The Walls of Jerusalem National Park in Tasmania was proclaimed in 1981 and it is an alpine wilderness made up of mountain tarns, lakes and dominant peaks. This part of Tasmania is known as the Central Plateau. It has been formed by the process of uplifting and glaciation.
You’ll be amazed by the grandeur of the dolerite peaks, such as Mount Jerusalem and Solomons Throne as well as the serene mountain tarns and the unique alpine vegetation.
Wildlife commonly seen includes the Bennett’s Wallaby, Pademelon, Wombat and Brush tailed Possum.
Our 6 day hike departs in the warmer summer months of November through to April but within these months the weather can be changeable. The walking requires a medium level of fitness and the days are not too long.
Start: Guests will be collected @ 0700am from their accommodation provider on day 1. Please be ready outside your Hotel at this time.
Finish: Typically we arrive back in Launceston @ 4pm. We recommend that you do not book flights home on this evening as delays are possible.
After driving from Launceston your walk starts at the Mersey Forest Road car park and climbs steadily for 2 km to Trappers Hut; a small shelter used by possum trappers in the early 1900’s. From Trappers Hut the track winds its way past pristine mountain tarns known as the “Solomon’s Jewels” and through woodlands of Pencil Pines, Snow Gums and Yellow Gums. Your first night’s camp is on comfortable tent platforms at Wild Dog Creek, named by surveyor James Scott in 1848.
A short climb up and through Herrod’s Gate brings you into the Walls of Jerusalem. The dominant West Wall with King David’s Peak is on our right as you pass Lake Salome and the Pools of Bethesda are on your left. Most of the names of the peaks, lakes and tarns have a similar theme and were named by the early surveyor James Scott and also by an enthusiast of the area, Reg Hall. We stop at the Pools of Bethesda and rest amongst the ancient Pencil Pines and marvel at the grandeur of the West Wall. We then climb to the saddle of Damascus Gate, stow our packs and head for the summit of Solomon’s Throne. In the afternoon, we head for the summit of Mount Jerusalem (1459m). The walk to its summit is easy and straight – forward. You’ll be rewarded by commanding views over the Central Plateau and the distant peaks of Frenchman’s Cap and Cradle Mountain.
This morning you’ll walk through the stands of Pencil Pines of Jaffa Vale on your way down to Lake Ball. Lake Ball is the highest of three, tiered lakes that we camp beside on your walk. At Lake Ball sits a restored trappers hut (for emergency use only), a reminder of the early European explorer, bushrangers and trappers. We walk along the northern shoreline of Lake Ball then across a small saddle to the northern end of Lake Adelaide and our camp. Lake Adelaide lies at an altitude of 1055m and is the largest of the lakes on your walk.
You’ll walk an easy track through medium timber beside Lake Adelaide for much of the day. The vegetation is a mix of stunted woodlands gradually tending towards eucalypt woodlands. The highland lakes contain fish known as Galaxiids (slender, scale less fish) with one dorsal fin. The platypus also occupies the lakes and tarns of the park and feeds on the small crustaceans in the lakes. We camp at the picturesque northern end of Lake Meston, which provides a fantastic view of the Traveller Range which shields the Overland Track beyond.
From our camp at the Northern end of Lake Meston, we walk along half way along the western shoreline to Lake Meston Hut. At this junction we then head north west passing below Mt Ragoona to Lake Myrtle for lunch. After lunch it is a short 2 hour walk down a river valley to our camp at Lake Bill.
It is a short walk today back to the Mersey Valley Road. The walk along Blizzard Plains is followed by a steep descent to the valley floor. Our drive back stops at the Mole Creek Hotel for lunch and then onto Launceston, arriving by 4pm.
Expect the weight of your pack to be up to 16kg. Guests are required to carry a share of the groups food which may weigh around 3kg.
Yes! A gear check will be conducted at Macpac, Launceston @ 3pm the day before the walk.
Yes, we can cater for most diets including, Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten Free, Coeliac. Other diets, for example: Keto may attract a surcharge. Please contact us after booking about your dietary needs.
No, we do not hire out any gear for this trip.
Most of the walk is done as a through walk, but we visit the following on day 2: Mount Jerusalem, Solomons Throne and the Pools of Bethesda.
If your Hotel cannot store your luggage for you, we can. We will bring your luggage to the end of the track when we pick you up.
Single tents are available only if there is an odd number of guests or genders in the group. You may request a single tent but this may not be guaranteed or we may be limited to space on the platforms / campsites.
Cancellation and Refund Policy
Guests canceling their tour up to 8 to weeks prior, a full refund less the tour deposit [$400] will be refunded. If guests cancel a tour less that 8 weeks up until the pre-booked departure date, no refund will be given.
If guests wish to transfer their booking to another date this can be done up to 8 weeks prior only.
Should a participant/guest need to leave a tour once it has commenced, due to a medical emergency or any other reason, no refund, partial or in full, will be given.
Should we have to cancel a tour due to lack of numbers, guests will be given 30days notice. If we can’t offer you an alternative tour that would suit you, we will refund your payment in full.
We reserves the right to vary, cancel or postpone a tour due to unsafe conditions such as severe weather, floods, bush fires or sudden track closures. We reserve the right to cancel a tour, in whole or in part if it is necessary to do so due to a force majeure event.
COVID 19 Booking Conditions & Guarantee
In addition to our standard booking conditions above, it is understandable that there may be some hesitancy for guests looking at booking a hike in these uncertain times. Below is our booking guarantee if COVID 19 impacts on your ability to participate in the tour.
If COVID 19 has restricted your ability to travel because of border closures; if you are diagnosed with COVID 19; or if you have been instructed to quarantine or self isolate:
You will be allocated a booking credit voucher for any monies paid. That Credit Voucher may be used on a new booking for only the same walk for up to 24 months. Credit Vouchers are not redeemable for cash and evidence maybe requested if you have been impacted. You can only postpone your tour 24 days out up until the date of travel.
It is possible that we may have to cancel a tour due to conditions beyond our control (minimum numbers have not been met, severe weather, bushfires, Government park closures) etc.
We strongly recommends that suitable travel insurance be purchased by the traveller to cover any financial loss, due to your own cancellation, or if we has to cancel a tour.
We reserve the right to cancel a booking without notice, and if we can’t offer you an alternative tour that would suit you, we will refund your payment in full.
We will not be responsible for your travel expenses or losses arising from a cancellation. We also strongly recommend that comprehensive travel insurance be taken out against loss of baggage or any medical expenses.
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