Department of State GrowthTransport

Tasman Highway - Great Eastern Drive

The Tasmanian Government has committed funding to upgrade the Great Eastern Drive to enhance the experience for the increasing visitor numbers and improve safety for all road users.


The Great Eastern Drive is a 220 km long section of the Tasman Highway that extends from Orford to St Helens on Tasmania’s East Coast.

Why is the Department of State Growth doing this work?

The project aims to enhance driver experience, improve overall safety, and travel time reliability.

Once complete, it is expected that the Great Eastern Drive will be better equipped to accommodate higher traffic volumes, including commuters and tourist traffic.


Works will be undertaken in stages, with Stage 1 expected to commence in late 2018. Future stages are still in the planning phase.

Stage 1 works include:

  • Installation of an northbound overtaking lane at Cranbrook (north of Glen Gala Road)
  • Junction upgrades to:
    • Beaumaris Beach
    • Dark Hollow Creek
    • Freshwater Street
    • Skyline Drive.
  • Improvements to the pull over area at Four Mile Creek.

Have your say

You can provide your feedback on these proposed works by using our online interactive map. Comments are open until 4:00 pm Friday, 31 August 2018.


For further information about the project please contact the Project Manager, Stefano Conforti, on 6166 3379 or by email at: