Highland Lakes Road is a true adventure in Tasmania

Highland Lakes Road is a pleasant driving experience in the Central highlands of Tasmania. The road has steep climbs, hairpin bends, and lush forest and panoramic views.

Highland Lakes Road

How long is Highland Lakes Road?

The road, also known as Lakes Highway and A5, is 148 km (91 miles) long, running north-south from Deloraine (a town on the Meander River, in the central north of Tasmania) to Melton Mowbray (a locality in the Midlands region).

Is the Lake Highway in Tasmania sealed?

The road, an important link in the Tasmanian State Road Network, was totally paved in April 2019 (construction commenced in January 2017).

How long does it take to drive Highland Lakes Road?

To drive the road without stopping will take most people between 2 and 3 hours. It’s never too busy, except during the summer months when the road is used by Great Lake commuters. This makes it easy to stop and taking in the scenery. The stretch of road near Deloraine provides one of the most enjoyable rides across the state.

Is the Lake Highway in Tasmania open?

The road tops out at 1.212m (3,976ft) above the sea level. It is usually open all year round, but it can be closed anytime when the access is not cleared of snow. The downside of the road's altitude is that the higher parts are prone to ice and snow. Only a small number of days each year are affected, and road closures generally don't last more than a day or two, but if you're in the area during winter or early spring it pays to keep an eye on the weather.