Burnie is the second largest city in northwest Tasmania with a population of over 20 000. It has a major port and associated industries and is a major service centre. The town is located on low ground in lee of Parsonage and Blackman points, with the port in lee of Blackman Point. Wharfs and breakwaters extend nearly 1 km east of Blackman Point providing more shelter and anchorage for shipping. Today the port and its facilities form the eastern boundary of Burnie, while West Beach forms the northern (Fig. 4.235). The beach is located adjacent to the main business area and is backed by both a road and railway line. Wedged in between the railway and the sand is a reserve containing the Burnie Surf Life Saving Club, which was established in 1921, a large elongate car park , playground and picnic facilities (Fig. 4.236).West Beach (T 1087) is a 700 m long northeast-facing sandy beach bounded to the west by the low Parsonage Point, while a seawall, Blackman Point and port facilities form the eastern boundary. In addition rocks lie across the centre of the beach, just west of the surf life saving club. The beach is composed of medium sand, which combines with the usually low waves to produce a moderately steep narrow high tide beach, which widens up to 100 m at low tide.
Belongil Beach (NSW 12) trends southeast for 2.5 km from the sandy Belongil Creek mouth, to the seawall at Byron Bay (Fig. 4.14). It is part of a low eroding 200 m wide barrier, that is undeveloped along the northern few hundred metre where it is backed by Belongil Creek. The central 1 km long section has beachfront houses, many of which are fronted by rocks and debris, with the undeveloped southern section occupied by the Byron Bay Beach Reserve, then a beachfront caravan park and the swimming pool, both located behind the seawall. Limited access and parking is provided in the residential section and at the seawall car park.The beach has an attached inner bar which is cut by rips every few hundred metre during and following periods of high waves, with the rips filling in under lower waves. A longshore trough runs off this bar with the outer bar cut by more widely spaced rips. A wreck lies in the surf just north of the seawall.
Tuross Head has two small beaches (NSW 583-584) on the south side of the headland of the same name. They can be accessed from street parking on the north side and a car park and caravan park behind the southern beach. Tuross Head Main Beach (NSW 583) is 250 m long, commencing 200 m west of the head and curving to the south to a small rocky outcrop. It faces the southeast and receives waves averaging 1.5 m, which usually produce an attached bar and a permanent rip running north against the head. However the beach and surf are strongly influenced by the lake mouth bars and channels. At times a tidal bar forms seaward of the beach and reduces wave height at the beach, but can funnel strong tidal currents past the beach. This is the main swimming beach for the head and patrolled during the summer school holidays. It is backed by a low foredune, then road and bluffs rising to houses.