The people of Burnie share the fantastic beaches; imaginatively named South Beach, West Beach and Cooee, all of them enjoying a northerly aspect overlooking Bass Strait on Tasmania's North West Coast.
West Beach is a block from the central business district and is connected by boardwalk to the Makers' Workshop and the penguin habitat on the western end of the beach.
West Beach has a proud tradition of Surf Life Saving Clubs and championships, and the recently re-developed Surf Club building also boasts a beachfront restaurant and cafe.
These are safe swimming beaches and West Beach is where the people from North West Tasmania celebrate with their families, be dazzled with fireworks and bonfires as they come together to herald in the new year.
But mostly these beaches are quite restful places for relaxation and rejuvenation.