One of the most recognisable geographic features in northern Tasmania, Ben Lomond’s imposing presence is visible from most places within the northern-midlands district.
Ben Lomond is technically not a mountain at all but rather a plateau approximately 14 kilometres long by 6 kilometres wide and with an average height of around 1300 metres above sea level. A single peak on the summit, Legges Tor, reaches a height of 1572 metres and is recognised as the second highest point in Tasmania. The plateau is surrounded by spectacular and precipitous cliffs on all sides.
The only recognised down-hill ski field in Tasmania its proximity to Launceston, just 50 kilometres east of the city, makes Ben Lomond a year-round favourite with skiers and bush-walkers alike.
The Ben Lomond National park was declared in 1947 and covers an area just under 17,000 Hectares. The plateau’s slopes offer good novice and intermediate skiing and snowboarding, and excellent cross-country skiing. It’s also home to significant examples of flora & fauna and a variety of geological features.
A full range of facilities and accommodation is on offer within the alpine village located at the base of the lift system. The Creek Inn is open all year round with a licensed restaurant, five en-suite rooms and a single self-contained studio apartment.
A small camping ground is available about 1 kilometre inside the park boundary and offers six unpowered camp sites, fresh water and toilet facilities. Remote camping is available in all areas of the park but not within 500 metres of any road.
This Tassie Local snapshot was produced by Footloose Photographic & Media Solutions
Ben Lomond - North East, Tasmania - Tassie Local