Remote alpine wilderness in Tasmania
14.02.2013 - 14.02.2013 24 °C
As the Walls of Jerusalem National Park has no vehicle based camspites, we camped in the Mole Creek Karst National Park next to the Mersey River. The Walls of Jerusalem National Park forms part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area and the park is remote and not accessible by road and therefore retains its wilderness character.
We decided to hike up to The Walls on my birthday and parked the Cruiser near Lake Rowallan where the walk starts. It is a very steep and rough walking trail that meanders through the forest and climbs almost 600m meters in altitude, past the Trappers Hut, before it reaches the alpine plateau. It took us 3 hours to reach a spot where we had the most maginficent views of the Walls of Jeruslaem to the east and Cradle Mountain to the west. On the way we walked past Solomon's Jewels, several placid alpine lakes that reminded us of the Swedish lakes.
We saw an olive green white-lipped snake busy swallowing his lunch, a lizard that was bigger than the snake. At the Wild Dog Creek Campsite we saw several wallabies in the bushes and close the campsite. The return hike took us more than 2 and a half hours and the downhills were heavy on our knees and feet. We reached the Cruiser exhausted and a cold beer never tasted better!