The North West region of Tasmania is the whole of the north west, including the North West Coast - and the northern reaches of the West Coast. It is usually accepted as extending as far south as the Pieman River. It includes the Tarkine. It covers the north coast of Tasmania to the west of Port Sorell including towns such as Devonport, Burnie, Penguin, Smithton, Stanley.The water to the north is called Bass Strait.
Burnie is a port city on the north-west coast of Tasmania. Burnie Port is said to be Tasmania's largest general cargo port and was once Australia's fifth largest container port. It is the nearest Tasmanian port to Melbourne and the Australian mainland. Burnie is connected with Devonport via the four lane Bass Highway and a rail link which is used for freight purposes. Burnie is also connected to the west coast of Tasmania by the Murchison Highway.
Devonport is a city in the northwestern part of Tasmania, Australia, situated at the mouth of the Mersey River. Along with the slightly smaller city of Burnie, Devonport is the major regional centre of the northwestern part of the state. Devonport is the southern terminus for the Spirit of Tasmania ferries – Spirit I and II travel the 11 hours to Melbourne, Victoria. Devonport Airport is located approximately 7 km to the east of the city of Devonport, about a 15 min drive by car. The airport is serviced by Bombardier Dash 8 turboprop aircraft, operated by QantasLink, with four daily services to Melbourne, Victoria.