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Driving Distances

Tasmania is renowned for its scenic roads and world-class national parks. Short driving distances and beautiful natural landscapes make this island state one of the most popular and manageable road trip destinations in the entire country.

Tasmania is quite a small state by Australian Standards, but there’s still plenty to see and do, whether you’re in search of adventure, relaxation or a combination of both. Nearly half of Tasmania is classified as a reserve, national park or World Heritage Listed, and large sections of the state remain completely untouched by civilisation. With quiet roads covering hundreds of kilometres outside of the major cities, it’s the perfect place to sit back, relax and enjoy a unique self-driven experience.

Tasmania’s Favourite Roads

The Huon Highway is a popular choice amongst travellers and locals alike for its lush green countryside, secluded beaches, boutique food scene, wine-growing regions and iconic apple trees. Connecting Hobart with other cities in the south of the state, the driving distances on this highway are very manageable, allowing easy access to the following destinations:

  • Hobart
  • Port Arthur
  • Bruny Island (via ferry)
  • Huonville
  • Huon Valley wine region
  • Geeveston
  • Hastings Cave and Thermal Springs
  • Hartz Mountains National Park
  • Tahune Forest AirWalk.

Another coveted drive snakes its way along the spectacular East Coast of Tasmania, featuring dramatic cliffs, charming seaside towns and distinctive clusters of lichen-covered rocks on the beaches. If you plan to travel this way, be sure to include some of these destinations in your itinerary:

  • Freycinet National Park
  • Binalong Bay (a southern part of the famous Bay of Fires)
  • St Helens
  • Coles Bay
  • Bicheno.

Wherever you plan to go, before embarking on a self-driven journey in Tasmania, there are things to be aware of regarding the state’s road rules. Remember: Australia uses the metric measurement system, so driving distances are measured in kilometres and speed is measured in kilometres per hour. If you’re visiting from overseas, don’t forget that we drive on the left-hand side of the road! And to make the most of Tasmania’s natural beauty, major national parks can be accessed by sealed roads, and many offer secure parking where you can leave your vehicle while you explore.

The majority of Tasmania’s roads are sealed and well maintained; however, some remote areas may have gravel roads that are unsuitable for motorhome or campervan travel. If you are unsure about any of the roads included in your itinerary, simply call Cruisin’ Motorhomes and we can tell you the best route. As Tasmanian locals, we’re very familiar with the driving distances and road conditions of our home state and can easily answer any questions you may have.

Go the Distance

To help with planning your itinerary, the tables below contain the driving distances between some of Tasmania’s most visited road trip destinations.

LAUNCESTON TO:

KM

St Helens (via Scottsdale)

163

Bicheno (via Scottsdale)

236

Coles Bay (via Campbell Town)

209

Hobart (via Midlands Hwy)

198

Cradle Mountain

149

Strahan (via Cradle Mountain)

298

Devonport

99

Queenstown (via Sheffield)

251

HOBART TO:

KM

Bicheno (via Sorell)

178

Port Arthur

93

Cradle Mountain (via Midlands & Bass Highways)

302

Queenstown

260

Strahan

300

Coles Bay

192

Geeveston (via Huon Highway)

62

Kettering (via Channel Highway)

37

Devonport (via Midlands Highway)

277

St Helens

265

Please note:

  • The distances above are in kilometres and are based on the most direct route or main highway.
  • There are no tolls in Tasmania.

Road Rules & Road Safety

It is the responsibility of all drivers to be aware of and follow Australia’s road rules. Remember: these rules are designed to keep you and other motorists safe, so it’s crucial that you familiarise yourself with them before you begin your journey. You can find Australia’s most recent road rules and keep up to date with our handy safety tips here.

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