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How to Drive the 99 Bends Road in Queenstown ,Tasmania

How to Drive the 99 Bends Road in Queenstown ,Tasmania

Olly Gaspar

By Olly Gaspar, full-time traveler for 6 years. I visit every place I write about & share real tips, photos, & advice from my trips.

A guide to the most scenic mountain road in Tasmania on the Lyell Highway from Queenstown.

It’s no secret that Tasmania has some of Australia’s most scenic roads, from epic mountain passes to unmatched coastal routes.

However, there is one particular spot on the West Coast that might just take the cake as Tassie’s most picturesque driving road which locals call the 99 Bends.

In this guide, I’ll outline everything you need to know before driving the 99 Bends road in Tasmania. From how to get here, what to expect and I’ll throw in some great photos from my recent drive in our big van.

My Video From the Most Scenic Road in Tasmania

Below is a quick cinematic clip from my sunset drive on this incredible scenic drive in Tasmania's West. I've only just started making videos like this, so let me know what you think and if you'd like to see more.

Where is the 99 Bends Road in Tasmania?

The 99 Bends refers to a section of the Lyell Highway just outside of Queenstown on the West Coast. You will find the stretch of road you're looking for between Queenstown and Gormanstan.

This is a GPS coordinate to a large pull-over area where at least 4 cars can park, just before the epic winding road up the mountain.

Location map of 99 bends road in tasmania

About the 99 Bends Road

No, this road doesn't exactly have 99 bends its actually 44. However, it certainly feels like it does when you're driving it.

The 4 km road is well maintained and the tarmac is silky-smooth. This section of Tasmania is quite remote and you'll often have the road here to yourself. Some people like to come out here to test the limit of their cars but remember to do so safely and legally.

The road is also quite steep in some sections and logging/mining trucks occasionally use this road, so also remember to keep that in mind.

The 99 Bends Road is also a popular spot in the Targa Tasmania Rally.

We travelled around Tasmania in our big long-wheelbase converted campervan, so we were definitely not going fast. However, it was still an incredible experience and we were stoked with the images we were able to capture with our drone.

99 bends tasmania

Acid Rain & The Strange Landscape

When you're driving the 99 Bends road, you'll notice the strange, almost lunar landscape of the area surrounding Queenstown. This is due to acid rain from the sheer amount of sulfur pollution from the nearby Queenstown mine.

This has killed all of the trees in the area but they are growing back slowly. While this is a beautiful road, it's an eerie reminder of just how much damage the mining industry causes in Tasmania.

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Queenstown 99 bends

More Photos From the Amazing Road

Below are some more photos that I hope will inspire you to take this epic scenic route!

Another great stop nearby is the Iron Blow Lookout just a little up the road.

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Queenstown mountains, western tasmania
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Tasmania's most scenic road

Staying near the 99 Bends Road

Below are some of my top picks for staying on the West Coast of Tasmania.

Strahan wheelhouse apartments

1. Wheelhouse Apartments Strahan

These unique apartments are located in Strahan, each with river or lake view. Known as some of the best-rated online for Western Tasmania with their large floor-to-ceiling windows and location to the esplanade walking track.

The boat house accommodation option in strahan

2. The Boat House Strahan

Another Strahan favorite, this affordable holiday accommodation option features river views. It includes a kitchen and living area along with a small outdoor lawn area for the kids to play.

Large accommodation option at penghana b&b, queenstown

3. Penghana B&B Queenstown

Overlooking the town of Queenstown this 1898 National Trust Mansion is great for couples or singles exploring the area. The presentation of the interior is like stepping back in time & a wonderful free breakfast is provided.

I hope that this quick guide has inspired you to take one of Tasmania's most epic mountain 99 Bends Road near Queenstown.

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Thanks for Reading

I'm Olly Gaspar, adventure traveler from Australia. I’ve spent the last six years traveling the world full-time, sharing my first-hand experiences & photography in over 700 travel guides on We Seek Travel. I visit every destination I write about to bring you unique travel itineraries, epic hiking routes, fun tour ideas, travel & photography gear ideas, & interesting places to stay.

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Tuesday 15th of November 2022

There are other great places to stay other than those you mentioned. perhaps they haven't paid you to mention them.

Olly Gaspar

Tuesday 15th of November 2022

I've mentioned the top three based on my experience and reviews on top booking sites. None of these businesses have paid me. Instead of leaving a salty comment, how about you provide some value by mentioning one?