Cradle Mountain Lake St Clair &
Walls of Jerusalem National Parks 

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Note that we only have a small number of copies left of this edition - these have been returned to us from a distributor. The new edition is planned to be in print at the end of 2014.

This is the 5th edition of Cradle Mountain Lake St Clair and Walls of Jerusalem National Parks (2006) - previously published in 1979, 1984 (reprint with revisions), 1990, 1993 and 1998. 192 pages, 140 colour photographs, 4 key maps, 27 colour topographic maps, ISBN 1 920995 01 3, Recommended Price A$34.95.

The major change for the 5th edition of this bushwalking guide has been to convert it to colour throughout. This has resulted in 27 colour topographic maps, 140 colour photographs and gradient profiles for all major tracks. The book has expanded from 160 to 192 pages and new walks include all of the Penguin Cradle Trail, new approaches to the Walls of Jerusalem and some new rough tracks for experienced walkers in the 'Other Routes' chapter such as Lees Paddocks to Kia Ora Hut,  Mt Massif traverse and the Traveller Range. The Eldon Range and Cheyne Range which were deleted in earlier editions have been returned as brief notes for experienced walkers. Here is the Contents Page in PDF format.

For those walking the Overland Track only, a companion guide, Overland Track, describing only that track and its major sidetrips could be considered. It is basically a subset of this guide which also includes the Overland Track, so we would expect walkers to use one or the other but not both. Both books are illustrated with mostly different photographs so if you are after a more complete set of images then you might consider obtaining both.

An independent review of the both books describing the two books as the best walking guides in the world is on a USA website    http://besthike.com/blog/2007/03/10/best-hiking-guidebooks/

The guide covers all the main tracks and routes in the Cradle Mountain Lake St Clair and Walls of Jerusalem National Parks. This is the northern half of the Western Tasmania World Heritage Area (WHA). Track notes for the southern half of the WHA are in South West Tasmania. Contains comprehensive track notes, brief background notes on history, weather, botany and geology, place names, comprehensive safety notes and access details.

Walks described are one day walks to the Cradle Mountain and Lake St Clair Areas, The Overland Track with all sidetrips, Pine Valley, Arm River and Lees Paddocks access to Pelion Plains, Penguin Cradle Trail, Walls Of Jerusalem including access walks from all directions, linking routes between the two National Parks and an Other Routes section with rougher or poorly marked routes for experienced off-track walkers.

Some have asked for an online version - see my online policy page about why this is still impractical for our books.
 
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