- Spectacular base camp location central to a diverse range of day walking opportunities
- Tasmania’s last remaining strands of ancient Pencil Pine forests
- Summit numerous mountain peaks including Mt Jerusalem, The Temple and Solomon’s Throne
- Unique wildflowers and abundant wildlife
- Interesting highland heritage and history
- One of the official Great Walks of Tasmania
- Delicious evening meals cooked by your wilderness guides
Discover a mountain landscape, only accessible by foot, carved by glaciers on our exclusive walk in Tasmania’s only true alpine National Park. On this walk, we use a comfortable base camp near the entrance to the Walls of Jerusalem peaks, allowing for delightful day walks with light packs into the heart of this most spectacular mountain regions. On the first day, you will make the short hike up into the base camp, where you can leave your main packs for two days of exploration inside the ‘Walls’. You’ll have the chance to climb King David’s Peak and Mt Jerusalem, from where views stretch across much of Tasmania, or venture to remote outer regions such as Golden Gate or Zion Vale. Each day, you’ll return to the base camp, which is situated near a cluster of alpine tarns known as Solomons Jewels. Tents are pitched on wooden platforms, and your guides will prepare gourmet camp meals served with a wilderness view. Utilising the base camps, this trip is an ideal introduction to remote wilderness walking, providing a simple and rewarding camping experience. For a real alpine experience join one of our midwinter snowshoe expeditions.
DAY 1: This tour commences with a compulsory pre-departure briefing at 2:00 the day 1 of the trip in Launceston. More details will be given after booking.
DAY 2: Launceston via Mole Creek to Wild Dog Creek base camp
This morning you will be collected from your hotel in Launceston at approx 8 am and transferred to the Walls of Jerusalem National Park (travel time approx. 2 hours). Carrying our full backpacks into this magnificent highland area will provide us with a challenge but we will be given 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 as we pass by numerous tarns and lakes 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 dolerite high peak of King David (1499m).
Walking Distance 7km | Walking Time 4 hours
DAY 3: Walls of Jerusalem National Park
Today we head out from our camp (carrying just our day packs) passing Lake Salome and the Pool of Bethesda before reaching the imposing dolerite Gate of Damascus. A nearby area rich in stands of ancient pencil pines & lush grasslands is known as Dixon’s Kingdom. The cultural heritage hut was built in the early 1930s by Reg Dixon, a trapper of the time.
After a short break enjoying our lush green surrounds, we head off to climb Mount Jerusalem. On a clear day, the views from Mt. Jerusalem stretch across the central highlands where you will see why the area is referred to as the “Land of a Thousand Lakes”. 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 4: Walls of Jerusalem National Park
Today is another fantastic day where we continue to explore this alpine paradise. We can climb Solomon’s Throne 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, forests and open grasslands that make this such a superb walking location. For those that are keen, there are more opportunities to climb the surrounding peaks.
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 5: Walls of Jerusalem National Park to Launceston
Being our final day, we make the most of our morning by taking the time to kick back and savour this remarkable part of the Tasmanian World Heritage Area. A leisurely return journey across the plateau before beginning the descent through scented eucalyptus forests before meeting up with our transport back at the Trappers car park. A relaxing afternoon lunch is enjoyed in the nearby town of Mole Creek as we journey back to Launceston arriving at approximately 5.00pm.
Walking Distance 7 km | Walking Time 3-4 hours
- 2 professional wilderness guides
- 3 nights camping at a remote base camp
- 3 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners, snacks and hot drinks
- Transport 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