Cradle Coast campuses

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

Nursing students in the Simulation Lab, West Park, Burnie campus

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Here at the Cradle Coast campus, we offer a diversity of courses including degrees giving you qualifications to become a Nurse, Teacher, Pharmacist, Social Worker or Accountant.

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Cradle Coast campus

Welcome to country delivered by Aboriginal Community Engagement Officer Brendan Murray.

Located at the waterfront setting of West Park in pataway/Burnie, the Cradle Coast campus is a unique place of learning where everyone is welcome. Here you can be part of a shared and vibrant community precinct offering educational, cultural and recreational experiences. Watch whales from your classroom, discover a colony of the world’s smallest penguins nearby, or enjoy a swim at the neighbouring West Beach between classes.

We offer modern, immersive learning environments and spaces for studying and socialising both indoors and out. Student accommodation is located on-site along with that serves a variety of food and beverage options. A short walk along the coastal boardwalk will lead you to our Unigym and Burnie’s CBD. We also have end-of-trip facilities for anyone coming to campus on foot, scooter or bike.

The campus – known as the Field Building – is distinctive to the Cradle Coast region and was shaped by the community it serves. The Domestic Arts Building - the last surviving structure from the original Burnie High School – lives on as a feature of the campus, honouring the site’s educational past while being a central part of its exciting future.

The campus was opened in 2021 and made possible by contributions from Local, State and Federal Governments and the University.

West Park Open Day 2021

Features of the campus and precinct

  • Public library, café, electric vehicle chargers
  • State-of-the-art nursing simulation labs
  • Community bike hub
  • Coastal Pathway and transformed railway line path for shared use
  • Expanded Little Penguin habitat
  • Spaces for gathering, including a central courtyard
The Cradle Coast campus at West Park.

West Park transformation activity

An image showing the staged construction works at West Park

New community amenities have been taking shape in areas surrounding the campus building as part of our move to West Park for everyone to enjoy. These include:

  • Upgraded Coastal Pathway with viewing platforms
  • Expanded Little Penguin habitat
  • A new shared path built above the decommissioned railway line
  • A new community park
  • A new band and community facility

Due to a supply issue our contractors have been experiencing, the remaining plants will be added to the new, landscaped areas in April once the hottest months have passed. The expanded penguin habitat is expected to open to the Parsonage Point colony in Spring 2024.

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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 ֱ 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:

  • Safety and security
  • Wayfaring
    • Information signs and maps.
    • Buildings with building names and purposes.
    • Learning hubs.
  • Getting around
  • Other facilities
    • Showers.
    • Water refill stations.
  • operates the public café inside our campus and is open Monday - Friday between 8.30am - 2pm. Enjoy along with light food options and there's plenty of indoor and outdoor seating available. Enter via the eastern building entrance (near the new public railway path and Little Penguin Observation Centre).
  • 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 for more information.
  • Discounted memberships are also on offer for students at .

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 Parenting Facilities.

Room locations

Cradle CoastRoom 106 near the main campus entrance

Further information about Campus Services

Cradle Coast campus map

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 regularly as our campuses transform.

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

Cradle Coast campus
West Park precinct
4-8 Bass Highway

T: +61 3 6430 4999

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

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