Department of State GrowthTransport

Highland Lakes Road

The Tasmanian Government has allocated funds to continue road sealing work along Highland Lakes Road.

Why is the Department of State Growth doing work on this road?

The works will make travel safer, providing a consistent, all-weather road environment. Road maintenance costs will be reduced due to replacing a gravel road with a sealed road.  Sections of the upgraded road will remain at 80km/hr due to the winding nature of the road.

Section of road from Liawenee to Haulage Hill

This work involves sealing the two remaining unsealed sections of the Highland Lakes Road and include drainage improvement, road strengthening and sealing the road to provide two 3.0 metre wide lanes.  These works include a 9.62 km section from Liawenee to Brandum Bay, and a 1.65 km section north of Warner Road to the Great Lakes Lookout.

The first stage of road sealing was undertaken from January to April 2018 on a 3.2 km section of road from Brandum Bay heading south towards Liawenee.

The road works will be undertaken over two summers due to the short construction season and changeable weather conditions in the Central Highlands. Following a winter shut down, sealing work will resume in summer 2018/19.

Construction update - 3 August 2018

Due to damage on Highland Lakes Road, between Miena and Haulage Hill, the contractor is undertaking patching work until more significant repairs can be done later this year.

During this work, reduced speed limits will be in place, as well as lane closures. Please always drive to the conditions, and follow and signage or directions given by traffic controllers.

Completed works

These works are a continuation of the road sealing which has previously been undertaken on the following sections of Highland Lakes Road:

  • Breona - sealing works completed in 2012 to 2013.
  • Poatina Road junction to Shannon Lagoon - sealing works completed in 2003 to 2005.

Contact details

For further information about the project please contact the Project Manager, Robyn Hawkins, on 6165 5033, or by email at:

Updated Friday, 3 August 2018.