Jerusalem Walls Walk.   (Page 1)

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The Walls of Jerusalem is part of the extensive central plateau of Tasmania. The plateau is covered with thousands of lakes which are depressions that were gouged out by an ice cap during recent glaciations. The Walls are a series of higher craggy hills on the western side of the plateau and are a significant feature of the area. The higher peaks seem to be the main feature but once in the Walls you quickly realize the major features are the u shaped glacial valleys and the pretty lakes.

A good track is provided from the closest road and 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.

The first Europeans to the Walls were shepherds who grazed stock on the high grassy valleys for over 100 years from the 1820s to the 1920s. After then came trappers who hunted native animals for fur. With the often harsh weather they spent minimal time here and apart from leaving some huts they made minimal impact on the area. In the 1920s Reg Hall is credited with being the first to visit for recreation by following shepherds tracks to the Walls across the Central Plateau. He introduced others to the area and slowly the Walls became more popular with walkers. For many years the Walls could only be visited on extended trips but the construction of Lake Rowallen and forestry roads into the Mersey valley in the 1970s gave today's easy access.

The Walls are accessed from the Nersey Forest Road - this runs from Mole Creek or Sheffield south following the Mersey River past Lake Rowallen. It is a dead end road and has little traffic apart from walkers. There are no bus or other scheduled services into this valley so all access is by private transport, taxi or bus charters. Don't leave valuables in parked vehicles as break-ins have occurred at the Walls of Jerusalem car park.

A general entry permit to a Tasmanian National Park is required.


Photos on these pages are from a two day walk of the area in November 2007.


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