The Walls of Jerusalem is a mountainous area in the extensive central plateau of Tasmania which forms 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. The region is an alpine wilderness dominated by dolerite peaks, highland tarns and lakes and alpine vegetation. The Walls of Jerusalem National Park is very exposed to the extremes of Tasmania’s changeable weather.
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. 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.
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 track, to 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 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.
Walkers should NOT venture too far 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. 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.
How to get there:
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 Rowallan. The carpark is reached by following the Mersey Forest Road to Lake Rowallan, 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.