Walker on track, Walls of Jerusalem National Park
Walker on track, Walls of Jerusalem National Park (photograph: Cam Blake)

Walls of Jerusalem - walk notes

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The Walls of Jerusalem multi-day walk offers a choose-your-own adventure style experience, with most walkers spending two nights at Wild Dog Creek campsite to comfortably explore the highlights of the Walls: Pool of Bethesda, Solomons Throne, The Temple, Mount Jerusalem and Dixons Kingdom. ​

Carpark to Wild Dog​ Creek campsite 

  • Time: 3-4 hours
  • Distance: 6.1km
  • Walk conditions: First half steep and rough, then easy flat

From the carpark to the campsite brace yourself for a 3km steep climb (600 metre elevation) through Eucalypt forest to reach the alpine plateau. When you reach the historic Trappers Hut (emergency shelter only), you’ve done most of the hard yards. Shortly after Trappers, you’ll pop out onto the plateau where you can lengthen your stride, relax your breathing, and savour the delights of the high country for your final 3km to the campsite. (Note: In summer there may be no water after Fish River (near the carpark) until you reach the rainwater tank at Wild Dog Creek. If the tank is empty, the next water is at Solomons Jewels.)

Wild Dog Creek campsite to Damascus Gate

  • Time: 1-1.5 hours
  • Distance: 
  • Walk conditions: Easy 

Short walks from Damascus Gate:

  • Damascus Gate to Solomons Throne (30 minutes)
  • Damascus Gate to The Temple (15 minutes)​
  • Damascus Gate to Dixons Kingdom (30 minutes)

After passing through Herods Gate you’re within Central ​Walls. From here, it’s a magnificent journey to Damascus Gate, surrounded by dolerite mountains, past tranquil lakes and tarns (including the exquisite Pool of Bethesda). To contemplate your place in the world, from Damascus Gate ascend Solomons Throne (to the west) or The Temple (to the east). For a picture-perfect alpine delight, descend to the charming historic Dixons Kingdom Hut (to the south), surrounded by a grove of pencil pines. ​To keep this wild country pristine, please do not climb Solomons Throne (or the West Wall) by any route other than the track from Damascus Gate.

Dixons Kingdom to Mount Jerusalem (1459m)

  • Time: 1-1.5 hours one way
  • Distance:
  • Walk conditions: Medium

From Dixons Kingdom, a track follows a ridgeline to ascend Mount Jerusalem. The view from the summit includes a spectacular and endless sea of lakes and tarns, with majestic dolerite mountains surrounding the inner walls.

South of Dixons Kingdom to Lake Ball

  • Time: 1 hour
  • Distance:
  • Walk conditions: Medium 

South of Dixons Kingdom, there are no hardened tracks. To protect the alpine vegetation, ‘fan out’ rather than walking single file. Avoid stepping on cushion plants, and on the easily eroded banks of streams, tarns and lakes. (At Lake Ball, there is a route through the richea heathland, which heads west along its north shore to meet the Junction Lake Track at the northern end of Lake Adelaide.)

​Trappers Hut to Lake Adelaide (via Lake Loane)  

  • Time: 2-3 hours one way
  • Distance: 6km
  • Walk conditions: Easy

From a junction several hundred metres beyond Trappers Hut, a track leads in a southerly direction to Lake Adelaide, and further south to Lake Meston and Lake Junction. (At the northern end of Lake Adelaide, a roughly marked route, which follows the north shore of Lake Ball, loops back to Dixons Kingdom.)​​

Contact

Great Western Tiers Field Office
PO Box 13
Deloraine TAS 7304
Phone: 03 6701 2104