This 11.5 km hike, in the World Heritage Listed wilderness of the Walls of Jerusalem National Park in Tasmania, is part of a longer, 34 km trail of the same name, which is a loop trail and is often cited as being one of Tasmania’s best hikes. The national park, also named as the Land of a Thousand Lakes, is roughly 130km from the town of Launceston and features alpine lakes, tarns, ancient pine forests and magnificent dolerite peaks.
This out-and-back track is graded as medium. For information on how we grade trails, please click here
. It will take around 4 to 5 hours to complete, although caution is advised on trail times as this depends on multiple variables, for more info, click here
It starts and finishes at Fish River Road, just off of Mersey Forest Road, where there is a car park. Be aware that there is no public transport to the park so a vehicle is necessary to get there. The trail summits Mount Jerusalem at just under 4800 ft before returning via the same route.
Hiking in the Walls of Jerusalem National Park can be challenging due to harsh weather conditions which can come on suddenly at any time of the year. There are limited huts for hikers in the park in which to seek refuge and hikers are required to carry a tent and need to be fully self-sufficient and well-equipped. The park’s summits are exposed and should not be attempted in bad weather although the best time to hike here is between December to April when the days are longer and warmer.
En route, look out for some of Tasmania’s endemic wildlife and plants, such as Bennett’s Wallaby, Tasmanian Devils and Richea Scoparia, a plant which produces pink, red and white flowers. Also, look out for pademelons, possums and wombats, all of which live here. Dogs are not allowed in the park due to the conservation measures of these fascinating species.
This trail is not suitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs.