Southern Outlet, Hobart

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]

Southern Outlet

The Southern Outlet at Mount Nelson
General information
Length13 km (8.1 mi)
Route number(s) A6
Major junctions
North end Davey Street /
Macquarie Street Hobart, Tasmania
  Huon Highway for full list see Exits
South endChannel Highway Kingston, Tasmania
Major suburbsMount Nelson
Highway system


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]


HobartSouth Hobart0.0–
Davey Street & Macquarie Street one-way couplet (A6) north-east / Davey Street (B64) south-west / Macquarie Street south-west Hobart, South HobartNorthern terminus at Macquarie Street (northbound lanes); southbound lanes begin from Davey Street
Tolmans Hill Dynnyrne boundary2.71.7 Olinda Grove (C643)  Mount Nelson, Tolmans Hill
KingboroughKingston4.62.9Proctors RoadNo Through Road
6.33.9Proctors Road  KingstonSouthbound exit and entrance
7.64.7Shaw Road – KingstonNorthbound exit and entrance
8.85.5Groningen Road – no exitNorthbound entrance only
9.35.8Browns Road  FirthsideSouthbound exit only
Huon Highway (A6) / Kingston Bypass (B68)  Kingston, Huonville, Blackmans Bay, KetteringSouthern terminus: continues as Kingston Bypass; no access to Huon Highway from Kingston Bypass

See also

  • List of Highways in Hobart


  1. "Kingston". University of Tasmania. 2008. Retrieved 9 February 2014.
  2. "Road Photos & Information: Tasmania". Expressway - The Australian Highway Site. 2006. Archived from the original on 6 January 2009. Retrieved 5 August 2008.
  3. "Kingston Transport & Environs Study" (PDF). Department of Infrastructure, Energy and Resources. 2006. Archived from the original (PDF) on 21 March 2012. Retrieved 30 April 2007.
  4. "Tasmanian Expressways". 2003. Retrieved 30 April 2007.
  5. Google (24 February 2016). "Southern Outlet, Hobart" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 24 February 2016.

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