Lakes Bill and Myrtle, Walls of Jerusalem National Park, Tasmania

This walk in the Walls of Jerusalem National Park visits two substantial alpine lakes, both backed by the rugged summit of Mt Rogoona.

Lakes Bill and Myrtle, Walls of Jerusalem National Park, Tasmania

This walk in a lesser visited part of the increasingly popular Walls of Jerusalem National Park visits two biggish alpine lakes, both backed by views of the summit rocks of Mt Rogoona (1350m). In early 2019 there were still substantial fire affected areas, but they often added an interesting aesthetic to the scenery.

This walk is nice but lacks the more dramatic scenery of the nearby hike to the Walls of Jerusalem themselves. Nevertheless, we didn’t see a single person on the whole walk, so it offered a more remote walking experience. First, a couple of pictures from the enjoyable drive in…

Lakes Bill and Myrtle, Walls of Jerusalem National Park, Tasmania
The Mersey River on the drive in.
Lakes Bill and Myrtle, Walls of Jerusalem National Park, Tasmania
The Mersey River on the drive in.

Track Notes

It’s an in-and-out walk described in Day Walks Tasmania, at the harder end of moderate. There’s an initial climb through forest then it’s pretty flat across Blizzard Plain and occasional open forest and scrub to Lake Myrtle. The track towards the turnaround point on the shores of Lake Myrtle does divide a few times, but just head roughly towards the spot where Jackson Creek enters the lake. 

The following map shows the start of the walk on Mersey Forest Road, a few rough kilometres past the start of the Walls of Jerusalem walk…

Lakes Bill and Myrtle: The Scenery

Lakes Bill and Myrtle, Walls of Jerusalem National Park, Tasmania
Tall burnt trees on the climb up to Blizzard Plain from the start.
Lakes Bill and Myrtle, Walls of Jerusalem National Park, Tasmania
Blizzard Plain
Lakes Bill and Myrtle, Walls of Jerusalem National Park, Tasmania
Mt Rogoona viewed from Blizzard Plain.
Lakes Bill and Myrtle, Walls of Jerusalem National Park, Tasmania
Lake Bill with Mt Rogoona in the distance.
Lakes Bill and Myrtle, Walls of Jerusalem National Park, Tasmania
Sophia walks towards Lake Bill, with Mt Rogoona in the distance.
Lakes Bill and Myrtle, Walls of Jerusalem National Park, Tasmania
Various patches of burnt vegetation created interesting patterns and colours.
Lakes Bill and Myrtle, Walls of Jerusalem National Park, Tasmania
A young Banksia flower I think.
Lakes Bill and Myrtle, Walls of Jerusalem National Park, Tasmania
Lake Myrtle and Mt Rogoona.
Lakes Bill and Myrtle, Walls of Jerusalem National Park, Tasmania
Sophia backed my Lake Myrtle and Mt Rogoona.
Lakes Bill and Myrtle, Walls of Jerusalem National Park, Tasmania
A campsite at our turnaround point beside Lake Myrtle.
Lakes Bill and Myrtle, Walls of Jerusalem National Park, Tasmania
Interesting vegetation near Lake Myrtle.
Lakes Bill and Myrtle, Walls of Jerusalem National Park, Tasmania
A cascade on Jacksons Creek.
Lakes Bill and Myrtle, Walls of Jerusalem National Park, Tasmania
On the way back we decided to walk down to the shore of Lake Bill. The track was indistinct so I had to be careful not to tread on some of the fragile plants.
Lakes Bill and Myrtle, Walls of Jerusalem National Park, Tasmania
Interesting colours and textures due to bushfire.
Lakes Bill and Myrtle, Walls of Jerusalem National Park, Tasmania
Button Grass on Blizzard Plain.
Lakes Bill and Myrtle, Walls of Jerusalem National Park, Tasmania
A few nice alpine flowers around.

 

 

Author: Edward Hathway

I'm a clinical psychologist and keen hiker.

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