Walls of Jerusalem National Park
Walls of Jerusalem National Park from the east 🔗
Most walks in Walls Of Jerusalem National Park start from the Fish River carpark, just off Mersey Forest Road, which runs along the east side of Lake Rowallan. However, Mersey Forest Road was damaged by floods in 2016, and had not been repaired by early 2017, so this walk was planned with the next most accessible entrance in mind: the Lake Fanny track, which approaches the park from the east. This alternative also has the advantage of being closer to Hobart by road if you're coming from the south.
While some of this walk follows the hardened track in the central Walls Of Jerusalem area, a lot of it involves following a route along some very poorly defined unofficial tracks in Bernes Valley. You'll need to be comfortable with off-track navigation in order to do this walk. Bring your gaiters - the Richea shrubs in particular are very spiky. One of the options includes a kilometre or two of scrub-bashing with no track of any kind.
To get to the start of the walk, turn off Highland Lakes Road on to Lake Augusta Road at Liawenee. There's a carpark two or three kilometres past Lake Augusta.
The walk starts from the carpark, and initially follows the Lake Fanny Track. You're probably better off walking around the south of Ada Lagoon, but you can also walk around the north side, cross a little bridge and meet the Lake Fanny track again by following the shore around. The track is very distinct to begin with, but becomes much less so the closer you get to Lake Fanny. We found a good campsite for three or four tents at Talleh Lagoon, about 8km from the carpark. There are also good sites at the southern end of Lake Fanny.
To Wild Dog Creek by moonlight 🔗
On the 2017 walk, our plan was to camp in the area around Dixons Kingdom Hut, but after dark it became apparent that the local possums were going to be a real problem all night. Given that Wild Dog Creek was only a few kilometres away on a very good track, and that we had enough moonlight to comfortably walk by, we decided to move camp after dinner.
The moonlight walk ended up being a highlight of the trip. The track between Dixons Kingdom Hut and the Wild Dog Creek campsite took us through the spectacular centre of the park, with all its peaks and walls looming in the moonlight.
At Wild Dog Creek we set up camp, with a plan to spend the next couple of days doing day walks. The weather forecast indicated that we were probably in for some wet weather, so having a good base camp where we could wait out any bad weather seemed like a good idea too.
2022 update 🔗
In December 2022 I did a loop around Mount Jerusalem with the Hobart Walking Club, starting from the same carpark near Ada Lagoon as the 2017 walk.
We camped at the southern end of Lake Fanny on day one, then followed the cairns to the large grassy slope west of Mount Jerusalem, and camped there on the second night. There's no track for most of this, but it wasn't too scrubby (in 2022 at least) and the cairns are reasonably well spaced..
From the top of the saddle you can pick up the well defined track to Wild Dog Creek as in the 2017 walk. There's also a good track to the top of Mount Jerusalem, which you can do as a side trip before heading off to Wild Dog Creek.