Image: Cam Blake, Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service
Why this Hike
This walk is iconic Australian hike done in a slightly different way, the circuit shows off new areas of the park while still giving that grand and beautiful experience. The loop from the carpark, up Mount Jerusalem, overnight at Dixons Kingdom Hut Campground and past Lake Ball before finishing back at the carpark is truly a unique and fantastic adventure like no other.
Track Notes & Overview
2 Days, 1 Night – 34.3KM
Day One – Walls of Jerusalem Carpark to Dixons Kingdom Hut Campground (15.8KM)
Starting from the Walls of Jerusalem Carpark this hike follows the Walls of Jerusalem Track, avoiding a turn off onto Junction Lake Track about 2.5 Kilometres into the hike until reaching Wild Dog Creek Campground. At the Campground you can take a short break before returning to the track to keep walking towards Dixons Kingdom Hut, along the way short return tracks can be found that take you to Pool of Bethesda, The Temple (up temple Track) and finally the much longer return walk to Mount Jerusalem. Before walking to Mount Jerusalem you will pass through the junction where Dixons Hut Campground Sits and can be a good opportunity to drop your packs here before complete the hike up the mountain and returning. Camping in the hut is not advised but there is plenty of camping space around it.
Day Two - Dixons Kingdom Hut Campground to Walls of Jerusalem Carpark (18.5KM)
On the second day of this hike you will set off from Dixons Kingdom Hut Campground following Jaffa Vale Track back towards the carpark in a circuit around the park. At this point the track fades away as you pass Lake Ball and the Lake Ball Hut before continuing past another campground which sits along Junction Creek Track, this section is only for highly expirenced navigators. Past this campground the walk continues along Junction Lake Track all the way to the junction you avoided right at the start of the walk on the previous day, return along this 2.5 kilometre stretch of track to return to the carpark and complete the walk.
*Please note that this walk is for experienced walkers and the purchase of a park permit is required to enter the park. Topographic maps are a must as reception is scratchy at best, more info can be found at the Parks and Wildlife Service of Tasmania's website.
Packing for an Overnight Hike
Packing is an important part of any overnight adventure, the long list of things needed can be hard to remember but this free packing list aims to make it easy and includes everything you need for when you're packing.
Food for an Overnight Hike
Creating a menu for a hike can seem challenging at first especially if it is an overnight hike. Your menu should be nutritious, delicious and lightweight which can limit some of the meals you can create.
Our recipe hub includes great suggestions for breakfasts, lunches, dinners, snacks and even dessert, covering all the ingredients you will need and how to make them.
Leave No Trace
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