This month’s featured photos are from the Walls of Jerusalem National Park, part of Tasmania’s spectacular World Heritage Area.
We spent 2 nights in the park recently, and while the lack of scoparia flowers was disappointing, the rugged alpine terrain, misty mountains and ancient groves of pencil pine were very rewarding. The pencil pine is one of those very unique Tasmanian trees that you will find nowhere else on earth. The area called Dixon’s Kingdom is the largest forest of pencil pines left anywhere, and many of the trees there are over 1000 years old.
The Walls of Jerusalem National Park is accessible only by foot. The first 2 hours is pretty much straight up to the plateau which is at around 1200 metres in height. Another hour or two takes you to the “Central Walls” where you are surrounded by classic Tasmanian alpine scenery. Cushion plants, pines, scoparia and many tarns. The major peaks are between 1400-1500 metres high and offer brilliant views.
We were also treated to our own lightshow – pehaps not as spectacular as the lightning storm and fireworks around Tas on New Years Eve, but in between the snow and breaks in the wind, this scene popped up – giant spotlights scouring the mountainsides.