Southern Outlet, Hobart

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Southern Outlet
Sth outlet mt nelson.jpg
The Southern Outlet at Mount Nelson
General information
Type Highway
Length 13 km (8.1 mi)
Opened 1969[1]
Route number(s) A6
Major junctions
North end Davey Street /
Macquarie Street Hobart, Tasmania

Huon Highway

for full list see Exits
South end Channel Highway Kingston, Tasmania
Region Hobart
Major suburbs Mount Nelson
Highway system

The Southern Outlet (the Outlet) is a major highway in the Tasmanian capital of Hobart and acts as one of the city's 3 major radial highways, connecting traffic from the Hobart city centre with commuters from the southern suburbs as well as intrastate traffic from the south of the state.[2] The Outlet is one of the busier commuter highways in Hobart, handling in excess of 31,000 traffic movements each day.[3]


The Southern Outlet starts at an intersection with the Davey/Macquarie couplet in Hobart, with a maximum speed limit of 80 km/H. The highway bypasses South Hobart and heads south into the mountainous terrain of Mount Nelson. Except for the Davey/Macquarie intersection the highway is fully grade separated and travels through bushland for the majority of its length. The northbound and southbound lanes are separated between Tolmans Hill overpass through to the Firthside overpass because of the mountainous landscape, allowing a higher maximum speed limit of 100 km/H. The Highway ends in Kingston, at the Kingston Interchange.


The Hobart Transportation Study 1965 indicated the need for a transport corridor from Hobart to Kingston.[3] The Southern Outlet was opened in 1969[1] as a super-2 expressway and went from Kingston to meet up with the old Huon Highway at Grove.[4] The Outlet opened as a fully dual-carriage way highway in 1990[1]


LGA Location km[5] mi Destinations Notes
Hobart South Hobart 0.0–
Davey Street & Macquarie Street one-way couplet (A6) north-east / Davey Street (B64) south-west / Macquarie Street south-west – Hobart, South Hobart Northern terminus at Macquarie Street (northbound lanes); southbound lanes begin from Davey Street
Tolmans Hill – Dynnyrne boundary 2.7 1.7 Olinda Grove (C643) – Mount Nelson, Tolmans Hill
Kingborough Kingston 4.6 2.9 Proctors Road No Through Road
6.3 3.9 Proctors Road – Kingston Southbound exit and entrance
7.6 4.7 Shaw Road – Kingston Northbound exit and entrance
8.8 5.5 Groningen Road – no exit Northbound entrance only
9.3 5.8 Browns Road – Firthside Southbound exit only
Huon Highway (A6) / Kingston Bypass (B68) – Kingston, Huonville, Blackmans Bay, Kettering Southern terminus: continues as Kingston Bypass; no access to Huon Highway from Kingston Bypass

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Kingston". University of Tasmania. 2008. Retrieved 2014-02-09. 
  2. ^ "Road Photos & Information: Tasmania". Expressway - The Australian Highway Site. 2006. Archived from the original on 6 January 2009. Retrieved 2008-08-05. [self-published source]
  3. ^ a b "Kingston Transport & Environs Study" (PDF). Department of Infrastructure, Energy and Resources. 2006. Retrieved 2007-04-30. 
  4. ^ "Tasmanian Expressways". 2003. Retrieved 2007-04-30. [self-published source]
  5. ^ Google (24 February 2016). "Southern Outlet, Hobart" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 24 February 2016. 

External links[edit]

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