Tasmania has some of the most beautiful scenery in the world and one of the best ways to see it is by driving.
The State has 11,223 roads that take you to scenery and destinations second to none.
But not all of these roads are major highways with wide sealed straight stretches. Some are not even arterial roads. Take extra care on country roads, some of which may not be sealed.
Tasmania is the most mountainous of the Australian states and so many roads are narrow, windy and hilly. Drivers need to take road conditions into account and adjust their speed accordingly. It may mean driving below the speed limit. Speed limit signs show the maximum safe speed for the road and does not mean it applies to the whole road. It is best to expect the unexpected because you never know what’s around the corner:
- Native wildlife, especially at dawn and dusk
- Winding bends, adjust your speed to the road, stay to the left and do no cut corners
- A herd of sheep, a tractor or a horse rider.
Tasmania can have four seasons in one day. Icy roads are a hazard and extra care should be taken, particularly in winter on the West Coast and Central Highlands. Adjust your speed to the weather.
Travel times can take longer than you expect so make sure you are well rested before you drive. Share the driving if possible and have a break every one to one-and-a-half hours.
You’ll have a more enjoyable holiday if you plan your journeys carefully and what’s more important, you’ll stay safe and healthy for a return trip.
The Road Safety Advisory Council’s Tourist Road Safety Strategy is here, there’s more information about visiting drivers to Tasmania here and there’s more information here about Tasmania’s tourists attractions and other information for visitors.