- Wear your seat belt
- Slow down for animals
- Obey all road signs
- Slow down on gravel roads
- Drive on the left
- Pull over for photos
Driving on unfamiliar roads can increase your risk of a crash. Plan ahead, obey road rules, drive with caution and always be aware of changing road and weather conditions.
Most roads in Tasmania are single lane in each direction. Some roads can also be narrow, winding and have sharp corners. You may also encounter gravel roads. Drive to the conditions, allow plenty of time when travelling, drive with caution and pull over in a safe place to allow others to pass from behind.
Plan to stay the night in your arrival city and be well rested before setting off. Travel times in Tasmania can be longer than you expect. Travelling 150 km may take 2 hours. Plan no more than 300km per day and take frequent breaks. Before setting off, become familiar with important road rules and get to know your vehicle.
- From HobartTo: Bicheno (via Sorell)Distance: 178 KMDuration: 2 hrs 25 minTo: Coles BayDistance: 192 KMDuration: 2 hrs 20 minTo: Cradle Mountain (via Midlands & Bass Highways)Distance: 302 KMDuration: 4 hrs 15 minTo: Devonport (via Midlands Hwy)Distance: 277 KMDuration: 3 hrs 30 minTo: Geeveston (via Huon Hwy)Distance: 62 KMDuration: 50 minTo: Kettering (via Channel Hwy)Distance: 67 KMDuration: 30 minTo: LauncestonDistance: 198 KMDuration: 2 hrs 20 minTo: Port ArthurDistance: 93 KMDuration: 1 hr 30 minTo: QueenstownDistance: 260 KMDuration: 3 hrs 40 minTo: St HelensDistance: 265 KMDuration: 3 hrs 40 minTo: StrahanDistance: 300 KMDuration: 5 hours
- From LauncestonTo: Bicheno (via Scottsdale)Distance: 236 KMDuration: 3 hrs 30 minTo: Coles Bay (via Campbell Town)Distance: 209 KMDuration: 2 hrs 30 minTo: Cradle MountainDistance: 149 KMDuration: 1 hr 55 minTo: DevonportDistance: 99 KMDuration: 1 hr 15 minTo: Hobart (via Midlands Hwy)Distance: 198 KMDuration: 2 hrs 20 minTo: Queenstown (via Sheffield)Distance: 251 KMDuration: 3 hrs 30 minTo: St Helens (via Scottsdale)Distance: 163 KMDuration: 2 hrs 20 minTo: Strahan (via Cradle Mountain)Distance: 298 KMDuration: 3 hrs 55 min
- From BurnieTo: DevonportDistance: 49 KMDuration: 40 minTo: HobartDistance: 349 KMDuration: 4 hoursTo: QueenstownDistance: 165 KMDuration: 2 hrs 4 minTo: SmithtonDistance: 85 KMDuration: 1 hour
TO DISTANCE (KM) DURATION Bicheno (via Sorell) 178 2 hrs 25 min Coles Bay 192 2 hrs 20 min Cradle Mountain (via Midlands & Bass Highways) 302 4 hrs 15 min Devonport (via Midlands Hwy) 277 3 hrs 30 min Geeveston (via Huon Hwy) 62 50 min Kettering (via Channel Hwy) 67 30 min Launceston 198 2 hrs 20 min Port Arthur 93 1 hr 30 min Queenstown 260 3 hrs 40 min St Helens 265 3 hrs 40 min Strahan 300 5 hours TO DISTANCE (KM) DURATION Bicheno (via Scottsdale) 236 3 hrs 30 min Coles Bay (via Campbell Town) 209 2 hrs 30 min Cradle Mountain 149 1 hr 55 min Devonport 99 1 hr 15 min Hobart (via Midlands Hwy) 198 2 hrs 20 min Queenstown (via Sheffield) 251 3 hrs 30 min St Helens (via Scottsdale) 163 2 hrs 20 min Strahan (via Cradle Mountain) 298 3 hrs 55 min TO DISTANCE (KM) DURATION Devonport 49 40 min Hobart 349 4 hours Queenstown 165 2 hrs 4 min Smithton 85 1 hourWeather
Regardless of where you are travelling in Tasmania, be prepared for sudden changes in weather conditions. Blue skies and sunshine can quickly change to rain and hail. Fog, snow and ice can also be experienced in some areas. Hazards on the road can be caused by the weather. The west and east coasts of Tasmania have very different weather conditions. Always check the weather forecast before setting out.Fuel
Keep your vehicle filled up. Don’t rely on fuel being available in smaller towns, particularly at night.In an emergency
Important driver licensing information
- Dial 000 or 112 (an alternative to 000 if you are outside your mobile phone provider’s coverage)
- Make the scene safe by warning and directing traffic
- Help those injured, reassure them and keep them calm
- Don’t move people unless they are in danger
If you hold a current overseas driver licence, you don’t require a Tasmanian Drivers Licence
- are a visitor to Tasmania
- have a temporary visa (e.g. international students, refugees, working holiday)
- have a permanent visa that has not been issued for more than 3 months.
You can drive in Tasmania using your overseas driver licence as long as:
- you have not been disqualified from driving or had your visitors’ exemption (right to
drive in Tasmania using your overseas licence) withdrawn
- your overseas licence is current (not expired, suspended or cancelled).
When driving on your overseas licence you must:
- only drive the types of vehicles your overseas licence allows you to drive
- obey all the road rules
- carry your overseas licence and translation with you at all times when driving and an
official translation of your licence or an international drivers’ permit if your overseas
licence is not in English
- have a motorcycle licence to ride a scooter, moped, motorcycle or trike.
For more information visit www.transport.tas.gov.au/licensing/newtotas
- From Launceston