Burnie - Hobart via the Murchison,
Zeehan and Lyall Highways ( all Hwy A10)
Total distance 422km
All distances measured from Burnie
This route is one of the most scenic journeys in Australia as it traverses such internationally famous wilderness areas as Cradle Mountain Lake Sinclair National Park and the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park.
Before reaching these beautiful wild conservation areas the road passes through lovely State Forests as it winds its way to the mining districts of Rosebery(120km), Zeehan (142km) and Queenstown (173km) All these settlements show the ravages left by mining activities. From Zeehan to Queenstown the highway takes the name of Zeehan Highway before becoming the Lyall Highway for the rest of the way to Hobart.
Shortly after leaving Queenstown the road skirts the shores of Lake Burbury and then continues through the national park to Derwent Bridge (247km). This settlement straddling the Derwent River is situated just 5km from Lake St Clair and is as close to the centre of Tasmania as you can get.
The highway continues through State Forests and crosses mighty rivers to reach Hamilton (347km) where a minor road to the left links with the Lake Highway (Hwy A5).
We start returning to ëcivilisationí when we reach New Norfolk (384km) before completing our journey with the final 38km to Tasmaniaís capital - Hobart.