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|Length||147 km (91 mi)|
|South end||Zeehan, Tasmania|
|North end||Somerset, Tasmania|
|Major settlements||Rosebery, Tullah, Parrawe, Yolla|
|Highways in Australia
National Highway • Freeways in Australia
Highways in Tasmania
The Murchison Highway runs from the West Coast of Tasmania to Burnie, and was opened on 13 December 1963. The part of the Highway from Waratah to Burnie was known as the Waratah Highway until 1973 at the latest.
Prior to its construction, most transportation from the west coast to the north coast was required to use the Emu Bay Railway, or otherwise use shipping to Regatta Point or Strahan in Macquarie Harbour.
This highway is susceptible to ice and snow in winter. One of the notorious sections is at the edge of Mount Black, numerous accidents have occurred in the area.
Portions of the highway have been made redundant by extra roads built by Hydro Tasmania during their work on the upper Pieman River scheme and the Henty River dam schemes. These provide short cuts from Queenstown straight through to Tullah by going just west of the West Coast Range.
- Road link heralds new era for west (tasmanian motor news, January 1964)
- Launceston "Examiner" Newspaper 13 December 1963 and NW "Advocate" 13 December 1963 (Special Supplement)and Hobart "Mercury" 14/12/63
- Murchison Highway road links : report of the Select Committee of the Legislative Council, with minutes of proceedings. Tasmania. Parliament. Legislative Council. Select Committee on Murchison Highway Road Links. Parliamentary paper ; no.1 of 1975. Chairman: W.T. Young.ISBN 0724601562
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