Ben Lomond is in the northern midlands, a 1.5-hour drive from Launceston, and one of Tasmania’s two snowfields; the other is Mt Field.
During the snow season, every vehicle climbing the mountain must carry snow chains and fit them when directed; This is a requirement under the law.
If you want a stress-free ascension, you can park at the lower car park and take the shuttle bus to the top. The ‘bus’ is a ten seater 4WD, and you’ll be in capable hands; this will be the easiest option for most.
Full gear hire is available at the mountain, including skis, boards, sleds, and snow clothes. Ben Lomond is also accessible outside of Winter. There are several walks and trails to be enjoyed. You can check the mountain cameras for Ben Lomond here.
The Central Highlands is smack bang in the middle of Tasmania. It’s a large portion of the state but only home to about 2,000 residents. It’s known as the Lake Country of Tasmania; it is home to A LOT of lakes.
You’ll find snow throughout the Central Highlands; there isn’t a specific place to go.
The Central Highlands is also home to the Derwent Bridge, Pumphouse Point, and Walls of Jerusalem National Park.
Cradle Mountain is Tasmania’s most famous peak. It is the fifth highest in the state and stands above the tranquil Dove Lake. You can tackle a visit to Cradle Mountain in a day or stretch it out over a week.
Arrive at the Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre, and book the shuttle bus; cars aren’t allowed into the grounds.
Dove Lake is the most accessible walk; this 6km trek around the lake will take 2-3 hours to complete.
Cradle Mountain is also a great place to enjoy the snow. There is a substantial amount of snowfall during Winter, and with the great selection of walks, it’s accessible to most.
Mount Wellington looms 1,271 metres (4169 feet) above Hobart. The mountain provides a jaw-dropping lookout accessible by car and several bushwalks, including The Organ Pipes.
Mount Wellington is only a half-hour drive from Hobart, and you can often see the snow-capped peaks from within the city. You can also check the snow-cam for a better idea of the conditions.
Pinnacle Road will take you to the peak; it is a windy road but overall safe, and it’s accessible by caravans and motorhomes.
There is no need for a Parks Pass, and entry is always free.
Mt Field is the ‘park for all seasons.
It is home to Russell Falls, a spectacular tiered waterfall, and the Mount Mawson Ski Field. Russell Falls is easily accessible; park at the visitor centre and walk the trail.
To see the snow, continue the drive up Lake Dobson Road for 40 minutes until you come to the ski field. It is free to enjoy the snow, however, there are costs if you want to ski.
Hartz Mountains National Park is at the Huon Valley’s southern end, forming part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.
Hartz Mountains are a 1.5 hour drive from Hobart; however, the final section of the road is windy and unsealed for 10.5km.
There are several walks to enjoy, including the 3-5 hour walk to Hartz Peak, which grants you a view over the valley.
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