Guide to Driving In Tasmania - Drive Safe in Tasmania

With our Drive Smart guide you're fully prepared to hire a car in Tasmania and stay safe on unfamiliar roads.

URBAN SPEED LIMIT

50 kph

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RURAL SPEED LIMIT

100 kph

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motorway speed limit

110 kph

speed limit
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Drink Drive Limit

 50mg

drink and drive limit
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You drive in Tasmania on the Left side  
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The currency in Tasmania is AUD
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To rent a car is  21 years and to drive is 18 years of age
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Driving Laws in Tasmania

Are there any special requirements for driving or hiring a car in Tasmania?

Driving in Tasmania
Pocket guide to driving in Tasmania
Profile:
Tasmania
Hobart
AUD
Driving in Tasmania
SPEED: (kph)
50
100
110
Speed limit in Tasmania
Holiday:
Rush hour in Tasmania
Cameras:
YES
YES
Speed cameras in Tasmania
FUEL:
EUR/Litre
Fuel prices in Tasmania
DRIVE:
LEFT
Drive LEFT in Tasmania
MIN AGE:
18
21
Min driving age in Tasmania
DRINK:
50mg
Blood alcohol content
Drink driving in Tasmania
EMERGENCY:
000/112
Emergency phone number in Tasmania
DOCUMENT:
Driving documents in Tasmania
PHONES:
No
Hands free only
Mobile phone driving in Tasmania
SEATBELTS:
Yes
Yes
Seat belt in Tasmania
Tasmania may seem like a small island when comparted to its neighbour Australia but at almost 600 miles wide and long, there’s still plenty of opportunity to get lost. Always know where you are going to get fuel from when you set out on long drives and be aware of the fact that fuel stations may close late at night or Sundays. Cell phones may not work in some parts of Tasmania. 
 
Driving is on the left hand side of the road. Do not overtake on the left hand side and do not overtake if there are solid white lines. At roundabouts give way to vehicles already on the roundabout and select your lane early. Watch out for animals on the roads. If you do hit a marsupial you are legally required to stop and check whether or not they had any young in their pouches. When driving on the highway you should stay on the left unless overtaking. At T junctions, the motorist going straight through has right of way. You should be aware that it can take many hours to drive between towns, even with the comprehensive road system. Some roads which are OK in the dry season may become impassable in the wet season.

Rules of the road

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Fuel Prices in Tasmania by Month

Parking Information

Parking regulations

Parking regulations
 
Parking regulations relate mainly to parking where there are continuous lines in the middle of the road. If there are, there must be at least three metres between your car and the lines.
 
Paid parking 
 
Parking in the cities is usually expensive wherever you park. This has been done deliberately to make people use public transport and it should certainly make you think twice about taking your car into Hobart.
 
Enforcement
 
Although you can earn an AU$100 fine for not paying for parking or overstaying your allotted time, many risk it because parking regulation is quite lax.
 
Disabled parking
 
Your European disability badge won’t work in Tasmania but there is a local scheme which means that showing your badge can get you a more convenient space.

Emergency Information

Emergency Information

The emergency services number is 000, though 112 is also accepted, particularly from mobile phones. The United States Embassy in Canberra is on +61 (0) 2 6214 5600 and the British High Commission is on +61 (0) 2 6270 6666. For more embassy numbers visit www.wordtravels.com/Travelguide/Countries/Australia/Contacts.

What to do in an emergency

You are legally required to stop and help if you have been in an accident where someone has been hurt or injured. Phone the police on 000 and await their arrival. Leaving the scene where someone has been hurt could see you spend up to 10 years in jail. You are obliged to provide first aid care if you have a qualification and are protected by law from legal recrimination should something go wrong.

Handy Guides

World Driving Guides

Road Signs

Handy Phrases

Apart from the usual Aussie humour laced language, you’ll have no difficulty getting understood in Tasmania.

Tasmania Fuel Price History

Fuel Prices in Tasmania by Month

Hiring a Car

With our Drive Smart guide you're fully prepared to hire a car in Tasmania and stay safe on unfamiliar roads.
Phil Partridge
Posted by Phil Partridge
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Travel writer, car rental guru, Phil has rented cars all over the world and shares his knowledge and experience on the Rhinocarhire.com Blog. Favourite country to visit: France.

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