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Sunrise at Friendly Beaches, Freycinet National Park. (photograph: Dan Broun)

Tasman Highway near Orford to be closed

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Travelling from Hobart to Maria Island or Freycinet National Parks?

The Department of State Growth (DSG) will close the Tasman Highway at Paradise Gorge, west of Orford, for several weeks, starting 11:55 pm on Friday 28 May 2021, in the interests of public safety.

As part of its work to maintain a safe road network, the Department of State Growth has been proactively monitoring the stability of rocks above the Tasman Highway at Paradise Gorge near Orford.

The Department has received expert advice that, while the road remains safe to travel on today, a detailed survey of the area has identified that there is a need to investigate removal of rock to manage the risk of a rock fall. There is also a risk that severe weather, including heavy rainfall or frost, could result in a rock fall.

Frost is forecast in the area for the early morning of Saturday 29 May 2021, so the road will be closed from 11:55 pm Friday to ensure that everyone is safe, and to enable rock removal to start.​ 

​There will also be intermittent closures of up to 10 minutes at a time this Thursday, 27 and Friday 28 May to enable preparation works for the rock removal.

The road closure will impact traffic in both directions, about 1.5 km before you reach Orford when travelling from Hobart. Once closed, the road will not reopen until the rock has been removed.

The Department will start works to remove the rock this weekend, starting with site set up and preparation works, including protecting the road from the falling rocks.

The work will be complex and take some time. The community should prepare for a lengthy closure, as the works may take several weeks to complete.

The Department of State Growth will keep the community and key stakeholders informed throughout the works, and let people know once they have a confirmed date to reopen the road.

For details on this DSG project see ​Tasman Highway closure near Orford​.

This will affect local communities and will cause significant disruption for many, but the Department’s priority is the safety of the public.

Traffic from Hobart will need to access the East Coast via Lake Leake Road. Detour signage will be installed at key locations.

While Wielangta Road can be used, it is a gravel road and is not suitable for large volumes of traffic. Road users should drive to the conditions.

For updates see the DSG road closures.​