day walk covered here commences at a car park by the Fish River which runs into Lake Rowallan, a
hydro electric lake on the Mersey River. Access is via the Mersey Forest
road. From Deloraine continue on through Mole Creek. Beyond Mole
Creek continue past the Mole Creek Caves. The way is well signposted. The day walk includes three areas.
The first hour passes through dry sclerophyl forest to the Trappers Hut.
Thirty minutes past the hut a plateau is reached. The track passes
numerous small lakes known as Solomon's Jewels. About and hour and a half
is needed to cross the plateau. If you watch carefully there is a side
track to the north of the latter lakes. A very pleasant diversion.
The main track then descends into a small valley where it crosses Wild Dog Creek
before rising again and passing through Herod's Gate. King David's
Peak dominates the skyline on the right. The 'Gate' provides access to the
centre of the park. Richea Scoparia almost blankets the valley ahead and
provides a spectacular display of colour during December or January. It takes
about another half hour to to reach the Pool of Bethesda near Damascus Gate.
Dixon's Kingdom is the next area of interest but needs an overnight stay.
A new camping area has been
constructed near Wild Dog Creek under King David's Peak. Raised tent
sites, tap water and a bush toilet are provided.
The pages here cover a very long
day walk. Despite being able to undertake the walk in about 8 or 9 hours
considerable precautions are required. Despite warm weather in Tasmania
during December, the Walls of Jerusalem and nearby mountains experienced a
"White Christmas" in 2003. The weather can change rapidly.
POOL OF BETHESDA
KING DAVID'S PEAK FROM DAMASCUS GATE