The Walls of Jerusalem Trek: Walking into Tasmania's only true alpine National Park, the Walls of Jerusalem National Park on this 4 day wilderness hike and camping adventure. You will hike, with a full pack, on day one to base camp. There, camp will be set up and accommodation will be a tent set up on a timber platform. Your dinner will be cooked by your guides and you will relax and talk about the next days adventure.
Next morning, after breakfast its time to set off on your first day walking in the Walls of Jerusalem NP. Carrying only a day pack now, you may find yourself climbing up King David's Peak and Mt Jerusalem. Or venturing to the emote outer regions such as Golden Gate or Zion Vale. Each night returning to base camp to relax and enjoy a cooked dinner.
Day 4 sees the group break camp and hike out of the park and then travel back to Launceston. This trip is a great introduction to remote wilderness bushwalking, knowing you are in the safe hands of professional, highly trained guides. This is a true introduction to remote wilderness walking in one of Tasmania's most pristine alpine environments.
The Walls of Jerusalem Trek
- Wilderness Camping
- Climbing numerous mountain peaks including Mt Jerusalem, The Temple and Solomons Throne
- Enjoying close encounters with native wildlife
- Walking to the summit of Cradle Mountain (weather permitting)
- Fascinating highland heritage and historic mountain huts
- Delicious evening meals cooked by your wilderness guides
Day 1; 8am... After pick up from Launceston, you are transferred to the Walls of Jerusalem National Park. Your challenge now begins. You'll carry a 14-18kg full backpack into this magnificent highland area. There will be plenty of encouragement from our guides as well as snacks and numerous rest stops along the way. Once the plateau has been reached, the walking is flat and spectacular. Numerous tarns and lakes dot the landscape en route to our base camp for the next 3 nights. On arrival we set up camp, relax and enjoy the amazing surrounds of the rugged mountain of King Davids Peak (1499m).
Walking Distance 7km. Walking Time 4 hours. Lunch and dinner are provided.
Day 2; No heavy backpacks today. Just a day pack for shacks, as the group head off past Lake Salome and the Pool of Bethesda before reaching the imposing dolerite Gate of Damascus. From the 'Gate' we walk through a rare stand of ancient pencil pines, coming to lush grasslands known as Dixons Kingdom. After a short break enjoying our lush green surrounds, we head off to climb Mt Jerusalem. Our return route to base camp either takes us through the Gate of the Chain or the Golden Gate. Either way spectacular sub-alpine scenery awaits.
Walking Distance 8–12km. Walking Time 6–8 hours.
Day 3; After breakfast at base camp, we continue to explore this alpine paradise. Day packs are all you will be carrying again today. We can climb Solomons Throne from where we have an excellent view of the area we walked on the previous day. From here we head south and enjoy yet more of the lakes, tarns forests and open grass lands that make this such a superb and pristine walking location. For those that are keen there are more opportunities to climb the surrounding peaks such as The Temple and King Davids Peak. Our last night is spent enjoying the views of the peaks featured along the famous Overland Track from our comfortable camp.
Walking Distance 8–12km. Walking Time 6–8 hours.
Day 4; Our last morning and it's time to break camp and begin our walk off the plateau. We meander past the sparkling tarns of Solomons Jewels, descend steeply through tall eucalyptus forests filled with melodious bird call, and stop for a rest at the old Trappers Hut. The final section of gentle downhill track gives us time to reflect on the last four days of outstanding bushwalking. Just before lunch we meet up with our transfer bus and driver, shrug off our trusty backpacks and drive to Deloraine for a celebratory pub meal together. We drop you at your Launceston accommodation by approximately 5pm.
Walking Distance: 7km. Walking Time: 3-4 hours
The Walls of Jerusalem trek includes:
- 2 professional wilderness guides
- 3 nights camping at a remote base camp
- 3 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners, snacks and hot drinksTransport by private minibus
- National Park fees
- Tent, backpack, gaiters
- Sleeping bag, inner sheet & inflatable sleeping mat
- Group camping equipment including all cooking & eating equipment
- Emergency communications & group first aid kit
- Travel to and from Launceston
- Accommodation before or after the trip
- Items of a personal nature: alcoholic beverages, car parking etc
- Travel insurance (highly recommended)
- You'll spend 3 nights in the Walls of Jerusalem National Park at Wild Dog Creek base camp.
- Tents are set up on elevated wooden platforms.
- A permanent kitchen and dining platform provide rustic shelter from the elements.
- A composting toilet and fresh drinking/washing water is located close by.
We provide strong, twin‐share bushwalking tents, which give each occupant a personal access door and vestibule for individual use. Our tents weigh between 2 and 2.5kg and this weight is shared equally by each occupant.
- This adventure involves trekking for up to 6 or 7 hours a day at a steady pace.
- You will need a good level of fitness and must be in good health.
- You carry a full pack (approx. 14‐18kg) on the first and last day.
- Be prepared for potential variable weather conditions.
- Walks can be steep in sections, and some ascents may involve sections of scrambling
Numbers and Availability:
- There will be 5–10 participants per trip.
- Check the calendar for dates.
- Please contact us to confirm your date prior to booking.
Tasmania's cool temperate climate offers four distinct seasons which can interchange on any given day of the year. Summer in‐land temperatures average 24 degrees with nights averaging a relatively cool 8 degrees. Rainfall in Tasmania is far higher than any mainland counterpart and averages 2700 millimetres on the west coast and central highlands.
When is the best time to do this trip?
- The Walls of Jerusalem trek runs between October and April when we have the best chance for warmer temperatures.
- You will need to be prepared to walk in all weather conditions as winds, steady rain, and even snow in elevated areas, can occur at any time of year.
- In Spring (October and November) you will enjoy fewer crowds and the wildflowers are in bloom. Spring marks the return of longer, warmer days while still being cool at night.
- In Summer (December to February) you can experience ideal weather conditions. This is the most popular time to walk in Tasmania so you may encounter more people on the trail.
- In Autumn you can experience calm, sunny days, and cool crisp nights. You can also witness some of the leaves and trees begin to change colours.
What is the terrain like?
- The terrain is rugged and remote.
- Tracks may be rough and steep in sections.
- Over the trip you will walk along boardwalks, up and down steps, through overgrown forests, through muddy sections and scramble over rocks.
- This is a true wilderness walk.
Do you need hiking boots?
- We highly recommend that you have high cut hiking boots for this trail.
What shower facilities are available?
- Unfortunately there are no shower facilities in the Walls of Jerusalem National Park.
- We recommend you bring baby wipes to wipe yourself with. All rubbish will be carried out of the park. We have a "leave no trace" policy.
What type of food is prepared on this trip?
- Our guides are experienced when it comes to preparing meals in wilderness locations.
- Lunches usually consist of vegetable wraps with hams, chicken or salami.
- Evening meals can vary from curries, stroganoff and pastas.
- Deserts include improvised apple pie, and even a chocolate mousse.
- Breakfast can include a hearty porridge or muesli, with snacks throughout the day including fruit and nuts, muesli bars and some fruit.
- As this is a full pack adventure, each trekker is required to carry a portion of the group’s food.
- All types of dietary requirements are catered for, including vegetarian, gluten free, lactose free, nut free etc.
Need more info? Please don't hesitate to ask us!