The craggy mountain of Ben Lomond looms over the national park that takes its name. A haven for winter-time skiers and clement-weather hikers, Ben Lomond National Park’s treeless plateau stretches for around 14 km (8.5 miles) and soars over 1,300 meters (4,265 feet).
Wildflowers and rare grasses carpet the plateau in spring but it’s the winter-time ski season that gets Tasmanians and visitors excited about Ben Lomond. Tasmania’s only downhill skiing area, Ben Lomond has ski lifts, ski hire, ski lodge and licensed restaurant.
Year-round, keep your eyes alert for Tasmanian wildlife in the park, including Bennett’s wallabies, wombats, Forester kangaroos, quolls, potoroos and possums.
Ben Lomond National Park lies 55km (34 miles) southeast of Launceston. The winter ski season runs from July to September.
If you’re driving in winter, bring snow chains to scale the unsealed hairpin-bend road along the aptly named Jacob’s Ladder to the alpine ski village.