Religious terminology is appropriate when describing Walls of Jerusalem National Park (WOJ). This pocket of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area is “heaven on Earth” for experienced, well equipped bushwalkers. And one of Tasmania bushwalking’s countless riches.
Smaller than its near neighbour Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, where you can tread the famous Overland Track, WOJ is a jaw-dropping 3-day out-and-back hike, with two nights in a base camp and a day walk into the walls proper.
A 2km climb followed by easier tramping along King Solomon’s Jewels (a chain of pristine glacial lakes), puts you in Wild Dog Creek camp beneath Herod’s Gate. Through that gate is what you’ve come to see: a glaciated landscape dominated by a massive dolerite rampart (the West Wall). Gondwana-era pencil pines, some that have stood since the Vikings attacked Britain, decorate this wonderland.
Tracks and boardwalks take you deep into the valley for a day of wonders. The Temple and Mt Jerusalem provide 360-degree views over thousands of sky-blue tarns on Tasmania’s Central Plateau Conservation Area.