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Due to the road closure Passenger Transport has made changes to both public bus services and school bus service in the area.

A temporary shuttle service will operate between Orford and Hobart via Wielangta Road for the duration of the closure. See detail below.

1Public bus services

Two general access Tassielink services are affected: route 736 (Swansea to Hobart) and route 737 (Bicheno to Hobart)

Alternative travel arrangements between Hobart and the East Coast are as follows.


Travel between East Coast and Hobart 

Services will detour via the Lake Leake Highway and Midlands Highway.

There will be one service a day in each direction seven days a week.

Orford/Swansea to Hobart

  • Tassielink route 737 will depart Orford at 7.58am and travel via Triabunna (8.08am), Swansea (8.53am) and Campbell Town, to arrive at the Hobart interchange at 11.45am.

Hobart to Orford/Swansea

  • Tassielink route 737 will depart Hobart interchange stop D4 (4.00pm) and travel via Campbell Town, Swansea (6.53pm) and Triabunna (7.38pm), to arrive at Orford at 7.48pm.

Connecting to/from Bicheno

  • To travel from Bicheno to Hobart: Tassielink route 737 will depart Bicheno at 8.10am and arrive in Swansea at 8.50am. Transfer buses to continue on route 737, which will depart Swansea at 8.53am and arrive at the Hobart interchange at 11.45am.
  • To travel to Bicheno from Hobart: Tassielink route 737 will depart Hobart at 4.00pm and arrive in Swansea at 6.53pm. Transfer buses to continue on route 737 which will depart Swansea at 7.00pm and arrive in Bicheno at 7.40pm.

Connecting to/from Coles Bay

  • To travel from Coles Bay to Hobart: Calow's Coaches route 744 will depart Coles Bay at 7.10am and arrive in Bicheno at 8.10am. Transfer to Tassielink route 737, which will depart Bicheno at 8.10am and arrive in Swansea at 8.50am. Transfer buses to continue on route 737, which will depart Swansea at 8.53am, and arrive at the Hobart interchange at 11.45am.
  • Travel from Hobart to Coles Bay is available via Epping Forest and St Marys only due to scheduling restrictions.
    • Monday to Saturday: Redline route 702 will depart Hobart at 2:45pm. At Epping Forrest, transfer to Calow’s Coaches route 740 to St Marys which will depart at 4:55pm. At St Marys transfer to Calow’s Coaches route 744 which will depart at 6.00pm and travel to Bicheno/Coles Bay.
    • No Sunday services are available.
  • Travel on these options must be booked via Calow's Coaches – 0400 570 036 (Monday – Friday 8am to 5pm).

Temporary timetable - East Coast to Hobart.


Travel between Buckland and Hobart 

Tassielink route 736 will continue to operate between Buckland and Hobart in both directions, but with one less afternoon service. Services will start and finish at Buckland and not travel to/from Swansea/Bicheno.

Passengers that travel between Hobart and Sorell can continue to travel on the 4pm service or Redline services. Passengers that travel to Buckland will need to wait until the 4pm service.


Travel between Buckland and East Coast

Buses are unable to directly service travel between Buckland and Orford for the duration of this disruption. Passengers requiring travel to the East Coast will need to travel to Hobart and use the temporary services that will detour via the Lake Leake Highway and Midlands Highway.

See school bus services section below for student travel information.


2School bus services

Passenger Transport is currently working with operators, and the Department of Education, to identity alternative travel arrangements for students on affected routes.

The following school bus services will be affected by the road closure from Sunday 30 May:

Buckland to Triabunna – operated by Alison Pyke and Mark William Pyke on school days only (attending Orford Primary School and Triabunna District School).

In the morning

  • The bus will not be able to pick up students at Buckland (stops 1-5).  The first pick up point will be the Tourist Information Centre on the Tasman Highway (Stop 6).  The bus will follow the normal route and timetable from this point.
  • See the morning route map and timetable

In the afternoon

  • The bus will follow the normal route and timetable until the Tourist Information Centre on the Tasman Highway (Stop 5) where the trip will end.  Stops 6-10 will not be serviced.
  • See the afternoon route map and timetable.

Bicheno and Hobart (boarding school service) – operated by Walkers Coaches on Sunday evenings (attending Fahan School, St Michael’s Collegiate, New Town High School and The Hutchins School).

  • The route and timetable will commence as normal from Bicheno to Swansea (Stops 1-3).  The bus will then turn around at Swansea Primary School and travel to the Hobart schools via Lake Leake Road and the Midland Highway.
  • Passengers who would usually board the service from Little Swanport, Triabunna and Orford (Stops 4-6) will need to travel to Swansea to board the service prior to the scheduled departure time at 5:10pm.
  • Students who would usually board the service at Buckland (Stop 7) will need to make their own transport arrangements to Hobart or access a General Access service from Sorell.
  • See the service route map and timetable.

Note: Contact Walkers Coaches in advance on (03) 6234 8373 to reserve your seat if you do not usually use this service but intend to do so during the disruption.

New temporary Buckland Hall service - operated by Seabourne Coaches on school days only

  • From Monday 7 June 2021, a new school bus service will be provided for Orford Primary and Triabunna District School students who are attending temporary learning at the Buckland Hall.
  • In the morning, the first pickup will be from the corner of the Tasman Highway and Court Farm Road at 8:30am.  The bus will then continue on to the Buckland Hall (stopping along the way), arriving at 8:40am.
  • In the afternoon, the bus will depart the Buckland Hall at 2:50pm.  The first drop off point will be the corner of the Tasman Highway and Court Farm Road.  The bus will then turn around to service the remaining stops.
  • See the service route map and timetable.
  • The service will be operated by Seabourne Coaches.  Any questions regarding the service can be directed to the operator on 0407 910 931.

3Orford - Hobart shuttle service

The Department of State Growth will provide a temporary shuttle service to connect Orford and Triabunna residents with appointments and personal business in Hobart.

It will operate twice a week, travelling via Wielangta Road using two 4WD vehicles, and conclude when the Tasman Highway is reopened, scheduled for mid-July 2021.

There is no charge, however bookings are mandatory to manage extremely limited capacity.

Bookings are limited to Orford/Triabunna residents, and will be allocated on a first-come-best-served basis. Passengers cannot travel without a booking.

All other services – including general access and school bus services - will continue to divert via the Lake Leake Highway and Midlands Highway.

Service overview

A return service will operate on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

  • Departing Orford at 9.00am, arriving in Hobart at approximately 10.45am.
  • Departing Hobart at 3.30pm, arriving in Orford at approximately 5.15pm.

The service will extend to Triabunna on request, departing at 8.45am, returning at approx. 5.30pm.

Departure points

  • Triabunna: opposite IGA, 21 Vicary Street.
  • Orford: Library, 30A Charles Street.
  • Hobart: Treasury Building, 21 Murray Street between Macquarie and Davey Streets.
Booking process

Bookings are mandatory, limited to Orford/Triabunna residents, and allocated on a first-come-best-served basis.

This service can accommodate up to eight passengers at a time. To maximise capacity please only book if you have a genuine need to travel and travel alone where possible.

To book a seat call Passenger Transport at (03) 6166 3343 and select menu option 3.

You will be asked to supply the following information

  • Your name.
  • Your mobile phone number.
  • Your email address.
  • Whether you can enter and exit the vehicle unassisted.
  • A name and mobile phone number of an emergency contact.
  • Whether you are travelling from Orford or Triabunna.
  • If you urgently need to bring anything or anyone with you on the journey, particularly
    • mobility aids or assistance animals
    • carer/support person
    • medical equipment
    • luggage.

Bookings close at 4pm the day prior to the service – for example, bookings for a service on Tuesday 22 June close at 4pm on Monday 21 June 2021.

If the service is fully booked you can join a waitlist. If a space becomes available you will be contacted no later than 4pm the day prior to the service however this is not guaranteed.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to book?

Yes – bookings are mandatory. At the time of booking we will ask a range of questions to ensure passengers are safe to travel. Passengers who do not book cannot travel.

What questions will you ask?

You will be asked to provide your contact details, and information including the general purpose of your journey, any special requirements, and an emergency contact.

How do I book?

Call Passenger Transport at (03) 6166 3343 and select menu option 3.

When do bookings close?

Bookings close at 4pm the day prior to the service – for example, bookings for a service on Tuesday 22 June close at 4pm on Monday 21 June 2021.

Is there a waitlist?

Yes – you can join a waitlist if the service is fully booked. If a space becomes available due to cancellations you will be contacted no later than 4pm the day prior to the service however this is not guaranteed.

Can I travel one-way?

Yes - you can book a single leg of the journey or a return journey over multiple days.

Can children travel unaccompanied?

No – people under 18 cannot travel alone and must travel with an accompanying adult.

Does anyone receive priority?

No – bookings are allocated on a first-come-first served basis.

Does it cost anything?

No – there is no charge for this service.

How many seats are available?

There is a maximum of eight available seats for each service. To maximise capacity please only book if you have a genuine need to travel and travel alone where possible.

Can I book a specific seat?

No – seats will be allocated on a first-come-first served basis. If you have specific transport needs consider arranging alternate transport via

  • the Lake Leake and Midlands Highways
  • Community Transport Services Tasmania - 1800 781 033
  • Non-emergency patient transport (NEPT) – booked for you by your medical facility.

Can I be dropped off at my appointment?

This is not a door-to-door service however if you’re travelling for a medical appointment we will ask for the location when you book. There is some flexibility to drop you at medical appointments close to the route or CBD.

Can I be picked up from my appointment?

No – you must meet the service at the front of the Treasury Building at 21 Murray Street. Please be at the Treasury Building ready for a 3.30pm sharp departure.

If your appointment is not within walking distance of the Treasury Building or you have limited mobility, you will need to arrange your own transport to meet the service. Consider a taxi, bus, or ride-share vehicle.

What if my appointment/business goes over time, will you wait?

No – unfortunately the service must depart from the Treasury Building on Murray Street at 3:30pm sharp. If you miss the departure you will need to make other arrangements.

The public bus service, Tassielink route 737, departs Hobart at 4:00pm from stop D4 in Elizabeth Street between Davey and Macquarie streets and will arrive at Triabunna (7.38pm) and Orford at 7.48pm. This service is a fare charging service.

Can I be picked up or dropped off at my house in Orford or Triabunna?

No – you need to make your own way to meet the service at the Orford Library, 30A Charles Street, or opposite the Triabunna IGA, 21 Vicary Street.

Can I bring a friend/family member?

To maximise capacity please only book if you have a genuine need to travel and travel alone where possible.

Can I bring a carer?

Yes – make sure you book travel for your carer at the same time. If there is not enough capacity for you and your carer to travel together you may need to arrange alternate transport either via the Lake Leake and Midlands Highways, Community Transport Service Tasmania, or Non-Emergency Patient Transport.

Can I bring luggage?

There is limited space on board, which will be prioritised for assistance animals and mobility aids. Other essential luggage can be carried only where space is available. Please limit luggage to essentials only and mention this requirement at the time of booking.

Can I bring a mobility aid?

Yes, but you will need to mention this requirement at the time of booking to ensure luggage space is arranged. However you must be able to get in and out of the vehicle unassisted. Note that the vehicles are 4 wheel drives which are higher from the ground than many passenger cars. If you have specific transport needs consider arranging alternate transport either via the Lake Leake and Midlands Highways, Community Transport Service Tasmania, or Non-Emergency Patient Transport.

Can I bring my assistance animal?

Yes, but you will need to mention this requirement at the time of booking so that we can ensure appropriate space is allocated. If you have specific transport needs consider arranging alternate transport either via the Lake Leake and Midlands Highways, or Non-Emergency Patient Transport.

Is Weilangta Road safe?

The current advice is Weilangta Road is safe for low-level 4WD traffic. Accordingly, the service will be provided using four-wheel-drive vehicles.

Will the service be ongoing?

No – this is a temporary service that will only operate while the Tasman Highway is closed.

We are accepting bookings until Wednesday 14 July 2021 for travel up to 15 July. This is because the Tasman Highway is due to re-open in mid-July. This date may be revised if we receive further information on the status of the closure.