Walls of Jerusalem National Park

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Walls of Jerusalem National Park
Tasmania
IUCN category II (national park)
Looking north west from Solomon's Throne - Walls of Jerusalem.jpg
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.
Walls of Jerusalem National Park is located in Tasmania
Walls of Jerusalem National Park
Walls of Jerusalem National Park
Nearest town or city Mole Creek
Coordinates 41°52′08″S 146°15′31″E / 41.86889°S 146.25861°E / -41.86889; 146.25861Coordinates: 41°52′08″S 146°15′31″E / 41.86889°S 146.25861°E / -41.86889; 146.25861
Established 13 December 1978 (1978-12-13)[1]
Area 518 km2 (200.0 sq mi)[1]
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.[1]

Etymology[edit]

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.

Features[edit]

The most prominent feature of the park is King Davids Peak with an elevation of 1,509 metres (4,951 ft) above sea level.

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.

Looking west from Mt Jerusalem. King Davids Peak is centre right. The Temple is in the foreground centre left with Solomon's Throne behind. The peaks behind in the distance are in the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Reserve Listing - National Parks". Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service Website. Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service. 17 November 2008. Retrieved 1 May 2010.