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Ben Lomond, TAS

The Ben Lomond Ski field Area is reached via the C401 from Launceston. Allow about 1 hour 20 minutes travel time from Launceston or allow 3.5 hours from Hobart via the Midlands Heritage Highway.

The alpine village is 18 kilometres from the main road turnoff; the upper section of the road is subject to ice and snow. To that end vehicles are required to carry chains and fit them if directed. Chains are not available on the mountain but can be rented in Launceston at Autobarn or Skigia in Hobart.

If travelling to the mountain by car there are car parking facilities available. Whether you have a 2 or 4 wheel drive you MUST carry chains during the season.

Ben Lomond Snow Sports have two shuttle buses that are located on the mountain 24/7. They collect from the bottom car park at the Parks and Wildlife Service registration booth and can deliver you to the car park at the base of the boardwalk. If you are catching the shuttle you do not need to hire, fit or carry chains. Fuel is also not available on the mountain.

  • Main passenger airportLaunceston (60km)
  • Closest townLaunceston (60km)
Driving distance
  • Canberra29 hours
  • Sydney31 hours
  • Melbourne23 hours
  • Brisbane41 hours
  • Adelaide31 hours
  • Perth58 hours

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Need To Know

Fuel Stations

The last fuel station on the way to Ben Lomond is located in Launceston (60km).

Alpine Diesel

Diesel ‘waxes’ at low temperature which blocks the fuel system and immobilises the vehicle.

If you drive a diesel vehicle, ensure you use fuel formulated for use in cold conditions, such as ‘Alpine Diesel’.

This is only usually available close to the snow fields, so plan your journey to arrive with plenty of room in your fuel tank for this fuel. Only required if parking your vehicle above the snow line.

Anti-freeze

Ensure your radiator fluid and your windscreen washing fluid can withstand temperatures below freezing points by adding anti-freeze additives to them if necessary.

Legal Requirements

Snow chains help ensure your safety. During the winter/snow season it is a legal requirement that all vehicles entering the resort carry snow chains and fit them when the conditions require on Ben Lomond Road.

This is due to the icy road conditions and also allows safe passage up the steep incline and hairpin corners of Jacobs Ladder and along Ben Lomond plateau at the top of the ladder (Road).

Winter adds a complexity in getting all the way to the village. If you don’t have or can’t get chains, or perhaps you just don’t feel confident, a shuttle service from the Parks Entry Station is the perfect answer to your problems. Two shuttle buses, located on the mountain 24/7 and will collect snow goers from the bottom car park at the Parks and Wildlife Service entry station and can deliver you to the car park at the base of the boardwalk.

If you are catching the shuttle you do not need to hire chains! Call (03) 6390 6185 for a pickup or to arrange a booking.

Fitting Chains

Chains should be fitted properly when directed either by signage or Mountain Staff.

Snow chains are loops of chain that fit over your car’s wheels (usually the back wheels on rear wheel drive cars and front wheels on front wheel drive cars) to provide extra traction in the snow – refer to your car manual or car manufacturer for exact fitting requirements.

Handy Tips

Snow Chains are available from Auto Barn (Launceston), ARB 4X4 and Accessories (Invermay) and Skigia (Hobart).

Here are a few handy tips:

  1. Make sure the chains you buy or hire are suitable for the wheel diameter and tyre size of your vehicle
  2. It is your responsibility to know how to fit wheel chains and ensure they are the correct size
  3. Pack a waterproof blanket to lie on and keep your gloves accessible
  4. Practice fitting the chains before leaving home or at the hire outlet
  5. If you’re unsure of anything, don’t be afraid to ask plenty of questions at the hire shop
  6. Remember, you don’t need to jack up your car to fit the chains. In fact, it could be very dangerous if the road is icy and slippery
  7. Do not exceed 40km while snow chains are fitted and keep a safe emergency breaking distance from vehicles in front

Park Entry Fees

As Ben Lomond is situated in a Tasmanian National Park there is a Park Entry Fee that is applicable when entering any National Park in Tasmania. A range of national park passes lets you choose the best way to get out and experience Tasmania's world-class national parks.

The following fees are payable:

Cars & 4wd Private Vehicles

  • Park Entry Fee - $24 per vehicle per day
  • Holiday pass (up to 8 weeks) $60 per vehicle
  • Vehicles with a carrying capacity of up to 8 persons, including driver

Motorbikes, Bikes or Walking

  • General Public - $12.00 per person
  • Holiday pass (up to 8 weeks) $30 per person

Buses & Coaches

  • General Public - $12.00 per person
  • Holiday pass (up to 8 weeks) $30 per person

Season Pass (Annual)

  • All parks - for private cars & 4WD's $96 and Concession Holders $76.80 per vehicle
  • One park - for private cars & 4WD's $49 and Concession Holders $39.20 per vehicle
  • Concession applies to Current Seniors Card, Australian Pensioner Concession Card & Health Care Card

All prices are in Australian dollars and include GST.

Purchasing Locations

You can purchase your Parks Entry Permit from one of the following locations:

  • On entry at the Ben Lomond registration booth
  • The Parks Online Pass Portal
  • National Park Visitor Centres
  • Most accredited Tasmanian Travel Information Centres
  • Spirit of Tasmania
  • Service Tasmania Shops

For More Information

Please visit here or you can call the Tasmania Parks on 1300 827 727.

Resort Parking

There is a large car park at the top of the mountain with day and overnight zones for visitor parking and a reserved area for residents with a permit.

Please ensure that cars are parked as safely as possible with minimal distances between them to maximise numbers.

Oversnow Transport

Ben Lomond has no oversnow transport and is not required or available.

Resort Transport

Winter adds a complexity in getting all the way to the village.

If you don’t have or can’t get chains, or perhaps you just don’t feel confident, a shuttle service from the Parks Entry Station is the perfect answer to your problems. Two shuttle buses, located on the mountain 24/7 and will collect snow goers from the bottom car park at the Parks and Wildlife Service entry station and can deliver you to the car park at the base of the boardwalk.

If you are catching the shuttle you do not need to hire chains! Call (03) 6390 6185 for a pickup or to arrange a booking (Paid Service).

Nearest Major Town

Launceston is just 60km from Ben Lomond.

Just a quick direct flight from Melbourne, Sydney or Brisbane, Launceston is your gateway to northern Tasmania.

This boutique riverside city is located at the head of the picturesque Tamar Valley and boasts magnificent natural attractions including the spectacular Cataract Gorge Reserve and beautiful parks and gardens. Immerse yourself in the city's rich cultural heritage and enjoy a thriving food and wine scene set amongst the backdrop of vibrant Georgian streetscapes.

Everything you need to have an amazing Tasmanian experience is on Launceston’s doorstep: Australia's coolest and most awarded wine trail, gourmet local food and produce, history and wilderness.

Facilities & Services

  • Accommodation
  • Cafes, Bars & Restaurants
  • Wineries & Breweries
  • Supermarket & fuel station
  • Medical services & chemist
  • General retail outlets & much more

For More Information

About the Launceston region, local activities and events please visit here.

Coaches & Transfers

The following Coaches & Transfers will transport you to Ben Lomond Resort:

McDermott's Coaches

Sport and Surf

Information

(03) 6390 6185
Ben Lomond Rd, Ben Lomond TAS 7212

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