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Women's Tasmania Walls Of Jerusalem Hiking Trip

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Summary

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Discover a magnificent alpine area only accessible by foot
  • Spectacular campsite locations including two nights spent at a remote base camp
  • The opportunity to summit numerous peaks with spectacular views
  • Abundant wildlife and stunning endemic wildflowers
  • Delicious evening meals cooked by your guides
  • Majestic stands of thousand year old pencil pines, and sparkling lakes as far as the eye can see

DETAILS:

  • Trip Duration: 6 days trekking with full pack, 5 nights wilderness camping, 2 nights accommodation
  • Start date: Arrive on the 6th March (first day hiking on the 7th March)
  • Grade: Moderate - Overnight hikes, uneven terrain, you need to be reasonably fit and enthusiastic
  • Start and finish Location: LAUNCESTON, Tasmania
  • Activities: Day hiking and remote camping
  • Accommodation: 5 nights camping, 2 nights hotel (twin share)
  • Included: All accommodation and meals itemised in itinerary
  • Group size: 10 women

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The Walls of Jerusalem are part of the spectacular Tasmanian highlands, east of the famous Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park.

You’ll discover a mountain landscape only accessible by foot on this exclusive 6 - day adventure. Your adventure begins in the south of the National Park, bushwalking up onto the Plateau to our grassy camp nestled by Lake Myrtle.

From here we can choose to summit Mt Ragoona and Cathedral Mountain, both which provide impressive views over the southern wilderness of the famous Overland Track and the headwaters of the mighty Mersey River and its Never Never region.

The hike continues through remote alpine herb fields and highland lake country, sidling Lake Adelaide, Lake Meston and Junction Lake to name a few. In the northern confines of the park we base camp at Wild Dog Creek and spend two days exploring the surrounding peaks and valleys of the Central Walls region.

There is an option to summit King Davids Peak (1499m), Tasmania's 10th highest, as well as walks up Mt Jerusalem, The Temple, and Solomons Throne.

Hiking into the Walls

QUICK OVERVIEW:

DAY 0 ARRIVE TO LAUNCESTON, PRE TRIP BRIEFING

DAY 1 TRANSFER LAUNCESTON TO LAKE ROWALLEN, HIKE TO LAKE MYRTLE

DAY 2 LAKE MYRTLE TO LAKE MESTON

DAY 3 LAKE MESTON TO LAKE ADELAIDE

DAY 4 LAKE ADELAIDE TO WILD DOG CREEK CAMP

DAY 5 CENTRAL WALLS OF JERUSALEM

DAY 6 WILD DOG CREEK TO MERSEY VALLEY, TRANSFER BACK TO LAUNCESTON

DAY 7 DEPARTURE FROM LAUNCESTON

* All prices are per person and listed in Australian Dollars (AUD). All prices shown are GST inclusive where applicable.

Itinerary

On arrival into Launceston, please make your way to the accommodation. Your pre and post accommodation is included. The tour commences with a compulsory pre-departure briefing at a base location at 2pm.This location will be sent to you prior to departure. Your Women Want Adventure guide will meet you at the accommodation to travel to the briefing together. Meals: Dinner at groups own cost in Launceston. Your guide will book a restaurant.
Today you will be collected from your accommodation in Launceston at approximately 8am and transferred to the Walls of Jerusalem National Park entry point. Carrying our full backpacks into this magnificent highland area will provide us with a challenge, but with plenty of encouragement from our guides as well as snacks and rest stops, the climb is achievable and well worth it. Our trek will take us up onto the central plateau conservation area through forests and button grass plains, past Lake Bill and on until we reach our stunning campsite on the northern shores of beautiful Lake Myrtle. This beautiful campsite is a highlight of the day: a natural grassy meadow manicured to perfection by the resident wildlife. Settling in for the evening we enjoy a hearty meal whilst gazing upon the majestic view of Mt Rogoona's sheer cliffs rising high above the lake. Walking Distance: 7 km | Walking Time: 6 hours Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner + Snacks
After a warm breakfast we strike camp and continue on past the shores of Lake Myrtle, through alpine vegetation and around the base of Mt Rogoona. Time and weather will dictate whether we choose to attempt a summit of this superbly situated peak. Now that we are on the plateau our walking is gently undulating, and the low alpine scrub gives us wide views in all directions. Continuing on down the other side of the saddle, we zig zag through myrtle rainforst until we reach our second campsite at Lake Meston - depending on time you may hike to the northern campsite or stay by the historical at the base of the saddle; these huts are a common feature in the Tasmanian wilderness and are treated respectfully as historical artefacts. The stories behind the huts are always fascinating and your guides delight in sharing them with you Our camp tonight overlooking the Lake is, again, magnificent. Walking Distance: 7km + side trips | Walking Time : 4-6 hours Meals: All
This morning we break camp and say farewell to the stunning Lake Meston. We quickly pick up a trail that skirts around the edge of Lake Adelaide - ducking through thick rainforest vegetation and popping out at great spots to view the lake - keep an eye out for the elusive platypus as you work your way around the eastern edge of the Lake - there are a few options for campsites tonight - your guides will chose one to fit in with weather and timing. Walking Distance: 7km | Walking Time: Up 5 hours Meals: All
After packing up camp we continue following the lake shore until we come to the intersection of the Lake Junction and Walls of Jerusalem tracks. Here we begin our entrance into the heart of the National Park. We trek past glacial tarns and alpine herb fields, with the mighty peaks of the central Walls coming into view. Making camp by lunchtime we have the afternoon to duck in and have our first glimpses of the Central Walls. This comfortable camp at Wild Dog Creek will be our base for the next two nights. Walking distance: 14km | Walking Time: 7-8 hours Meals: All
Today is a bushwalker's dream as we explore the central Walls area. With only a day pack on we hike up to Damascus Gate and then descend to the awe inspiring Dixon's Kingdom. An ancient forest of immense pencil pines gives us a glimpse into Tasmania's Gondwanan heritage. These beautiful, endemic trees are thousands of years old each and standing in their presence is truly humbling. Leaving this magical spot behind we pass Jaffa Gate before ascending Mt Jerusalem (1459m) which rewards us with extensive views of the Central Plateau with its countless lakes and tarns. We then return to our camp at Wild Dog Creek to enjoy another delicious and well earned meal prepared by your guides. Walking Distance: 8-12km | Walking Time: 6-8 hours Meals: All
This morning we bid farewell to this truly outstanding part of Tasmania's World Heritage Area and begin our walk off the plateau. We meander past the sparkling tarns of Solomons Jewels, descend steeply through tall eucalyptus forests filled with melodious bird call, and stop for a rest at the old Trappers Hut. The last section of gentle downhill track gives us time to reflect on the last six days of outstanding bushwalking. Just before lunch we meet up with our Tasmanian Expeditions transfer bus and driver. Shrugging off our trusty backpacks, we board the bus and cruise to the village of Mole Creek for a celebratory pub lunch together. Congratulations on completing one of Tasmania's most magnificent and unforgettable wilderness walks! We will drop you at your Launceston accommodation by approximately 5pm. Walking Distance: 6km | Walking Time: 3 hours Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and farewell dinner included
After a night at the post trip accommodation, ladies make their own way to the airport or onward destination.

Inclusions

INCLUDED:
  • 2 professional wilderness guides 

  • 5 nights camping at wilderness camp locations

  • 2 nights (twin share) in Launceston for pre and post accommodation

  • 5 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 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
  • Trip escorted by Women Want Adventure guide
EXCLUDED:
  • Travel to and from Launceston
  • Items of a personal nature: alcoholic beverages, car parking, coffee etc
  • First nights dinner after arrival (day 0)
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)

Grading

Grading: Moderate

Moderate to hard. This trip will require you to be hiking up to 4-6 hours on some days. We walk at a slow and steady pace and ensure all women feel comfortable when carrying full packs and hiking longer distances. You will need a good level of fitness and general overall health. Please be prepared to walk in a variety of weather conditions such as rain or snow. We suggest 2 -3 days of regular walking in your week to best prepare you for this trip and maximise your enjoyment. Please bring your hiking poles to support you if you have bad knees or hips. We strongly suggest you train with getting walks in before this trip.

Reviews

Rosemary Shortland 04/06/2020
    5 / 5 rating

Tasmania Testimonial

Meals excellent. Guide from Women Want Adventure and World Expeditions were made the trip. The hiking was sensational. It honestly felt like being away with a group of friends rather than a tour. Overall impression of the Walls of Jerusalem? - Beyond exceptions, it was simply great.
Eliza Johnson 05/06/2020
    5 / 5 rating

Walls Testimonial

I would especially like to mention how fabulous our guide Rachel was. She was the perfect fit for our group. Very competent, attentive, informative and friendly. Nikki did a fabulous job cooking the food and making sure we were all fabulously comfortable on our arrivals and during our stay. Camping at Wild Dog Creek was excellent. Food was so good!

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