Visible from much of Tasmania’s northern midlands, the striking alpine plateau of Ben Lomond National Park sits 1500 m high. Its highest point, the summit of Legges Tor, is the second highest peak in Tasmania, and the area is characterised by winter snowfall, a rich diversity of plant life, and spectacular dolerite cliffs and columns.
In the summer months, Ben Lomond offers an abundance of opportunities for experienced walkers and rock climbers. A number of short walks provide great views of the vast screes and boulder fields, while the dolerite columns present a great challenge for motivated climbers and abseilers.
In the winter, Ben Lomond is the main location for downhill skiing in the state. The season usually runs from early July to late September, and there are 6 km of runs suitable for skiers and snowboarders of all abilities. Cross-country skiing is also a popular activity in the park. Equipment hire and instruction are provided by private operators at the alpine village.
For visitors seeking a more relaxing experience, the forested roadside areas on the lower slopes offer good opportunities for birdwatching. Wedge-tailed eagles, yellow-tailed black cockatoos, honeyeaters and pardalotes can all be spotted in the park. Plant enthusiasts will enjoy the opportunity to explore some of the 220 different species in the area, which include displays of colourful alpine wildflowers in the summer.
Camping is available. Private lodges in the alpine village offer accommodation to members only.