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Remote yet accessible locations and stunning wilderness make Tasmania a remarkable destination to explore by car. The island is compact, the roads uncrowded and the scenery varied.

Tasmania's network of highways allows drivers to loop around the island discovering an ever-changing landscape, but please allow several days driving – it's bigger than you think.

Car touring and self-drive itineraries

Self-drive car touring is a favourite way of holidaying in Tasmania.

See our What to Do section for self-drive itineraries


Drivers are reminded to fill up their tank if they are travelling long distances off the main routes, to or from the West Coast, or to the far South - particularly if driving after 6:00 pm.

Road conditions

Tasmania has a small population and there are very few freeways however the two-lane roads are well-maintained and the traffic is light.

Be aware that some car hire contracts have special conditions in relation to unsealed roads.

When estimating driving distances and times, you should always allow extra time for the journey. Roads can be winding and steep, especially on the West Coast.

During the winter months – and occasionally in spring – highland roads may become icy and snow covered. Please take the usual safety precautions and discuss driving requirements with your car hire company.


And please keep an eye out for our wildlife, especially around dawn and dusk - there's a lot of it.