Walls of Jerusalem National Park

The Walls of Jerusalem National Park forms a part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. As the park is remote and not accessible via road, the Walls retains its wilderness character. There are no facilities for casual visitors, while bushwalkers are required to be well-equipped and experienced in the often harsh Tasmanian conditions. As with all natural areas, it is important that bushwalkers follow miminal impact guidelines.

 

The region is an alpine wilderness dominated by dolerite peaks and alpine vegetation. The Walls of Jerusalem National Park is very exposed to the extremes of Tasmania's changeable weather.

 

Access

 

The Walls of Jerusalem National Park is not accessible via road.

 

Bushwalkers must walk up into the park from the carpark located off the gravel Mersey Forest Road near Lake Rowallen. The carpark is reached by following the Mersey Forest Road to Lake Rowallen, and then taking the gravel road on the left just after the Fish River.

 

The park boundary is reached by following the walking track up through forest for about 1/2 hour. It is a further two hours to Herods Gate, which marks the start of the high exposed plateau. The track is often wet and muddy.

 

Please be aware that when driving between sunset and sunrise you are sharing the road with wildlife.

 

Facilities

 

There are no substantial facilities within the Walls of Jerusalem National Park. All persons entering the park must be fully self-sufficient. Our "Essential Bushwalking Guide and Trip Planner" will provide information on the equipment that walkers must take when contemplating an overnight walk in the park.

 

Camping
Bushwalkers must carry a tent. Huts within the park are small, in poor condition and suitable for emergency shelter only.

 

There is a camping platform and composting toilet at Wild Dog Creek. We recommend that walkers camp here in preference to Dixons Kingdom.

 

Fuel Stove Only Area
This Walls of Jerusalem National Park is very sensitive to fire. The vegetation is dominated by alpine communities and endemic conifers, and is largely based on peat soils. Such vegetation types are extremely sensitive to fire. Indeed, much of Tasmania's endemic conifer forests have been forever lost to fire.

 

For these reasons the park is a Fuel Stove Only Area. Open fires are not permitted.

 

Activities

 

The Walls of Jerusalem National Park offers experienced bushwalkers and cross-country skiers the opportunity to pursue their passion within a spectacular mountain region that is little touched by the modern world, and to test their skills against the elements.

 

A walking track leads from the carpark at Lake Rowallen through scleropyhll forest before entering the alpine regions of the park at Herods Gate. The track continues to Dixons Kingdom. However, beyond this point tracks are poorly defined or non-existent.

 

The wild weathers characteristic of the Walls is as much a part of experiencing the region as is the landscape. People venturing into this area must be prepared for extremes of weather.

 

Important! Before planning any walks, be sure to read the "Essential Bushwalking Guide and Trip Planner" and also check the weather

 

Be Prepared
Walkers should NOT venture into the park without careful preparation and suitable equipment. Tents, warm sleeping bags, waterproof and cold weather clothing and fuel stoves are essential. Boots and preferably gaiters are needed.

 

A good map and compass are essential. However, walkers should note that ironstone deposits within the region may affect compass readings.

 

Extended walks within the region should only be attempted by those with bushwalking experience and a reasonable degree of fitness.

 

Highlights

 

The Walls of Jerusalem is dominated by alpine vegetation and endemic conifer forests amid a high plateau of dolerite peaks. The dolerite within the park is derived from dramatic tectonic activity during the Jurrassic some 165 million years ago. Much of the beauty of the present day landscape is the result of Pleistocene glaciations. These resulted in many of the landscape features found within the park, such as moraines and numerous tarns and lakes.

 

The alpine vegetation within the park includes bolster heaths which play a major role in determining local topography. Stands of pure pencil pine forest are found in fire-protected areas; however much of the park's native conifers were destroyed by fire in the early 1960s.

 

Walls of Jerusalem National Park
via Mole Creek Field Centre
Mole Creek Field Centre (Rangers)
c/o Post Office
Mole Creek TAS 7304
Phone:03 6363 5133
Fax: (03) 6363 5122

 

Information for this National Park has been supplied courtesy of Parks and Wildlife Service Tasmania

 

 

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