The spectacular ascent of Jacobs Ladder at Ben Lomond is quite possibly the most hair-raising and impressive alpine road in Tasmania. A series of switchbacks on the famous road creates a spectacular journey to a breathtaking destination.
Although a park for all seasons, winter is Ben Lomond's time to shine. Boasting one of Tasmania’s two ski fields, snow sports enthusiasts can enjoy skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing and tobogganing. Those who prefer to take it easy can sip on a hot chocolate, while immersed in the ‘ski village’ atmosphere of this authentic Tasmanian winter wonderland.
When the snow melts, a spectacular alpine landscape is revealed and you’ll be in awe of the beauty of the rocks set against stunning views. There are plenty of walks and rock climbing opportunities, and with wildlife in abundance it is not uncommon to see several different species in a day. Ben Lomond National Park is Tasmania’s off-the-beaten-track gem – sure to surprise and delight.
Visible from much of Tasmania’s northern midlands, the striking alpine plateau of Ben Lomond National Park sits 1500 m high. Its highest point, the summit of Legges Tor, is the second highest peak in Tasmania, and the area is characterised by winter snowfall, a rich diversity of plant life, and spectacular dolerite cliffs and columns.
In the summer months, Ben Lomond offers an abundance of opportunities for experienced walkers and rock climbers. A number of short walks provide great views of the vast screes and boulder fields, while the dolerite columns present a great challenge for motivated climbers and abseilers.
Ben Lomond National Park is about an hour south-east of Launceston. Take the C401 through White Hills then turn right at Blessington onto Ben Lomond Road (C413).
From Hobart, the park is a 3 hour drive north on the Midlands Highway (A1). Turn off to Evandale (B41) and take the partly sealed road C413 to Blessington. Continue towards Upper Blessington and then turn right onto Ben Lomond Road (C432).
The park boundary is 8 km from the Ben Lomond Road turn-off, and a further 18 km to the alpine village. The road is unsealed and the final climb up Jacobs Ladder to the plateau is steep and winding. There is a 30 km speed limit and vehicles travelling uphill should give way to those descending.
Between June and October, all vehicles are required to carry correctly fitted snow chains. Anti-freeze is also recommended. Chains are not available for hire at the mountain, so visitors not carrying chains are advised to find alternative transport to the ski village.
During skiing season, a shuttle bus operates from the Ben Lomond lower carpark.
In snowy and icy conditions, the road to Ben Lomond National Park may be closed without notice at the barrier 4.5 km from the alpine village.
Where possible, please avoid driving in our reserves at night. You are sharing the roads with our native wildlife, so take it slow and watch out for animals on the road.
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