other material to promote and sell their product or experience – subject to approval.







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