Walls of Jerusalem

Below is a summary of a plan to tackle the high number of users inside the Walls of Jerusalem National Park. The Summary is Taken directly from the Parks and Wildlife Website  which can be found Here

SUMMARY

The Walls of Jerusalem is a majestic place in the heart of an alpine wilderness. It is the second-most popular backcountry walking destination in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, with 4-5000 visitors annually, and is a favoured area for beginner to intermediate walkers.

The area of greatest visitation, the 3,283 hectare Recreation Zone, is coincident with very high conservation values. It is a very scenic area which has, to date, remained relatively pristine despite high use. It is also an ecological refugia in light of potential climate change.
The iconic grassy pencil pine forests at Dixons Kingdom, the only such extensive communities in the world, are a good example of the coincidence of high scenic, recreational and conservation values in the Walls of Jerusalem area. Fire is a key threat to the area’s values, particularly the pencil pine communities and the scenic values of which they are a critical part. Hence priority conservation management issues are the exclusion of fire; the maintenance of sensitive natural values in the light of climate change; and maximising the naturalness of the area (including minimising trampling impacts and the maintenance of high water quality).
 Use of the area by commercial guided walking groups is significant and is likely to increase with increasing publicity. School outdoor education programs are also major users of the area. Both these user groups and some private groups can form large parties that can impact the experience of others.
The Recreation Zone contains more than 31 kilometres of walking tracks of which 6.5 kilometres has been hardened with timber or stone. Active deterioration is occurring on some unimproved track sections and campsites. Illegal campfire use is on the rise and, prior to installation of a temporary toilet at Dixons Kingdom, poor toileting practices were frequently noted.
The purpose of this plan is to describe management actions that aim to protect both the area’s high conservation values and the visitor’s experience. These actions include:
Tracks
Creation of a circuit loop. Relevant sections of the Dixons Kingdom – Lake Ball – Lake Adelaide track will be reclassified and upgraded, creating a circuit of track class T1 and T2. This allows a maximum party size of 13 throughout and creates a loop track option for large groups and commercial trips. This upgrade is a significant change to the present situation, and will require medium-long term track works (campsite upgrades, track re-routes and hardening).
Promotion of three types of Walls experiences. Once track and campsite upgrades are completed, it is proposed to promote specific day walk (to Wild Dog Creek and Central Walls), overnight walk (Wild Dog Creek and Dixons Kingdom) and a multi-day circuit walk (overnights at Wild Dog Creek, Dixons Kingdom and/or Lake Adelaide) experiences. The hardened side routes to the Temple, Solomons Throne and Mt Jerusalem will be incorporated in such promotion but other routes in the Walls of Jerusalem area will not be actively promoted.
Camping
New and expanded hardened campsites. The existing hardened camping area at Wild Dog Creek will be expanded and a new hardened camping area will be constructed at Dixons Kingdom. Another hardened campsite at Lake Adelaide is likely to be constructed in the medium term.
No camping in the Central Walls. Once these upgrades are complete, camping in the Central Walls area will be disallowed.
Visitor Management 
Track ranger presence. A track ranger presence is urgently required to redress increasing use of campfires, promote Leave No Trace principles and to educate users.
Education campaign. Appropriate educational messages will be distributed at both a site-specific level and more broadly.
Large group management. To address overcrowding issues, from the 2013-14 summer season, all groups of seven or more members will be required to register to visit or traverse the Recreation Zone.
Web-based booking system. Investigate the business case for a web-based booking system for all users.

Tasmanian Expeditions.

Well winter is on the way and for many bushwalkers that signals a stop to exploring our snowbound areas, but it doesnt have to. Tasmanain Expeditions have launched snowshoe tours. Thats right, strapping tennis racquets to your feet and ploughing through the snow. Only these days snowshoes have come a long way from the left over tennis gear to become a highly tuned activity.

Tasmanian Expeditions have been kind enough to provide some material about their tours Continue reading

Walls of Jerusalem

Walls of Jerusalem

The Walls as it’s locally known is perhaps one of the most scenic areas in Tasmania, its walking is not to difficult and this combination of scenery and access makes it a favourite amongst school groups, walking clubs and tour operators.

Day One.

3-4 hours easy

From the car park, the track leads uphill past the walkers registration booth and climbs gradually for most of the way to trappers hut there are steeper sections but generally its not too tough.

From trappers hut the track continues uphill then soon levels out as you reach the plateau. Once on the plateau you start to wander through the tarns following a rocky track with duckboard sections. As you make your way to Wild Dog Creek where there are camping platforms and toilets, Parks request that you camp here and not at Dixons Kingdom hut or the pools of Bethesda. From here there are many short walks and full day walks available.

Day Two

5-6 hours easy

Follow the track through herrods gates and on to Dixons Kingdom Hut, from here to Lake Ball there is no track to follow and minimal impact walking practice should be followed as you make your way south west to Lake Ball. Once you reach Lake Ball look out for the track again which starts in a forested section before you reach the lake. Follow the track around the lake and then descends to Lake Adelaide, when you meet the junction with the Junction Lake track continue to the right which takes you through a rocky valley and continues to meet up with the track used on the walk in and back to the car. (Don’t forget to sign out)

Notes.

You may like to spend a few days at wild dog creek exploring the area

Points of interest

  • The Temple
  • King Solomon’s throne
  • Mount Jerusalem