Ben Lomond National Park is Tasmania's largest single alpine area, making it a spectacular place to walk, watch wildlife and view wild flowers. It is also Tasmania's premier downhill ski field. The Ben Lomond National Park is 60 kms south-east of Launceston and covers and area of 16,527 hectares. It is 1,300 metres above sea level, and is set on a large plateau, from which there are magnificent views of mountains, the Esk River Valley, and Northern Midlands.
Historically, Ben Lomond (Tasmania's second highest peak 1572m) was sighted by Matthew Flinders, and was named by Colonel William Paterson, who, in 1804, founded the first settlement in Northern Tasmania. Among the foothills, close under Ben Lomond, lies Kingston, the Tasmanian home of John Batman, built on land given to him as a reward for the capture of bushranger, Matthew Brady. Nearby is Patterdale, the home of colonial artist John Glover.
For more information please visit the Heritage Highway website.