Highland Lakes Road is a pleasant driving experience in the Central highlands of Tasmania. The road is 128km long and includes asphalt and gravel sections, with steep climbs, hairpin bends, and ush forest and panoramic views.
The road, also known as Lakes Highway and A5, starts in the small town of Deloraine, at an elevation of 230 metres above the sea level. Slowly it starts to climb to Great Lake, and reaches a highest elevation of 1.209m above the sea level.
This road is usually open all year, 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.
This is a maintained road where a high clearance 2WD vehicle is able to travel safely at low speeds on long dry straight-of-ways, without losing control due to wash boarding, ruts, or dips. After a short descent the road deteriorates to pot-holed gravel and follows this high altitute lake for the next 40km or so, and can be used as a direct route to Lake St Clare or the southern parts of the state.