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Mt Ben Nevis Tasmania

Mt BEN NEVIS, Paradise Plains & the Caves

Mount BEN NEVIS is a very rugged mountain to climb, but if you succeed, you are given awesome views of much of north eastern Tasmania. Unfortunately, in 2015 the ascend track was in very poor condition, so this challenge is only for experienced walkers with local knowledge. Ben Nevis is located east of the Ben Lomond Plateau in a very isolated, forest covered area of north eastern Tasmania.

The nearest settlements are the BEN LOMOND Ski Village and the hamlet of MATHINNA. The Ben Nevis walk is only for experience walkers, who have a good 4WD vehicle to access the start. Note that the Ben Lomond Ski Village is only occupied at key tourist times.

From Ben Nevis you are 40 minutes from MATHINNA and the BEN LOMOND Ski Village. You are 70 minutes from LAUNCESTON.

Nearby places are described in the REGION NORTH EAST, BEN LOMOND, MATHINNA and LAUNCESTON pages.


View Region North East in a larger map. Unfortunately, you must go to the Google Page 2 map to see some of my marked features.

FACILITIES: Ben Nevis is a mountain in the Wilderness. The nearest commercial facilities are in LAUNCESTON. At key tourist times there is accommodation at the BEN LOMOND CREEK INN, Ski Village, Ben Lomond: (03) 6390 6199 Ben Nevis is only 70 minutes from accommodation in LAUNCESTON.

SIGHT: The view from the top of Mt Ben Nevis is spectacular, but the route is poorly marked and the climb of 4 kilometres to the peak, is very difficult. Ben Nevis is also described by bush walkers as leach city.

Mist is a problem, so you should only go on sunny days and you should always have a compass. It is a big mistake to depend on solely on GPS. You should also have an EPIRB, just in case you get lost. This walk is for experienced walkers only.

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

ROUTE: From LAUNCESTON you follow the route to BEN LOMOND. This is to drive east from LAUNCESTON on C401, but continue past the turn off to BEN LOMOND. You pass through the tiny settlement of Upper Blessington to Telopea Road. Drive north on Telopea Road for about 3.5 kilometres to North Nevis Road. This road is in a very poor condition and it is hard to spot. It is on the west side of Telopea Road. Drive east on North Nevis Road for about one kilometre to the start of the walk to Ben Nevis.

A series of rock cairns mark the way to the summit, which is in a south east direction. They cairns can be difficult to follow. This walk should only be done by experienced bush walkers, who know how to navigate even in the mist.

Click to see the LARGER PHOTO GALLERY

  • BEN NEVIS
  • Caves
  • Paradise Plains

 

Ben Nevis

1/ Mt Ben Nevis is a large mountain in north eastern Tasmania. It is 1370 metres high. It dominates the skyline north of the Ben Lomond Plateau. This photo was taken from south west of Ben Nevis near the locality of Whisloca.

Ben Nevis

2/ This photo looks south east towards Ben Nevis across the Sunset Ridge. This view makes Ben Nevis appear to be less high than it actually is.

Ben Nevis from Ben Lomond Plateau

3/ This photo shows Ben Nevis from the track to Carr Villa. This view looks to the north.

Ben Nevis from Ben Lomond Plateau

4/ This photo shows how Mt Ben Nevis dominates the skyline north of the Ben Lomond Plateau.

ben nevis

5/ This is a telephoto view of Mt Ben Nevis. It is a peak that is usually covered in mist, which makes photography difficult. It has an air of mystery about it.

Mt Ben Nevis, Tasmania

6/ The approach to Ben Nevis is through regrowth forest that is punctuated with great views of the nearby mountains.

Mt Ben Nevis, Tasmania

7/ This is logging trail to a regrowth forest. You must be careful to stay on the main trail to Mt Ben Nevis.

Mt Ben Nevis, Tasmania

8/ This shows a view of the distant mountains seen from Mt Ben Nevis.

Mt Ben Nevis, Tasmania

9/ This shows a white gum in a regrowth forest. Behind it is a great panorama of the distant mountains seen from Mt Ben Nevis.

Mt Ben Nevis, Tasmania

10/ Misty clouds can be seen on this far off mountain. These clouds later stopped me from climbing Mt Ben Nevis.

Mt Saddleback, Tasmania

11/ The reason this mountain was called "Mt Saddleback" is obvious from this view.

Mt Saddleback, Tasmania

12/ As you ascend the Mt Ben Nevis walk is punctuated by views of distant mountain peaks.

Mt Saddleback, Tasmania

13/ This photo shows the wall of mist that, unfortunately, ended my attempt to ascend Mt Ben Nevis that day.

 

light forest

1/ The club has asked me not to give the location of these photos, as they fear that the caves shown below may be vandalized. I can only say that the location is in north eastern Tasmania.

pond

2/ I love this combination of pond, trees and horizon.

forest

3/ You can see from the walkers that the rock behind them is about 20 metres high.

rock

4/ In the centre of this photo is one of the caves. The red in the centre is the back of a walker. This walker should give you some size perspective.

rock

5/ Again the walkers in this photo should give you some idea of the size of this rock. The hollows are caves.

rock

6/ This pyramid was huge. I estimated that it was about 50 metres to the summit from where I was standing.

cave

7/ This cave is about 3 times the height of a man. You can see the chalk like interior of the caves.

cave

8/ The combination of rock and vegetation make this look like a piece of abstract art.

cave

9/ I love these light and dark colours. Again it looks like a piece of abstract art. This cave entrance was about the height of a man.

cave

10/ This cave was also about the height of a man.

cave

11/ I was surprised to find that the inside of the cave consisted of a white chalk like rock. The entrance to the right was about half the height of a man.

 

Paradise Plains

1/ The Paradise Plains are in north eastern Tasmania, north of Mt Ben Nevis. This area has been heavily logged over many decades, but there are still a number of outstanding natural attractions in this area, including a grove of ancient, giant, myrtle trees.

Ben Nevis from the Paradise Plains

2/ Despite the logging over many decades, there is still a large variety of plants and tree species to be seen in the Paradise Plains. This view looks to the south across a logged area towards Mt Ben Nevis.

Paradise Plains

3/ Here is our group advancing into the Paradise Plains. They are fully equipped for wet weather.

Paradise Plains

4/ In Tasmania the weather can change rapidly even in summer. This image shows the effect of a cold cloud moving across the landscape.

Paradise Plains

5/ There are large areas of open grass lands in the Paradise Plains. These are probably a consequence of the logging that has occurred here.

Paradise Plains

6/ There are also many small streams that flow into rivulets. The strange green plants on the side of this stream are cushion plants. These only grow in very wet areas.

Paradise Plains

7/ Cushion plants can form a complete carpet in some areas. Because they are sensitive, we try to avoid walking on them.

Paradise Plains

8/ There are a number of lovely, fresh water rivulets in the Paradise Plains.

Paradise Plains

9/ Some area are covered by a strange white fungus, which almost looks like snow.

Paradise Plains

10/ This image shows another version of the same white fungus. The trees here are mere saplings, as the mature trees were recently taken by loggers.

Paradise Plains

11/ One of the attractions of the Paradise Plains is this lovely, waterfall. It is about 10 metres high.

Paradise Plains

12/ Our club maintains this emergency shelter in the Paradise Plains.

Paradise Plains

13/ This image shows the strange fungus that you see growing on some myrtle trees.

Paradise Plains

14/ This was the first of the giant myrtle trees that we met. It is about 400 years old. We are fortunate that the irregular shape of these trees made then unattractive to the loggers of the past. There were once many giant eucalyptus trees in this area as well. However, their straight shape made them attractive to loggers, so they are now all gone.

Paradise Plains

15/ This myrtle tree was the largest that we found. The base diameter is about 7 metres in diameter. It had an ancient majesty about it that is difficult to describe.

Paradise Plains

16/ This myrtle tree shows the moss cover that engulfs all these trees. The hollows of these trees are used by a variety of native animals. The atmosphere of this ancient myrtle grove can only be described as ethereal. I felt that the fog really brought out the ancient feeling of this place.

Paradise Plains

17/ After visiting this enchanting, ancient myrtle grove, I understood why my European ancestors, like the Tasmanian Aborigines, once believed that these trees were inhabited by spirits.

Paradise Plains

18/ This myrtle tree was hit my lightning causing the collapse of the main trunk. However, the collapsed trunk is so large that it will take decades to decay and will be the home to many plant and animal species during this long time of decay. The rest of the tree is green, showing that these trees can recover even from this kind of major attack.

 

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