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New picnic facilities for Penny's Lagoon

08/08/2018

The Parks and Wildlife Service has completed the construction of a new picnic shelter at Penny's Lagoon within the Lavinia State Reserve on King Island.
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Celebrating World Ranger Day

31/07/2018

The work of Tasmania's rangers is vital in the daily management of our 19 national parks and more than 800 reserves, encompassing approximately 50 per cent of the State.
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Southwest ecological burns important for orange-bellied parrot conservation

22/03/2018

Planned ecological burns in Southwest National Park will help regenerate important habitat areas for the critically endangered orange-bellied parrot.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.