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List of highways in Tasmania


The Highways in Tasmania generally expand from Hobart and other major cities with secondary roads interconnecting the highways to each other. Functions of these highways include freight, personal travel and tourism.

The AusLink Network currently consists of the Midland, Bass, Brooker, East Tamar Highway and the southern section of the Tasman Highway (Hobart-Hobart Airport).

Tasmanian highway naming is straightforward. Most are generally named after the geographical regions and features, cities, towns and settlements along the way.

Brooker Highway

Excluding the old National Highway (Brooker, Midland, Bass), Tasmanian routes have been marked with the alphanumeric marking scheme since 1979 . Prior to this Tasmanian roads were marked with a National and State Route Numbering System.

Highways are a part of Tasmania's road network, which covers a distance of approximately 24,000 kilometres (15,000 mi). As well as major highways between cities and ports, urban connectors between suburbs and commercial areas, residential streets, and forestry roads are also included. The most important state and regional connections, totalling 3,650 kilometres (2,270 mi), are state-owned roads, which are further classified into a road hierarchy.[1]:3–4 The herirachy consists of:

  • Trunk roads – major highways which are the "primary freight and passenger roads"[1]:4–5
  • Regional freight roads – regional roads which connect heavy freight to the trunk roads[1]:4,6
  • Regional access roads – providing access to Tasmania’s Regions, with less traffic than trunk and regional freight roads[1]:4,7
  • Feeder roads – connect population centres and tourist traffic to and from the rest of the state road network[1]:4,8
  • Other roads – lower traffic roads, primarily providing access to private properties[1]:4,9

Trunk roadsEdit

The following roads are classified as trunk roads:[1]:10–12

Regional freight roadsEdit

The following roads are classified as regional freight roads:[1]:10–12

  •   Bass Highway (Wynyard to Smithton)
  •   Batman Highway
  •   Birralee Road
  •   Bridport Road
  •   Fingerpost Road
  •   Frankford Road (Exeter to Birralee)
  •   Freestone Point Road
  •   Huon Highway (Kingston to Huonville)
  •   Lyell Highway (Granton to Rosegarland)
  •   Old Surrey Road
  •   Ridgley Highway
  •   Tasman Highway (Hobart Airport to Triabunna, and Legerwood to Scottsdale)
  •   Tea Tree Road
  •   West Tamar Highway (Exeter to Sidmouth)

Regional access roadsEdit

The following roads are classified as regional access roads:[1]:10–12

  Tasman Highway
  East Derwent Highway

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Department of Infrastructure, Energy and Resources. "Tasmanian State Road Hierarchy" (PDF). Government of Tasmania. Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 May 2013. Retrieved 27 December 2013.

Further readingEdit

  • Commonwealth Bureau of Roads (Australia) (1978) National highways linking Hobart, Launceston and Burnie : approaches to Hobart Canberra : Australian Government Publishing Service, Parliamentary paper PP no. 124/1977 Chairman: H.T. Loxton. ISBN 0-642-91799-X
  • Newitt, Lyn, (1988) Convicts & carriageways : Tasmanian road development until 1880 edited by Alan Jones. Hobart : Dept. of Main Roads, Tasmania, ISBN 0-7246-2352-3

External linksEdit

  Media related to Highways in Tasmania at Wikimedia Commons