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Ben Lomond Plateau from Wattle Corner
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Ben Lomond park entrance
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Rock pool on the Ben Lomond Plateau
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Legges Tor on the Ben Lomond Plateau
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Misery Bluff near Carr Villa
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BEN LOMOND, Steins Crag & Carr Villa

BEN LOMOND is a spectacular, mountain plateau. It is within sight of Launceston and in winter, it is snow covered. There is a ski village and ski tow on the plateau. LEGGES TOR is the highest point of the plateau and from there, you can see much of north eastern Tasmania. Ascending the plateau involves a dangerous drive up JACOBS LADDER. The plateau is a beautiful place to visit in any season with mountains and alpine meadows in all directions. The only facility is a public shelter at the ski village. There are private ski lodges at the ski village, but only one public inn.

CARR VILLA is a scout hall and car park at the base of the Ben Lomond Plateau. A great bush walk begins or ends here.

This Carr Villa location should not be confused with the Carr Villa Flora Reserve in Launceston.

The Ben Lomond Ski Village is on a dead end, so you have to return to the this road, C401, to return to LAUNCESTON, before you can go anywhere else. MATHINNA is 50 minutes east of Ben Lomond on a rough gravel road. This is the alternative to returning to Launceston.

Nearby places are described on the REGION NORTH EAST, BEN NEVIS, LAUNCESTON and MATHINNA pages.


View Region North East in a larger map. Unfortunately, you need to go to Google's page 2 map to see some of my marked features.

FACILITIES: There is an emergency shelter at the Ski Village that is open at key tourist times. Accommodation in this area includes;

SIGHTS: The Ben Lomond Plateau has many trails that are used for skiing in winter and walking in summer. The views in all directions are spectacular. Thus, it is a favorite holiday venue for Tasmanians. The Ben Lomond Plateau can be easily seen from LAUNCESTON. In addition the mountains around Ben Lomond are surrounded by beautiful forests. The sights include the:

WARNING: The Ben Lomond area is frequently subjected to extremely cold and wet weather, as well as mist, in any season. Come prepared and with a compass and do not attempt the journey, if the weather prediction is doubtful.

ROUTE: The route is well signed and starts at St LEONARDS, which is the south west suburb of LAUNCESTON. From St Leonards drive east on C401 for 30 minutes towards the hamlet of Upper Blessington. Just before Upper Blessington turn south onto C432, which takes you into the Ben Lomond National Park.

Park in the car park of the National Park and take a shuttle bus to the SKI VILLAGE or CARR VILLA, if you do not wish to drive up JACOBS LADDER. You are also strongly advised to park here in the snow months, as the road can be slippery and parking space can be short at the SKI VILLAGE.

Click to see the LARGER PHOTO GALLERY

  • BEN LOMOND
  • Steins Crag
  • Carr Villa
  • Steven Jurgeit's

 

Mt Ben Lomond seen from Whisloca

1/ The Ben Lomond Plateau is in north eastern Tasmania. From many points in Launceston you can see the Ben Lomond Plateau. It is only 50 minutes from Launceston, so it is the ski centre of north eastern Tasmania. This view shows the Plateau in winter. It was taken from about 20 kilometres away from the Plateau in an area west of the locality of Whisloca.

Mt Ben Lomond from Whisloca

2/ This is the Ben Lomond Plateau as seen from near Whisloca. The trees in the middle are a part of a vast blue gum plantation. There are many such plantations in north eastern Tasmania.

Mt Ben Lomond seen from Whisloca

3/ This photo shows the foreshortening effect that snow can have on an image. The wall of snow is not an advancing glacier, but the distant Ben Lomond Plateau. It was taken from an area east of Whisloca, about 15 kilometres from the Ben Lomond Plateau.

Mt Ben Lomond seen from Tayene

4/ This photo was taken from near the locality of Tayene. This is about 25 kilometres north of the Ben Lomond Plateau. It shows how the Ben Lomond Plateau dominates the landscape of north eastern Tasmania.

Ben Lomond Plateau from Wattle Corner

5/ This photo was taken from near the locality of Wattle Corner. This is very close to the start of the road that ascend the Ben Lomond Plateau. The view again shows how the Plateau dominates the north eastern landscape.

Mt Ben Lomond park entrance

6/ This is the entrance to the Ben Lomond National Park. From this point onwards visitors must either put chains on their car tyres or travel further on the shuttle bus. Unfortunately, there was no car park for the cars, so the cars just clogged up the narrow approach road.

Mt Ben Lomond, Tasmania, Jacobs Ladder

7/ This is the spectacular view from the Ben Lomond Plateau down Jacobs Ladder. Here the road climbs 200 metres via a series of hair pin bends. The view down is just awesome.

Mt Ben Lomond, Tasmania

8/ Around Jacobs Ladders are a series of very steep dolorite cliffs. The forest ends at the Ben Lomond Plateau, This is a combination of alpine meadow and rocky crags.

Mt Ben Lomond, Jacobs Ladder, Tasmania

9/ This photo shows the start of the descent down Jacobs Ladder. Note the absence of trees and the snow poles, as the Ben Lomond Plateau is snow covered in winter.

Mt Ben Lomond, Ski Village, Tasmania

10/ The road to the Ben Lomond Ski Village is through alpine meadow. This area is covered by snow in the winter. The first lodge can be seen on the extreme left.

Ben Lomond Tasmania

11/ The Ben Lomond Ski Village is at the base of Legges Tor. The green building to the left is the public shelter.

Mt Ben Lomond, Ski Village, Tasmania

12/ There are many lodges at the Ski Village, which are built in a variety of alpine styles.

Ben Lomond Tasmania

13/ Snow makers are used to supplement the snow cover.

Mt Ben Lomond, Tasmania

14/ The hills surrounding the Village are rocky and devoid of much greenery.

Mt Ben Lomond, Tasmania

15/ This photo shows a ski lift rising to the left of Legges Tor. The hill is steeper than it appears in the photo.

Mt Ben Lomond, Tasmania

16/ From the top of the ski trail you can walk to the top of Legges Tor on the right. Again it is steeper than it appears in this photo.

Mt Ben Lomond, Tasmania

17/ This is the view to the south west. The nearer peak is Giblin Peak.

Mt Ben Lomond, Tasmania

18/ This is the view to the west. Ben Nevis is showing above the horizon on the left, while to the right are the Plains of Heaven.

Mt Ben Lomond, Tasmania

19/ This is the view from near Giblin Peak. Coalmine Grag is to the right and Mensa Moor is to the left.

Mt Ben Lomond, Tasmania

20/ This view is looking North across the Plains of Heaven to the Markham Heights on the right and Misery Bluff on the extreme left. This valley is a favorite with skiers.

Mt Ben Lomond, Tasmania

21/ This is the view from the Ben Lomond Ski Village to Meadow Vale.

Mt Ben Lomond, Tasmania

22/ The alpine meadow is littered with small pools, which make a lovely contrast to the stark rocks and lichens.

Mt Ben Lomond, Tasmania

23/ When you climb out of the Plains of Heaven Valley you see more mountains in every direction.

Ben Lomond Plateau

24/ This the Ben Lomond Plateau as seen from the west. You see this view as you approach it from Launceston.

Steins Crag on the Ben Lomond Plateau

25/ This is a view of Ragged Jack. It is 1369 metres high and is on the south western edge of the Ben Lomond Plateau.

Steins Crap

26/ This is another view of Steins Crag. In this view the summit is covered in snow.

 

Steins Crag

1/ Steins Crag is on the eastern edge of the Ben Lomond Plateau in north eastern Tasmania. This gallery shows a climb that our club made of Steins Crag in the summer of 2013. Steins Crag is 1350 metres high and is frequently covered in snow.

Steins Crag

2/ The first phase of the ascent required our trekkers to climb through a dense regrowth forest.

Steins Crag

3/ They then had to hop over scree and scramble over large boulders.

Steins Crag

4/ This view was taken near the summit of Steins Crag. It looks towards the north west. The bare patches in the forest cover are areas that have been recently logged.

Steins Crag

5/ Finally they reached the plateau. This view looks north at the summit of Steins Crag.

Steins Crag

6/ This view looks north from Steins Crag across a shallow valley to Circinus Peak. This is 1306 metres high. Only sparse vegetation grows on the plateau, because the climate is so extreme.

Steins Crag

7/ This view looks south to the next major peak on this corner of the Ben Lomond Plateau, which is called Ragged Jack.

Steins Crag

8/ The group then trekked east across the Sprent Plains and then the Plains of Heaven towards the Ben Lomond Ski Village.

Steins Crag

9/ This view looks east across the Sprent Plains. Note how it is covered by a sparse alpine vegetation.

Steins Crag

10/ This view was taken further along the Sprent Plains. The distant peak is Legges Tor, which is the highest point on the Ben Lomond Plateau.

 

Carr Villa scout hall at Ben Lomond Tasmania

1/ Carr Villa is a scout hall at the base of Jacob's Ladder, at the foot of the Ben Lomond Plateau. From here you can start or finish a great walk.

Carr Villa walk at Ben Lomond Plateau Tasmania

2/ The Carr Villa track is rated moderately difficult and 90 minutes is recommended time for the journey. Note the variety of alpine vegetation that you see.

Carr Villa at the foot of the Ben Lomond Plateau

3/ This is the rocky trail that leads up to the Ben Lomond Plateau from Carr Villa. The peak on the extreme left is Jacob's Ladder.

Carr Villa at the foot of the Ben Lomond Plateau Tasmania

4/ This photo shows the ethereal feeling that you get as you watch clouds drift over the peaks of Ben Lomond. This was taken from near Carr Villa.

Wombat near Carr Villa at the foot of the Ben Lomond Plateau Tasmania

5/ I was fortunate to catch this wombat, as he rushed over the Carr Villa trail. Wildlife was replete on the Ben Lomond Plateau.

Carr Villa Track at Ben Lomond Plateau Tasmania

6/ The Carr Villa trail to Legges Tor went through a scree field near Misery Bluff.

Misery Bluff near the Carr Villa trail to Legges Tor

7/ At Misery Bluff you have to climb, but as you ascend you see beautiful views of the nearby mountains.

close up of Misery Bluff on the Carr Villa trail to Legges Tor

8/ This is a close up of Misery Bluff. It would have been very difficult to ascend the scree field to summit it.

Ben Nevis seen from Carr Villa Track at Ben Lomond Plateau Tasmania

9/ This is the view North from the Carr Villa trail towards Mt Ben Nevis. Misery Bluff is to the right.

Carr Villa Track at Ben Lomond Plateau Tasmania

10/ This photo shows the Plains of Heaven at the point where they reach the Big Opening that leads down past Misery Bluff to Carr Villa.

Carr Villa Track at Ben Lomond Plateau Tasmania

11/ The Plains of Heaven is a large flat area bounded on either side by hills. This photo is looking towards the north and the Big Opening.

Carr Villa Track at Ben Lomond Plateau Tasmania

12/ This photo looks across the Plains of Heaven as you ascend the Carr Villa trail towards Legges Tor.

Carr Villa Track at Ben Lomond Plateau Tasmania

13/ This view is looking north from the Carr Villa towards the Big Opening.

Carr Villa Track at Ben Lomond Plateau Tasmania

14/ On either side of you on the Carr Villa trail to Legges Tor you see giant boulders.

Legges Tor from Carr Villa Track at Ben Lomond Plateau Tasmania

15/ This photo shows Legges Tor the highest peak on the Ben Lomond Plateau. The stakes mark the trail to the summit.

Legges Tor view near Carr Villa Track at Ben Lomond Plateau Tasmania

16/ This photo shows the view from the summit of Legges Tor looking towards the mountains of the north east.

Legges Tor from Carr Villa Track at Ben Lomond Plateau Tasmania

17/ This photo shows the view from the summit of Legges Tor towards the Monds Chalet and the ski tow towers.

Legges Tor summit Ben Lomond Plateau Tasmania

18/ This is the author on the summit of Legges Tor in 2013. At 1572 metres it is an achievement to reach it. I dropped my pack and hat and followed an old tradition of adding a stone to the cairn, just before this photo was taken.

Monds memorial chalet legges Tor Ben Lomond Plateau Tasmania

19/ This is the Monds Memorial Chalet. It is located at the foot of Legges Tor on the Ben Lomond Plateau.

Legges Tor ascent Ben Lomond Plateau Tasmania

20/ This view looks up at Legges Tor from the Ski Village road. Beyond this hill is the start of the trail to Carr Villa.

21/ This is the dramatic view of the Ben Lomond Plateau that you see from C401, as you approach the turn off to the Ben Lomond Ski Village and Carr Villa.

 

Mt Ben Lomond, Tasmania

1/The colors and contrasts of the Ben Lomond Plateau are well captured in this photo by Steven Jurgeit.

Mt Ben Lomond, Tasmania

2/ This photo shows the stark cliffs and amazing variety of colors that you can see on the Ben Lomond Plateau.

Mt Ben Lomond, Tasmania

3/ This panoramic view gives you some idea as to how steep is Jacobs Ladder.

Mt Ben Lomond, Tasmania

4/ Another view showing the changing colors that regularly appear on Jacobs Ladder.

Mt Ben Lomond, Tasmania

5/ This photo starkly shows you how steep the cliffs are near Jacobs Ladder.

 

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