Walls of Jerusalem National Park

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Introduction

The Walls of Jerusalem is part of the extensive central plateau of Tasmania.The plateau is covered with thousands of lakes which are depressions that were gouged out by an ice cap during recent glaciation.  The Walls are a series of higher craggy hills on the western side of the plateau and are a significant feature of the area. Externally the higher peaks seem to be the feature but once in the Walls you quickly realise the major features are the u shaped glacial valleys and the pretty lakes.

A good track is provided from the closest road and the main valley of the Walls around Lake Salome can be visited as a day walk. Most prefer to explore further and two day walks with an overnight campsite is the most popular trip. Camping platforms have been provided at Wild Dog Creek in the entrance to the Walls below Herods Gate.

This is also a good area for experienced walkers as there are multiple multi-day approaches across the Central Plateau to the Walls. It can be approached from the Great Lake in the west, from the north by several routes and from the south from the Traveller Range. Descriptions of these routes are in the guide book below.

History

Aborigines regularly visited the area and probably lived here only during summer. The first europeans to the Walls were shepherds who grazed stock on the high grassy valleys for over 100 years from the 1820s to the 1920s. After them came trappers who hunted native animals for fur. With the often harsh weather they spent minimal time here and apart from leaving some huts they made minimal impact on the area. In the 1920s Reg Hall is credited with being the first to visit for recreation by following shepherds tracks to the Walls across the Central Plateau. He introduced others to the area and slowly the Walls became more popular with walkers. For many years the Walls could only be visited on extended trips but the construction of Lake Rowallen and forestry roads into the Mersey valley in the 1970s created todays easy access.

Location

The Walls of Jerusalem is located on the western side of the Central Plateau and this is roughly in the centre of Tasmania. This is to the east of the Cradle Mountain Lake St Clair National Park and there are several tracks that link the two parks (these tracks are only suitable for experienced bushwalkers).

Access

The Walls are accessed from the Mersey Forest Road - this runs from Mole Creek or Sheffield south following the Mersey River past Lake Rowallen. It is a dead end road and has little traffic apart from walkers. There are no bus or other scheduled services into this valley so all access is by private transport, taxi or bus charters. Dont leave valuables in parked vehicles as breakins have occurred at the Walls of Jerusalem car park.

Maps and Track Notes

Descriptions of the Walls and all major access tracks and routes are in the guide book Cradle Mountain and Walls of Jerusalem National Parks. The best map is TASMAP 1:25,000 'Walls Of Jerusalem', TASMAP also produce an excellent series of 1:25,000 maps which cover all of the Central Plateau around the Walls area.

Permits

 A general entry permit to a Tasmanian National Park is required. The best value for bushwalkers is the 2 month Backpacker Pass for $30 which provides entry to all national parks. There are no bookings or quotas on numbers of bushwalkers visiting the park.

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Last updated : February 2nd 2013