Ben Lomond National Park is located about 50 km to the southeast of Launceston and is where the high alpine plateau of Ben Lomond turns into a snow-covered playground. Ben Lomond is known as the state’s premier skiing destination, and features many scenic walks. For much of the 19th century, the area was used mainly for agriculture and mining. By the 1880s, the plateau had become a popular destination for recreational walking and soon several tracks had been established. However, it was during the 1950s that the park’s main attraction, the ski resort, was developed. Two of the cross-country ski routes in the park also serve as walking routes. Ski season in the park usually lasts from about July to September and there are six ski lifts that operate here. Along with alpine and cross-country skiing, visitors can also try snowboarding or tobogganing. Visitors can take lessons at the Alpine Village, which also offers equipment hire and accommodation. Another accommodation option is the Ben Lomond Alpine Hotel. Camping is possible everywhere in the park but there is only one camping area that offers basic facilities. On top of the plateau, visitors find a mainly barren, rocky landscape but elsewhere in the park there is a wide variety of habitats, including alpine moorland and forests. Animals are abundant and include pademelons, Forester kangaroos, echidnas, potoroos, platypus, sugar gliders and possums. Eastern quolls, wombats and Bennett’s wallabies even come into the Alpine Village during winter. To visit Ben Lomond National Park, you need a valid Parks Pass, which you can buy online, from a National Parks Visitor Centre like the ones in Kings Meadows or Launceston, or from a Service Tasmania Shop such as the one in Launceston. You can also buy a day pass online, from the Ben Lomond Creek Inn or from the self-registration boxes either at the entry station just before the Carr Villa Road turn-off or at the information booth at Legg Tor Public Shelter.