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New lease of life for original lighthouse vents

15/05/2018

As part of the ongoing conservation of the Cape Bruny and Maatsuyker Island lighthouses, a team effort has been underway to restore the original bronze vents from the lighthouses' lantern rooms.More

Record visitor numbers at Highfield Historic Site

09/05/2018

Visitation numbers at Highfield Historic Site in Stanley have reached a record high, with 12,535 people visiting in the 12 months ending March 2018.More

Cradle Mountain shuttle bus tender awarded

08/05/2018

A new bus fleet featuring environmentally friendly technology and vehicles with improved accessibility and increased capacity will help to meet increasing visitor numbers following the awarding of the tender to McDermott Coaches.More

Ben Lomond National Park

Access


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Located 50km south-east of Launceston, Ben Lomond National Park is reached by back roads via White Hills or Evandale onto the Blessington Road (C401). About 3.5 km before Upper Blessington, turn right onto the Ben Lomond Road, the only road within the park. This road is unsealed, and between June and Septmber, the upper section of this road is subject to ice and snow. The park boundary is 8 kilometres from the turnoff and the alpine village is 18 kilometres. Along this road you will reach a camping area to the left, marked by a sign, and shortly after you will reach a Y-intersection. One kilometre to the right is Carr Villa, from where there are walking tracks which lead to the summit and the Ski Village (both 1.5 km).

Jacobs Ladder

Jacobs Ladder
(Photo by Steve Johnson)

To the left, the final acent to the alpine village is via the steep and winding "Jacobs Ladder". Jacobs Ladder has recently been extensively upgraded to increase safety. Motorists are asked to observe the 30 kilometre per hour speed limit on this section of road. Vehicles travelling up the road should give way to oncoming traffic.

In conditions of snow and ice, the road may be closed without notice at the barrier 4.5 kilometres from the alpine village. 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. Antifreeze is needed to ensure your motor is not damaged. During the ski season, a shuttle bus operates from below Jacobs Ladders. Travel times are 1 hour from Launceston, 2.5 hours from Burnie and 3 to 3.5 hours from Hobart. No petrol is available on the mountain.

If travelling at night please drive carefully as wildlife often crosses the road.

Public transport and tours


Visitors wishing to use public transport or tours to access the park should visit our web page on Access to Tasmania's National Parks, Reserves and Walking Tracks.