Burnie overlooks Emu Bay, on the north-west coast of Tasmania. This proudly industrial city is Australia's fifth largest container port and a vibrant place to visit. Originally settled in 1827 as Emu Bay, the town was renamed for William Burnie, a director of the Van Diemen's Land Company in the early 1840s. Burnie was once surrounded by dense rainforest, but this slowly disappeared as fortunes were made felling and milling timber. Burnie offers plenty of activities and sites.