Tasmania has some of the most beautiful scenery in the world and one of the best ways to see it is by driving.

There are 11,223 roads in the State 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.

Tasmania is the most mountainous of the Australian states and so many roads are narrow, windy and hilly.

Drivers need to take the road conditions into account when driving.

It is best to expect the unexpected when driving in Tasmania because you never know what’s around the corner: a herd of sheep, a tractor or horse rider.

Always drive within the speed limit and drive to the conditions that may mean driving below the limit depending on road and/or weather conditions.

Tasmania can have four seasons in one day. Icy roads are a hazard in winter and extra care should be taken, particularly on the West Coast and Central Highlands.

Always expect the unexpected on country roads and drive cautiously. You don’t know what’s around the corner, it  could be:

    • Ice and snow in cold weather that is not limited to winter
    • Native wildlife, especially at dawn and dusk
    • Heavy vehicles, stay to the left and never overtake unless it is safe
    • Winding bends, adjust your speed to the road, stay to the left and do no cut corners
    • Winding and hilly roads are common so always drive to conditions by adjusting your speed to the road and/or weather conditions

Travel times can take longer than you think 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.

For more information about visiting Tasmania, see Discover Tasmania.


Investigation of Tourists as Drivers and Motorcycle Rider in Tasmanian & Road Safety Interventions

Following analysis of the crash risk of interstate and international tourists on Tasmanian roads, the Road Safety Advisory Council has endorsed the recommendation to develop a strategy aimed at improving road safety for all visitors to Tasmania.

The following report was prepared to inform the development of the strategy.