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Mount Mawson, TAS

From Hobart you can drive to the Mt Field National Park via New Norfolk, once you enter the park drive past the Visitor Centre, the road turns into the Dobson Highway (dirt road) and winds up the mountain to its termination at Lake Dobson, the trip takes approx. 30 mins.

From the Lake Dobson car park walk to the ski field via either the Urquart walking track or the Jeep trail, this takes approx. 30-45 mins. The road from the Visitor Centre/Russell falls up to Lake Dobson requires a snow plough to clear it after a good snow fall. National Parks administration may be contacted on (03) 6288 1319 for a Report on the Road Status.

Road Use Etiquette:

  • In the morning, generally uphill traffic has right of way
  • In the afternoon, generally downhill traffic has right of way, but use common sense and give way to upcoming traffic if they’re on a slippery section of road
  • Main passenger airportHobart (72km)
  • Closest townNew Norfolk (38km)
Driving distance
  • Canberra30 hours
  • Sydney32 hours
  • Melbourne23 hours
  • Brisbane42 hours
  • Adelaide31 hours
  • Perth58 hours


Need To Know

Fuel Stations

The last fuel station on the way to Mount Mawson is located in New Norfolk (38km).

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.


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 2 wheel vehicles entering the roads to Mount Mawson snow fields carry snow chains and fit them when the conditions require. Even if there is no snow on the road, sections of the road are subject to ice and can be very slippery and dangerous.

Fitting Chains

Chains should be fitted properly when directed.

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 ARB 4X4 and Accessories (Hobart), ARB 4X4 and Accessories (Invermay) and Auto Barn (Launceston).

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 Mount Mawson 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

Day Car Parking - Parking is available at The Lake Dobson car park situated approx. 30-45 minute walk to the ski field via either the Urquart walking track or the Jeep trail.

Night Car Parking - Parking is available at The Lake Dobson car park situated approx. 30-45 minute walk to the ski field via either the Urquart walking track or the Jeep trail.

Oversnow Transport

Mount Mawson has no oversnow transport and is not required or available.

Resort Transport

Walking is the only way to get to and around the resort and therefore no shuttle service is available.

Nearest Main Town

New Norfolk is just 38km from Mount Mawson.

New Norfolk is located approximately 30 minutes west of Hobart, on the beautiful Derwent River in Tasmania, Australia.  

Whether you are planning a 4 week holiday or just want a quick last minute weekend get-away, New Norfolk is the perfect destination to escape from the hectic pace and sit down and enjoy peaceful surroundings.  

If you enjoy views – there are river views, mountain views and valley views all in the one place! New Norfolk is teeming with historic houses, magnificent rugged scenery, and cool restful places to let yourself unwind.

New Norfolk is centrally located and is a perfect base from which to explore the surrounding areas. Mount Field National Park with its rugged beauty and seclusion is only 30 minutes away. The bustling Salamanca market and Tasmania's capital, Hobart is a 30 minute drive in the other direction.

Facilities & Services

  • Accommodation
  • Cafes & Restaurants
  • Convenience Store & fuel station
  • Medical services & chemist
  • Specialty shops

For More Information

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

Trasport Providers

Tasmanian Wilderness Experiences

Redline Coaches

  • Hobart - Charter to Mount Mawson
  • Website


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