We are continuing our blog series on the Great Walks of Australia and the Great Walks of Tasmania. Today’s featured walking track is part of the Great Walks of Tasmania: The Walls of Jerusalem Experience.  We just completed our series on the 9 Great Walks of Australia  which included a two part summary blog post and a post for each of the nine Great Walks:

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Great Walks of Tasmania Walks Photo Credit: GreatWalksTasmania.com

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Walls of Jerusalem Experience Photo Credit: GreatWalksTasmania.com

The Arkaba Walk in South Australia

The Scenic Rim Trail in New South Wales

The Larapinta Trail in the Northern Territory (Part One) and The Larapinta Trail (Part Two)

The Margaret River Cape to Cape Walk in Western Australia

The Twelve Apostles Lodge Walk in Victoria

The Bay of Fires Lodge Walk in Tasmania

The Freycinet Experience Walk in Tasmania

The Maria Island Walk in Tasmania

The Cradle Mountain Huts Walk in Tasmania

Out of all 9 walks, four of the nine Great Walks of Australia are in Tasmania. We then learned all about the Great Walks of Tasmania. The 4 Great Walks of Australia that are in Tasmania made that list; but, there are three more in addition: South Coast Track, The Tarkine Rainforest Track, and the Walls of Jerusalem Experience. We already featured the South Coast Track  and the Tarkine Rainforest Track. Today, we will be highlighting the Walls of Jerusalem Experience.

About the Walls of Jerusalem Experience

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Looking West from Mt Jerusalem Photo Credit: (Wikipedia) By JJ Harrison – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=17983132

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Walls of Jerusalem Experience Photo Credit: GreatWalksTasmania.com

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Walls of Jerusalem Photo Credit: TasmanianExpeditions.com.au

The Walls of Jerusalem Experience is a 4 day walk through the Walls of Jerusalem National Park. The National Park is part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. It is located south west of Cradle Mountain – Lake St Clair National Park but is more rugged and remote wilderness since this region is very remote and not accessible via roads. Definitely keep in mind that this area is not only remote, but also subject to extreme weather changes including snow, ice, and frost. It’s an alpine wilderness and the landscape includes dolerite peaks, highland tarns, lakes, and alpine vegetation. You won’t find facilities along the way with the exception of the toilets at Wild Dog Creek. The tracks are steep and rough, so be sure that you are ready and experienced for this level of mountain hiking adventure. The warmer months to travel also have longer daylight hours are from December to April. However, keep in mind that even during these summer months, the region can experience rapidly changing weather conditions with strong winds, sleet, snow, rain, and even blazing sun. See below about being prepared for trekking and hiking here in remote Tasmania.

Hiring a Car in Tasmania

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Walls of Jerusalem Map Photo Credit: Google Maps

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Tasmania Car Hire Map Photo Credit: Budget.com.au

There are three locations in Tasmania where you can hire a vehicle for your Tasmanian adventure holiday. The closest ones to hire a car to get to the Walls of Jerusalem Experience are in Davenport  or Launceston. The Walls of Jerusalem National Park is about a 1 ½ hour drive from Launceston. Both cities have airports so if you have flown into Tasmania or taken the ferry over from the Australian mainland, you still can have a means of getting around on your own while on the island state of Tasmania. Launceston is located in the north of Tasmania where you can rent a car at the Launceston Airport, or hire a vehicle in the city of Launceston location. The coastal city of Devonport is another location where you can hire a car in Tasmania at the Devonport Airport  or rent a vehicle in the city of Devonport. Click the links above a see our site to get a rate quote and see what great rates Budget has available for you. You will want to hire a car so that you will be able to get around Tasmania. When you do hire a vehicle in Tasmania, be sure to consult with the car rental agent for guidelines about driving in Tasmania and about any specific restrictions. Much of the Tasmanian landscape is rugged terrain so be sure to let your agent know where you are going so that they can provide you with the correct vehicle (4WD), proper maps, and driving instructions. While in Tasmania see things to do from our previous blogs:

Tasmania’s East Coast Road Trip

Discover Nature, Beauty and Adventure in Tasmania’s Tasman National Park

Up for a Hike? Try the Overland Track in Tasmania

Strangest Places to Visit in Tasmania

Strangest Places to Visit in Australia and Tasmania

Tasmania’s Touring Route Launceston to Bridport

Things to Do in Hobart Tasmania

The River Run Road Trip Across Tasmania

Taste of Tasmania

6 Australian Summer Road Trip Holidays

Mole Creek Karst National Park in Tasmania

Best Hotels for Art Lovers

Hobart Tasmania

5 Places to Visit in Tasmania

Be Prepared for Bushwalking in Tasmania and Australia

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Overland Track Hiking Tips Graphic Photo Credit: Parks & Wildlife Service Tasmania http://www.parks.tas.gov.au/

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Walls of Jerusalem Photo Credit: TasmanianExpeditions.com.au

Enjoy the walk along with us; but remember, that any walks in Australia, especially those in rugged and remote Tasmania require careful and meticulous planning to enjoy your travels. No matter the length of your walk, be sure to plan ahead, understand the fitness level requirements, have the right shoes and attire, plenty of drinking water, emergency supplies, and make sure that someone knows when you are expected back. Taking all the necessary safety precautions ensures that you will have the most enjoyable bushwalking holiday. The Walls of Jerusalem Walk is through rugged and remote terrain, so it is especially important to heed the supply list and come prepared. For further preparation, read the Essential Bushwalking Guide  from the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service with wilderness survival tips and more. The essentials to bring for the Walls of Jerusalem Experience bring warm, waterproof clothing, solid walking boots, energy-rich food, and the proper equipment. Being prepared is completely essential. If you are participating in the overnight walk, you must bring a tent, portable fuel stove, and a trowel for burying waste. It is also important to check the weather in Tasmania before planning and again before setting out on your journey since it can get quite cold in the winter months.  If you are travelling in winter, freezing temperatures, snow, and ice could be expected; but the weather can turn even in the warmer summer months. Be sure to check with your walking guide and check the weather forecast so you can be prepared for all the elements of your walking adventure. It is also important to remember that you are a guest in nature. Bring a bag with you to take your own rubbish away. Leave nothing but footprints and take nothing but pictures. Follow Tasmania’s Parks & Wildlife Service Leave No Trace Principles.

The Walls of Jerusalem Experience Itinerary

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Walls of Jerusalem Photo Credit: TasmanianExpeditions.com.au

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Walls of Jerusalem Photo Credit: TasmanianExpeditions.com.au

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Walls of Jerusalem Alpine Vegetation Photo Credit: Parks.tas.gov.au

The Walls of Jerusalem Experience is a 4 day, 3 night trek through some of Tasmania’s most remote wilderness. It’s an adventure, for sure and guided walks are the way to go. Many of the guided walks come complete with meals, professional guides, National Park fees, transport, and supplies such as sleeping bag, tents, backpacks, and camping equipment are all supplied. Each day, the guided tour group returns to the base camp set up near the entrance to the Walls of Jerusalem. The base camp is set up near Solomons Jewels, the name for a section of alpine tarns. Utilising a basecamp situation like this allows for day walks with a return each night and also means you only have to hike with a day pack instead of four days worth of supplies.

Day One of the Walls of Jerusalem Experience

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Walls of Jerusalem Tent Platform at Wild Dog Creek Photo Credit: Parks.tas.gov.au

Day one of the Walls of Jerusalem Experience includes time for transfer to the Walls of Jerusalem National Park and the walk to the base camp to get set up for the next 3 days. The tents are set up on raised, wooden platforms and the group enjoys the first of 3 dinners together among the mountains and remote landscape.

Day Two of the Walls of Jerusalem Experience

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Panoramic View from Mt. Jerusalem Photo Credit: GreatWalksTasmania.com

Day two of the Walls of Jerusalem Experience includes hiking to the summit of Mount Jerusalem and King David’s Peak. The panoramic views from the top allow you to see across so much of Tasmania and make it worth the hike. Of course, then it is a return trip to the base camp where dinner is served with a wilderness view.

Day Three of the Walls of Jerusalem Experience

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Walls of Jerusalem Scoparia Alpine Vegetation Photo Credit: Parks.tas.gov.au

Day three of the Walls of Jerusalem is a walk to the remote outer regions and includes Golden Gate and Zion Vale. Then, head back to camp one last time for one last dinner together with the tour group. Enjoy the meal in the mountains.

Day Three of the Walls of Jerusalem Experience

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Walls of Jerusalem Bennets Wallabies Photo Credit: Parks.tas.gov.au

Day four of the Walls of Jerusalem Experience is when you head back to civilisation after one last hearty breakfast together with your tour group and tour guides. It is a great time to reflect over the experience and appreciate being out in nature.