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 Miena to Liawenee

Update 27 June 2018 – Deterioration in sections of the sealed road surface has occurred on the road along Great Lake. The Contractor is patching these sections of road. This patching repair work will be ongoing through winter.

Work to fully repair this section of road will be undertaken after winter, due to the cold and changeable weather conditions in the Central Highlands.

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.


All road works will be performed under an approved Traffic Management Plan by the contractor to ensure the least possible disruption to road users.  Reduced speed limits at the work site are necessary for the safety of workers and the travelling public, so please slow down, approach the works site with caution and follow all traffic control instructions.

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, 29 June 2018.