Dixons Kingdom is the heart and soul of the Walls of Jerusalem National Park in central Tasmania. Surrounded by dolerite peaks, and containing a large stand of ancient Pencil Pines the area contains all that is special about the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.
Access to Dixons Kingdom
The area is accessible by foot only, a steep climb from the car park gets you up to a possible first night’s campsite at Wild Dog Creek, or you can push on through to Dixons Kingdom in one fairly long day (6 hours or so). For our trip we went straight to Dixons Kingdom and stayed two nights there, exploring the side trips and returning the way we came.
The pencil pine, or Athrotaxis cupressoides, is one of Tasmania’s oldest trees, surviving since the last ice age, and is only found in the alpine regions. It is particularly susceptible to fire and will not regrow once burnt.
During our full day in the area I first climbed the Temple which is a short and easy walk once you are already in the area. I was hoping for a blazing sunrise but instead the dawn was cloudy which resulted in atmospheric shots nonetheless. After breakfast we climbed Mt Jerusalem, again, not a difficult walk from Dixons Kingdom.
I then spent the remainder of the day enjoying the old trees around our campsite under stunning blue skies.
The following morning was misty with a light rain which really made for some great opportunities with the weathered old pines and Solomons Throne as a backdrop.
All in all a really great few days away 🙂
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