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Ben Lomond National Park is in Eastern Tasmania.

Understand[edit]

Ben Lomond National Park

Ben Lomond was declared a National Park and Scenic Reserve in July 1947.

Ben Lomond is Tasmania's only downhill skiing area. It offers skiing from approximately July to September (check the snow report [1]) and day walks in summer.

History[edit]

Landscape[edit]

Flora and fauna[edit]

According to Tasmania's Parks & Wildlife Service, Ben Lomond National Park is invaluable for the conservation of the flora communities and species diversity of Tasmania's alpine areas. [2]

Climate[edit]

Get in[edit]

Located 50 km south-east of Launceston, Ben Lomond National Park is accessible via the Blessington Road (C401) near Upper Blessington. Wheel chains must be carried between June and September - they are not available on the mountain, but can be rented or purchased from outlets in major centres.

If travelling at night, please watch out for native animals!

During the ski season McDermott's Coaches provide a daily shuttle service to and from Launceston. http://www.mcdermotts.com.au/

Also, a shuttle bus service runs from the snowline to the top car park daily within season. The service starts from around 9AM daily in season and is a great option if you prefer to leave the snow chains at home. (Adults $12, child/concession $8).

Fees and permits[edit]

Map of Ben Lomond National Park

To enter any national park in Tasmania, you'll need to have a valid parks pass to enter the park, which can be found here at the Parks Tasmania website. There are numerous passes available, depending on your needs. The fees are up-to-date as of December 2021.

A daily parks pass is usually valid for 24 hours, and is usable in all parks although it does not include access to Cradle Mountain. This is particularly useful if you're going to numerous nearby parks. A pass for your vehicle covers up to 8 occupants, you only need the per person pass if you arrive without a vehicle.

  • Per vehicle: $40
  • Per person: $20

If you're staying in Tasmania for a few weeks and want to go numerous national parks, there's the Holiday Pass, which is valid for up to two months. This also includes Cradle Mountain.

  • Per vehicle: $80
  • Per person: $40

There is also the Annual Park Pass, which is valid in all parks, including Cradle Mountain.

  • $90 in general
  • $72 for concession holders
  • $36 for seniors

If you only plan to repeatedly visit one park again and again, it's $46 in general, or $36.80 for concession holders. This excludes Cradle Mountain.

Passes can either be purchased through passes.parks.tas.gov.au, in any national park visitor centre, some travel information centres and Service Tasmania centre.

Get around[edit]

See[edit]

Do[edit]

  • Hiking. There are two cross country ski routes which are also used as walking routes. They are not formed trails but are marked by snow poles.
    • Carr Villa to Alpine Village: This walk takes approximately 1.5 hours one way with steep gradients up the side of the plateau. The route takes you up onto the plateau and then along the plateau to the highest point.
    • Alpine Village to Little Hell: This walk takes about 1.5 hours return. From the top of Little Hell there are views across the southern part of the plateau to Stacks Bluff.
  • . Rock climbing.
  • Ben Lomond Snow Sports, +61 3 6390 6185. Offers skis, snowboards, poles, boots, helmets, clothing, and toboggans for hire during snow season.
  • Storys Creek to Stacks Bluff Walk. For a more challenging walk, enter the park from the southern end at Storys Creek near Rossarden.

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Eat[edit]

Only places to eat at the hotels.

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Sleep[edit]

Lodging[edit]

Camping[edit]

Backcountry[edit]

Stay safe[edit]

Go next[edit]

This park travel guide to Ben Lomond National Park is a usable article. It has information about the park, for getting in, about a few attractions, and about accommodations in the park. An adventurous person could use this article, but please feel free to improve it by editing the page.