Suburb Profile

Somerset 7322

Why Live in Somerset?

Somerset is a small township to the west of Burnie and is located on the estuary of the Cam River mid-way between the township of Wynyard and the city of Burnie. Today the city of Burnie encompasses the entire Burnie-Somerset urban area, however, the town is part of the Waratah/Wynyard municipal area.A beach stretches along the full length of the Somerset coastline from the Cam River to the far western outskirts.

Restaurants & Cafés

Restaurants & Cafés You’re never far from great places to eat or drink. In Somerset you will find a couple of takeaway restaurants and a couple of bistros. Coffee and cake can be had at a couple of great small cafes in the main street. Burnie’s restaurants are only a short drive away.


Shopping There are a number of small businesses in Somerset with almost all along the main street. These shops will provide all your day to day necessities.

Real Estate

Real Estate Somerset is primarily a residential suburb with rural and lifestyle properties further inland. It offers a huge range of affordable properties. Somerset provides spacious free-standing homes, units, and rural/residential lifestyle properties. Not surprisingly, the most sought after local homes capture Bass Strait views and are reasonably level.

Schools, Education & Institutions

Schools, Education & Institutions Somerset has quality community-based child care for children from birth to 12 years of age. Somerset does not have a public high school or college. Students travel to Burnie for their higher educational needs. However, there in one public primary schools located in Somerset catering from Kindergarten to Year 6.

There is one private school in Somerset, Seabrook Christian School, which is located on the outskirts of the town. The school follows the Accelerated Christian Education curriculum and is for students from kinder to grade 12.


Transport Somerset is connected to the surrounding areas by the Bass Highway which runs through the town following the coast. Somerset is also connected to the West Coast by the Murchison Highway which begins beside the Cam River.

The only public transport in the area is Metro Tasmania which offers bus services from Wynyard to Ulverstone.

The Burnie Airport is located in the township of Wynyard, a 15 minute drive away.

Sports, Fitness & Recreation

Sports, Fitness & Recreation Somerset is home to four sporting venues: a football field, soccer field, tennis courts and a recreation center.

Cam River Reserve is a popular recreational area at all times of the year. It is a safe fishing spot where the family can have a picnic at the tables and barbecues provided. Small boats, kayaks and canoes can be launched from the boat ramp. Anzac Park offers large area of parkland lends itself to the impromptu game of cricket, football and outdoor activity. The Somerset foreshore runs beside the Esplanade from the Surf Club at Somerset. Picnic tables are located on the grassed areas among the boobyallas with glorious views of the beach and Table Cape in the distance. Boats can be launched from Fairlands Beach - west of the Tennis Club.


Climate Somerset enjoys a cool temperate climate with four distinct seasons. The average temperature in summer ranges from 12.5 to 21 °C with drier days as warm as 30 °C, with around 16 hours of sunlight per day. In winter, temperature ranges from 6 to 13 °C, and only 8 hours of sunlight.

Somerset averages 998.3 mm of rainfall per year. Most of the rain is in the second half of the year from July to December.

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