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Tasmania Sampler: Walls of Jerusalem, Tasman Peninsula, and Freycinet Peninsula

Backpacker's 2013 Editors Choice trip was to Tasmania. Check out the photos below.
Eight Backpacker editors explored Tasmania, Australia's smallest state. They started with a four-day trek in Walls of Jerusalem National Park. Then they split, sending half the team to a brand new hike on the Tasman Peninsula with gorgeous cliff views, and the other half to Freycinet Peninsula for the classic beach walks.
  • Wallabies live in all 7 states in Australia. On day 1 the Backpacker crew was ecstatic to see the first one, but they soon realized that the marsupials were commonplace in this region.
  • The editors of Backpacker would experience 3 distinct areas of Tasmania over the week. They brought approximately 600lbs of gear to test.
  • Day 1: the Backpacker test crew hikes toward camp, nestled in the hillside ahead, in Walls of Jerusalem National Park.
  • Heavy duty gaiters are mandatory for these "trails" that gain access to the areas above the walls.
  • Much of the land in Walls of Jerusalem National Park is very wet and fragile, so there are miles of boardwalks constructed to minimize impact of foot travel. (We were told by our guides that the grass which is being reclined on is fine for light use.)
  • Tasmania is known for its rapidly shifting weather. From mile to mile it can feel like an entirely different climate zone as the ecosystems change.
  • The second reason gaiters are a necessity; leeches! They carry no known diseases and the bite doesn’t hurt at all, so it’s pretty gross, but not a major concern.
  • Tasmanian Devil sightings are quite rare, but signs of their presence do exist, such as these wallaby remains. Devils will eat birds, rodents, lizards and other small animals.
  • Will Rochfort hikes out to the end of Cape Hauy on the Tasman Peninsula, not the first and certainly not the last of the many amazing cliffside stretches of this trail system.
  • Half the Backpacker crew camped here, between the pond and the 300-foot high sea cliffs of Cape Pillar. The wall of brush was think enough to safeguard any sleepwalkers, but still allowed them to fall asleep to the sound of the raging ocean below.
Wallabies live in all 7 states in Australia. On day 1 the Backpacker crew was ecstatic to see the first one, but they soon realized that the marsupials were commonplace in this region.
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Wallabies live in all 7 states in Australia. On day 1 the Backpacker crew was ecstatic to see the first one, but they soon realized that the marsupials were commonplace in this region.

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