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If you’re visiting Tasmania and intend to drive a car or ride a motorbike while here, there are a few simple tips and rules you should know that will help keep you and your passengers’ safe.

Tasmania is a great place to explore. Beautiful scenery, changing landscapes and roads, or even visit to meet Bobbie the Bear, all make for a great journey but conditions can take visitors by surprise.

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Travelling Tips

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.

Estimated Travel Times
  • From Hobart
    To: Bicheno (via Sorell)Distance: 178 KMDuration: 2 hrs 25 min
    To: Coles BayDistance: 192 KMDuration: 2 hrs 20 min
    To: Cradle Mountain (via Midlands & Bass Highways)Distance: 302 KMDuration: 4 hrs 15 min
    To: Devonport (via Midlands Hwy)Distance: 277 KMDuration: 3 hrs 30 min
    To: Geeveston (via Huon Hwy)Distance: 62 KMDuration: 50 min
    To: Kettering (via Channel Hwy)Distance: 37 KMDuration: 30 min
    To: LauncestonDistance: 198 KMDuration: 2 hrs 20 min
    To: Port ArthurDistance: 93 KMDuration: 1 hr 30 min
    To: QueenstownDistance: 260 KMDuration: 3 hrs 40 min
    To: St HelensDistance: 265 KMDuration: 3 hrs 40 min
    To: StrahanDistance: 300 KMDuration: 5 hours
  • From Launceston
    To: Bicheno (via Scottsdale)Distance: 236 KMDuration: 3 hrs 30 min
    To: Coles Bay (via Campbell Town)Distance: 209 KMDuration: 2 hrs 30 min
    To: Cradle MountainDistance: 149 KMDuration: 1 hr 55 min
    To: DevonportDistance: 99 KMDuration: 1 hr 15 min
    To: Hobart (via Midlands Hwy)Distance: 198 KMDuration: 2 hrs 20 min
    To: Queenstown (via Sheffield)Distance: 251 KMDuration: 3 hrs 30 min
    To: St Helens (via Scottsdale)Distance: 163 KMDuration: 2 hrs 20 min
    To: Strahan (via Cradle Mountain)Distance: 298 KMDuration: 3 hrs 55 min
  • From Burnie
    To: DevonportDistance: 49 KMDuration: 40 min
    To: HobartDistance: 349 KMDuration: 4 hours
    To: QueenstownDistance: 165 KMDuration: 2 hrs 4 min
    To: SmithtonDistance: 85 KMDuration: 1 hour
TO DISTANCE (KM) DURATION
Bicheno (via Sorell)1782 hrs 25 min
Coles Bay1922 hrs 20 min
Cradle Mountain (via Midlands & Bass Highways)3024 hrs 15 min
Devonport (via Midlands Hwy)2773 hrs 30 min
Geeveston (via Huon Hwy)6250 min
Kettering (via Channel Hwy)3730 min
Launceston1982 hrs 20 min
Port Arthur931 hr 30 min
Queenstown2603 hrs 40 min
St Helens2653 hrs 40 min
Strahan3005 hours
TO DISTANCE (KM) DURATION
Bicheno (via Scottsdale)2363 hrs 30 min
Coles Bay (via Campbell Town)2092 hrs 30 min
Cradle Mountain1491 hr 55 min
Devonport991 hr 15 min
Hobart (via Midlands Hwy)1982 hrs 20 min
Queenstown (via Sheffield)2513 hrs 30 min
St Helens (via Scottsdale)1632 hrs 20 min
Strahan (via Cradle Mountain)2983 hrs 55 min
TO DISTANCE (KM) DURATION
Devonport4940 min
Hobart3494 hours
Queenstown1652 hrs 4 min
Smithton851 hour
Weather

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
  • 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
Important driver licensing information

If you hold a current overseas driver licence, you don’t require a Tasmanian Drivers Licence
if you:

  • 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

If you’ve travelled to Tasmania by motorbike or you intend to ride a motorbike while here, there are a few simple tips and rules you should know that will help keep you and your pillion safe.

Tasmania is a great place to explore on two wheels. Beautiful scenery, changing landscapes and roads make for a great journey but conditions can take motorcyclists by surprise.

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Travelling Tips

Riding on unfamiliar roads can increase the risk of a crash. Try and plan ahead, obey road rules 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. Please drive to the conditions, allow time when travelling, go slow and pull over in a safe place to allow others to pass from behind.

Try and 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.

Motorcyclist on gravel road

When you go on a trip by yourself or with a bunch of mates ease into it and get the feel of your bike again. Give yourself a couple of days just to get back into it
Charley Boorman
Estimated travel times
  • From Hobart
    To: Bicheno (via Sorell)Distance: 178 KMDuration: 2 hrs 25 min
    To: Coles BayDistance: 192 KMDuration: 2 hrs 20 min
    To: Cradle Mountain (via Midlands & Bass Highways)Distance: 302 KMDuration: 4 hrs 15 min
    To: Devonport (via Midlands Hwy)Distance: 277 KMDuration: 3 hrs 30 min
    To: Geeveston (via Huon Hwy)Distance: 62 KMDuration: 50 min
    To: Kettering (via Channel Hwy)Distance: 37 KMDuration: 30 min
    To: LauncestonDistance: 198 KMDuration: 2 hrs 20 min
    To: Port ArthurDistance: 93 KMDuration: 1 hr 30 min
    To: QueenstownDistance: 260 KMDuration: 3 hrs 40 min
    To: St HelensDistance: 265 KMDuration: 3 hrs 40 min
    To: StrahanDistance: 300 KMDuration: 5 hours
  • From Launceston
    To: Bicheno (via Scottsdale)Distance: 236 KMDuration: 3 hrs 30 min
    To: Coles Bay (via Campbell Town)Distance: 209 KMDuration: 2 hrs 30 min
    To: Cradle MountainDistance: 149 KMDuration: 1 hr 55 min
    To: DevonportDistance: 99 KMDuration: 1 hr 15 min
    To: Hobart (via Midlands Hwy)Distance: 198 KMDuration: 2 hrs 20 min
    To: Queenstown (via Sheffield)Distance: 251 KMDuration: 3 hrs 30 min
    To: St Helens (via Scottsdale)Distance: 163 KMDuration: 2 hrs 20 min
    To: Strahan (via Cradle Mountain)Distance: 298 KMDuration: 3 hrs 55 min
  • From Burnie
    To: DevonportDistance: 49 KMDuration: 40 min
    To: HobartDistance: 349 KMDuration: 4 hours
    To: QueenstownDistance: 165 KMDuration: 2 hrs 4 min
    To: SmithtonDistance: 85 KMDuration: 1 hour
TO DISTANCE (KM) DURATION
Bicheno (via Sorell)1782 hrs 25 min
Coles Bay1922 hrs 20 min
Cradle Mountain (via Midlands & Bass Highways)3024 hrs 15 min
Devonport (via Midlands Hwy)2773 hrs 30 min
Geeveston (via Huon Hwy)6250 min
Kettering (via Channel Hwy)3730 min
Launceston1982 hrs 20 min
Port Arthur931 hr 30 min
Queenstown2603 hrs 40 min
St Helens2653 hrs 40 min
Strahan3005 hours
TO DISTANCE (KM) DURATION
Bicheno (via Scottsdale)2363 hrs 30 min
Coles Bay (via Campbell Town)2092 hrs 30 min
Cradle Mountain1491 hr 55 min
Devonport991 hr 15 min
Hobart (via Midlands Hwy)1982 hrs 20 min
Queenstown (via Sheffield)2513 hrs 30 min
St Helens (via Scottsdale)1632 hrs 20 min
Strahan (via Cradle Mountain)2983 hrs 55 min
TO DISTANCE (KM) DURATION
Devonport4940 min
Hobart3494 hours
Queenstown1652 hrs 4 min
Smithton851 hour
Look out for:
  • wildlife and roadkill, especially at night and early morning
  • other vehicles cutting corners and bringing dirt and stone on the departure side
  • overhanging branches and fallen tree limbs
  • gravel, dirt, rocks and soft corners
  • livestock and farm vehicles along roadsides and at property entrances
  • tree canopies covering roads leaving them damp, slippery or wet
  • trucks, caravans, bicycles or machinery travelling slowly or creating a hazard
  • black ice and moss on the road, especially in shady areas.
“Roads can lay wet in the twisty bits where you’ve got overhanging trees, and some of those corners can be mossy on the edges”
Mal Wally Campbell
Tasmanian and Multi-Australian Superbike Champion
Mall Wally Campbell
Fuel

Keep your tank filled up. Don’t rely on fuel being available in smaller towns, particularly at night.

Ride to the conditions

Most Tasmanian roads are good but never assume what’s ahead. Ask locals about the current road conditions, check the weather the night before (it can snow as late as December), don’t rush and let someone know where you’re going. When you’re riding in a group, make sure there’s enough distance between you and the rider in front for you to safely stop suddenly.

Tasmanian Motorcycle Council

The Tasmanian Motorcycle Council represents all motorcyclists, clubs, associations, groups, dealers, individuals, junior, senior, on- and off-road about roads, government regulations and Motor Accidents Insurance Board issues. The Council helps you have a safe and enjoyable stay. Visit their web page here

Plan your ride

Riding on unfamiliar roads can increase your risk of having a crash. Plan ahead, ride with caution and always be aware of changing road and weather conditions.

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.

A second of inattention, like looking at scenery, can bring you undone as a rider
Mal Wally Campbell
Multi-Australian Superbike Champion

If you’ve recently moved to Tasmania for a short time, are working here for the season, or have come to study and intend to drive a car or ride a motorbike, there are a few simple tips and rules you should know that will help keep you and your passengers’ safe.

Tasmania is a great place to explore. Beautiful scenery, changing landscapes, and roads make for a great journey but conditions can take you by surprise.

Show more
Driving Tips

Driving on unfamiliar roads can increase your risk of having a crash. Plan ahead, drive and ride 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.

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.

Estimated Travel Times
  • From Hobart
    To: Bicheno (via Sorell)Distance: 178 KMDuration: 2 hrs 25 min
    To: Coles BayDistance: 192 KMDuration: 2 hrs 20 min
    To: Cradle Mountain (via Midlands & Bass Highways)Distance: 302 KMDuration: 4 hrs 15 min
    To: Devonport (via Midlands Hwy)Distance: 277 KMDuration: 3 hrs 30 min
    To: Geeveston (via Huon Hwy)Distance: 62 KMDuration: 50 min
    To: Kettering (via Channel Hwy)Distance: 37 KMDuration: 30 min
    To: LauncestonDistance: 198 KMDuration: 2 hrs 20 min
    To: Port ArthurDistance: 93 KMDuration: 1 hr 30 min
    To: QueenstownDistance: 260 KMDuration: 3 hrs 40 min
    To: St HelensDistance: 265 KMDuration: 3 hrs 40 min
    To: StrahanDistance: 300 KMDuration: 5 hours
  • From Launceston
    To: Bicheno (via Scottsdale)Distance: 236 KMDuration: 3 hrs 30 min
    To: Coles Bay (via Campbell Town)Distance: 209 KMDuration: 2 hrs 30 min
    To: Cradle MountainDistance: 149 KMDuration: 1 hr 55 min
    To: DevonportDistance: 99 KMDuration: 1 hr 15 min
    To: Hobart (via Midlands Hwy)Distance: 198 KMDuration: 2 hrs 20 min
    To: Queenstown (via Sheffield)Distance: 251 KMDuration: 3 hrs 30 min
    To: St Helens (via Scottsdale)Distance: 163 KMDuration: 2 hrs 20 min
    To: Strahan (via Cradle Mountain)Distance: 298 KMDuration: 3 hrs 55 min
  • From Burnie
    To: DevonportDistance: 49 KMDuration: 40 min
    To: HobartDistance: 349 KMDuration: 4 hours
    To: QueenstownDistance: 165 KMDuration: 2 hrs 4 min
    To: SmithtonDistance: 85 KMDuration: 1 hour
TO DISTANCE (KM) DURATION
Bicheno (via Sorell)1782 hrs 25 min
Coles Bay1922 hrs 20 min
Cradle Mountain (via Midlands & Bass Highways)3024 hrs 15 min
Devonport (via Midlands Hwy)2773 hrs 30 min
Geeveston (via Huon Hwy)6250 min
Kettering (via Channel Hwy)3730 min
Launceston1982 hrs 20 min
Port Arthur931 hr 30 min
Queenstown2603 hrs 40 min
St Helens2653 hrs 40 min
Strahan3005 hours
TO DISTANCE (KM) DURATION
Bicheno (via Scottsdale)2363 hrs 30 min
Coles Bay (via Campbell Town)2092 hrs 30 min
Cradle Mountain1491 hr 55 min
Devonport991 hr 15 min
Hobart (via Midlands Hwy)1982 hrs 20 min
Queenstown (via Sheffield)2513 hrs 30 min
St Helens (via Scottsdale)1632 hrs 20 min
Strahan (via Cradle Mountain)2983 hrs 55 min
TO DISTANCE (KM) DURATION
Devonport4940 min
Hobart3494 hours
Queenstown1652 hrs 4 min
Smithton851 hour
Winding road
Weather

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
  • 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
Important driver licensing information

If you hold a current overseas driver licence, you don’t require a Tasmanian Drivers Licence
if you:

  • 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

Important vehicle registration information

If you buy a Tasmanian Registered vehicle, you must:

  • transfer or register the vehicle into your name
  • pay the transfer fees to have the vehicle put into your name.

If you own or operate a vehicle in Tasmania, you must:

  • be responsible for the vehicle
  • make sure the vehicle is registered and is safe to drive on the road (roadworthy)
  • pay all registration fees when they are due
  • only use the vehicle the way it is made to be used
  • follow all of the road rules and vehicle safety rules.

If you sell a vehicle in Tasmania, you must:

  • tell us who you have sold the vehicle to
  • fill in a disposal notice and lodge it with Service Tasmania
  • not abandon a vehicle registered to you.

You can check the registration status of a vehicle at any time at
www.transport.tas.gov.au/rego

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