Lake Highway

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Lake Highway
General information
Type Highway
Length 148 km (92 mi)
Route number(s) A5
route number
State Route 5[1]
Major junctions
North end Bass Highway,
Deloraine, Tasmania
  • Meander Valley Highway
  • East Barrack Street
  • Long Ridge Road
  • Meander Road
  • Marlborough Highway
  • Waddamana Road
  • Poatina Road
  • Interlaken Road
  • Waddamana Road
  • Meadsfield Road
  • Dennistoun Road
  • Hollow Tree Road
  • Lower Marshes Road
South end Midland Highway,
Melton Mowbray, Tasmania
Major settlements Brandum, Liawenee, Wihareja, Steppes, Bothwell, Apsley
Highway system

The Lake Highway, or A5, is a main highway and A-road in Tasmania. Although still known as the Lake Highway the official title of the road was changed in 2001 to Highland Lakes Road.

The Lake Highway branches off the Midland Highway at Melton Mowbray in southern Tasmania and continues for 146 kilometres, with Bothwell being the main town of any size on route, it terminates in Deloraine. It is the only major A-road in Australia that is partially unsealed. The highway is one of the least used in Tasmania, except during the summer months when the road is used by Great Lake commuters. The portion of the highway on and near the Great Lake in Tasmania's Central plateau, averages a height of about 1000 metres. During the winter months it is sometimes snowed under.

Two major roads that branch from the Lake Highway are the Marlborough Highway (which connects to the A10 Lyell Highway), and Poatina Rd., (B51), which leaves the Lake Highway north of the Steppes and plunges steeply over the Great Western Tiers to the former hydro-electric construction village of Poatina.

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  1. ^ Former State Route Numbering System in Tasmania, Ozroads: the Australian Roads Website. Retrieved on 17 March 2008.[self-published source]