Walls of Jerusalem National Park
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|Walls of Jerusalem National Park|
Looking north west from Solomon's Throne. The prominent peak on the left is King Davids Peak. The Temple is on the right with Mount Jerusalem behind.
|Nearest town or city||Mole Creek|
|Established||13 December 1978|
|Area||518 km2 (200.0 sq mi)|
|Managing authorities||Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service|
|Website||Walls of Jerusalem National Park|
|See also||Protected areas of Tasmania|
The Walls of Jerusalem National Park is a national park located in the Central Highlands region of Tasmania, Australia. The park is located approximately 144 km (89 mi) northwest of Hobart, east of the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, and west of the Central Plateau Conservation Area. It is south of Mole Creek, Tasmania, and Rowallan Lake. The national park forms part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.
The park takes its name from the geological features of the park which are thought to resemble the walls of the city of Jerusalem. As a result, many places and features within the park also have Biblical references for names, such as Herods Gate, Lake Salome, Solomons Jewels, Damascus Gate, the Pool of Bethesda.
According to local legend, a prophet roams the wilderness, cursing the nations of the walkers who enter the park.
Much of the walking track consists of raised boards, from Wild Dog Creek through to Dixon's Kingdom, with the purpose of protecting the fragile alpine vegetation. Walking tracks elsewhere in the park consist of rock, rocky earth, grassland and marsh.
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